Prepare yourself, Miami: Super Bowl week is nearly here. So many entertainment options tied to the big game at Hard Rock Stadium are coming your way — including parties, festivals, concerts, and tailgates — that you probably won't have time to hit all of the events you want to check out. Luckily, there's a way to take part in the celebrations without bleeding your wallet dry.
Some of the coolest options cost $25 or less, and a few even offer free admission. We've put together a list of the best budget-friendly events during Super Bowl week for you below, because we know not everyone has $750 lying around to go to Maxim Havana Nights.
Gridiron Glory: The Best of the Pro Football Hall of Fame
Enjoy a taste of the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio right here in your own backyard. This traveling exhibit opened at HistoryMiami Museum in late-September, bringing with it 200-plus artifacts, including the jersey Barry Sanders wore when he broke the 2,000-yard rushing mark, Tom Brady's draft card from the 2000 NFL Draft, and the football used by Dan Marino when he broke the career passing yardage record — you know, back when passing records used to really mean something. For those who like their exhibits interactive, you can watch highlights of any NFL Hall of Famer you'd like on kiosks, take a crack at the Instant Replay Booth, and try on vintage pads and jerseys. 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and noon to 5 p.m. Saturday through February 9 at HistoryMiami, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-1492; historymiami.org. Admission is $5 to $10 and free for museum members and children under 6.
SuperFest Miami Live
The big game isn't the only reason to visit Miami Gardens during Super Bowl week. The city is throwing a family-friendly festival with carnival rides, kid zones, and even a food and gaming village. SuperFest Miami Live will provide more adult offerings at night, including on-site nightclubs and a rap and R&B concert featuring Plies, Polo G, and Miami's own DaniLeigh. Because they know how much people around these parts love "The U," they're also hosting a Hurricanes football reunion with all-time great Ray Lewis, among other Hurricanes. 10 a.m. to midnight January 24 through February 3 at 19101 NW 27th Ave., Miami Gardens; Superfestmiami.com. Admission is free, but Hurricane reunion tickets are $35 and VIP concert tickets are $99.
Super Bowl Experience
Wherever the Super Bowl goes, the annual Super Bowl Experience follows. And that's great news for those of you NFL die-hards in Miami who eat, sleep and breathe the sport. This massive six-day event coming to the Miami Beach Convention Center will offer autograph sessions with NFL players, photo ops with the Vince Lombardi Trophy, a display with all 53 Super Bowl rings, a virtual reality experience and youth football clinics. You can also see how your 40-yard dash time and vertical jump compares to those of NFL players on LED screens. Expect tons of NFL memorabilia and merchandise, not to mention a few pulled hamstrings. 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, January 25, Friday, January 31 and Saturday, February 1; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday, January 26; and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 29; and 3 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, January 30; at Miami Beach Convention Center, 1901 Convention Center Dr., Miami Beach, 786-276-2600; superbowl.com. Admission is $20 to $60 for adults and free for kids 12 and under via ticketmaster.com.
Super Bowl Live
You're not going to find a better deal during Super Bowl week than the NFL's downtown fan fest. Super Bowl Live offers concerts (including a scheduled performance by Fitz and the Tantrums), watercraft stunt and freestyle shows, a regulation size football field with gigantic footballs that recall the teams and scores from the 10 previous Super Bowls in Miami, and parades and fireworks on Friday and Saturday nights — all for the low, low price of nothing. Yes, this is all free- pretty good deal, right? 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday, January 25, Friday, January 31, and Saturday, February 1; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, January 26; 4 to 9 p.m. Monday, January 27, and Tuesday, January 28; and 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, January 30; at Bayfront Park, 301 Biscayne Blvd., Miami; miasbliv.com. Admission is free.
Super Bowl Opening Night
The days of old school sports reporters asking X's and O's football questions at Super Bowl media day are long gone. They've been replaced by a media circus wherein outlets come from all over the world to ask the participating players and coaches which celeb they'd like to have a one-night stand with and who has the smelliest farts in the locker room. But the changes didn't end there. As of Super Bowl XLVI in 2012, fans can now buy tickets to watch the quirky question and answer sessions from the stands with cheerleaders and mascots. We know crotchety people like Bill Belichick probably hate what media day has become, but, honestly, that just makes us like this shit show even more. 7 p.m. Monday, January 27, at Marlins Park, 501 Marlins Way, Miami; 305-480-1300; superbowl.com. Admission is $25 via ticketmaster.com.
Super Fan Fest
Wynwood Marketplace is getting a football-themed makeover with a mini-football field and regulation size field goal post. And they're not just for pictures either. When you're not taking in the live music on the main stage or kicking back in the beer garden at this free event for the whole family, you can play touch football or attempt field goals, among other football skills challenges. Don't worry about shanking your kick and embarrassing yourself: trust us, you wouldn't be alone. 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Thursday, January 30, 4 p.m. to 3 a.m. Friday, January 31, Noon to 3 a.m. Saturday, February 1; and 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, February 2,; at the Wynwood Marketplace, 2250 NW Second Ave., Miami; superfanfest.com. Admission is free.
Chad "Ochocinco" Johnson Celebrity Super Slam
Johnson is known for running his mouth on Twitter and challenging other famous folks to friendly competitions (the guy really has a thing for foot races), so it makes sense that his annual Super Bowl event is a celebrity basketball game. Expected guests at this fundraiser for at-risk youth include fellow NFL retiree and former teammate Terrell Owens, rappers Flo Rida and YFN Lucci and rising tennis star Coco Gauff. 6 p.m. Friday, January 31, at the Rick Case Arena at the Don Taft University Center, 3301 College Ave., Fort Lauderdale; 561-859-7552; genesismp.com. Tickets are $15 to $100 via ticketmaster.com.
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