Before and After the Phoenix Pro Bowl and Super Bowl

Parties and Special Activities That Led up to Super Bowl XLIX

Super Bowl Fun Run
••• Courtesy Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee

Even if you aren't attending the actual Pro Bowl or Super Bowl, you can enjoy lots of activities other than the big game itself.

Dozens of events are staged each year during Pro Bowl/Super Bowl week as well as in the months leading up to it. Some of them are handled by the NFL, like the NFL Experience, Taste of the NFL, and Game Day Hospitality, and some will be locally hosted by the Arizona Super Bowl XLIX Host Committee.

There are even some events that are sponsored by other promoters and private entities.

This is about both official NFL and unofficial football-related events. You'll also discover other special events that are scheduled for this exciting time in the Phoenix area, although they might not be so much about football!

Before and After the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl Parties and Special Events

These are parties, activities, and special events leading up to the 2015 Pro Bowl and Super Bowl 49 that will be held in Glendale, Arizona on February 1, 2015. All of the events included here are open to the public.

Pro Bowl Fan Fest

Westgate Entertainment District (map), within walking distance from University of Phoenix Stadium, will have live music by The Reality Band and Ryan Sims Band, along with interactive games, fan activities, face painting and more. More than 20 bars and restaurants are located here. You don'’t need a ticket to the Pro Bowl to attend, and admission is free.

From 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, January 25.

The NFL Experience

The official "Theme Park" of the Super Bowl, the NFL Experience will take place in Downtown Phoenix. There will be football related games and activities for the kids, official NFL gear shopping, celebrity appearances, and an area where you can watch the media talk...about football!

This is a ticketed event that runs from January 24 through February 1. 

Super Bowl Media Day

Approved TV, radio, print and online media professionals will be on the stadium floor at US Airways Center in Downtown Phoenix (not at the football stadium) interviewing the players. Fans may watch the spectacle, take photos from their seats and listen to interviews. 

Super Bowl Players Tailgate

Where do the players and VIPs tailgate on Super Bowl Sunday? At Tanger Outlets, within a couple of block of University of Phoenix Stadium. More than 25 active NFL players, celebrity chefs, an all all-you-can-eat premium food menu and an open bar. The NFL players will be mingling with guests and signing autographs, pre-game coverage will be shown on more than 25 big-screen TVs. This  party is designed to have a luxurious lounge feel to it. ESPN Anchor Lindsay Czarniak returns as Master of Ceremonies for the second year in a row. Tickets to the Super Bowl Players Tailgate are $600 each.

Verizon Super Bowl Central

Verizon Super Bowl Central will be the hub of fan, media and sponsor activity, as well as entertainment from January 28 through February 1, 2015 in Downtown Phoenix. Located adjacent to the NFL Experience engineered by GMC and the Super Bowl Media Center presented by Microsoft, it is a 12-city block pedestrian-friendly, football-themed, outdoor fan campus that will serve as the center of Super Bowl XLIX activities and events.

There is no admission charge, and it is a family-friendly area. Daily activities include free, outdoor performances by national recording artists and local musicians, an autograph stage, nightly fireworks shows, the iconic Super Bowl XLIX Roman Numerals, as well as the Host Committee’s recently unveiled 20 ft. super-sized football and a beer garden. Verizon Super Bowl Central will be the broadcasting headquarters to both national and local media outlets.

Bud Light House of Whatever

Bud Light is bringing the ultimate “Up For Whatever” experience to Phoenix for Super Bowl weekend with the first-ever House of Whatever. You can’t buy tickets. Instead, Bud Light is recruiting hundreds of Arizona residents who are 21 years older to be part of its Bud Light House of Whatever experience for free. There are two ways for Phoenix-area residents to get access to Bud Light House of Whatever:

  1. Bud Light Brand Ambassadors will be at various Phoenix-area bars and restaurants throughout the month of January, encouraging those ages 21+ to prove their Up for Whatever-ness.
  2. As seen on Bud Light’s Instagram, participants can also enter by submitting a 15-second video tagging @budlight and #UpForWhatever. The video should explain how they would live out the phrase presented on a Bud Light “Up For Whatever” bottle.

