8 ways Houstonians can get into the Super Bowl spirit

The 2017 Super Bowl will be held in Houston, which is preparing for 1 million attendees.

The 2017 Super Bowl will be held in Houston, which is preparing for 1 million attendees.

From a celebrity charity basketball game to a Super Saturday Night with Taylor Swift at Club Nomadic, here are just a few ways Houstonians can be a part of the Super Bowl LI festivities.

Touchdown Tour
Jan. 14
The Touchdown Tour makes its 12th and final stop around Houston at Alief Community Park to help Houstonians get into the Super Bowl spirit. The event includes interactive games, exhibits, live music, photo opportunities and food. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. Alief Community Park, 11903 Bellaire Blvd., Houston. 281-564-8130. www.housuperbowl.com

Recycling Rally
Jan. 21
This green initiative invites the public to donate unwanted electronic items to be recycled, including computers, televisions, gaming consoles, phones, cameras and small kitchen appliances. Donors will receive a voucher for half-price admission to the Houston Zoo for up to four family members and will also become eligible for a giveaway prize. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Houston Zoo (Medical Center entrance), 1481 Cambridge St., Houston. 972-718-3338. www.housuperbowl.com

Super Bowl LIVE
Jan. 28-Feb. 5
Discovery Green hosts this free nine-day festival boasting local live music performances, interactive games, exhibits and food. The event’s signature attraction, “Future Flight,” is a thrill ride that uses virtual reality to take participants on a simulated trip to Mars and back. Hours vary. Free. Discovery Green, 1500 McKinney St., Houston. 713-400-7336. www.discoverygreen.com/superbowllive

NFL Experience Driven by Genesis
Jan. 28-Feb. 5
This pro football interactive theme park takes place during the nine days leading up to Super Bowl LI and includes interactive games, youth football clinics, merchandise from the NFL Shop and player autograph sessions. Hours vary. $25-$35. George R. Brown Convention Center, 1001 Avenida De Las Americas, Houston. 713-853-8000. www.housuperbowl.com  

Houston Power Party
Feb. 2
This inaugural event takes place inside the Houston Museum of Natural Science and gives attendees special access to one-of-a-kind exhibits, while featuring interactive areas, celebrity appearances, theatrical lighting and concert level sound. The party is hosted by Houston City Council Member Larry Green, the Santana Dotson Foundation and the Moran Norris Foundation. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $100-$200. Houston Museum of Natural Science, 5555 Herman Park Drive, Houston. www.houstonpowerparty.com

Club Nomadic
Feb. 2-4
Traveling entertainment venue Club Nomadic sets up shop in Houston for several days to host a series of live performances leading up to Super Bowl LI.
The lineup includes:
• Feb. 2: The EA Sports Bowl with Sam Hunt and The Chainsmokers
• Feb. 3: Bruno Mars presented by Pepsico
• Feb. 4: DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night with Taylor Swift
9 p.m. Ticket prices vary. Club Nomadic, 2121 Edwards St., Houston. www.clubnomadic.com

The Player Party
Feb. 2-5
This four-day festival includes interactive sports games, more than 20 live music performances, midway and carnival games, beach volleyball featuring the U.S. Women’s Olympic Team, a celebrity lip sync contest and an NFL football tournament. Several NFL players in attendance include Warren Moon, Drew Brees and Herschel Walker, and musical entertainment will be provided by George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, The Beach Boys Hunter Hayes, Danielle Bradbery and Tracy Byrd. 3 p.m. (Feb. 2), 1 p.m. (Feb. 3-5). $24-$79. Sam Houston Race Park, 7575 North Sam Houston Pkwy. W., Houston. 281-807-8700. www.playersparty2017.com

The DraftKings Antonio Brown Celebrity Super Slam
Feb. 3
This charity basketball game will feature a range of professional athletes and entertainers, such as Tracy McGrady, Snoop Dogg, D.J. Khaled, Jarvis Landry, Dee Gordon, Samari Rolle and Roy Williams. Event proceeds will benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Houston. 6-9 p.m. $25. Joe K. Butler Sports Complex, 13755 Main St., Houston. 561-859-7552. www.genesismp.com

For a comprehensive calendar of Super Bowl LI-related events, visit www.housuperbowl.com.
By Hannah Zedaker

Editor, Spring/Klein & Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood

Hannah joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter in May 2016 after graduating with a degree in journalism from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. In March 2019, she transitioned to editor of the Spring/Klein edition and later became the editor of both the Spring/Klein and Lake Houston/Humble/Kingwood editions in June 2021. Hannah covers education, local government, transportation, business, real estate development and nonprofits in these communities. Prior to CI, Hannah served as associate editor of The Houstonian, interned with Community Impact Newspaper and spent time writing for the Sam Houston State University College of Fine Arts and Mass Communication and The Huntsville Item.