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Grey Cup Festival brings more than just a game to Ottawa

By Hannah Manning on November 20, 2017

Photo by Hannah Manning/Apt613 (IG: @hannahkgm)

The stage is set: the Calgary Stampeders are taking on the Toronto Argonauts in the 105th Grey Cup on Sunday November 26 at TD Place.

But did you know there is plenty happening before the big game Sunday? The 105th Grey Cup Festival kicks off Tuesday with the arrival of the Grey Cup and events run until Sunday. With a mix of free and ticketed events, there’s much more to the Grey Cup than one football game.

Lansdowne is going to be Grey Cup Festival HQ. From Thursday to Sunday, you can celebrate all nine of Canada’s teams through cultural programming, live music, community events, an outdoor family fun zone, concerts, a silent disco and much more. Don’t miss the free pancake breakfasts Friday and Saturday, brought to you by the Calgary Grey Cup Committee.

For music lovers, the three night concert series is not to be missed. For all the details, be sure to read our preview.

Ottawa Capital Pride and the 105th Grey Cup Festival have partnered up to throw a party in the Horticulture Building at Lansdowne on Thursday night where everyone is welcome. It is an inclusive event for anyone who wishes to attend and will feature a variety of programming and entertainment, including appearances by Ottawa Redblacks Greg Ellingson, Antoine Pruneau and Brendan Gillanders.

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The 10th annual Grey Cup Down East Kitchen Party team party runs Friday and Saturday night at the Delta Hotel. Presented by the Atlantic Schooners, known as Canada’s un-official 10th CFL team, you can enjoy Celtic music, snack on lobster rolls and get screeched in by kissing a cod.

For all you Toronto fans, you’ll want to check out Barley Mow (1060 Bank Street) on Saturday for the Argos Team Party. Calgary fans should stop by Industria (225 Marché Way), aka Stamps House, Friday and Saturday for music, drinks and a Wild West good time. Oh and Ottawa may not be playing Sunday but it doesn’t mean you have to put away your plaid! Redblacks fans won’t want to miss the RNation Party Thursday from 4pm-2am at Aberdeen Pavilion.

For a full list of free event, check out the Grey Cup Festival site. To stay up to date on all the activities, follow @GreyCupFestival on Twitter and Instagram.