If you live in the Phoenix area, you might have noticed an event or two taking place throughout the month of January. This weekend alone there is the Waste Management Open (Phoenix Open), a Phoenix Suns game, and Super Bowl events galore! There have been concerts, parties, the NFL experience, Fan Fests, block parties, and on and on and on. Most of those cost money to attend, but if you are looking for family-friendly events that won’t break the bank, here are a few suggestions.
Downtown Phoenix has a free street festival Wednesday through Sunday, January 28th through February 1st. The Verizon Super Bowl Central experience spans 12 blocks in downtown Phoenix near the Phoenix Convention Center. The hours for the Verizon Super Bowl Central experience are Wednesday-Friday from 2 p.m.-10 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-10 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-3 p.m. This street festival offers free football-themed activities, live music, autographs from NFL alumni, and nightly fireworks displays. There is a giant 30 x 100 foot climbing wall that fans can climb for $5 each (ages 6 and older). For a map of the downtown activities, check out the link to Verizon’s official page HERE. Most of the parking will cost more because of all of the visitors, so expect to pay around $20 if you plan on parking downtown. Bring cash. A less expensive alternative might be to use the Light Rail to get downtown. See HERE for a link to the Light Rail schedules and fees, but generally speaking, an all-day pass costs about $4. Officials are expecting around a million people going through downtown over the weekend, so be alert, keep your kids close, and practice safety precautions.
While you are downtown, the Seahawks Fan Fest Experience will be held at Chase Field from 1:30-4pm on Saturday. It is a free event and there will be local musicians, fan giveaways, Beer Garden and concessions (cash only), photos with the Sea Gals, appearances by Blitz and BOOM, the Seahawks mascots, and photo opportunities galore. Click HERE for more information on the Seahawks Fan Fest Experience. One of the Valley’s popular local bands, The Walkens, will be preforming here too. Be sure to check out their official website HERE.
I’d like to give equal credit to the Patriots Fan Fest and tell you about their activities too, but those were not as abundant on the internet when I did my research, therefore I didn’t find any to mention that would be good for families (or free, for that matter). So there are no links for Patriots fans. Let the football trash-talking begin.
Also make sure to do your research before you go and check out the various websites linked in this article. There are maps, Light Rail schedules, activity schedules, safety tips (on the Verizon page), purse restrictions for entering Chase Field for the Seahawks Fan Fest, and much more information that will be relevant for a fun and safe day for you and your family.
Have fun and be safe. Yay football!