Fun Things to Do on Campus This Fall

Posted by Megan on October 28, 2014

Journey to the Centre of York

Fall Campus Day is only a week away, on November 8 from 10am to 2:30 pm. It’s a great experience and I definitely encourage all of our readers to attend. That being said…

Did you know there are tons of other fun things to do on campus?

Coming to campus on a regular day is a great way to immerse yourself in the atmosphere at York and Fall is the perfect season to do. The weather isn’t too hot or too cold and the changing colours of the leaves look beautiful.

Here are some of the great activities you can enjoy on campus, whether you are a future student or a current one. Students in the Toronto District School Board could also consider using their November 14 PA Day for a visit – if you’re coming after school isn’t an option *hint hint nudge nudge*.

Musical Performances

Interested in a music program at York? Check out what some York students, professors and alumni are doing! Music@Midday events never disappoint. You can read a previous review I did on Music@Midday – Chamber Strings Recital. All Music@Midday events are from 12:30pm to 1:30 pm in the Tribute Communities Recital Hall in Accolade East building.

Shot from a previous music event - R&B Ensemble.
Shot from a previous music event – R&B Ensemble. Image Source.

Music@Midday: Singing our Songs on October 28

Young artists from the studios of Catherine Robbin, Norma Burrowes, Stephanie Bogle, Michael Donovan and Karen Rymal in York’s classical vocal performance program share the stage in a series of concerts featuring arias, art songs and ensemble pieces.

Admission is free.

Music @ Midday: Classical Instrumental Concert on November 10

The Music@Midday series presents a recital featuring student soloists in the classical performance program.

Admission is free. Everyone welcome.

Other Art-related Events

The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU)

A photograph of a previous exhibition at AGYU.
A previous exhibition at AGYU. Image Source (credit to M. Maranda).

I just learned recently that York has a free art gallery! The Art Gallery of York University (AGYU) offers a great excuse to drop by campus. The Gallery is open until 4pm most weeknights, with the exception of Wednesday when it’s open until 8pm. It’s also open on Sundays from noon until 5pm.

Here’s an exciting blurb from their website:

“The AGYU is a radically new type of public art gallery where the institution itself is subject to transformation. Not just its traditional products of exhibitions and publications, every function of the institution is treated as an intellectual endeavor and artist project.”

Basically, you can expect a different experience each time you visit. I need to check this out myself!

Other ideas…

You can find all arts-related events (including Music@Midday, music festivals, art exhibitions, plays and more) in the Fine Arts events feed – there’s tons of them. Please keep in mind that while many events are free, some may have an associated cost or only be available to current students.

Fall Campus Day

An image of volunteers as last years Fall Campus Day.
Volunteers at last years Fall Campus Day. Image Source.

Okay, so, I know I mentioned this earlier but this is a fantastic event to attend especially because it occurs on a Saturday, meaning it’s more accessible to future students. Fall Campus Day also offers some special experiences that are only offered a few times a year: namely tours of the various residences, mock lectures, panel talks and Q & As. Register here! Make sure to keep an eye out for our YU Blog post next week which will offer more information.

York University Market

Did you know that York has it’s own Farmers’ Market? Every Thursday from 11am to 5pm you can find the York University Market, otherwise known as YUM (how clever), in the Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) building which is located at the south of campus on the Pond Rd. You can find tons of fresh produce, baked goods, hot meals, and more. For those with dietary restrictions there are tons of tasty finds that are gluten free, vegetarian, and even vegan. It’s worth the trek!

Enjoying the Scenery

An image of a staircase surrounded by changing leaves.
I love this shot that was taken on campus a few years ago. Image Source.

Fall is a really great time to enjoy York’s campus and what better way to get a feel for campus then to explore it on a nice day. Every York student has their favourite spots to hang out on campus but I’ll share two of mine:

  • Stong Pond – although some of this area has construction around it due to the building of the new Lassonde building, there are still some quiet and beautiful spots that are perfect for a picnic or even some photography.
  • The Commons – the commons are the area directly in front of Vari Hall. My favourite spots are on the two length sides of the field, under beautiful arches which also make for some amazing photography.

Even as a current student, I still have so much of campus to explore so I definitely encourage you to see campus for yourself, there’s so much to see and do! What events on campus do you think you will try? Feel free to leave any questions or comments below.



Megan is a third-year Psychology student. Follow her on her journey of self-development as she explores and ventures through campus.

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