Super Bowl 50 is almost here, and the San Francisco Bay area is gearing up to showcase some of the best in art and culture, live entertainment and food and drink in the week prior to the Feb. 7 game at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.
So if you are planning to be there, get ready for a lot more than a couple of hours of football. And if you think it’s all big-money events, think again. You don’t need to rob a bank to get in on the fun.
“While some of the larger Bay Area events during Super Bowl week, have competitive prices, there are still tickets that can be snagged for under $50,” said StubHub spokesman Cameron Papp.
Here are some of the best we’ve completed.
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Super Bowl would not be Super Bowl without some super parties. For a cool $1000 you can rub elbows with top athletes, celebrities and musicians in Rolling Stone’s Annual Big Game Bash in the Gallery of Design Center 6 February at 9 hours. The price includes a five hour premium top shelf open bar and performances from some of the hottest acts.
Maxim will host a party the night before the competition on Treasure Island, a 50,000 square-meter waterfront party center and pavilion, four miles from the center of San Francisco, with stunning views over the city, the bay and the bridges. New and exclusive to the event this year, a private TAO of the brand VIP room for celebrities and invited guests, who will be treated to the world famous hospitality of TAO, known for their luxurious, new YORK and Las Vegas outposts. Heineken and Heineken Light will be the official beer partner of the Rolling Stone Live: San Francisco. There will be several interactive areas, highlighted by the Dodge driving Experience in the Dodge muscle cars. MAXIM plans to attract celebrities and top talent.
The spacious and luxurious Playboy Super Bowl party, hosted by Playboy playmates, a large number of A-list celebrities in attendance. Last year guests were, among others, Kanye West, Bradley Cooper, Usher and Gabrielle Union. Tickets are available at In The Know Experiences (intheknowexperiences.com).
The magazine-March 2016 issue, Playboy‘s first non-naked version, will see its official debut in that night (issue on newsstands Friday, February 12), and the party guests will be some of the first consumers to receive copies through an Instagram-activated vending machine.
Vip’s, participants will come to the party through a time portal tunnel that takes them on a visual journey of the history of Playboy and car sponsor Dodge. The party will also be a DJ set by ALESSO; 24 Playboy Playmates in Bunny Costume; specialty cocktails by EFFEN® Vodka, together with their Molecular the Cocktail Bar created by San Francisco cocktail den Benjamin Cooper; a interactive Dodge hologram experience; and kitchen by a selection of San Francisco’s most notable food trucks, including Mozzeria, El Sur, and Pacific Puffs. Other sponsors include AQUAhydrate, and Red Bull. Friday, February 5 from 10p-2am on Many A @ AT&T Park.
Super Bowl Opening Night
Can’t afford $3,100 for a ticket to the game? The NFL’s Media Day, traditionally held on the Tuesday before the race, was switched on Monday night – “Super Bowl’s Opening Night,” a primetime extravaganza that offers musical performances in addition to a chance to see the coaches and the players talk to the media. The three-hour show at the SAP Center in San Jose starts at 5 a.m. PT on Feb. 1. Tickets start at $50.
Jersey Boys will be playing at the Orpheum Theatre with the several dates during the week; tickets start at $90. The Wizard of Oz is at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts by the week; tickets start at $40. A Concert of the Champions plays in the Davies Symphony Hall on Feb. 3; tickets start at $137. Kevin Hart LOL presents Comedy Slam at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts on Feb. 6 for $150.
And make sure to visit the Triton Museum of Art in Santa Clara, that hosts the Pro Football Hall of Fame is one of the largest travelling exhibition ever – Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On display will be hundreds of artifacts, rare photos and one-of-a-kind pieces of the Hall of Fame collection that tell the story of professional football, from the beginning in the beginning of the 20th century until today.
The Dave Matthews Band will be playing at the Pier 70 Waterfront (between Mariposa and 22nd Street, east of Illinois Street) on “Super Saturday Night,” Feb. 4. Tickets start at $138 on StubHub.
Pharrell Williams will be on the Pier 70 on Friday, Feb. 5. Tickets are available for $80. Metallica with “Cage the Elephant” will be performing at AT&T Park, Saturday, feb. 6. Tickets can be found for $119.
Other pro sports
If football is not enough, you can catch an NBA game. The Golden State Warriors play the Oklahoma City Thunder on Feb. 6, at the Oracle Arena in Oakland, and tickets can be had for $195. The Road to Wrestlemania, with the WWE top stars struggling, the SAP Center on Feb. 6. Tickets start at $45.
The taste of the NFL
The Taste of the NFL, eat, drink and auction event at the Cow Palace on Feb. 6, the bringing together of the 36 chefs– including one from each NFL city – to show off a number of incredible food samples. Among the restaurants that are recommended are The Tribeca Grill (New York Giants), Nobu 57 (New York Jets) and Bayona (New Orleans Saints). Past and present NFL players and celebrities will be on hand, along with host Andrew Zimmern of “Bizarre Foods” and Adam Richman of “Man v Food.” There will also be a performance by Third Eye Blind. Tickets for the event, which raises money for food banks nationwide, costs $700 and can be purchased at www.tasteofthenfl.com.
Another off-the-charts food event is the Players Super Bowl Tailgate, hosted by the Food Network’s Guy Fieri and Fox sports reporter Erin Andrews, along with 25 NFL players. Leave your diet at home. You can find a steak sandwich station, a whole hog, a mac and cheese bar, a raw bar, specialty meats, a nacho bar and an assortment of snacks and desserts include s’mores tarts, mega Rice Krispie treats and doughnut bread pudding with brown butter bacon bourbon glaze. This decadent event, which costs $700 per ticket, will be held in a 14,000-square-foot pavilion in the street of Levi’s Stadium from 10:30-3:30 pm.