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Super Bowl Free Activities 2015
Lots happen right now!
Starting Wednesday, Jan. 28
1. Scottsdale Fan Fest
The free family-friendly festival is home to ESPN's live broadcast all week long. Stop by for daily fashion shows, cooking and mixology demonstrations, food trucks, live music and yoga classes. Visitors can get up as early as 4 a.m. to watch such ESPN shows as "Mike & Mike," "SportsCenter" and "Pardon the Interruption." Learn how to make the best ribs and mac and cheese, see the latest in couture designs and athletic gear, and get down in a glow-in-the-dark dance party.
Details: Daily through Sunday. 4 a.m.-8 p.m. through Friday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday; 8 a.m.-noon Sunday. North side of Scottsdale Fashion Square, Highland Avenue and Scottsdale Road. Free. fanfestscottsdale.com.
2. Phoenix Public Market extended hours
The open-air market will feature dozens of Valley food and craft vendors and dinner from food trucks and the market's cafe; adult beverages in the Oskar Blues Beer Garden; live music from local bands A.J. Odneal and Sister Lip; and games of bean-bag toss.
Details: 3-10 p.m. Wednesday. 14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix. Free. phxpublicmarket.com.
Masses of people are expected to file into Super Bowl Central in Downtown Phoenix to celebrate the big game.
3. Verizon Super Bowl Central
For families who want to embrace the Super Bowl but can't shell out $20-$35 per ticket for the NFL Experience, there's this free Super Bowl street fair Wednesday through Sunday that spans 12 blocks near the Phoenix Convention Center. The family-friendly festival offers free football-themed activities, live music, autographs from NFL alumni and nightly fireworks displays. Verizon Super Bowl Central's main attraction is the Grand Canyon Experience, a 30-by-100 foot climbing wall with 20 climbing positions and an 18-foot waterfall flowing down the middle. For $5, fans 6 or older can climb the Grand Canyon Experience starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday. Verizon Super Bowl Central also will be TV central for the many networks doing live shots here during Super Bowl week. Local organizers expect more than 1 million fans to take part in the festivities.
Details: 2-10 p.m. through Friday; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. First and Jefferson streets, Phoenix. azsuperbowl.com.
4. Bitter & Twisted Cocktail Parlour Pop-up Cocktail Garden
This chic downtown Phoenix cocktail lounge is opening an outdoor bar just across the street from Super Bowl Central. DJs will play daily, with cocktail and beer specials, all set up in a casual pop-up patio with AstroTurf, oversize benches and community party tables. Tucked inside the landmark Luhrs Building on the southwestern corner of Jefferson Street and Central Avenue, Bitter & Twisted also will offer full cocktail service for those seeking a more intimate setting.
Details: Noon-2 a.m. Thursday-Saturday. 1 W. Jefferson St., Phoenix. $20 for all-day entry. 602-340-1924, bitterandtwistedaz.com.
Starting Thursday, Jan. 29
5. Autograph signing at Patriots Plaza
Former NFL players will be signing autographs for fans as part of Verizon Super Bowl Central. Participating players and the exact times have not been confirmed, but all fans are welcome to swing by for free photos and autographs.
Details: Thursday-Saturday. Central Avenue and Jefferson Street, Phoenix. Free. azsuperbowl.com.
Arizona Humane Society is teaming up with Uber and Animal Planet to deliver puppies to your doorstep for a limited time on Wednesday.
6. Puppy Bowl Cafe
Animal Planet is taking over the Corner, a casual restaurant at CityScape, to host 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. All week, puppies who are available for adoption will be on location, waiting to be played with for free.
Details: 6:30 a.m. for food and beverages. Puppies hit the field at 10 a.m. Thursday-Sunday. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Free. azsuperbowl.com
7. Truckin' Awesome Super Bowl Fest at DeSoto Central Market
This not-quite-yet-opened-restaurant and dining hall will offer a preview of the renovated C.P. Stephens DeSoto Six Motorcars building, a former automobile dealership. Food trucks, along with a beer and wine garden, live music, ping pong, bean-bag toss and arts-and-crafts vendors will take over the patio. Proceeds from the bar will go to the Evans Churchill Community Association. The DeSoto should open in mid-February with stalls for food, flowers and a butcher shop. Chef Stephen Jones will open Yard Bird + the Larder and the Phoenix Oyster Shack.