Bud Light House of Whatever will start on Friday, January 30 and will run through Sunday, February 1. There will be three days of parties, concerts and one-of-a-kind activities. Bud Light House of Whatever is located at the corner of East Jefferson Street and East 1st Street; it is accessible by METRO Light Rail.

Tribute to Heroes, A Game of Honor

Humana, which provides health benefits to three million U.S. service men and women and dependents in TRICARE’S South Region, will host a charity flag football game between the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team and more than 40 current and retired National Football League stars, including former players from the Arizona Cardinals. Rocky Bleier, Jake Plummer and Danny White, among others, are scheduled to attend.

Proceeds from the game benefit the Wounded Warrior Amputee Football Team (WWAFT) and various disabled veterans organizations in Arizona. It takes place on January 28, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Shadow Mountain High School, 2900 E. Shea Blvd. in Phoenix. Tickets are $10 for adults. Admission is free for children and students 18 years and under. 

Friars Club's ESPN Roast of Terry Bradshaw

Hall of Famer, NFL quarterback and television commentator, Terry Bradshaw, will get the full Friars comedy treatment as guest of honor at the next Friars Club Roast on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at a noon luncheon at the Arizona Biltmore Hotel, in Phoenix, Arizona. Terry Bradshaw was the first player chosen in the 1970 draft and became one of the most prolific quarterbacks in history, leading the Steelers to four Super Bowl championships.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Gift of Laughter Wounded Warrior Program, a project of the Friars Foundation that provides uplifting entertainment to enhance and increase the well-being and positive attitude of troops injured in Iraq and Afghanistan, who are currently in military hospitals throughout the United States and in Europe and Make-A-Wish Arizona, the local and founding chapter of the international wish granting organization which dedicates themselves to the mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Tickets start at $500.

Hall of Fame (HOF) Players Foundation Events

The HOF Players Foundation is a nonprofit organization hosting several events in Scottsdale benefiting local charities. The HOF Players Golf Classic hosted by 32 Pro Football Hall of Famers at  Talking Stick Resort on January 29, 2015 followed that evening by a VIP Charity Benefit in Scottsdale, co-hosted by Randall McDaniel, Pro Football Hall of Famer and NFL Legend Kurt Warner, as well as over 40 other HOF and NFL Legends and celebrity performers. The Chalk Talk Brunch, where you'll talk football with legends of the game, will take place on Saturday, January 31 and on February 1.

More than 40 HOF Players and NFL Legends are hosting Eats, Beats & Cleats, a tailgate party honoring our disabled veterans and their families. Also, on February 1 in Scottsdale you can attend the ultimate tailgate party, Chilling & Grilling With Jimmy Mac hosted by Jim McMahon and over 30 of his friends from the NFL. Here is where you buy tickets for these events. Also, on February 1, the 5th Avenue Football Frenzy the 5th Avenue Merchants and surrounding shop owners will offer attendees of the tailgates the chance to continue the fun and shop; there will be discounts for fans up and down 5th Avenue.

Blue Thunder – The Seattle Seahawks Drum Line

On Friday, January 30 from 10:30 - 11 a.m. join Blue Thunder, the Seattle Seahawks drum line, for a rousing celebration of the Super Bowl at MIM in North Phoenix. Not your typical drum line, Blue Thunder uses a variety of rhythms and visuals and incorporates rock and roll drumming alongside drum-corps style, endearing them to Seahawks fans—and drum enthusiasts—of all ages. Performance included with paid museum admission.

