Ottawa Tourism

Fun and Football This Fall at the 105th Grey Cup Festival in Ottawa

The 105th Grey Cup Festival is hosting a great lineup of live entertainment and football fun in Canada’s Capital this fall, and everyone’s invited!

From November 21-26, 2017, Lansdowne and the Shaw Centre will be bustling with free, family-friendly programming, as well as special ticketed events like the Festival Kickoff Bash and the Gridiron Gals Women’s Event. Plus, the three-day Grey Cup Festival Concert Series at TD Place will present all-Canadian musical acts including Jess Moskaluke, Sloan, Trooper and April Wine. All this in anticipation of the grand event – the Canadian Football League (CFL) championship game on November 26!

Here are a few festival highlights:

Nov. 21
The Grey Cup arrives in Ottawa and at Lansdowne (free)
See the Grey Cup and have your picture taken with it – Tent Room at Rideau Hall (4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

Nov. 23
Shaw CFL Awards & Rev-Up Party – Shaw Centre
Capital Pride Grey Cup Party – Horticulture Building

Nov. 23-25
RNation Party – Aberdeen Pavilion (free until 7 p.m.)
Canadian Football Hall of Fame and Museum – TD Place Concourse (free)
Grey Cup Festival Concert Series including 3 themed nights (country, alternative and classic rock) – TD Place
Team parties – various locations

Nov. 23-26
Shaw Grey Cup Festival HQ, Nissan Titan Street Festival and the Family Fun Zone – all at Lansdowne (free)

Nov. 24-25
Stamps House (Stampeders Team Party) – Industria at TD Place
Other Team Parties – various locations

Nov. 25
Gridiron Gals Women’s Event – Shaw Centre
The Shipyard at Grey Cup (Argos Team Party) – Barley Mow on Bank Street
Other Team Parties – various locations

Nov. 26 – GAME DAY!
Tailgate Party – Great Lawn at Lansdowne (free)
VIP Tailgate Party – Aberdeen Pavilion
CFL championship game: Calgary Stampeders vs Toronto Argonauts – TD Place


Did you know that Grey Cup festival event ticket holders get free public transportation on OC Transpo during pre-determined periods, and access to a free shuttle running between downtown, the Shaw Centre, as well as TD Place at Lansdowne? Different periods of free access to transportation are offered based on event ticket types. For complete details, visit the Grey Cup Travel Plan page.

For the full schedule and to get your event tickets, visit the Grey Cup Festival website. And reserve your Ottawa hotel today!

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