YorkFest Welcome Week has been a long-standing tradition at York University. Each year the York Federation of Students (YFS) organizes a multifaceted event with something of interest for every York U student. The Festival Village brings together in one convenient location a variety of student clubs, services and groups on and off campus for all York students. Over the years, the Festival Village has grown to include more than 200 different booths. This year will feature many more opportunities for partners to get involved with new events such as the #MyMovement Block Party, Smoothie Breakfast and giant games in the Harry W. Arthurs Common.
YorkFest began Monday with the Smoothie Breakfast,a Shisha Lounge and poker night. It continues through Sunday, Sept. 21.
Wednesday, Sept. 17
Festival Village: 10am to 4pm along Campus Walk
An annual event, the Festival Village features information kiosks and tables for 200 clubs and services for York students. Lots of freebies include food, orientation kits, giveaways and more.
#MyMovement Block Party: 7pm in Vanier Field
One movement, one voice in an outdoor party complete with a barbecue cookout, ice cream truck and picnic blankets.
Thursday, Sept. 18
The Bagel Bar: 10am in Vari Hall
The YFS YorkFest bagel bar offers a free midweek break with fresh bagels provided by The Great Canadian Bagel.
Giant Games: 1 to 4pm in the Harry W. Arthurs Common
An arena featuring giant games of checkers, chess, Connect 4 and Jenga for students.
Concert: 7pm at the Rexall Centre
Calling all York U students! Join YorkFest organizers at the Rexall Centre as the YFS presents an array of artists for a free concert. The lineup features Grandtheft, 4Korners, Thugli and NoXX. York students, including Glendon College students and alumni can attend the event with a valid York identification card. Government issued ID will be required for the beer garden. Concert doors open at 7pm. Doors open promptly at 7pm. No entry without a YU Card or valid identification. For more information, call 647-464-0236.
Friday, Sept. 19
Medieval Times: 7pm at Exhibition Place
A “way back playback” to the 11th the Middle Ages at Medieval Times for an evening of feasting, epic sword fights, and extraordinary jousting. YFS offers a discounted admission, tickets are $20. Purchase tickets at YFS Members’ Services Office, 106 Student Centre, Keele campus.
Saturday, Sept. 20
YorkU Homecoming: 1pm at the York Stadium
Calling all York Lions! Cheer on the York Lions men’s football team as they take on the McMaster University Marauders at this year’s Homecoming celebration. Admission is free.
Sunday, Sept. 21
Buffalo Bills Football Game: 1pm at Ralph Wilson Stadium, New York
Take a shuttle to Buffalo to catch the Buffalo Bills in game action against the San Diego Chargers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Pre-game celebrations are a must. This event includes shuttle buses and a tailgate party. Students are required to bring their Passports and must present them when purchasing a ticket and at the Canada-United States border. Cost TBA and tickets are available at the YFS Members’ Services Office 106 Student Centre, Keele campus.
For more information, visit the YorkFest website.