Super Bowl Leather and Laces

Two nights of celebrities, athletes and glamorous supermodels. Tickets start at $638 each and include all area access ultra premium open bar, sushi, champagne and specialty desserts. The parties take place on Friday, January 30 and Saturday, January 31 at the Bentley Gallery in Downtown Phoenix. "the best DJ’s in the world take it up a notch which translates into hot bodies, skimpy outfits and lots of glitter as people swarm the dance floor in a frenzy of dancing and singing. Cirque performers, magicians and dancers all are added elements meant to enhance the experience with some extra special surprises for 2015." 21+ only.

The Super Bowl Taste of The NFL - The Party with a Purpose

A rain or shine event on Saturday, January 31. Held at WestWorld of Scottsdale,  the nonprofit Taste of the NFL event features the cuisine of notable chefs from the 32 NFL cities. The chefs serve their signature dishes with a current or alumni NFL player by their sides. Little Big Town will perform. Net proceeds from the Taste events are donated to designated Feeding America affiliated food banks in each of the NFL team cities, as well as other select hunger relief organizations. Individual tickets are $700 plus fee, VIP tickets also available. If you have to ask, you can't afford them!

Westgate Entertainment District 5-Day Super Music Concert Series

Westgate's WaterDance Event Plaza will host outdoor concerts on the days leading up to the Super Bowl. Admission is free, no tickets required. Westgate Entertainment District is located in Glendale, about one block away from the stadium where the actual football game will be played on Sunday. On Jan. 28 - 31, local bands will be open the concerts at 6 p.m. and the headliner on the schedule will perform from about 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.

  • Weds. Jan. 28: Los Lobos
  • Thurs. Jan. 29: Chainsmokers
  • Fri. Jan. 30: Eli Young Band
  • Sat. Jan. 31: Dramarama, Bow Wow Wow, Gene Loves Jezebel and Naked Eyes
  • Sun. Feb 1: All festivities and live music run from 11am to 4pm. Local bands include Kianna Martinez, Jared & The Mill, Chad Freeman & Redline.

Autograph Signing at Patriots Park at CityScape Phoenix

Former players will be signing autographs for fans as part of Verizon Super Bowl Central Wednesday, Jan. 28 through Sunday, Feb. 1. Free admission.

Science Cheerleaders at Arizona Science Center

On January 30 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science and technology careers, will be at Arizona Science Center. Science Cheerleaders from multiple NFL teams will celebrate S.T.E.M. careers and help break down those stereotypes of female scientists and cheerleaders to the next generation of scientists. Many well-known cheerleaders will be attending the event, including two from the Super Bowl bound cheerleaders and host-team Arizona Cardinals cheerleader Kelly, a PhD candidate in Neuroscience, Brittany, a Masters graduate of Psychology, and Catie, a recent graduate of Graphic Design. Also in attendance will be former Houston Texans Cheerleader, Summer, an aerospace engineer at NASA, Melissa, a neurologist who cheered for the Tennessee Titans, and two hometown heroes: Samantha and Marcie, engineers who cheered for the Arizona Cardinals.

Event Schedule: 11 a.m. Pep Rally at Heritage & Science Park (outside of Arizona Science Center); 11:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. Science Cheerleaders will be giving expert tours in the Science Center depending on their science background in designated galleries and Meet and Greets with Science Cheerleaders. You may attend presentations about: the fields of neurosurgery and physics; a presentation by Force Impact Technologies, a research group founded by Arizona State University students, will be presenting their spin on safety gear; Demonstration of the the engineering process for developing safety equipment and hands-on activities allow guests to step into the shoes of an engineer to learn about impact testing. At 2:30 p.m. there will be a Science Cheer with Science Cheerleaders. Included with museum admission.  Arizona Science Center is in Downtown Phoenix and is accessible by METRO Light Rail.

Puppy Bowl Café

Animal Planet is taking over The Corner at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix and hosting Puppy Bowl XI. Come watch the Ruff vs. Fluff action to find out which team will be victorious with puppies from the Arizona Humane Society. AHS puppies will take to the field every day at 10 a.m. beginning Thursday, January 29 through Sunday, February 1 at The Corner, located at 50 W. Jefferson Street, Phoenix, AZ 85003.

