Hello Arizona! We are back from our long winter's nap. There are LOTS of fun things to do coming up and we want to make sure you don't miss out on any of the fun.
The next couple of weeks are all about the Super Bowl. Even if you are not planning on going to the big game--like the rest of us--there are plenty of activities in the Valley to get you in the spirit. There is something for everyone on this list:
The NFL Experience
Saturday, January 24th - Sunday, February 1st at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Get a hands-on experience hosted by the NFL. This event is hosted in conjunction with the Super Bowl every year in the host city and includes an interactive theme park with games, displays, youth football clinics, and free autograph signings from current and former NFL players. Tickets are $35 for adults and $20 for children 12 and under, or get a family pack to save a few bucks.
Fan Fest Scottsdale
Monday, January 26th - Sunday, February 1st on the North side of Scottsdale Fashion Square.
If you are wondering how you are going to experience football, fashion, and food all in one, then this is the event for you. Because it just makes sense. This location is where ESPN will be hosting their live broadcasts. Other activities going on throughout the day include food trucks, fashion shows, cooking demos, and of course lots of live ESPN shows. FREE.
The Downtown Phoenix City Sampler
Friday, January 23rd - Sunday, February 1st
This is a fun way for visitors or locals to tour downtown restaurants one taste at a time. Each restaurant on the tour has $5 specials for two weeks only. Go here to check out the long list of participating restaurants and to plan your route.
Superb Owl Shuffle 5K
9:00 AM on Sunday, February 1st at Kiwanis Park in Tempe.
This event is a fun, football-themed tailgate party with a fitness expo, 5K race, kids 100 yard blitz race, live owls, goody bags for all participants, and more. $25/person.
Gridiron Glory at the Arizona Science Center
We love the Arizona Science Center and right now they have an exhibit based around the pro football hall of fame. Featuring football memorabilia and artifacts, video footage, and interactive displays.
NFL Pro Bowl
There are still tickets available for the Pro Bowl, the game full of NFL all-stars held right here at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on Sunday, January 25th.
16th Annual Super Bowl Gospel Celebration
Friday, January 30th at ASU Gammage Auditorium
This annual event follows the Super Bowl every year and features an all-star line up including Natalie Grant, Israel Houghton and Gladys Knight. Tickets start at $42
Other Things to Do:
Glendale Chocolate Affaire
Friday, January 30th - Saturday, January 31st at Murphy Park in downtown Glendale. This yearly event in Glendale is for the chocolate-lover in us all. Enjoy food vendors, chocolate eating (of course), tours of the Cerreta candy factory, performances and live music, a kids zone with games, activities, and a petting zoo, and more. This year the event will have a football side too with a Super Street area including football-themed games and activities as well as Seahawks and Patriots team zones. Free admission and free parking.
Waste Management Phoenix Open
Monday, January 26th - Sunday, February 1st at Westworld, Scottsdale.
Along with the main event, there are several other activities and entertainment options throughout the week. Tickets are $30 with children 17 and under free with accompanying adult. Make sure to check out Alicia's Deals for tips for how to get to the Phoenix Open for free.
Mom's Night Out with North Phoenix Moms Blog
Sunday, January 25th from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM at Phoenix Public Market.
Meet up with some other moms for a fun night of food, drinks, and a swag bag for all attendees. Tickets start at $23 each and can be purchased here.
Dew Downtown Flagstaff
Saturday, January 24th - Sunday, January 25th in Downtown Flagstaff.
This event is also known as Mountain Dew's Urban Ski and Snowboard Festival and includes two days of urban ski and snowboard demonstrations and competitions. Also included are festival areas, snow play areas, and other activities. Free to Spectators, some activities may require a nominal fee.
Ice skating in downtown Phoenix is still open through Feb 1st.
Spring Out to Lunch Concert Series at the Mesa Arts Center
Every Thursday, January 22nd - March 26th from 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM at the Wells Fargo garden.
Bring your lunch and enjoy a weekly concert in Downtown Mesa. Vendors are also onsite to purchase food, drinks, or treats. Check out the schedule and more information here.
EVIT Gives Back Expo
Saturday, January 24th from 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM at EVIT in Mesa.
This family-friendly event is held annually to showcase East Valley Institute of Technology. Lots of free services offered included free diagnostics for your mobile devices, electronics recycling, fire safety demonstrations, free chair massages, and more. Also included are a kids area with a bounce house, trolley tours, entertainment, and more.
If you are visiting Arizona for the big game, welcome! You may want to check out these other posts for more fun ideas of things to do while you're in AZ:
Want to really see what Arizona has to offer? Check out 10 Things to Do for the Ultimate Phoenix Experience
For other activities and restaurant specials going on during Super Bowl week check out this article from Phoenix Bites.
Enjoy the beautiful weather! Find some great spots to hike or explore the desert here: 16 Kid-Friendly and Pet-Friendly Hikes in the Phoenix Area. (P.S. There is something for everyone on this list even if you are not bringing kids or pets.)
Have a great week!