National_Youth_Logo_CLRNot everyone knows that in Canada we have a week long celebration of young people called “National Youth Week” which runs every year from May 1-7. Mayor Bryan Paterson made a proclamation in 2016 making Kingston a home for National Youth Week for years to come. Y2K has teamed up with our partners at Community Living Kingston, the YMCA Kingston, the Kingston Police, the Boys & Girls Club, CRNK, Blue Canoe Productions, The Juvenis Festival, and the City of Kingston to bring free programming for youth throughout this week.

This is your guide to National Youth Week here in Kingston, check out all of the free events and programming in what will be a busy week!

Week Long Programming/Drop Ins

Open Gym Time
Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, 3pm-5pm daily
Art Workshops
Various locations, part of the Juvenis Festival every day, for more

Leisure Swims

Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, Thursday to Sunday at various times, call for more information

Youth Art Gallery
An empty storefront at 274 Princess St turned into a youth arts hub all week, open Noon-6pm!

Musiikki Music Series
Free music by Kingston youth Sunday to Thursday 6pm-7:45pm

Youth Performances
Zombie Prom The Musical, UNFAMILIAR, Out of Sight, Out of Mind, plays, dance shows and musicals all playing throughout the week, for more.

Day to Day list of events

Monday May 1

4:00pm – 6:00pm: Landscape Photography Workshop *FREE*
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5:30pm: 7:00pm- Improv Workshop *FREE*
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7:00pm: Juvy’s Movies *FREE*
A night of free movies created by youth, at The Screening Room Kingston, showing films from the Juvenis Festival’s 48hour film challenge and youth short films!

Tuesday May 2

6:00pm-7:30pm: Youth Arts Council- Town Hall Meeting *FREE*
Help shape a new youth arts council in Kingston, come down to the Kingston Arts Council, 370 King St W at 6:00pm to have your voice heard!
6:30pm-7:30pm: Free Public Skating *FREE*
At the Invista Centre for all ages!
8:00pm: The Poetry Show *BY DONATION*
A night of poetry from Kingston youth and an open mic portion where you can jump in and read your own work! The Mansion, Kingston

Wednesday May 3

8:00am: Y2K Community Breakfast *MUST RSVP*
A catch up with Y2K’s community partners, RSVP to
3:00pm-5:00pm: Shannon Park Skate Park Grand Opening *FREE*
Join us for music, a BBQ and demos from professional boarders as we launch a new skate park at the old Wally Elmer location in Shannon Park!
5:00pm-6:00pm: Power Yoga *FREE*
Come try Power Yoga for free at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre,

Thursday May 4

5:15pm-6:00pm: Kickboxing Beginner *FREE*

At Artillery Park Aquatic Centre, try out Kickboxing as a great way to get out some aggression!

Friday May 5

9:00am-3:00pm: Athena Movement Conference on “Women Empowerment” *FREE*
A female empowerment conference created by Kingston high school students featuring workshops, guest speakers and more, at the Tett Centre for Creativity and Learning and the Isabel Bader Centre at 370 King St W

4:00pm-6:00pm- Youth vs Police, Basketball Game *FREE*
Our annual event where the Kingston Police take on Kingston youth in a basketball game! Freezes and water provided, Springer Market Square

5:15pm-6:00pm- Fitness @ 5 *FREE*
Try out a free fitness hour at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre!

7:00pm-11:00pm- Battle of the Bands *10 at the door*
An ALL AGES event
featuring youth bands playing at the Ale House as part of the Juvenis Arts Festival.

Saturday May 6

9:00am-10:00am: Tai Chi Level  *FREE*

Free Tai Chi lesson for beginners at Artillery Park Aquatic Centre

10:00am-7:30pm: Belle Park Driving Range *FREE*

Driving range access with a free large bucket of balls. A limited number of drivers are also available for use free of charge.

Sunday May 7

10:00am-4:00pm: Fitness Centre Drop-in & equipment orientation *FREE*

NVISTA Centre, Youth 13-15 years will have access to Fitzone equipment only. Youth ages 16-24 will have access to the full fitness centre.

11:00am-2:00pm: Healthy Day at YMCA *FREE*

A free day of fun and games hosted at the YMCA, 100 Wright Cres, check out more details on Facebook at: 

 Youth Week is your chance to experience some free or discounted programming from our partners across the City! Be sure to get involved and work with us to help build a Youth Friendly Kingston!