Details: 4-11 p.m. Thursday-Saturday. Free. 915 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, desotocentralmarket.com.
Starting Friday, Jan. 30
8. Four Peaks Beer Extravaganza at Crescent Ballroom
The Crescent Ballroom is closing Second Avenue to host this outdoor beer extravaganza with full bar service and food trucks. These varieties of Four Peaks beer will be on tap — Raj IPA, Sunbru, 8th Street Ale, Peach Ale, Hop Knot, Kilt Lifter, Odelay, Oatmeal Stout, Hefeweizen and Pumpkin Porter. The Crescent's Charlie Levy says they'll have a football toss, bean-bag games, impromptu brass bands and, on the big screen in the lounge, sports airing.
Details: 5 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. Crescent Ballroom, 308 N. Second Ave., Phoenix. $3. 602-716-2222, crescentph.com.
9. Walk the Moon at Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage
These Cincinnati rockers have gone top 20 with three singles — "Anna Sun," "Tightrope" and "Shut Up and Dance" — on Billboard's alternative-songs chart. Their name is a tip of the hat to the Police song "Walking on the Moon," which definitely suits their poppy art-rock sensibilities.
Details: 8:15 p.m. Friday. Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage, Verizon Super Bowl Central, near First and Washington streets, Phoenix. Free. azsuperbowl.com.
10. Bud Light Hotel, Live @ the Living Room
Lustre Rooftop Garden is booked by the Bud Light House of Whatever. But it's relocating to the living-room area next to Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails for a pop-up lounge. Live @ the Living Room will offer beer, cocktails and light fare with a guest DJ spinning nightly.
Details: 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. Free. 2 E. Jefferson St., Phoenix. Free. 602-258-0231, bluehoundkitchen.com.
Starting Saturday, Jan. 31
11. Phoenix Public Market extended hours
Saturday, the market will open with more than 100 local vendors and stay open all day. Listen to live music by Lee Perreira and Haymarket Squares, and sip suds at the Oskar Blues Beer Garden, both running from 3 to 10 p.m. The market's cafe will serve barbecue, along with a full menu of food and beverages.
Details: 8 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. 14 E. Pierce St., Phoenix. Free. phxpublicmarket.com.
12. The Roots at Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage
It makes sense that the Roots would do a show in Phoenix on Saturday with Jimmy Fallon taping "The Tonight Show" live from the Orpheum Theatre right after the Super Bowl on Sunday. The Roots, of course, are Fallon's house band in addition to being among the more acclaimed hip-hop artists of all time, winning three NAACP Image Awards and three Grammys while topping countless critics' year-end album lists. Plus, Questlove, right?
Details: 8:15 p.m. Saturday. Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage, Verizon Super Bowl Central, near First and Washington streets, Phoenix. Free. azsuperbowl.com.
13. Connect2STEM at University of Arizona College of Medicine Phoenix
The University of Arizona is bringing science and hands-on learning to downtown Phoenix with Connect2STEM as the official kickoff for the 2015 Arizona SciTech Festival, an annual statewide celebration of science, technology, engineering and math. In the Bioscience Zone, see the biomechanics of a life-size synthetic cadaver that can talk, breathe, bleed and sweat.
At Concussion Discussion, tackle the Brain Challenge Expo, with a vision distorter, eye-hand coordination drills and the Banner Concussion Center. In the Nature Zone, get down and dirty with master gardeners and splash around in the Wildcat Water Lab. In the Outer Space/Technology Zone, learn about OSRIS-Rex, a mission to bring pieces of the asteroid "Bennu" back to earth. In the Cox Gig Zone, enjoy gaming stations, coloring contests and giveaways. And in the Wildcat Spirit Zone, take a picture in the photo booth, meet Wilbur the Wildcat, mingle with alumni and bounce around on the UA inflatable.
Details: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Fifth Street and Van Buren Avenue, Phoenix. Free. connect2stem.com.
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