It’s almost time to get everyone together to see the New England Patriots take on the Philadelphia Eagles in Super Bowl LII. Football fans all over the country are stocking up on chips and guac. Justin Timberlake is running his killer dance moves day and night. P!nk is practicing her high notes for the national anthem. But what do you do with Super Bowl Sunday if you don’t feel like watching football or grooving with pop royalty? Well, we have good news. There’s a silver lining to the fact that 110 million people get together to watch the Super Bowl every year…the rest of the world belongs to those who don’t! And we want to help you take advantage.
For starters, stroll the deserted streets! Drive blissfully down the 10! Eat at Sqirl without waiting in line for an hour! Then check out our recommendations for 7 Things To Do in LA on Super Bowl Sunday That Don’t Involve Watching Football.
This is the 14th year of Animal Planet’s Super Bowl alternative, the Puppy Bowl. And it’s come a long way since its humble beginning as a montage of puppies wandering aimlessly in front of a camera. If you’ve never watched the Puppy Bowl, it’s literally two hours of puppies—lots and lots of puppies—playing together on a tiny football field, complete with commentators, a Kitty Halftime Show, a tweeting bird named Meep, and MVP (Most Valuable Puppy, of course) awards. These little nuggets travel from shelters all over the country to play on Team Fluff and Team Ruff. Plus, all the participants are eligible for adoption!
Tackle Your Fear of Failure
Super Bowl Sunday is the last day you can visit The Museum of Failure at the A + D Museum in the Arts District. First displayed and made popular in Sweden last summer, the exhibit is an international collection of more than 100 innovation failures. Feel better about your own bad ideas as you gaze upon cringy products like Trump: the Game, Coca-Cola BlaK, and Apple’s 1993 personal assistant, the Newton. There’s also an anonymous confession booth where you can come clean about your failures so that you can dust yourself off and try again.
If you want to take advantage of the empty roads on Super Bowl Sunday and drive all across LA, you can make a day of flea market treasure hunting. Start by exploring the antiques and collectibles of the PCC Flea Market at Pasadena City College. Entry is free and the market goes from 8 AM to 3 PM. Next, have some brunch before perusing the vintage, handmade and vinyl offerings of The Rock and Roll Flea Market at the Regent Downtown. Also free, this market with an attitude goes from 11 AM – 4 PM. Lastly, finish out your day at the classic weekly market, Melrose Trading Post. Entry is $3 and it goes from 9 AM – 5 PM, which gives you plenty of time to find the treasures you seek!
Toss the Pigskin
Super Bowl Sunday is also Super Vegan Sunday at Smorgasburg in downtown LA. Spend your Sunday strolling through the booths and filling your belly with mouthwatering local foods. You’ll be drooling as you browse the list of vendors in preparation. Plus, Super Vegan Sunday has tons of special vegan options in addition to the usual lineup. Personally, we can’t wait to satisfy our sweet tooth with organic cakes from Baby Love Sweetery and try the vegan Cuban food from Señoreata. Yum!
Wham! Pow! Blitz!
Old school Batman fans absolutely must pay a visit to the Batman 66 Retrospective exhibit at The Hollywood Museum. Browse rare collectibles, props, and costumes that haven’t been seen since Adam West’s Batman was originally broadcast in 1966-68. Highlights include the Batmobile, the Batcycle, the original Dr. Cassandra costume worn by Ida Lupino in 1968, as well as originals and replicas of costumes worn by more well-known villains like The Riddler, The Joker, The Penguin, and Mr. Freeze. Collectibles like Batman puppets, collectors lunch boxes and board games are sure to make superfans do a little Batdance.
Perfect Your Touchdown Dance
Skip the Super Bowl to check out the last installment of the three-day feminist eclectic mini music festival Girlschool at Bootleg Theatre that LA Weekly says “is building a community of badass women in the L.A. music scene.” On Sunday, you can catch LA’s favorite raspy rock and roll frontwoman Lauren Ruth Ward and Jay Som’s dreamy, fuzzy bedroom pop among others. We recommend also going on Saturday to see Shirley Manson of “the coolest band in rock” Garbage, Amber Coffman of Dirty Projectors, Mary Lattimore’s dreamy, emotional harp plucking, and the Destiny’s Child-esque stylings of Somali refugee sisters, Faarrow. Now that we think about it, you might as well buy a weekend pass so you don’t miss Kristin Control of The Dum Dum Girls and the sex-positive “cabaret rapper” and performance artist known as Boyfriend on Friday. Yeah, we weren’t kidding when we said it was eclectic.
Laughter is the Best Defense
If you want to spend your evening laughing, head to any of the three Sunday performances at Upright Citizens Brigade on Franklin. First up at 7:30 PM is Gravid Water, a show in which half the actors know the script and the other half don’t. Vulture says it’s “guaranteed to yield laughs.” Next up is Shitty Jobs at 9:30 PM. Improvisers build the show around an audience member’s terrible job. LAist called it “hands down some of the best improv you’ll see all week.” Then, last of the night is Search History at 11 PM, where performers uncover the deep dark secrets of your Google search history.
However you choose to spend your Super Bowl Sunday, if you find yourself out and about, make sure you reserve your parking space with Pavemint to make your day even better!