CitySkate at CityScape Phoenix

The Valley’s largest outdoor ice rink is open at CityScape in Downtown Phoenix through Feb. 2. Visit www.cityskatephx.com to purchase tickets and for a list of hours and prices (between $6 and $12 per person). Admission includes skate rental and unlimited skating all day.

Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XVII: The Draft

On Friday, January 30 this exciting public player selection event is the prelude to the main charity event (see below) and an opportunity for fans to see, first-hand, the selections by two celebrity team owners and captains. Each celebrity team leader will select team co-captains and players from a pool of invited celebrities – all “Playing with a Purpose” – to benefit and enrich the lives of Arizona’s most vulnerable youth – abused, abandoned, neglected and homeless children and teens. 

The Draft will feature The Countdown, a broadcast event where sports analysts and celebrity guests will talk about the latest sports news, recap the Pro Bowl, discuss Super Bowl predictions, provide an in-depth look at Gridiron Celebrity Hoops, interview celebrities and representatives from benefiting charities - Checkered Flag Foundation, Juli’s Kids Motivated to Succeed, Sophie’s Voice Foundation, the Arizona Department of Child Safety, and much more.  This event will be held at Whiskey Row in Scottsdale, AZ. 21+ only. The cost is $40 general admission/$100 VIP Seats (limited quantity). 

Gridiron Celebrity Hoops XVII

Featuring Dallas Cowboys Pro Bowler and Wide Receiver, Dez Bryant ON January 31 at 1 p.m. at the Phoenix College Basketball Gym.  This year marks the 17th year of this first and only celebrity basketball game to have ever become officially sanctioned by the National Football League, where NFL players, prospective NFL draft picks, boxing champs, world-renowned wrestlers, streetballers, and celebrities from music, television, and film will be “Playing with a Purpose.”

Gridiron XVII offers football fans of all ages and levels of interest the opportunity to see their favorite football heroes playing in a competitive game of basketball alongside fun, safe, indoor sports-themed contests. Part of the proceeds from Gridiron Celebrity Hoops benefits Juli’s Kids Motivated to Succeed and local non-profit organizations supporting abused, abandoned, neglected and homeless youth in foster care waiting to be adopted into loving “forever families.” General admission $50 per person. 

Valor & Victors 5k Run

On January 31 the final event of the Arizona Super Bowl Run Series takes place in Downtown Scottsdale. You may participate even if you didn't run in any other events. Packet pick-up and pre-race activity begins at 6:30 a.m., race at 8:30 a.m. The course is fast and flat, an out-and-back course along the Arizona Canal Trail. Save $10 by registering in advance through Jan. 28. Active duty military and veterans get a discount. Proceeds benefit the Pat Tillman Foundation. Pat Tillman, a former Arizona Cardinal, gave up his pro football career to serve in the military. He died while in service in Afghanistan in 2004. 

NFL Super Bowl Celebrity Golf Classic

On January 31 you can join 25 members of the Pro Football Hall of Fame at at the Wildfire Golf Club at the JW Marriott Resort in Desert Ridge, Arizona. That's in North Phoenix, and near North Scottsdale. Teams of amateur golfers will be captained by the Hall of Famers as well as former and current NFL players in 18-hole team scramble events.

Celebrity captains include Pro Football Hall of Famers Dick Butkus, Randall Mcdaniel, Carl Eller, Lawrence Taylor, Richard Dent, Dermontti Dawson, Ted Hendricks, Lem Barney, Willie Lanier, Paul Warfield, Paul Krause, John Randle, Dave Wilcox, Curly Culp, Leroy Kelly, Rickey Jackson, Kenny Houston, Jimmy Taylor, Elvin Bethea, Tom Mack, James Lofton, Tom Mack, Mel Renfro, Dave Robinson And Jan Stenerud. Also confirmed are former Super Bowl stars Ed “Too Tall” Jones, Thomas “Hollywood” Henderson, Jerry Kramer, Fred “The Hammer” Williamson, Ricky Hunley, Garo Yepremian, Chuck Foreman, Mark Clayton, Bart Oates And Ottis “OJ” Anderson.

