18 FREE events to check out at the Grey Cup Festival this week

Nov 19 2019, 3:30 pm

There are plenty of things to do around Calgary in the lead up to Sunday’s big game, but if you’re looking to save a buck, these are the ones to check out!

Tim Hortons Kick-Off Party

What: Dave Kelly will be hosting a 45-minute-long show that will see the arrival of the Grey Cup, special guests, music, artists, CFL alumni, and much more!

When: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 6 to 7 pm
Where: Big Four Roadhouse
Admission: Free!

Nissan Titan Street Festival

What: The Stampede Park will be ground zero for Grey Cup celebrations all week long, with plenty of exciting experiences, entertainment, and adult beverages available.

When: Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, November 23
Time: Wednesday: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Stampede Park
Admission: Free!

Jiffy Lube Tube Slide

What: Check out a FREE tube slide at the Nissan Titan Street Festival from Wednesday to Saturday, with three lanes of high-speed fun down a 169-foot-long slope!

When: Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, November 23
Time: Wednesday: 6:30 to 9:30 pm; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Stampede Park
Admission: Free!

ATCO Stratosphere

What: Walk into a 60-foot-high dome with 360-degree video projection — that’s 7x larger than an IMAX screen!

When: Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, November 23
Time: Wednesday: 6:30 to 9:30 pm; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:30 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Stampede Park
Admission: Free!

The Dungarees at TD Outdoor Stage

What: There will be plenty of live music being performed at the TD Outdoor Stage throughout the week, with The Dungarees kicking off the fun at 8 pm on Wednesday!

When: Wednesday, November 20
Time: 8 pm
Where: Lot 3 Stampede Park
Admission: Free!

Grey Cup Merchandise Store

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Grey Cup ( The Grey Cup Festival/Facebook)

What: Pick up your official Grey Cup merch at the BMO Centre at any point throughout the festivities to make sure you’ve got a souvenir to take home!

When: Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, November 23
Time: Wednesday: 6:30 to 9:30 pm; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm
Where: 20 Roundup Way
Admission: Free — unless you buy something!

Grey Cup Food Hall

What: Grab a bite to eat while enjoying the festivities by heading over to the lower level of the Big Four Roadhouse.

When: Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, November 23
Time: Wednesday: 6:30 to 9:30 pm; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 11:00 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Hall A, BMO Centre
Admission: Free!

Indoor Family Zone

What: Bring the kids over to Hall A for 50,000 square feet of family friendly fun, including a toddler area, a mini turf, an obstacle course, and much more.

When: Wednesday, November 20 to Saturday, November 23
Time: Wednesday: 6:30 to 9:30 pm; Thursday, Friday, and Saturday: 9:30 am to 9:30 pm
Where: Big Four Roadhouse
Admission: Free!

Grey Cup Festival Fireworks presented by CN

What: End the night off with a literal bang with a spectacular fireworks display at 9 pm each night of the festival!

When: November 20 to 23
Time: 9 pm
Where: Lot 3, Stampede Park
Admission: Free!

TD Outdoor Stage Thursday

What: Check out an exciting lineup of live music all throughout the day at the TD Outdoor Stage.

When: Thursday, November 21
Time: 9:30 am – High Steppin’ Daddy
Noon – The Heebee-jeebees
2:30 pm – Blake Reid Band
6:30 pm – Mariya Stokes
8 pm – Jocelyn Alice
Where: Lot 3 Stampede Park
Admission: Free!

Pancake Breakfast

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What: Grab yourself some fluffy (and free!) pancakes to start the day off on the right foot.

When: Thursday, November 21 to Saturday, November 23
Time: 9:30 to 11:30 am
Where: Lot 3 TD Outdoor Stage
Cost: Free!

TD Outdoor Stage Friday

What: Check out an exciting lineup of live music all throughout the day at the TD Outdoor Stage.

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 9:30 am – High Steppin’ Daddy
Noon – School of Rock
2:30 pm – Blake Reid Band
6:30 pm – JJ Shiplett
8 pm – The Dudes
Where: Lot 3 Stampede Park
Admission: Free!

Fan State of the League

What: Check out this Q&A with CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie to find out his thoughts on the league, rule changes, and more.

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 10:30 to 11:30 am
Where: Boyce Theatre
Admission: Free

Riderville Family

What: Roughrider fans, unite! Head out to BMO Centre’s Hall E for an afternoon of live bands, Roughriders players, cheers teams, and good company.

When: Friday, November 22 and Saturday, November 23
Time: Noon to 3 pm
Where: Hall E BMO Centre
Admission: Free

CFL International House

What: The first-ever CFL International House will celebrate countries from around the world with international food, drinks, and performances.

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 4 to 9:30 pm
Where: Lot 3 — ATCO Stratosphere
Admission: Free!

Eastern Social Hall Team Party

What: The teams of the east will be coming together for a party at the BMO Centre on Friday, which will include live music, cheer teams, and a chance to socialize.

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 8 pm to 2 am
Where: The Palomino Room, BMO Centre
Admission: Free!

TD Outdoor Stage Saturday

What: Check out an exciting lineup of live music all throughout the day at the TD Outdoor Stage.

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 9:30 am – High Steppin’ Daddy
Noon – School of Rock
2:30 pm – Blake Reid Band
6:30 pm – Mocking Shadows
8 pm – Michael Bernard Fitzgerald
Where: Lot 3 Stampede Park
Admission: Free!

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