The 102nd Grey Cup will play out at BC Place in Vancouver this November, and with the championship football game comes a world class city-wide festival where fans from across the country can meet to celebrate. Hosted by our very own BC Lions, the Grey Cup Festival announced its plans for entertainment and activities this fall.
Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver
The 102nd Grey Cup Festival will feature a 3-day nightly concert series presented by Global BC and The Province and headlined each night by some of Canada’s brightest stars, including Canadian country talent Tim Hicks, popular Vancouver-based folk band Hey Ocean! and ‘Canada’s greatest party band’ Trooper. In addition to the Concert Series, the 3-day TELUS Street Festival will include FREE live music daily on the PlayNow.com stage, featuring a rotation of talented local artists, including Delhi 2 Dublin, The Matinee, and The Boom Booms.
Canada’s largest sports festival will run from November 26th until November 30th at the Vancouver Convention Centre, in conjunction with the 102nd Grey Cup championship. Tickets for the festival will range from $20 to $350 with many free events and activities indoors and outside at Jack Poole Plaza.
Remember how it felt around the city when the Olympics were here? Fans from other cities sporting their team colours, family activities and concerts, supporter beer gardens, and that electric feeling in the air knowing that a big sporting event is taking place and there’s a shiny prize on the line? That’s how John and I felt about the Grey Cup Festival in Vancouver when it was here in 2011. It was like a taste of that Olympic feeling all over again and I just know we’re going to have even more fun this November. Just look at the music lineup alone!
Kudos to the CFL, BC Lions, and sponsors for stacking the stages with Canadian and homegrown talent that can get crowds pumped up and dancing in the streets.
Grey Cup Festival Activities and Concerts
- Grey Cup Festival kickoff (Wednesday, November 26th)
- TELUS Street Festival featuring the PlayNow.com stage
(Thursday, November 27 – Saturday, November 29th)
- Nissan Family Zone featuring the Canadian Direct Insurance Family stage
(Thursday, November 27th – Saturday, November 29th)
- Team Parties (Thursday, November 27th – Saturday, November 29th)
- Grey Cup Festival Concert Series, presented by Global BC and The Province
- Thursday, November 27th – New Music night, presented by The Peak 102.7:
Headliner: Hey Ocean!
Supported by: Family of the Year, The Gay Nineties
- Friday, November 28th – Country Music night, presented by 93.7 JRfm
Headliner: Tim Hicks
Supported by: Tebey, One More Girl
- Saturday November 29th – Classic Rock night, presented by Rock 101
Supported by: 54.40, Sass Jordan
Other events during the festival include the Blakes CFL Alumni Legends Luncheon (Friday, November 28th); Edgewater Casino Night (Friday, November 28th); Save-on-Foods Grey Cup Festival Parade (Saturday, November 29th); Cheerleader Extravaganza (Saturday, November 29th); Rock and ROAR Gala (Saturday, November 29th); Grey Cup Fan March (Sunday, November 30th); Pre-Game Tailgate Party (Sunday, November 30th); and of course the 102nd Grey Cup Championship Game (Sunday, November 30th) at BC Place.
Grey Cup Parade
The Grey Cup Parade takes place Saturday, November 29th from 10:00am to 12:00pm and will run along Burrard to Dunsmuir.
Three-day passes for the 102nd Grey Cup Festival Concert Series go on sale Friday, September 19th for an early bird rate of $90 (going up to $102 after October 15). Tickets for the Grey Cup final game are also still available for purchase online.