Hooray (No, Really) For Super Bowl Sunday: A Dissenter’s Guide to Football’s Big Day

Kyle Fitzpatrick says “let them eat game snacks”—he’s got other plans

Like Oscar Sunday next month, this Sunday is going to be a quiet day in L.A. Why? It’s the Super Bowl! While we don’t (yet?) have a football team, many Angelenos will no doubt fulfill their American obligation by tuning in to the big game.

My advice: Don’t watch it. Do something else!

While diehard fans (and all of their available friends) are busy glued to their TVs, Los Angeles will be wide open for you to enjoy. Here are just five of the many things you can do instead of watching a lot of guys in suits talk about balls.

Drive Somewhere
Take a day trip! Go out of town! Really, on days like Super Bowl Sunday (which is a glorified drinking holiday) roads are unusually clear. You could finally visit Catalina or explore the wonderful Claremont Colleges, especially the one with a James Turrell installation. If you want to get somewhat into the baller spirit, go down to San Diego and explore the city with the nearest football team.

Prepare Yourself to Fill Out an Oscar Ballot
If you’re more interested in staying in town—and want to celebrate our hometown sport—you should go see a movie. The theatres won’t be overcrowded and with that other big Sunday coming up there are a lot of films worth seeing still out.

Be Artsy
Tom Brady may be nice to look at, but our beauty-filled version of Art Basel is happening this weekend. Happenings are scheduled at the Art Los Angeles Contemporary, the LA Art Book Fair, and (the incomparable and most locally authentic option) Paramount Ranch art fair.

Cuddle with Puppies and Kittens
Celebrate the Puppy (and Kitten) Bowl with some furry new friends! Not only are the usual array of pet stores hosting adoption drives, there will be many NKLA associated rescue missions as well as a special Best Friends Mobile Adoption event.

Enjoy a Tastier Bowl
Like the lack of cars on the road, L.A.’s toughest restaurants to get into will have open tables, so why not treat yourself to some local culinary sensations, like one of these food bowls or two.

Los Angeles is always on its feet, always moving in what seems to be fast forward. For a few hours this Sunday, you can conveniently take some time out for yourself and do something out of your comfort zone, something you’ve been wanting and meaning to do for a long time. Make you Super Bowl Sunday super by taking advantage of this super city.

Kyle Fitzpatrick is a writer, an infrequent performer, and a lover of dogs, art, shorts, champagne, and L.A. You can find his musings Fridays on CityThink. For more, check out his locally focused art, design, and culture website, Los Angeles, I’m Yours, or follow him on Twitter and Instagram.