What: Super Bowl Live
When: Jan 27 – Feb 5
Where: Discovery Green
For 10 straight days, revel in all the free concerts that are occurring on Discovery Green in celebration of Super Bowl LI. Solange, Robert Glasper and Lizzo will headline the main stage on Feb. 2, followed by Leon Bridges, Shakey Graves and Robert Ellis on Feb. 3, and ZZ Top, The Suffers and Gary Clark Jr. on Feb. 4. Don’t forget to make your way to Future Flight, a virtual reality experience created with help from NASA, which will take you on a 90-foot-drop tower ride that mimics a spaceflight. housuperbowl.com
What: Game City Showcase
When: Jan 30 – Feb 2, 6–9 p.m.
Where: Midtown, Museum, EaDo and Theater Districts
Make your way through four of the city’s most eclectic districts during this free, four-day community event series, which is loaded with music, local art, celebrity pop-ups and food and drink sampling from eight to 10 different restaurants. 365thingsinhouston.com/game-city-showcase-2017
What: Puppy Bowl
When: Feb 1, 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Meadowlake Pet Resort & Training Center
Teams of 2- to 6-month-old puppies will compete for touchdowns at Meadowlake Pet Resort’s Puppy Bowl. Yes, you read that correctly. The big game will kick off with the national anthem and feature an exciting halftime show between quarters. Each puppy is a winner at this tournament and will go with their own trophy. Meadowlakepetresort.com
What: Mid Main SuperFest
When: Feb 2 – Feb 5
Where: 3600 – 3700 blocks of Main Street
Catch live performances from The Polyphonic Spree, The TonTons, Us., and more during this free, four-day music/art/food block party, along with a variety of pop-up shops and culinary demonstrations. Cap off your long days of celebrating with a Game Day Brunch at Urban Harvest on Feb. 5, where over 15 chefs and restaurants are going to serve up a diverse mix of hearty fare. mid-main.com
What: Pearland Super Weekend
When: Feb 4 at 7 p.m.
Where: Pearland Town Center
Catch NBC’s season 2 The Voice contestant RaeLynn as she headlines a free concert for Pearland’s two-day Super Weekend. The Baytown native will perform her debut album WILDHORSE, including her current single “Love Triangle,” with Texas artist Two Tons of Steel as opening act for the show. For $1, ride the Pearland Trolley Car Shuttle for transportation between designated hotel and restaurants, including King’s Biergarten & Restaurant, Central Texas BBQ and Floyd’s Cajun & Seafood. visitpearland.com/super
What: Summit on Sports Media
When: Jan 31, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Houston Ballroom, University of Houston
Prepping for the Big Game doesn’t mean all play. UH is hosting a daylong conference for the young interested in pursuing a career in sports and the young at heart who want to stay up-to-date with the industry. Sports media professionals from the NFL and Forbes to ESPN and Adidas will hold a variety of interactive panels. Tickets start at $50 ($10 for students), houstonsportssummit.com
What: Big Game Challenge
When: Jan 31 at 6 p.m.
Where: Lucky’s Pub, Downtown
Remember your glory days in college as the undefeated beer pong champion? It’s now time to relive those joyous moments in the ultimate contest with four rounds of the game, along with giant Connect Four, cornhole, and Hungry Hungry Hippos. Prizes include concert tickets, gift cards and more. Tickets start at $20 for team entry, general admission is free, sportsmonkey.com
What: Navigation Tailgate – Super Street Market Block Party
When: Feb 2 – Feb 5
Where: Navigation Esplanade
Enjoy East End’s unique culture and delicious foods from pop-up restaurants (including Texas barbecue, tacos, tortas, and Thai cuisine, to name a few), custom arts and crafts, Texas barbecue from Harris County General Store, and live bands and entertainment. Ballet Folklorico dancers and mariachis will also perform nightly as you sip on local brews and margaritas. Tickets start at $10, free for children under 12, navigationtailgate.com
What: Super Bowl Gospel Celebration
When: Feb 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Lakewood Church
For the past 18 years, top gospel, contemporary Christian and mainstream Grammy-award winning artists have provided an evening of inspirational messages and uplifting tunes to the public just days before the big game. NFL players and the NFL gospel choir will also be in attendance at this motivational music event—the only one of its kind during Super Bowl week. Tickets start $25, ticketmaster.com
What: Tailgate on McGowen
When: Feb 4, 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Where: Mongoose versus Cobra, 1011 McGowen, and Leon’s Lounge
Have a pre-Super Bowl feast with Texas BBQ from Harlem Road Texas BBQ and custom brews from 8th Wonder, Saint Arnolds, and Eureka Heights breweries at this morning-till-night tailgate. Enjoy live music from DJs and local bands, along with specialty cocktails and punches if beer isn’t your thing. Tickets start at $20, eventbrite.com
What: Gumbo Cook-Off and Crawfish Boil
When: Feb 4, 11 a.m.–7 p.m.