The tournament entry fee is a donation of $1,500 per golfer to the NFL Foundation. In addition to golf, each participant will receive NFL Super Bowl apparel as well as a commemorative photo with his or her photo with their celebrity captain taken on the course and presented at the tournament conclusion. Breakfast will precede a 9 a.m. shotgun tee off. Food and beverages will be served on the courses and an awards party will immediately follow golf.  Each member of the first, second and third place teams on each course - as well as the winners of special contests on the courses - will receive specially-made Super Bowl game-ball trophies from Wilson. More details and registration information.

Super Bowl Gospel Celebration

Big names in the music industry and testimonies from top NFL players. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is the only gospel event sanctioned by the National Football League for Super Bowl Weekend. It also serves as a fundraiser with a portion of the proceeds benefiting local and national charities. It takes place on January 30, 2015 at ASU Gammage in Tempe, at Arizona State University. The Super Bowl Gospel Celebration is an officially sanctioned event of the Arizona Super Bowl Committee.Ticket prices range from about $42 to about $120 each.

Super Bowl Rolling Stone Magazine Party

The Venue Scottsdale is the place, Saturday, January 31 is the date. General admission is $1,450 and VIP and table reservations are also available at Rolling Stone’s sophisticated event. Celebrity musicians are especially attracted to this party, headlined by Steven Tyler. Tickets include open bar and passed hors d’oeuvres.

DIRECTV Super Fan Festival

This is an inaugural event! There will be 12 concerts beginning daily at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 28 to Friday, Jan. 30 at the Pendergast Family Farm at 91st Avenue and Bethany Home Road in Glendale. That's about 1/2 mile south of University of Phoenix Stadium. The multi-stage festival will feature a concert every night with headliners Zac Brown Band, Calvin Harris, Imagine Dragons and Snoop Dogg. Preceding the main event musical acts including Thomas Rhett, Jason Derülo, Sam Hunt, The Cadillac Three, and Magic! will perform. There will also be other celebrity guests and interactive attractions. 

Culinary Kickoff

Award winning chefs Charlie Palmer and Michael Mina will host their Inaugural Super Bowl Culinary Kickoff on Thursday, January 29, 2015 at Michael Mina’s Bourbon Steak located in the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess in North Scottsdale. The special event will be an exclusive evening for 150 guests including professional athletes, celebrities, musicians, culinary greats, top vintners and sponsors. It starts with a one-hour cocktail reception hosted by NFL players, alumni and celebrities bartending and pouring wine for guests.

The cocktail reception will showcase Dick Vermeil Wines, Red Stitch by Rich Aurilia, Twenty Four by Charles Woodson and Doubleback by Drew Bledsoe. The reception will also feature a signature Bourbon cocktail. Following the reception, guests will be served a seated three-course dinner specially prepared by chefs Palmer and Mina paired with elite wines from the Sonoma County, Napa Valley and Walla Walla, Washington, specifically highlighting Kosta Browne, Realm Cellars. The evening will conclude with an after party with a surprise performer and DJs. A portion of the proceeds from the evening will support The Culinary Institute of America, where Chef Palmer serves as Chairman of the Board of Trustees and Chef Mina is a board member. $2,000 per person.

Fan Fest Scottsdale

Monday, January 26 through Sunday, February 1 football meets food, fashion and fun! ESPN will broadcast live the entire week leading up to the Big Game from Fan Fest Scottsdale on the outdoor event site between Goldwater Boulevard and Scottsdale Road, just north of Scottsdale Fashion Square.

The week-long fan celebration is free admission and open to the public. The event will highlight Scottsdale’s unique elements including Culinary Quest with cooking demonstrations and competitions, mixology demos, and food and beverage throughout the day. Fan rallies and sporting competitions, gaming, entertainment and fashion shows. Scottsdale Fashion Square is considered the premier shopping, dining and entertainment destination in Arizona. Retailers will host special in-store events throughout the week.

