24 fun things to do during the 2016 Toronto Grey Cup Festival

Nov 22 2016, 1:29 pm

The Grey Cup has arrived in Toronto in advance of Sunday’s big game.

Whether football fans have scored tickets to BMO Field or plan to watch from a bar, there’s an astounding number of activities and festivities happening in Toronto between now and kick-off.

From pancake breakfasts and concerts, to street festivals, awards shows, and tailgate parties, here’s where to go to get pumped up before the biggest game in Canadian football.


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Grey Cup Festival HQ

The venue for team parties also does double duty as the Fan Services centre and Grey Cup Shop stocked with official Grey Cup merch.

When: Thursday, November 24 to Friday, November 25, 2 pm to 1 am, Saturday, November 26, 11 am to 1 am
Where: South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: Free

Nissan Titan Street Festival

Celebrate Canadian Football at this fan street fest featuring a food truck alley, drinks at the Lodge, live entertainment at the Sirius XM Stage (tickets may be required) and a chance to test your football skills the Future CFL Zone.

When: Friday, November 25, 11 am to 10 pm
Where: Nissan Titus Street Festival
Price: Free


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Cheer Extravaganza

Soak in the energy and excitement as CFL Cheer Teams perform their Grey Cup Festival routines and showcase unrivalled acrobatics.

When: Saturday, November 26, 12 pm to 1:30 pm
Where: South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: Free



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Tokyo Police Club and The New Pornographers

The Grey Cup Festival Concert Series presented by SiriusXM opens with this double bill featuring two popular Canadian indie rock bands on the Friday night.

When: Friday, November 25, 7: 30 pm
Where: South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: $29.50 for a one-day pass, $49.50 for a two-day pass

The Juno Award-winning band from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, are joined by the legendary indie rockers and Canadian Indie Rock Hall of Fame inductees on the second night of the Grey Cup Festival Concert Series presented by SiriusXM.
When: Saturday, November 26, 7:30 pm
Where: South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: $29.50 (Saturday only), $49.50 for a two-day pass

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Saskatchewan Roughriders fans are set to congregate at this 19+ festival featuring food and entertainment over three nights.

Spirit of Edmonton

There’s no cover to attend this party celebrating the Spirit of Edmonton. Expect Canadian talent performing live and lots of cold beers.

When: Thursday, November 24, 4 pm to 1 am; Friday, November 25, 2 pm to 1am, Saturday, November 26, 2 pm to 1 am
Where: Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: Free

Touchdown Manitoba

Kick off Grey Cup weekend with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers at this party presented by TransX. In addition to unique Manitoba traditions, look forward to cheer teams, pep bands and mascots.

When: Friday, November 25, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Real Sports Bar & Grill, Toronto
Price: $25

Lions Den

Join the pack and party with fellow West Coast fans at this party presented by Budweiser. Expect prizes, DJs, a live band, and performances by the Felions dance team.


Shaw CFL Player Awards Red Carpet

Meet players, CFL Alumni, coaches, and CFL Executives on the red carpet in advance of the award show broadcast live online and across various screens within the Festival grounds.

When: Thursday, November 24, 7 pm to 8:30 pm
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario
Price: Free

Shaw CFL Player Award Viewing Party

Join the CFL for a special viewing party billing exclusive access to the red carpet, photo ops with all 2016 player and coach nominees, pre-award show cocktails, official viewing party in the AGO’s beautiful Walker Court, and a post-award show reception.

When: Thursday, November 24, 7 pm to 1 am
Where: Art Gallery of Ontario
Price: $30




Calgary Grey Cup Committee Pancake Breakfast

Enjoy a little western hospitality with Calgary’s famous pancake breakfast and Stampede style entertainment. 

When: Friday, November 25, 10:30 am to 1:30 pm; Saturday, November 26, 11am to 1 pm
Where: Roundhouse Park
Price: Free

Spirit of Edmonton Grey Cup Breakfast

Start the day with performances by CFL Cheer Teams, breakfast and funky fashions. Not to mention, this is your chance to take a sip of Edmonton’s ever popular Sluice Juice.

When: Saturday, November 26, 8 am to 12 pm
Where: Sheraton Centre, 123 Queen Street West, Toronto
Price: $125

CFLAA Legends Luncheon

Share a meal with CFL alumni as they share stories from the gridiron. And be there in person when Toronto Argonauts alumni, Peter Martin and Michael “Pinball” Clemons are awarded the prestigious 2016 Man of the Year award.

When: Friday, November 25, 11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Where: South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: $175 (plus applicable fees)

Empowering Women & Community Through Sport Luncheon

The women of the CFL hosts this forum featuring keynote speaker, Stacey Allaster, Chief Executive, Professional Tennis for USTA along with panelists, Michele O’Keefe, President and CEO, Basketball Canada, Olympians Rosie Cossar and Natalie Spooner, and Susan Irving, Senior Director of Marketing, Global Snacks Groups, PepsiCo, for a discussion moderated by Tessa Bonhomme, gold medalist hockey player and sports broadcaster.

When: Friday, November 25, 12 pm to 2 pm
Where: South Building, Metro Toronto Convention Centre
Price: $150 

Festival Kick-Off Party

This gala event presented by BMO will treat attendees to an evening of gourmet food and unique entertainment.

When: Friday, November 25, 7 pm to 11 pm
Where: Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Price: $375 (plus applicable fees)

Image: Toronto Argonauts / Facebook

Image: Toronto Argonauts / Facebook


Nissan Titan Tailgate

Take in the classic tailgate experience at this parking lot party before the big game.

When: Sunday, November 27, 12 pm to 5 pm
Where: Ontario Place, Parking Lot 2
Price: $40 (plus applicable fees)

VIP Grey Cup Warm-Up Party

This pre-game party promises gourmet tailgate treats, drinks (two complimentary drink tickets included with ticket price), and live entertainment featuring a performance by Joel Plaskett Emergency.

When: Sunday, November 27, 1 pm to 5 pm
Where: Muzik, 15 Saskatchewan Road, Toronto
Price: $175 (plus applicable fees)

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