Sure the NFL is bringing Super Bowl LII to the Twin Cities on Sunday, February 4 - with the spotlight on the two teams that eventually battle it out for the 2018 championship honors.  But the football competition that will happen at U.S Bank Stadium isn't the only game in town.

According to NFL, more than 30 community events tied to the biggest game of the season are planned for the days leading up and the weekend of Super Bowl LII.  Many of the activities are charitable in nature, directly benefiting the Twin Cities metro.

The full schedule is available on the NFL Communications website - but here are a few of the highlights:

  • Super Bowl Live presented by Verizon:  This 10-day festival at the Nicollet Mall, downtown happens January 26 - February 4.  Events are free and open to the public, with food  music, ice bars, winter activities, and more. Events start most days at 10 AM.
  • Kids Tailgate Party:  Happens Wednesday, January 31, 2-4 PM at Target Center.
  • Super Bowl Breakfast:  Happens Saturday, February 3, 8-10 AM at the Hilton Minneapolis.
  • Taste of the NFL:  Happens Saturday, February 3, starting at 7 PM at the St. Paul RiverCenter.  Host for this event is Minnesota's own, nationally-known chef Andrew Zimmern.