5 Football-Free Ways to Spend Super Bowl Weekend

Bummed about the Super Bowl -- for any reason? Here are some alternatives.

It's game time! Sunday, the Los Angeles Rams will face off against the New England Patriots in Super Bowl LIII. This marks the Patriots' ninth appearance in the NFL Championship game in 17 years.

As every Philadelphia fan knows and dwells upon often, last year the Philadelphia Eagles defeated the five-time NFL champions for the Birds' first Super Bowl win in franchise history.

But, then came the reality of the 2018 season, despite a late rally that took the Eagles to the NFC Divisional Playoffs earlier this month.

So it's understandable that many local football fans are considering boycotting the game altogether, joining those who never planned on watching anyway.

Here are a few things to consider doing in lieu of watching Super Bowl LIII:

1. Philadelphia Auto Show

The annual Auto Show is on the road back to Philadelphia. The latest automotive technology will be on display at the Pennsylvania Convention Center from Feb. 2 through 10.

The annual Philadelphia Auto Show will roll into the Pennsylvania Convention Center starting this weekend. Kevin Mazzucola, from the Auto Dealers Association of Greater Philadelphia, explains why the show is the perfect place to check out exotic cars but also your next ride.

Visitors will be able to observe and sit inside the vehicles, while some models may even be available to test drive. 

2. Boatbuilding 101

The Eagles' chances of a Super Bowl repeat may have sunken, but the opportunity for a great weekend remains afloat. The Philadelphia area's finest crafting experts will be holding special courses on mold making, stem carving, and other woodworking techniques that are essential to building boats. Classes set sail on February 2 and dock on February 10.

3. Philadelphia Museum of Art - New Chinese Galleries

Explore over 4,000 years of art as the Art Museum opens doors on its updated Chinese art galleries. The reimagined exhibit will analyze the thematic and historical significance of Chinese artifacts, including costumes, photographs, and figurines. The new Chinese art galleries open Feb. 3.

4. First Fridays in Old City

First Fridays in Old City have been a staple of the Philadelphia community since their inception in 1991. Tailored for both locals and tourists, First Fridays draw engaged crowds of all ages. Festivities include antique collecting, food vendors, art, and live music. First Friday events occur during the first Friday of each month.

5. Re-watch Super Bowl LII

There's no better way to celebrate the first anniversary of the greatest Super Bowl in NFL history than watching that game instead of whatever is going to happen on Sunday. Why not spend the day reliving the magic of the Philly Special, the winning game call, and the crowning of Super Bowl LII MVP, Nick Foles?

If you aren't lucky enough to have the game saved on your DVR, don't fret: The NFL has made a DVD version of the game available for purchase.

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