Super Bowl Experience

Fans visit the Super Bowl Experience in New Orleans in 2013. This year’s event runs from Jan. 26-Feb 2.

There's a football game in Atlanta next weekend.

And while most the country will only be celebrating the Super Bowl on Sunday, anyone in the vicinity of Georgia's capital can attend a slew of events in the days leading up to the big game.

There are many, many options ranging from $600-a-head parties hosted by Shaquille O'Neal to vegan tailgates to watching grown men play tackle football in three-piece suits. We've narrowed that list down to a handful of relatively affordable, family-friendly things to do in Atlanta this week to commemorate America's biggest sporting event.

Jan 26-Feb 2: Super Bowl Experience

This is a football-themed interactive park, where visitors can take a picture of the Lombardi Trophy, see all 52 previous Super Bowl rings, and take part in combine training exercises, like the 3-cone drill and 40-yard dash, or try out a number of passing games. Its held at the Georgia World Congress Center. Having NFL Fan Mobile Pass is required to access parts of the experience.

Tickets: Adults – $40, Kids -– $10 on Jan 26, 27 and 31. Jan 28, 29, 30 Adults – $20, Kids free. Feb 1, 2.

Jan 28: Opening night

The Rams and the Patriots will be in the same building for the first time for what is basically a press conference. But there are cheerleaders and opportunities for autographs. It happens at State Farm Arena at 7 p.m. Tickets are $26.60.

Jan 31: Zac Brown Band Concert

Georgia natives the Zac Brown Band are holding a free concert at the Tabernacle. Admission is free, but attendees must RSVP in advance. But then entree is first come first serve, so arrive well before doors open at 7 p.m. This one is 21+ so bring government issued identification.

Feb 2-3: Flag Football Challenge and SunTrust FanFest

The big draw is the celebrity flag football game at SunTrust Park on the 2, where former pros Doug Flutie and Michael Vick lead teams against one another. Tickets to that are $30. But there is also a two-day free event at the park featuring football trivia, games and live entertainment.

Three Piece Suit Football

For 11 years now, a handful of Atlantans have suited up in three-piece suits and played tackle football for charity at the Historic Fourth Ward Skate Park. With the Super Bowl in town this year, the event is bigger than ever with food trucks, kids face painting, live music, beer and Frisbee catching dogs at halftime. There is even a raffle to win tickets to the big game the following day.

Admission is free. Money raised by the event goes to Pets for Vets and Battlefields to Ballfields, two veteran's charities.

Music starts at 12 p.m. Kickoff is at 2 p.m.

Andrew Kenneson was a staff writer for The Walton Tribune from 2018-20.

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