Avoid the Bowl

For some, it’s about competition: the joy of a hard-won victory, the crushing blow of defeat. For others, it’s an afternoon with family, chili-cheese dip, and the latest pop superstar. For me, the Super Bowl means a quiet winter afternoon to explore my hometown. If you’re looking to get off the couch on the 7th (or any other day), here are a few of my favorite South Bay alternatives…


LeMans Karting (Fremont)

Hot Dog

Mark’s Hot Dogs (Eastside)

Trampoline Dodgeball

Sky High Sports (Santa Clara)

Farmers’ Market

Japantown Certified Farmers Market (Japantown)

Immersive Puzzle Adventure

Real Escape Game (San Jose)

Ice Skating

Downtown Ice (DTSJ)

Farm Park

Emma Prush Farm Park (San Jose)

Comedy Show

ComedySportz (DTSJ)

Live Music

Jazz: Cafe Stritch (DTSJ)
Local: Art Boutiki (San Jose)

Wine Tasting

Local Wines (Santa Clara County)


7-Bamboo Cocktail Lounge (Japantown: Closed Sundays)

Hike/Play a Piano

Almaden Quicksilver County Park (San Jose)

Read a Book

Recycle Book Store (San Jose / Campbell)
Kepler’s Books (Menlo Park)
Hicklebee’s for kids (Willow Glen)

Go Dancing

For Dancers Only (Sunnyvale: 1st & 3rd Fridays)


William Wegman Exhibit (DTSJ)
Jim Campbell, LED Light Exhibit (DTSJ)

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Written by Margot Helm

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