ESPN will broadcast live 4am-7pm daily. Fan Fest Scottsdale will be open Monday-Friday from 4 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m; Sunday from 8 a.m. to noon.

Off the Field Players' Wives Fashion Show

Hosted by Biltmore Fashion Park, Kierland Commons and Scottsdale Fashion Square at 11 a.m. on Friday, January 30 in the hospitality tent at Fan Fest Scottsdale. This 15th annual event was created to support local and national charities supported by the NFL Wives' charity organization Off the Field.  More than 40 Wives will walk the runway in spring fashions. Famous NFL football players are expected to attend and participate in the finale by escorting their Wives down the runway. The NFL Wives Fashion Show is open to the public and tickets purchased benefit designated local charities. Discount on single tickets available if purchased online by Dec. 31.

Super Moments, Superstars, Super Game — An Associated Press Photo Exhibit

Located at Gallery Glendale, open from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in January.  It will also be open on Pro Bowl game day, Sunday, Jan. 25, and on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The City of Glendale proudly presents this exhibit of 50 compelling AP images, including a photo from every championship game since the first game in 1967.

The public is invited to the opening celebration on Friday, Jan. 9, from 6-9 p.m. AP Images is the exclusive commercial photo partner for the National Football League and the definitive source for NFL photographs. The Gallery is located next to Cold Stone Creamery at Westgate Entertainment District, within walking distance from the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. Admission to the gallery is free and open to the public.

Gridiron Glory at Arizona Science Center

Arizona Science Center is exhibiting some of the most iconic football artifacts of all time in Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The exhibition will be open to the public between January 24 and May 3, 2015. Tickets are $12 ($8 for ASC members) for the special exhibition, in addition to the general admission for adults, seniors, and children. This is the most extensive and comprehensive exhibit ever done on America’s most popular sport. The 5,000 square foot exhibition features some of the rarest historical artifacts from the Pro Football Hall of Fame’s collection. The exhibition addresses everything from football’s cultural impact to the science behind the game. Guests will be able to see NFL Films video footage and learn about the sport’s pioneers. This interactive multimedia experience also includes immersive fan experiences and a specially-designed “Hometown Tribute” section to spotlight the Arizona Cardinals. Arizona Science Center is in Downtown Phoenix and is accessible by METRO Light Rail.

Red, White, & Black Party

Jordin Sparks is an American Idol winner and football fan. Every year Jordin uses Super Bowl week to hold events and fundraisers for her causes that are near and dear to her. Music, dancing, prizes. Tickets for the Red, White & Black Party on January 28, 2015 start at $100. Starts at 7 p.m.; after 9:30 p.m. it's 21+ only. Blur Nightclub, Scottsdale

It’s Super in Peoria

West of Glendale, in Peoria, AZ there are plans for several affordable, family-friendly events leading up to the Pro Bowl and Super Bowl.

  • Eight-person Flag Football - What a better way to connect youth to the Super Bowl and Pro Bowl than to let them play in their own Flag Football tournament! This tournament will be played over two weeks and the Big Game for each division will be played the Saturday before Super Bowl Sunday. $150 per team. 
  • Super Day 10K – This annual race will offer something special this year. Wear your favorite NFL team jerseys or wear face paint to show team spirit! The “Super” runs include a 10K, 5K, and 1 mile race. $10 - $30. The races are being held on Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015 at the Rio Vista Recreation Center in Peoria.
  • Sports Health and Performance Symposium - January 22-23 at the Rio Vista Recreation Center. Sports-related injuries, especially concussions and other head injuries, as well as sudden cardiac arrest issues, have been a major topic the past few years. This Sports Health and Performance Symposium will provide educational opportunities for parents, coaches and trainers, as well as medical professionals. $75 - $125. 
  • Fish Bowl 2015
    This is Peoria's big game! Arizona Game and Fish will stock the lake at Pioneer Community Park for a fun family fishing event on Saturday, January 31. There will be fishing clinics, games, prizes, giveaways, and more. $5. 