Where: Lucky’s Pub, Downtown
A part of the 10-day street fest, Eado End-Zone, this gastronome cook-off has all the gumbo you could ever want in one location—unlimited samples might we add—and music from top DJs. Think you have the best recipe? Enter to be included in the competition for a first-place prize of $2,000. Tickets start at $30 for general admission, $150 for team entry, eventbrite.com
What: Lil Wayne & Celebrity Friends “Undisputed” 2017 Super Bowl Party
When: Feb 4, 10 p.m.–3 a.m.
Where: Ayva Center
After recently dropping hints of releasing four projects—Carter V, Dedication 6, Funeral, and Velvet—this year, it may be safe to assume that Lil Wayne will perform at least one new song during this pre-Super Bowl music bash. The party features DJ Green Lantern and DJ Drama LIVE, and celebrity guests such as Shaq, former Cowboys Super Bowl MVP Emmitt Smith, The Bachelorette season 12 winner Jordan Rodgers, and more. We’re keeping our fingers crossed that Houston-loving Drake will make an appearance. Tickets start at $75, eventbrite.com
What: Super Beef Sunday
When: Feb 5, 11 a.m–2 p.m.
Where: Saint Arnold Brewing Company
The Houston Barbecue Festival is back again with its fourth annual Super Beef Sunday, meaning that hungry Houstonians can engulf unlimited samples of mouth-watering barbecue and drink a ton of beer. Expect to eat samples from Pinkerton’s Barbecue, Harlem Road Texas BBQ and Louie Mueller Barbecue, and if you toss in the towel early, take home pre-wrapped whole brisket and racks of beef ribs. Tickets start at $50, saintarnold.com/super-beef-sunday
What: Topgolf Webster’s Watch Party
When: Feb 5, 5–11 p.m.
Where: Topgolf Webster
If you’re on a budget but still want to take part in the football fun, head to Topgolf watch to the Big Game on a giant screen projector, where you can receive a complimentary game and free wings and chips and salsa—all less than 10 bucks. Tickets start at $5, topgolf.com
What: Media Kickoff Party for Super Bowl Media Week
When: Jan 29 at 9 p.m.
Where: Ecurie25 Supercar Club, City Centre
There’s nothing like fresh hand-rolled cigars, free drinks, hor d’oeuvres and exotic cars to prep yourself for the Big Game. Ecurie25 Supercar Club is hosting a media kick off party with former NFL defensive end and talk show host N.D. Kalu, along with NFL players and celebrity guests. Tickets start at $150, eventbrite.com
What: Kitchen Throwdown
When: Feb 1
Where: Conservatory Underground Beer Garden & Food Hall
Watch two pro NFL players bring the heat in this ultimate cooking challenge where they will be partnered with two celebrity chefs to create the best dish. With surprise ingredients and only 45 minutes to get the job done, get a front seat of the winning team. Champions will a prize of $25,000 for the charity of their choice. Tickets start at $500, eventbrite.com
What: EA SPORTS Bowl
When: Feb 2
Where: Club Nomadic
The tattoo on your shoulder might be more affordable than a floor-level ticket to see DJ duo The Chainsmokers and country superstar Sam Hunt for the opening night of Club Nomadic’s three-day music fest—but it’s definitely a sight to see. The event will not only feature live performances from both artists, but also professional athlete tournaments in Madden NFL 17 and FIFA 17. Tickets start at $100, ticketmaster.com
What: Bulls & Blackjack
When: Feb 2, 6–10 p.m.
Where: Private Manor in River Oaks
Online poker champs step aside, professional poker player Maria Ho is in the house along with former Astros player Roger Clemens, former New York Jets star Wayne Cherbet, Baltimore Ravens Super Bowl winner Vonta Leach, and more at this Vegas-style poker event. The tournament, hosted by former Texans’ Wade Smith, will have 12 celebs compete head-to-head for a prize of $25,000 that will be donated to a charity of their choice. Tickets start at $1,000, bullsandblackjack.com
What: Culinary Kickoff
When: Feb 2, 6 p.m.–2 a.m.
