46 events you can check out at Calgary's Grey Cup Festival this week

Nov 19 2019, 4:15 pm

The Grey Cup is coming to Calgary.

While the Stampeders may not be in the running to take home the hardware this year, that doesn’t mean that Calgarians can’t get excited about hosting the biggest event in the entire CFL season.

There are a whole list of fun events to check out this week — many of which are FREE — in the lead up to Sunday’s big game, so we’ve put them all together right here to make sure you know where to go to make the most of the 107th Grey Cup Festival!

Wednesday, November 20

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!

United Rentals Grey Cup Festival 50/50 Program

What: Don’t forget to snag some 50/50 tickets for the chance to win big and support the Stampeders Foundation.

When: November 20 to 23
Time: 6 to 11:59 pm

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!

Thursday, November 21

Breakfast with the Guys

What: CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie, Flames VP Gord Norrie, pro football player Keon Raymond, and former Edmonton Wildcat Zach Chomchuk will talk about making a change to tackle domestic violence.

When: Thursday, November 21
Time: 6:30 to 9:30 pm
Where: Big Four Roadhouse
Admission: $150, available online

TD Outdoor Stage

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!

Spirit of Edmonton Team Party

What: Join your fellow Edmontonians for live music, CFL Cheer teams, and much more for this fantastic fan party.

When: Thursday, November 21
Time: 4 pm to 1 am
Where: Hall C BMO Centre
Admission: $10 at the door

Atlantic Schooners Team Party

What: This Atlantic-themed party will feature a Schooner jersey auction, Celtic rock bands, and plenty of screech to go around!

When: Thursday, November 21
Time: 4 pm to midnight
Where: Hall D BMO Centre
Admission: $10

Shaw CFL Awards

What: The Saddledome will play host to the official CFL awards, recognizing some of the best players in the game  — on and off the field.

When: Thursday, November 21
Time: 6 to 9:30 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Admission: $105

Stamps House Team Party

What: This is the official Grey Cup party of the Calgary Stampeders, and it will be running from Thursday to Saturday!

When: Thursday, November 21
Time: 7 pm to 2 am
Where: Hall B BMO Centre
Admission: $10

Friday, November 22

Canadian Tire CFL Alumni Association Legends Luncheon

What: Hear about some of CFL’s biggest names and get photos and autographs with the league’s legends.

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 10:30 am to 2 pm
Where: Big Four Roadhouse
Admission: $125

Stamps House Team Party

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CFL / Twitter

What: This is the official Grey Cup party of the Calgary Stampeders, and it will be running from Thursday to Saturday!

When: Friday, November 22
Time: Noon to 2 am
Where: Hall B BMO Centre
Admission: $10

TD Outdoor Stage

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!

Spirit of Edmonton Team Party

What: Join your fellow Edmontonians for live music, CFL Cheer teams, and much more for this fantastic fan party.

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 2 pm to 1 am
Where: Hall C BMO Centre
Admission: $10 at the door

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, cheer teams, and good company.

When: Friday, November 21
Time: Noon to 3 pm
Where: Hall E BMO Centre
Admission: Free

Atlantic Schooners Team Party

What: This Atlantic-themed party will feature a Schooner jersey auction, Celtic rock bands, and plenty of screech to go around!

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 4 pm to 2 am
Where: Hall D BMO Centre
Admission: $10

Riderville Team Party

What: The Roughriders party is going all night long! Meet the players, enjoy the live bands, and grab yourself something from the Rider store, which will be located on site.

When: Friday, November 22
Time: Noon to 2 am
Where: Hall E BMO Centre
Admission: $10

Touchdown Manitoba Team Party

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Winnipeg Blue Bombers / Twitter

What: This is the official Winnipeg Blue Bombers team party, so come by to cheer on the team on their way to the Grey Cup!

When: Friday, November 22
Time: Noon to 5 pm
Where: The Palomino Room BMO Centre
Admission: $20

Lions Den Team Party November 22

What: Join fellow Lions fans for a night of giveaways, games, player appearances, and more!

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 4 pm to 12:30 am
Where: The Palomino Room BMO Centre
Admission: $10

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!

Alberta Blue Cross Grey Cup Gala Dinner

What: Gerry Lee will be hosting this gala, which will feature great food, delicious drinks, and a live entertainment lineup.

