Super Bowl week has officially commenced bringing a whirlwind of high-profile restaurant openings, stunning new hotels, and of course, over-the-top parties. Heavy hitters like Maxim, Playboy, Rolling Stone, and Marquee Night Club are hosting some of the week’s most anticipated fêtes, touting elaborate displays with super-sized price tags.
Not to mention the private parties and galas sporting tables for up to $150,000. But if you’re $149,900 short of snagging a gala seat (who wants to rub elbows with NFL Hall of Famers anyway), or would rather not clean out your savings account in one weekend, look no further.
Here are 10 exclusive Super Bowl events sure to make you feel like a star sans the VIP price tag.
Super Bowl Feasts
Pop-up phenom Aces of Taste brings its popular dinner series to Super Bowl week with Flights: a two-day, internationally-inspired dining concept on Thursday, February 3 and Friday, February 4. Food Network Chopped champion chef Evelyn Garcia hosts the first night with a three-course Southeast Asian dinner inspired by Thailand.
Brenner’s on the Bayou executive sous Chef Toya Terry follows with a three-course Peruvian feast. Each dinner, which is priced at just $51 in honor of Super Bowl LI, also comes with two appetizers, three cocktails, exclusive gifts, and a live DJ. For tickets, click here.
In search of lounge vibes sans the outrageous Super Bowl premiums? Posh steakhouse B&B Butchers hosts Social 51, an exclusive pop-up lounge on the grounds of its Washington Avenue restaurant. The tented soiree, designed by Swift + Company, runs Wednesday February 1 through Saturday, February 4, and features ultra-chic surrounds, six full-service bars, premier DJs, and bottle service.
Enjoy a la carte dining inside the tent from 4 to 10 pm, followed by music courtesy DJ Senega and DJ Hoyet from 10 pm to 2 am. Special guests include Shiner’s sixth brewmaster Jimmy Mauric, who will lead educational tastings from 7 to 10 pm on Wednesday; and Beam Inc.’s national bourbon ambassador Adam Harris, who will offer flight tastings on Saturday from 6 to 8 pm.
Just how much will Social 51 set you back? A cover charge is enacted at 10 pm each night with an affordable price point ranging from $25 to $50.
Night at the Museum
The inaugural Houston Power Party debuts this Thursday, February 2 at the Museum of Natural Science. Hosted by Houston City Council Member Larry Green, the Santana Dotson Foundation, and the Moran Norris Foundation, the action-packed night highlights the intersection of art, fashion, music, and sports with interactive art, one-of-a-kind exhibition access, celebrity appearances, and sounds by DJ Kid Capri, DJ Hi-C, and DJ Supastar.
Entry costs $150 for general admission and $250 for the VIP treatment, but what’s a few hundred dollars for night-long fête at one of the city’s premier museums. Snag your tickets here.
Good Vibes Only
Channel good vibes at this one-day outdoor block party and music festival — Good Vibes HTX. Serious Marketing and Fujifilm Instax sponsor the music-centric affair at Alley Kat from 4 to 11 pm Saturday, which features headliner Wale alongside DJ Big Reeks, Orange Calderon, DJ Shanté, DJ Shinski, DJ Good Grief, DJ Dayta, DJ Hiram, DJ Gracie Chavez, DJ Elevated, and DJ Anarchy.
Tickets range from $45 to $80. Secure yours here.
Party Like a Rockstar
Lil Wayne takes over the Ayva Canter on Saturday, February 4 from 10 pm to 3 am for the “Undisputed” Super Bowl party. Wayne, alongside DJ Green Lantern and DJ Drama , will deliver a live concert alongside celebrity friends including four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, Houston Rockets small forward Corey Brewer, and more.
While certain VIP sections will set you back nearly $8,000, you can gain general entry for just $75 and VIP entry with a celebrity meet-and-greet for $200. Grab your tickets here.
Tour de Hood
Whether you’re just in town for the big game, or you’re a Houston resident, LetsDoThisHouston’s Super Bowl LI bike tour on Saturday, February 4 is sure to offer an unforgettable experience. Explore the city streets before concluding the tour at Super Bowl LIVE, the NFL’s nine-day fan festival at Discovery Green.
As an added bonus, BikeHouston will also provide participants with bike valet to ensure your bike stays safe as you enjoy the Super Bowl festivities. Grab a bike and tickets here.
Still Tippin HTX
It’s a Houston rap takeover. Artists Mike Jones, Lil Flip, Dice Soho, Dat Boi T, Doeman Dyna, iLL Liad, and OG Ron C and The Chopstars headline Still Tippin HTX at Rockefellers on Thursday, February 2 from 9 pm to 2 am. Click here for tickets and additional info.
Party with everyone from Flo Rida and Snoop Dog to Sean Kingston and Trinidad James at the Super Bash, which runs Friday, February 3 through Sunday, February 5. The three-day affair at Music World Studios features live performances from artists such as Bun B, Akon, Trinidad James, Sheila E., and an exclusive performance from Atlanta rapper Future.
Boxing champ Floyd Mayweather also hosts Super Bash’s Saturday festivities, and more than 50 Playmates take over the event on Super Bowl Sunday. A cool $75 will get you through the Super Bash doors. Buy your tickets here.
An all-star Houston weekend isn’t complete without an appearance from Drake. The Toronto-bred rapper unveils The Ballet, a pop-up event at Mercy Night Club from Thursday, February 2 through Sunday, February 5.
The Ballet features four nights of epic celebrity appearances and exclusive concerts featuring everyone from Young Jeezy and Travis Scott to Gucci Mane and Migos. Click here for the full event schedule and tickets.
Celebrity Super Slam
Football may be the main attraction Super Bowl weekend, but celebrities will hit the basketball court this Friday, February 3 for the Celebrity Super Slam Basketball Game at Butler Sports Complex.
The action-packed evening, which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Houston, features appearances from DJ Khaled, Tracy McGrady, Snoop Dog, and more. Tickets, which start at $25, can be purchased here.