Events at the Y

Committed to Community

From time to time we host events at the Y that are connected to our mission to strengthen the community. You can find upcoming and past events listed below.

2024 Events

2024 Annual Meeting

Friday, June 21, 8:30-9:30am

Jill Nye McKeown, Y Staff
Katie Hawley, Y Board Chair
Marsha Faryniarz, Interim CEO

Remarks from Community:
Mayor Emma Mulvaney-Stanak
Bashir Abdallah – Early Child Care Parent
Sidney Eley – Y Member
Dr. Andrea Green – UVMMC Partner

Light refreshments provided

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Let’s Talk About Sugar!

FREE workshop: Thursday, May 16, 7:00-8:30pm

Having sweet treats seems innocent enough, but how much is too much, and why is it so hard to cut back? Turns out there are biological, emotional and social reasons why quitting sugar is so hard. Join us as Dr. Andrea Grayson, author of The Sweet Tooth Dilemma, explores:

– your go-to treats and how they keep you hooked
– how much is too much
– how sugar does harm in the body
– hidden and sneaky sugars
– how to minimize cravings
– secrets for a sugar-minimal lifestyle

Seed & Sew FREE workshop

Join the Y and Seed & Sew founder Alyssa Blask Campbell in workshops that help adults better understand children’s emotions and how they can support their social-emotional growth. 

When Children’s Behaviors are Triggering
Thursday, May 9, 7:00-8:30pm

Recognizing behavior as communication. What’s being said without words? What need are kids trying to meet, likely subconsciously or unconsciously? This workshop helps you access the tools to calm your nervous system and navigate children’s triggering behaviors.

Held at the Y, the workshop will be a one hour presentation, followed by a 30 minute Q & A.

2nd Annual Kids Fest: Celebrating health and safety

A free, fun party combining New American Safety Festival and the GBYMCA Healthy Kids Day

April 27, 10:00am – 1:00pm
at the Y (parking lot and inside), 298 College Street, BTV

Tons of fun for kids, health and safety info for parents/caregivers
Activity booklet, crafts, face painting, games, bounce house, gym
Free bicycle helmets and t-shirts (while they last)
Family Fitness sampler classes
See Champ, Monty the Moose, and Rally Cat!
Music with DJ Melo Grant, food from local vendors
Interpreters available in ASL, Burmese, Dari, French, Kirundi, MaiMai, Somali, Nepali, Pashto, Spanish, Swahili, and Vietnamese

Featuring these community partners
Association of Africans Living in Vermont | BCA – Art from the Heart | Be SMART | Bristol Rescue Squad | Building Bright Futures | Burlington Lead Program | Burlington Partnership for a Healthy Community | Chittenden County Sheriffs Office | Community Health Centers | Dad Guild | GBYMCA – Camp SPLASH | GBYMCA – Family and School Age Programs | Lake Champlain Basin Program | Lets Grow Kids | Live Like Benjo Foundation | Local Motion | Monty Moose, Children’s Hospital | Old Spokes Home | Prevent Child Abuse VT | United Way of Northwest Vermont | UVM Cancer Center | UVM Extension 4-H | VDH Be Seat Smart | VT Dept of Health – WIC and Health Education | Vermont Lake Monsters | YMCA Camp Abnaki

Kids Fest 2024 Hosts:
The Greater Burlington YMCA, SafeKids Vermont, The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital

Kids Fest 2024 Sponsors:
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, NorthCountry Federal Credit Union

With support from:
Folino’s Pizza, New Duds

2023 Events

Q + A with Kevin Chu, Vermont Futures Project

Thursday, November 9, 7:00pm at the Y

The Vermont Futures Project is developing a statewide economic action plan informed by data. The framework for the plan is built on two fundamental components that define communities: people and places.

In order to strengthen Vermont’s economy, scale up our impact on sustainability, and make progress on social equity, the Vermont Futures Project is setting a goal to increase our population to 802,000 people and the non-seasonal housing stock to 350,000 units by 2035.