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 5 to 10 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Admission: $375

FUSION: Music + Grey Cup powered by CP; Friday Night Hip-Hop concert presented by 98.5 Virgin Radio

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Fetty Wap/Facebook

What: This music festival will be bringing some serious talent to McMahon Stadium in the days leading up to Sunday’s game, with Fetty Wap and Cartel Madras playing on Friday night.

When: Friday, November 22
Time: 7 pm to 1 am
Where: McMahon Stadium
Admission: $49

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!

Saturday, November 23

Athletes in Action Grey Cup Breakfast

What: Take a look at the lives of the men behind the uniforms and how faith plays a roll in both their professional and personal lives.

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 8 am to 10 am
Where: Big Four Roadhouse
Admission: $100

TD Outdoor Stage

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!

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

Riderville Team Party

What: The Roughriders party is going all night long! Meet the players, enjoy the live bands, and grab yourself something from the Rider store, which will be located on site.

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: Noon to 2 am
Where: Hall E BMO Centre
Admission: $10

Lions Den Team Party 

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Image: BC Lions / Twitter

What: Join fellow Lions fans for a night of giveaways, games, player appearances, and more!

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 4 pm to 12:30 am
Where: The Palomino Room BMO Centre
Admission: $10

Atlantic Schooners Team Party

What: This Atlantic-themed party will feature a Schooner jersey auction, Celtic rock bands, and plenty of screech to go around!

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: Noon to 2 am
Where: Hall D BMO Centre
Admission: $10

Spirit of Edmonton Breakfast

What: Get ready for a big day of Grey Cup excitement with some breakfast at 8 am sharp with the Spirit of Edmonton.

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 8 am to noon
Where: Hall C, BMO Centre
Admission: $125

Canadian Football Hall of Fame Reception presented by EMCO

What: See the best of the best in person at the Scotiabank Saddledome as Hall of Fame members sign autographs, take photos, and discuss the game.

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 1 to 4 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Admission: $20

Grey Cup Cheer Extravaganza

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Dominick Gravel / Alouettes de Montreal

What: Cheer teams from across the country will come together to perform a choreographed routine that will include stunts, tumbling, and dance!

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 1 to 3 pm
Where: Scotiabank Saddledome
Admission: $20

Canada’s Energy Citizens Grey Cup Rodeo

What: Check out cowboy events at the first-ever Grey Cup Rodeo, which will feature nine cowboys each decked out in team colours of one of the CFL teams.

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 5 to 7 pm
Where: Corral, Stampede Park
Admission: $25

Spirit of Edmonton Team Party

What: Join your fellow Edmontonians for live music, CFL Cheer teams, and much more for this fantastic fan party.

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: Noon to 1 am
Where: Hall C BMO Centre
Admission: $10 at the door

FUSION: Music + Grey Cup powered by CP; Friday Night Hip-Hop concert presented by 98.5 Virgin Radio

What: This music festival will be bringing some serious talent to McMahon Stadium in the days leading up to Sunday’s game, with Nervo and Young Bombers playing on Saturday night.

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 7 pm to 1 am
Where: McMahon Stadium
Admission: $58

SiriusXM Saturday Night Concert presented by Coors Light

What: OUr Lady Peace, I Mother Earth, and Dear Rouge will all be performing at the Big Four Roadhouse on Saturday night for what is sure to be an amazing show.

When: Saturday, November 23
Time: 7:30 pm to midnight
Where: Big Four Roadhouse
Admission: $75

Sunday, November 24

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Image: Grey Cup Festival / Facebook

FUSION: Music + Grey Cup Indoor Tailgate Party

What: Brett Kissel is set to headline the evening, with support from country acts Dan Davidson and Nice Horse.

When: Sunday, November 24
Time: Noon to midnight
Where: McMahon Stadium
Admission: $95

Grey Cup Outdoor Tailgate Party

What: Now this is the ultimate tailgate party. Taking over the parking lot on the east side of McMahon Stadium, attendees will enjoy live music, traditional tailgate fare, and, of course, some adult beverages.

When: Sunday, November 24
Time: Noon to 4 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium
Admission: $35

107th Grey Cup presented by Shaw

What: What Grey Cup Festival would be complete without the titular event? The Grey Cup will last from 4 to 8 pm, with kickoff at 4 pm sharp.

When: Sunday, November 24
Time: 4 to 8 pm
Where: McMahon Stadium
Admission: $219