Vancouver Weekender: November 25 through November 27, 2011

This weekend is all about the Grey Cup. Whether you’re looking for a notable way to party at home, squeeze into a pub, or happen to be one of the lucky ones who nabbed tickets for game day, we’ve got a rundown of fantastic activities guaranteed to score big. Not into all the footballer hype? No problem. We’ve sourced out some turf-free options too.

Friday, scoot out of work and head on down to the Molson Canadian House, located at the Vancouver Convention Centre West. This promises to be your Grey Cup go-to spot and will play host to a series of concerts, a sprawling beer garden and performances by the CFL cheer teams. Open throughout the weekend, purchase single day wristbands for $35 and let the party begin.  

Catch bands and artists such as Revolver, Colin James, Skratch Bastid (DJ), The Odds and plenty more.  

Alternatively, head over to Main Stage off Robson and take in additional (free) live acts such as: Kyprios, The Dudes, The Zolas, The Boom Booms, Said the Whale, Stars of Boulevard and more all weekend-long. Click here for more details. 

Aching for a snow-related fix? Start your Saturday off by heading over to check out MEC’s Snowfest Vancouver event, a festival that celebrates all things snowsports. Mingle with likeminded mountain-lovers and meet reps from top-notch outfitters (K2, Salomon, Rossignol, MSR to name a few). Take advantage of free clinics, score prizes and check out the latest gear up for grabs.Next up, grab a leisurely lunch and a pint over at Cactus Club Cafe. We recommend you nosh on their amazing Bandera Salad or soft halibut-stuffed tacos before heading off for a bit of pre-holiday shopping.

Make it Vancouver is back again, setting up shop at the Croation Cultural Centre off Commercial Drive. Join savvy and crafty Vancouverites as you peruse one-of-a-kind pieces from more than 100 artisans; or simply take in the scene from their licensed bar area while enjoying live music!

Stroll into Sunday by grabbing brunch at English Bay’s picturesque Raincity Grill, or check out The Red Wagon Cafe for some belly-filling breakfast.  We love their Benny collection, pulled pork pancakes and over-the-top omelettes.  

If you’re not already pub-bound to catch a glimpse of the Grey Cup on a wide-screen, enjoy some time outdoors and head up toCypress Mountain for a snowshoe. Always a noteworthy way to enjoy the tail-end of a weekend in the city, rentals will only set you back $25 or so. .  

Feeling frisky? Shed your Sunday night inhibitions and head over to the Biltmore Cabaret to celebrate Kitty Nights West Burlesque.