Where: Brennan’s of Houston
Eat your weight in food at the third annual culinary kick off where master chefs Charlie Palmer, Michael Mina, Adam Sobel and Danny Trace will create a four-course dinner paired with elite vintners, including former NFL player Charles Woodson. ESPN analyst Sage Steele and Hall of Fame running back Marshall Faulk are the emcees for the night, with musical philanthropist Michael Franti on board for a special performance. Tickets start $1,250 (use promo code CK17 for discounted tickets of $895), sb.culinarykickoff.com
What: The Ditka & Jaws Cigars with the Stars Party
When: Feb 2, 7–10 p.m.
Where: Irish Cowboy
A chance alone to see Mike Ditka in person may be well worth the price tag for this cigar party, but if that’s not enough, think about meeting Jonathan Ogden, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson and Trey Wingo, to name a few of the confirmed football celebrity guests. The event will be equipped with an open premium bar the entire night, appetizers and cigars, of course. Tickets start at $500, ditkajawscigars.com
What: The Big Texas Party
When: Feb 2, 7–11 p.m.
Where: Silver Street Studios
What are the first few words that come to mind when you think of Texas? Well, they should be barbecue, beer and bourbon, which will all be offered at the most Texas party ever. Enjoy delicious bites from El Burro & The Bull, Killen’s Barbecue, Pinkerton’s Barbecue and more, along with beer from Alamo Beer Company, Bishop Cider Co. and Oasis Texas Brewing Company to name a few. Country singer Bart Crow will also stop by for a performance. Tickets start at $125, eventbrite.com
What: Fun Fest Houston Super Bowl Festival
When: Feb 4, 2 p.m.–2 a.m.
Where: House of Dereon
This all-day block party has everything you need for hours worth of excitement: food, drinks, games and music from a variety of DJs and Houston artists. Shuttle services will also be provided. Tickets start at $100, eventbrite.com
What: Big Game Weekend
When: Feb 2 – Feb 5, 10 p.m.–2 a.m.
Where: Clé Houston
Clé nightclub is turning heads with their five-night line-up of well-known DJs, including Skrillex, Tiesto, DJ Snake, Vice and Nightmare. Minus DJ Vice’s $35 performance on Feb. 2, the price tag for these entertainers is high. Tickets starting at $200, clehouston.com
What: Xtreme Xperience at GrandSport Speedway
When: Feb 3 and Feb 4
Where: GrandSport Speedway
Give yourself some fresh air and clear your mind before the Super Bowl—no bad juju needed for whichever team you’re rooting for—and race your dream car for three laps. Choose from the Ferrari 488 GTB, Lamborghini Huracan, Acura NSX, Porsche 911 GT3 and more. Tickets start at $300, thextremexperience.com
What: 2017 Hall of Fame Players Legends Bowling Classic
When: Feb 3 at 6 p.m.
Where: AMF Strafford Lanes, Stafford
Gather a team of four to bowl against NFL legends that are either your comrade or opponent in this exclusive bowling competition. All players are given a complimentary gift bag of 2017 commemorative merchandise from event sponsors, while the winners will be announced at a special awards after party. Tickets start at $350, hofplayers.org/2017-Super-Bowl
What: Players’ Wives Fashion Show
When: Feb 3, 11 a.m.–2 p.m.
Where: Tootsies, Kirby
The NFL players aren’t the only ones keeping busy during Super Bowl week; their wives—known as the Off the Field Players’ Wives—are hosting their 16th annual fashion show, where Houstonians can get a perfect view of the catwalk. Shop alongside NFL wives after they walk the runway and sip on delicious cocktails. Proceeds will benefit the Off The Field Players’ Wives Association and Covenant House. Tickets start at $100, offthefieldpwa.org/fashionshow
What: Playboy Party
When: Feb 3, 10 p.m.–2 a.m.
Last year Playboy shocked its partygoers when they announced that their iconic publication would debut its first non-nude issue in March, a month following the Super Bowl. This year Flo Rida will be in town to get the party going, and as always, guests will be sure to still find a whole lot of sexy, glam and chic throughout the bash, especially in the stars attending. Remember, clothing is a must. Tickets start at $250, eventbrite.com
What: Extravaganza of Stars
When: Feb 4, 6–11 p.m.
