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 53,000+ students during our Welcome Week. The York Federation of Students is proud to present you with another successful YorkFest full of events that our 53,000+ students look forward to year after year.

Event Schedule



First Day of School- Waffle House

10am- 12pm, Vari Hall
The first day of school is always more enjoyable when your stomach is full of delicious food! Join us in Vari Hall for a free Waffle House breakfast provided by the Underground Campus Kitchen


Barbeque in the Park

12-3pm, New Student Centre
Join us as we christen the New Student Centre green space with a free BBQ for all, with live musical entertainment to delight all the senses.


Smoothie Breakfast

10am-12pm, Vari Hall
Let’s start the first day of YorkFest off with a huge BOOST, and grab a delicious fruit smoothie provided by Booster Juice

Disney Karaoke

3pm-5pm, Food Court, Student Centre
Come out and sing along to all your favourite classic Disney songs! Show off your musical skills and have a blast while doing it.

Dirty Bingo

8-11pm, The Convention Centre, New Student Centre

It's Big Mama's Last Hurrah, so join us at the ever-popular Sex-positive, Queer friendly Bingo night, with so many prizes to be won; provided by The Stag Shop and Hosted by the beloved Big Mama 2-4!


York’s Best Dance Crew

11am-1pm, Lower Atrium, New Student Centre
York is known for their talent in the dance arenas, so come out and see some of the brightest talented dancers the University has to offer as they battle it
out for Best Crew!

Break Room Lounge

12-5pm, The Underground Break Rm, Student Centre
Come by check out the newest addition to the Underground, an interactive space to fulfill all your gaming desires before the studying begins!


YorkFest Festival Village

10am-5pm, Campus Walk
Be immersed into a collection of 9 colleges, over 200 campus groups and amazing vendor booths. Free food, YFS Swag bags and other goodies await passers-by so come check us out!

Casino Night

7-10pm, Convention Centre, New Student Centre
Win some amazing prizes through cards and other great games. Test your luck at our incredible Casino and see if you will go big or go home!


Coffee & Bagel Bar 

10am-12pm, Vari Hall In a rush to class, grab a delectable Bagel with cream cheese and a hot drink to help get you through the morning!



7-11pm, Aviva Centre
Come by and watch an amazing FREE concert all brought to you by your local student union!


Yoga Room

12-1pm, Studio B, New Student Centre
End the week off right on the mat, with a guided yoga class. Come unwind and relax after this high energy week.


Homecoming Game

5pm, Alumni Field
Come cheer on the Lion’s Varsity football team as they face off against the Waterloo Warriors and hear them ROAR! Come out and Support the Red & White at this incredible game!

Volunteer with RedPack


Are you interested in engaging with your students’ union and being a part of the team that brings YorkU some of the biggest and best events on campus? We are looking for energetic, dedicated, and friendly students like you to become Red Pack ambassadors. There’s always something for Red Pack ambassadors to get involved with at the York Federation of Students.

Becoming a RedPack volunteer is a great opportunity to get involved and make your university experience more memorable, make life long friends, and contribute to your students union. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the button below!

Clubs Tabling

Dedicated year after year, we strive to ensure we bring our student organization the best opportunity to participate in the 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 these events are exclusively for York University Students so please bring your YU Card! 

This year will feature a FREE barbeque for all those participating in and attending the Festival Village. 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.

Contact Information


Anthony Fernandes

Vice President Campus Life

T: 416.735.2100 x 77675

E: vpcampuslife@yfs.ca

Cecile des Vignes

Programming and Campus Life Coordinator

T: 416.736.2100 x 77677

E: events@yfs.ca

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