Free events during Super Bowl week

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By Brad Denny By Brad Denny
By Brad Denny By Brad Denny
By Brad Denny By Brad Denny
By Brad Denny By Brad Denny
By Brad Denny By Brad Denny

PHOENIX -- The price of Super Bowl tickets, and even some of the parties, are out of reach for most people, but there is fun and games that can still fit in the family budget.

Fans trying to get in on the Super Bowl experience said they appreciate the long list of free activities during Super Bowl week.

“It lets us do more things,” said David Meadows, who was exploring downtown Phoenix.

“It makes it worth coming down to come see the free things," said Janna Meadows. "If there is something to spend money on, I feel like there’s money left over to spend when there’s lots of free things going on as well."

Downtown Phoenix is turning into Super Bowl central with free activities starting Wednesday. You can watch free performances and play Super Bowl-themed games.

“We’re going to check out the fireworks and 3D shows,” said Leah Springer, who is from out of town.

There are also low-cost events in downtown Phoenix, such as the Grand Canyon experience where you can rock climb for $5. There is also ice skating, which costs $12 for an adult and less for kids under six.

“It’s great just because we traveled so far, so there are a lot of things we get to do,” said Angie Lack, who is in town from Minnesota.

In Scottsdale, Fan Fest offers free samples and free games, and you can also watch live broadcasts every day this week starting at 8 a.m.

“We’re having a great time here today," said Judy Gabrielli, a football fan. "What a great thing you get to throw a football, you get to see ESPN sports Mike and Mike, free bags, free things, great time down here and lots of food.” 

In Glendale, there will be a free Super Bowl photo exhibit at Westgate, and free live outdoor concerts each night starting Wednesday.

There is free parking every day except Sunday, when it will cost $60 to park at the Westgate Entertainment District.

In Historic Downtown Glendale, don’t forget the annual Glendale Chocolate Affaire Friday and Saturday.

Fan Fest Scottsdale daily through Sunday, Feb. 1

ESPN will broadcast 40 hours of live programming from its site located just north of Scottsdale Fashion Square. Fan Fest Scottsdale will celebrate with ESPN the entire week. This free event, open to the public, will highlight Scottsdale’s unique elements including culinary activities, fashion shows, interactive gaming, entertainment, team lounges, and fan rallies.

Visit: www.FanFestScottsdale.com

Hashknife Pony Express to make “super” delivery Friday, Jan. 30 

An enduring Old West tradition meets a modern American spectacle Jan. 30, when Arizona’s Hashknife Pony Express delivers the mail in Scottsdale.

To celebrate the Super Bowl, Hashknife riders have rustled up a unique celebration as they deliver the mail at high noon on Scottsdale’s Waterfront. The free, family-friendly event will feature interactive, Western-themed children’s activities and Hashknife riders will sign gear and answer questions. A variety of art and merchandise vendors will be part of the festival.

For more information, visit: www.hashknifeponyexpress.com.

Arizona Indian Festival, Thursday through Saturday, Jan. 29-31

Arizona’s Native American culture, food, music and history will be highlighted in this three-day event on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.

For more information, visit: www.BigGameinScottsdale.com.

The Big Game ArtWalk, Saturday, Jan. 31

Enjoy Big Game artist exhibitions, sports collectibles, live music and more in Scottsdale’s downtown arts district from noon to 4 p.m.

Visit: www.experiencescottsdale.com/event/the-big-game-artwalk.

Events in the West Valley:

http://www.glendaleaz.com/documents/SuperBowlEventsGlendaleandWestValley.pdf

Glendale Chocolate Affaire:

http://www.glendaleaz.com/events/chocolateaffaire.cfm

Info on Phoenix events:

http://www.visitphoenix.com/events/super-bowl-xlix/index.aspx