Where: Blackburn estate
Only in Houston, and during Super Bowl weekend, can you say that you met Buzz Aldrin, a member of an astronaut on the Apollo 11 mission—yes, the second man to walk on the moon. Benefitting the Historical Texas Treasures, the event will also feature appearances by George Foreman, American Idol winner Jordin Sparks, Booker T and country artist Clay Walker. Tickets start at $1,500, historicaltexastreasures.com
What: Big Game Big Give Celebrity Poker Tournament
When: Feb 4, 10 p.m.–2 a.m.
Where: Holthouse Estate
Michael Phelps can swim, but can he play poker? The Olympic gold winner will host the celebrity poker tournament after-party alongside Jamie Gold, winner of the largest event in poker history. Rob Riggle will emcee the night and rapper Common will perform. All charitable proceeds benefit Lemonade Day and The Giving Back Fund. Tickets start at $2,000, thegivingbackfund.org
What: NFL Alumni Official Game Day Brunch
When: Feb 5, 11–2 p.m.
Where: Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House
Prep yourself for game day with a hearty brunch alongside Ron Jaworski, Terrell Owens, Andree Reed and Ed “Too Tall” Jones at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House. The late morning features Chalk Talk sessions, game analysis and autograph signings. Tickets start at $500, nflalumni.org/events
What: Texas Tailgate 51
When: Feb 5, 12:30–4:30 p.m.
Where: Crowne Plaza NRG Stadium
No need to worry about cutting your fun in half in order to find parking and make the game on time, as this pre-game festivity is just steps away from the entrance of the NRG Stadium. Take advantage of the all-you-can-drink-and-eat event, which includes a delectable menu of braised brisket and beef, grilled salmon, and dessert and appetizer stations, along with an open bar. Expect sightings of celebrities as well as current and former NFL players. Tickets start at $450, tailgate51.com
What: New Era Cap’s Planet New Era
When: Feb 3, 9.m.–2 a.m.
Vrsi is about to be bad and boujee at this invite-only, urban fest where hip-hop trio Migos and rapper 2 Chainz are set to perform. Houston’s very own Bun B is hosting the show with special guests in the crowd—we may be talking about Chicago Bulls’ Dwyane Wade, Houston Rockets’ James Harden and Buffalo Bills’ Tyrod Taylor.
What: Big Game Big Give Charity Event
When: Feb 4, 6:30–10 p.m.
Where: Holthouse Estate
For the eighth year, The Giving Back Fund is hosting its pre-Super Bowl bash with musical entertainment, live and silent auctions, and delicious food from local Houston restaurants. The party will be hosted by actor Josh Brolin and emceed by David Schwimmer. Funds raised will benefit Lemonade Day and The Giving Back Fund. Though it’s an invitation-only event, those interested can visit givingbackfund.org.
What: The 2017 Maxim Magazine Party
When: Feb 4 at 8 p.m.
Where: Smart Financial Centre, Sugarland
One of the most sought after spot of all Super Bowl Live parties, anyone who is anyone will be here, including top celebrities and athletes. With a reputation of hosting the most publicized parties, the magazine won’t fail to amaze you this year with live artistic paintings, musical performances and a clever mix of art, fashion and sports throughout its interactive areas. themaximevents.com
What: Leather & Laces
When: Feb 3 and Feb 4 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Hughes Manor Campus
Find a mix of the A- and the “Ohhh, I remember him/her now”-B-Listers (think Carmen Electra, Nicole Scherzinger and Roselyn Sanchez) at this two-night celebration. Last year Leather & Laces put on a unique spectacle from Cirque USA, a combination of aerial, opera, street and ballet performances, so expect to see similar jaw-dropping performances, along with hand-rolled sushi, open bars and hors d’oeuvres.
What: The Texans House, Courtyard
When: Feb 2 – Feb 4, 10 a.m.–2 a.m.
Where: The Grove at Discovery Green
As the Houston Texans’ “official hospitality venue,” this three-day affair will feature daily Q&A sessions, mixology demonstrations, cigar rollers, DJs and live bands for Marriott Rewards members only. Guests also have the opportunity to meet cheerleaders and have their photos taken and autographs signed with current and former NFL players, along with food and drink served by executive chef and owner of The Grove, Robert Del Grande. nflonlocation.com