Vancouver is only two weeks away from hosting the CFL’s 2011 Grey Cup on Sunday, Nov. 27. More than 400,000 people are expected to pour into the city for a weekend of football, tailgating and parties. And with the hometown Lions in the running for the Cup, it promises to be a wild weekend. Here are five ways to get into the action:
1) Telus StreetFest: During Grey Cup weekend, head down to the free street party at Beatty and Robson Streets. At the main stage, there will be continuous live music with bands taking the stage from 3 p.m.-9:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m.-1:45 p.m. on Sunday. Headliners include The Dudes, Hey Ocean and Said the Whale. Beatty and Robson Streets. Friday, Nov. 25-Sunday, Nov. 27.
2) Free Pancake Breakfast: This cherished tradition from the Calgary Stampede is coming to Vancouver on Friday and Saturday mornings. Come to the Terry Fox Plaza for cowboy hats, pins, mini footballs and buttons while enjoying live music and a free hot breakfast. For the record, it’s not just pancakes but sausage, too. Terry Fox Plaza. Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Nov. 26; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
3) Molson Canadian House: Vancouver Convention Centre West (the new building at Canada Place) will house Molson’s 90,000-square-foot beer garden. Day passes are $35 and are currently available only at the door. Inside, you’ll find plenty of beer; live music from the likes of Barney Bentall and the Fabulous Thunderbirds; and a daily tailgate buffet brunch (an extra $24). Vancouver Convention Centre. Friday, Nov. 25-Saturday, Nov. 27; noon-1 a.m. Sunday, November 28, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
4) Grey Cup Parade: Glee star (and BC native) Cory Monteith leads the annual Grey Cup Parade through the packed streets of downtown Vancouver on Saturday morning. Some 14 marching bands, 100 dancers and many elaborate floats will make their way from the start at Smithe and Hornby Streets to the finish at Canada Place. Parade route follows Burrard Street from Smithe Street to Canada Place. Saturday, Nov. 26; 10 a.m.-noon.
5) Go to the Game: Believe it or not, you can still find tickets for the Grey Cup on Ticketmaster, starting at $156 (Update – They appear to be sold out as of early this morning). Hundreds of tickets will also be given away in drawings at the Telus StreetFest.
Any other ideas for celebrating the Grey Cup? Let us know!