Avondale Bowl Bash

Celebrate a great weekend of football with musical performance by JC & the Juke Rockers, some spicy wings and sports activities for all on Friday, January 30, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Hilton Garden Inn / Homewood Suites, 11460 W Hilton Way in Avondale. That's southwest of Phoenix. Admission is free.

Tailgate @ Phoenix Public Library

Family friendly, football-themed programs. They are all free to attend, but registration is required since space is limited.

  • Super Bowl Appetizers with Chef Ingrid Hirtz
    11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24
    Burton Barr Central Library
    Chef Ingrid Hirtz will prepare three easy, healthy snacks for you to enjoy.  Space limited, registration required.
  • Super Bowl Appetizers with Chef Larry Canepa
    Noon - 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan 24
    Mesquite Library
    2 - 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24
    Cholla Library
    2 - 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan 31
    Juniper Library 
    Chef Larry Canepa will share fun food facts and recipes for appetizers that are good for large groups. Space limited, registration required.
  • The Super Science of Sports
    2 - 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 24
    Century Library
    Explore the science behind your favorite sports with fun, hands-on activities. For ages 6-14.

Big Game Artwalk

On Saturday, January 31 from noon to 4 p.m. the weekly Thursday Scottsdale ArtWalk adds a Saturday edition, the Big Game Artwalk, with gallery receptions, live music, artist demonstrations, sports collectibles and more. There's no charge. It's a casual event, where walkers drop in to the galleries and shops that interest them and browse. Usually there's no pressure to buy.

Super Bowl XLIX Pre-Party

Attention 7th to 12th grade students! Wear your favorite jersey or team memorabilia and get ready for fun. There will be door prizes, team inspired party favors, games and refreshments. Don't forget to bring your school ID! Friday, January 30 from 6-9 p.m. at Tumbleweed Recreation Center in Chandler. Free. Preregistration required.

Celebrity Flag Football Challenge

January 31, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Gates will open at 1 p.m. This year anchor NFL Alumni Quarterback Doug Flutie will take onThis year anchor and NFL Alumni Quarterback Doug Flutie will take on NFL Alumni Favorite Daunte Culpepper and battle it out for bragging rights. There will be over 14 current NFL Players in attendance in addition to Boxing Legend Evander Holyfield, Hip Hop Musicians Ray J and YG, many Hollywood actors such as Patrick Warburton from Rules of Engagement and Hill Harper from CSI. Roster line-up subject to change. Any available tickets will be offered at the Surprise Recreation Campus Box Office. Ticket prices start at about $25. This is one of the most fan friendly events Super Bowl weekend. Surprise Stadium will be rocking with live entertainment, games, activities, feature presentations and more. For more information visit Surprise, Arizona online.

Fish Bowl

Saturday, January 31 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Pioneer Community Park Lake, 8755 N. 83rd Ave. in Peoria. Wear your favorite team jersey and fish for some great prizes from Cabela’s. Free fishing poles will be given away to the first 100 people who register. Arizona Game and Fish will have poles available onsite to borrow for free. A $5 entry fee will include food, a t-shirt and a raffle entry. Fishing is free for everyone. Other activities include an interactive display from Radical Reptiles and games.  Animal predictions will take place at 9:30 a.m. While every football fan will pick a winner, Elvis, a 3-foot black Abyssinian ground hornbill bird from the Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park will peck the Super Bowl winner. A tortoise race will either confirm or oppose the bird's selection; there will be one tortoise racing for each team. Along with the Fish Bowl event, the event series also includes a flag football tournament, Super 10K Run and a Sports Health and Performance Symposium. The deadline to register for the Health and Performance Symposium is Monday, Jan. 19.  The Fishbowl event is sponsored by Arizona Game and Fish, Cabela’s and the city of Peoria. 

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.