The 105th Grey Cup Festival is here!

November 21, 2017
by glebeadmin

Ottawa REDBLACKS Grey Cup Parade
November 29, 2016
PHOTO: Andre Ringuette/Freestyle Photography

The 105th Grey Cup matchup is set – and so is a week of celebrating Canadian culture, music and sport in the Glebe.

Well before the Calgary Stampeders and Toronto Argonauts hit the field at TD Place to battle for Canadian football supremacy, football fans, families and music lovers will descend on the Glebe to take part in scores of events during the 105th Grey Cup Festival, including interactive kids’ zones, CFL history and team parties galore.

Even if you are not a football fan, you’ll want to spend the week in the Glebe, as the festival truly has something for everyone: concerts, street festivals and epic tailgate parties.

Here’s a little rundown of what’s happening in the Glebe for Grey Cup week.

Grey Cup Festival HQ Presented by Shaw
Nov. 23-26: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lansdowne Park 

RNation is welcoming Our Nation. Be a part of history at the Grey Cup Festival Headquarters at Lansdowne, which will boast a flurry of activity leading up to Sunday’s big game. All nine of Canada’s CFL teams will be celebrated through cultural programming, live music, community events, an outdoor family fun zone, concerts, a silent disco and much more.

Family Fun Zone Presented by Canada 150
Nov. 23: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Nov. 24-25: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Skate Court, Basketball, Park, and Grass Area 

Grab the kids and head to Lansdowne! The Family Fun Zone will give families a fun place to explore and learn about Canadian football with interactive activities and games, football-themed stations and other programming. Try your hand at being a CFL quarterback, learn proper passing techniques and field goal kicks. The Family Fun Zone also features an obstacle course, face painting, player autographs and mascots. Click here to see a schedule of the player autograph signings.

Canadian Football Hall of Fame Museum
Nov. 23-26: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Arena Concourse 

Visit the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Museum everyday beginning Thursday and learn about the vibrant history of Canada’s game. Vintage jerseys, helmets, footballs and past Grey Cup rings will be on display.

Grey Cup Festival Concert Series – Country Night feat. Jess Moskaluke and more
Nov. 23: 6 p.m.
Arena at TD Place 

The Grey Cup Festival Concert Series launches with a country night featuring Juno Award winning country singer Jess Moskaluke, The Washboard Union and JJ Shiplett.

Capital Pride Grey Cup Party
Nov. 23: 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Horticulture Building 

The 105th Grey Cup Festival and Ottawa Capital Pride have teamed up for an inclusive bash at the Horticulture Building celebrating the close relationship between Canadian football and the rainbow community. Live music and entertainment, as well as player appearances by Greg Ellingson, Antoine Pruneau and Brendan Gillanders.

Nissan Titan Street Festival
Nov. 23-26: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Aberdeen Square 

The Nissan Titan Street Festival will feature family entertainment, live music on the Street Festival Stage presented by Bumper to Bumper, giveaways, player appearances, autograph sessions, CFL pin trading, giveaways and more. Throughout the week, we will be showcasing Canadian culture and talent from coast to coast to coast and the best part is that all programming is FREE!

RNation Party

Nov. 23: 4 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Nov. 24-25 Noon to 2 a.m.
Aberdeen Pavilion 

The place to be. The Ottawa REDBLACKS are rolling out the plaid carpet for RNation. You will want to be sure this is on the ‘to do’ list while at the Grey Cup Festival. Good tunes, great food and fabulous people are just a few reasons why you want to attend this 3-day party. But don’t worry, you do not have to be a REDBLACKS fan to join the good time, everyone is welcome here! RNation welcomes Our Nation at the Aberdeen Pavilion.

Calgary Grey Cup Committee Free Pancake Breakfast
Nov. 24-24: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Aberdeen Square 

Join the Calgary Grey Cup Committee for a free pancake breakfast, Stampede style at the Aberdeen Square Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event will feature live music and entertainment all morning.

Grey Cup Festival Concert Series – Alternative Rock Night Featuring Sloan
Nov. 25: 6 p.m.
Arena at TD Place

The party continues November 24th at TD Place, as Juno award winning group Sloan, is set to headline the second night of the 105th Grey Cup Festival concert series alongside special guests Reuben and the Dark and Dwayne Gretzky.

Riderville
Nov. 24-25 Noon to 2 a.m.
Horticulture Building

The Horticulture Building at Lansdowne will be transformed into Rider Nation Friday and Saturday, as the Saskatchewan Roughriders host fans and friends for a day of food an entertainment. Rider fans always make their presence known and it will be the same this weekend in the Glebe.

Grey Cup Festival Concert Series – Classic Rock Night Featuring Trooper and April Wine
Nov. 25: 6 p.m.
Arena at TD Place

The final night of the Concert Series presented by TD, a part of the 105th Grey Cup Festival presented by Shaw, concludes with an evening filled with classic Rock-n-roll on November 25th. One of Canada’s top five selling bands of all time, Trooper and Canadian Music Hall of Fame inductees April Wine, are taking the stage at The Arena at TD Place Saturday night to close the Grey Cup Festival Concert Series.

Tailgate Party
Nov. 26: 12 p.m. to post game
Great Lawn

If you’ve got a ticket to the Grey Cup Sunday, then you’re in for the largest tailgate party in the CFL’s history. Live music, beers and stadium bits. The perfect way to kick off your Grey Cup experience.

VIP Tailgate Party
Nov. 26: 2 p.m. to post game
Aberdeen Pavilion

If you’d rather stay warm, pick up VIP Tailgate Party tickets and sip cocktails inside the Aberdeen Pavilion while the Flutie Brothers keep you moving.

105th Grey Cup Championship
6 p.m.
TD Place

The Calgary Stampeders and the Toronto Argonauts battle it out for Canadian Football Supremacy at the 105th Grey Cup Championship at TD Place.

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