Learn how these goals were calculated and share your ideas about actions that can be taken at the local and state level towards achieving them.

Open House

Sunday, September 17, 10:00am – 2:00pm

We’re grateful to be part of such an amazing community. Enjoy free entrance* during our Open House as our way of saying THANK YOU!

10:00am – 2:00pm: 
• Tours of the Y
• Full use of Wellness Floor (cardio and weights), ages 18+
• Group Fitness sampler classes
• Adult Swim in the Lap Pool
• Child Care for 6 mos.-8 yrs, limited availability 
• Snacks in the Lobby

10:00am – Noon: 
• Family Swim in the Program Pool
• Family Recreation in the Gym with Bounce House
• Translators in Swahili, Nepali, Dari/Pashto, Somali, and Arabic

Noon – 2:00pm:
• Adult Swim in the Program Pool
• Open Recreation in the Gym
• Adult Aquatic Fitness class in the Program Pool

* Guests must have current photo ID and fill out a Guest Liability Waiver. Parents and/or Caregivers must sign waiver for child(ren) under age 18.

Welcoming Week

September 11 – 17

Welcoming Week is a chance to celebrate the many dimensions of diversity that make our community stronger! Join us for events throughout the week, including:

BIPOC Affinity Spin with CEO, Monday, Sept. 11, 6:00pm.

Sample some international cuisine in the Y Lobby! Small bites, Monday through Wednesday at 4:30pm.

Monday: Sherpa Kitchen. Nepalese restaurant.
Tuesday: Mulu’s Catering. Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine.
Wednesday: Café Mamajuana. Dominican fusion.

Youth and Caregiver Swim Lesson, Friday, September 15, 5:30-6:00pm. Fun for adults and their 6 month – 3 year old kids with a focus on water safety.

Welcoming Week Family Swim, Saturday, Sept. 16. Two sessions, 4:00-4:45pm, and 5:00-5:45pm. This family swim is an affinity space for families in our community who identify as newcomers + immigrants. 

Vermont Pride week

September 2 – 10

Celebrate our LGBTQ+ community members at the Y during Vermont Pride week. Join Y staff for the Pride Parade at noon on Sunday, September 10.

Thank you to all who participated in Pride Swim held in conjunction with Pride Center Vermont on Saturday, Sept. 2!

2023 Annual Meeting

Friday, June 16, 8:30-9:30am

Icebreaker: Y School Age Director Tiffany Cross
Reading: Poet, Educator, Facilitator Rajnii Eddins
Remarks: Board Chair Katie Hawley and President/CEO Kyle Dodson
Featured Speaker: Therapist and Longtime Y Member Kevin Gallagher 

Light refreshments provided

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Kids Fest: Celebrating health and safety

A fun party combining New American Safety Festival and the Greater Burlington YMCA Healthy Kids Day

April 29, 10:00am – 1:00pm
at the Y, 298 College Street, Burlington VT

Tons of fun activities for kids: activity booklet, crafts, face painting, games, smoothie bikes
Free bicycle helmets and t-shirts (while they last)
Family Fitness, Dance, and Yoga classes
Music with DJ Melo Grant
Food provided: Harmony’s Kitchen, People’s Kitchen, Sherpa Kitchen, A Taste of Abyssinia
Interpreters available

Featuring 30 community partners!

Kids Fest 2023 Hosts:
The Greater Burlington YMCA, SafeKids Vermont, The University of Vermont Children’s Hospital

Kids Fest 2023 Sponsors:
Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, NorthCountry Federal Credit Union

Community Mural Project with Juniper Creative

Thank you to all who participated in the creation of our community mural — including youth brainstorming participants, art-makers from preschoolers to seniors, and especially Juniper Creative, LLC. Stop by to see the completed mural in our lobby conference room!

Learn more about Juniper Creative at