All Things Super Bowl in 10 Days

If there’s one thing the 10-day build-up to the Super Bowl doesn’t lack, it’s things to do.

Here’s a dazzling (but, amazingly, not comprehensive) list of things to do between January 26th and February 4th.

Ground zero for downtown Minneapolis Super Bowl activities is Super Bowl Live (January 26-February 4, daily hours vary). Just of a few of the many free concerts include Idina Menzel, Dessa, Brother Ali, Vocal Essence, The Suburbs, Soul Asylum, Sounds of Blackness, The Jayhawks, Bob Mould and a Prince tribute night on January 29, featuring The Revolution, Sheila E. and Morris Day and the Time. Prince’s former band, The New Power Generation, will perform on another night. Check out the full line-up.

Some of the featured attractions at Super Bowl Live will be Drum Down the Sun (a drum and dance exhibition every night at 5:00 p.m.), ESPN from IDS Crystal Court (January 31 – February 4), Snow Globes (in-globe exhibits and photo opportunities) and the Polaris Upsidedowntown (snowmobile stunts).

The super massive Super Bowl Experience (January 27 – February 3, hours vary) will be held in the Minneapolis Convention Center. Events and attractions include experiencing the NFL in virtual reality, free autographs from NFL players, getting a selfie with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, NFL flag clinics for smaller football players and the Play 60 Zone for the really tiny football fans. Also on site is the NFL Shop, the largest source of exclusive NFL merchandise. Tickets $35 adults, $25 children under 12.

The Bold North Zip Line (January 26 – February 4) measures in at nearly 800 feet long, crossing the Mississippi River over 100 feet in the air and into the downtown Minneapolis skyline. This attraction was potentially going to sell walk-up tickets, but due to the high demand it was decided to sell the remaining spots online prior to the event. The Zip Line tickets unfortunately sold out, but don't be startled when you see someone flying through the sky above the river! 

Bold North Zip Line Rendering

Nomadic LIVE (February 1-3) will host concerts at The Armory by Imagine Dragons, P!nk and Super Saturday Night featuring Jennifer Lopez. Meanwhile, out in Prior Lake, Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel (February 1-4) will host four nights of events in their 64,000-square-foot pop-up space.

Concert at The Armory; Photo by Tyler Allix, Owned by The Amory

First started at Super Bowl 26 right here in Minnesota by local restaurateur Wayne Kostroski, and now in its 27th year, Taste of the NFL (February 3, 7:00 p.m.) is the NFL’s annual strolling wine and food event. Held at the St Paul RiverCentre, Taste has thus far raised $25 million for food banks and nonprofit organizations in all 32 NFL cities. This year’s host will be Andrew Zimmern, who will oversee 35+ food stations manned by chefs from each NFL city serving their signature dishes with the help of current and alumni NFL players. 

B-lectric at The Great Northern, Photo by BLK WLF Photography

Numerous individual and crossover events will be held during The Great Northern (January 25 – February 4) and Saint Paul Winter Carnival (January 25 – February 10), all of them outdoors, because Minnesotans regard winter as just summer with an extra layer of clothing - and maybe some mittens. Just a few of the attractions and events are the ice palace, a snow sculpting competition, the U.S. Pond Hockey Championships, the Loppet’s numerous cross-country ski, speedskating, skijoring, dogsled and fat tire events, an autonomous snow plow competition, ice sculpting demonstrations, parades, live music and a nighttime polar plunge.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival, Photo by BLK WLF Photography

Mia, the Minneapolis Institute of Art, invites the public to wander their Ice Maze (February 1-4), featuring images of objects from the upcoming exhibition “Power and Beauty in China’s Last Dynasty: Concept and Design by Robert Wilson.” Opening night (Feb 1, 5:00-9:00 p.m.) will include hot cocoa.

The 40-foot high, 140-foot long CHS Field Giant Snow Slide (January 25-February 10) will lead from the upper spectator deck, down onto the field and out to second base. One-hour, all-you-can-slide passes are $10 for adults and $5 kids for 12 and under.

Oh, you still have openings in your schedule? 

OK, how about the Super Bowl Opening Night event (January 29, 7:00 p.m.), held at the Xcel Energy Center, featuring player appearances, live entertainment, Super Bowl gift bags and radios and more. Early risers can attend the 2018 Super Bowl Breakfast (February 3, 8:00-10:00 a.m.), which features the presentation of the “Athletes in Action Bart Starr Award” recognizing an NFL player for outstanding character and leadership at home, on the field and in the community.

And here’s the There’s Even More to Do Speed Round:

  • Bold Hope In the North (January 28, 2:00 p.m.) – “An interfaith gathering to celebrate unity and shared purpose” and raise money to prevent homelessness at Westminster Presbyterian Church at Nicollet Mall and 12th Street, downtown Minneapolis. The celebration will feature music, testimonies from people helped by the Emergency Rental Assistance Program...and “a few surprises!”
  • NFL Gospel Celebration (February 1, 7:30 p.m.) – Held at Bethel University’s Benson Great Hall, this event brings key NFL players and top artists together for uplifting music and inspirational messages.
  • Legends for Charity Dinner, Presenting the Pat Summerall Award to Coach Tony Dungy (February 1, 5:00 p.m.) – Join Super Bowl-winning Coach Tony Dungy for an evening of tributes and guest speakers as he becomes the 13th recipient of the Pat Summerall Award.
  • Feherty Live (February 1-2, 7:00 p.m.) – A live interview/variety show with David Feherty, featuring a number of A-list personalities.

For more events, visit our Super Bowl Event Calendar

*All Super Bowl Live imagery is provided by the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee