YorkFest Welcome Week has been a long-standing tradition at York University. Each year the York Federation of Students aims to bring you the largest event ever held on a Canadian University campus. The Festival Village gives the opportunity for all York students to interact with a variety of student clubs, services and groups on and off campus. The Festival Village has grown over the years to include over 300 different sponsors and student organizations along our campus walk. A variety of giveaways from both our partners and student organizations are the main feature of the Festival Village
An important aspect of the Village is the opportunity for students to attain information regarding York University as well getting involved in other campus opportunities. This year will feature many more prospects for partners to get involved with York’s 48,000+ students during our Welcome Week.
We strive to ensure we bring our student organization the best opportunity to participate in the YorkFest Festival Village.
We will bring you new sponsors, new clubs and services, more orientation events, and a diverse range of musical acts. Don’t miss out on your chance to be a part of the greatest orientation event that the YFS has to offer.
All York affiliated groups, services, clubs and organizations that are approved by the York Federation of Students and the Office of Student Community & Leadership Development have the opportunity to receive a booth during the day.
All other outside groups wishing to activate during this high-traffic event can obtain access to a Village booth through YorkFest partnership opportunities.
YorkFest Event Schedule
Have a Parfait Day!
10am (until quantities last) | Vari Hall
Start the day off with a healthy yogurt and granola combo. Provided by Grocery Checkout.
2000's Smash Hits Karaoke
3:30pm to 6pm | Food Court, First Student Centre
Amazing prizes to be won! Extra points for dressing the part!
Drag a Friend to Dirty Bingo
8pm to 11pm | Convention Centre, Second Student Centre
Join us at the ever-popular Sex-positive and Queer friendly Bingo night. With so many naughty prizes to be won. This edition will be hosted by your local drag queens - Aurora Matrix, Aurelie Dubois and Star!
The Breakroom Games Lounge
12pm to 4pm | The Underground Breakroom, First Student Centre
Break the ice with some new friends and Arcade games in the exciting Underground Break Room and fulfill all your gaming desires. A perfect place to hang out and de-stress.
Tipsy Paint Night
7pm to 9pm | Room 313, First Student Centre
Come by and get your Bob Ross on with some painting tips through step-by-step instructions. Complete your masterpiece, while also enjoying a libation. Alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages will be served at this event.
All the spots for this event have been filled. Registration is now closed.
YorkFest Festival Village
10am to 5pm | Campus walk
Immerse yourself in a collection of over 200 campus groups, colleges, faculties and amazing vendor booths. Free food, YFS Swag bags and other goodies await passers-by so come check us out!
Sunset Movie Night: JUMANJI!
BYOB... we mean bring your own blanket!
7pm to 10pm | Second Student Centre
Let’s get cozy under the night sky and catch a flick! Do you hear that drumbeat? That’s right…we’re showing JUMANJI! First 100 guests get a snack pack on behalf of Grocery Checkout!
Bring Back the Heat: YorkFest Block Party ft. Walshy Fire + Others
Doors 5:30pm | 6pm to 11pm | Roy McMurty Greens (behind the Second Student Centre)
Yorku + Gov't ID Required
The Block Party is back and bigger than ever! The lineup features DJ Cyrus & MC Quaceydan, DJ Smartiez, DJ Recklezz, DJ Tee and special guests. And last but not least, our headliner - Major Lazer’s Walshy Fire!
There will also be Carnival rides and games to enjoy from 4pm until sundown!
Wellness Friday Yoga Room
12pm to 1pm | Studio B, Second Student Centre
Take a break and meditate! End the week off right on the mat, with a guided yoga class. Come unwind and relax after this high energy week.
Don't forget to bring a mat!
Cirque du Soleil
8pm to 11pm, The Grand Chapiteau, Ontario Place
Join us for this spellbinding story - Alegria energizes the audience with a joyful spirit for a brighter and more inspiring tomorrow.
Tickets for this event are now sold out.
YFS Fall Soccer Tournament
12pm to 10pm | South Utility Field (west of Tait McKenzie)
Who will take home the first ever YFS Soccer Champions Cup? By popular demand, we’re bringing you a Fall Soccer Tournament. Come and support your friends and enjoy free concessions and giveaways!
First come, first served. Registration from Sept 9-25.
To learn more about how to register your team visit yfs.ca/soccer.