Here are some ideas to get you started on the road to your ultimate anti-Super Bowl escape.
If you're a football fan, congratulations: Your Sunday - like that of about 100 million other expected Super Bowl viewers - is pretty set.
If you're not, you may still be dreaming of how to fill an entire glorious day away from the hours-long party that will commence around TVs everywhere for the big game between the New Orleans Saints and Indianapolis Colts.
Rather than sit home trying to find something else to watch on TV or drown out the thunderous "Who dat?" chorus of Saints fans the next house over, take advantage of the comparatively empty roads and local attractions to explore a new side of town or a new experience. Here are some ideas to get you started on the road to your ultimate anti-Super Bowl escape:
Arizona Renaissance Festival & Artisan Marketplace
What: Thirty acres of interactive medieval merriment, populated by a roving cast of nearly 2,000 costumed performers and more than 200 shops and eateries.
When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, and Monday, Feb. 15, through March 28
Where: 12601 East U.S. 60, east of Apache Junction
Cost: $18 for adults and $8 for kids 5-12 at Fry's Food Stores; $1 more per ticket ordered online and $2 more per ticket purchased at festival gate.
Information: (520) 463-2700 or www.royalfaires.com/arizona
Peach Blossom Celebration
What: Farmer Mark Schnepf leads a hayride tour of six orchards blooming with fragrant flowers. There are also kids' activities and scrumptious peach pie and peach cinnamon rolls in the farm bakery.
When: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Sunday and Feb. 11-14
Where: 24810 S. Rittenhouse Road, Queen Creek
Cost: Free admission; activities cost $2-$5
Details: (480) 987-3100 or www.schnepffarms.com
Glendale Chocolate Affaire
What: More than three dozen chocolatiers offer delectable indulgences in Glendale's cute historic downtown. Local candy company Cerreta's will offer behind-the-scenes tours of its factory, and there are kids' activities, a symposium of romance writers, live entertainment and horse-drawn carriage rides.
When: 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Murphy Park, 58th Avenue and West Glendale Avenue in Glendale
Cost: Free admission and parking
Details: (623) 930-2299 or www.visitglendale.com
Ansel Adams: Discoveries
What: More than 100 photographs and dozens of archival documents from the Center for Creative Photography's Ansel Adams Archive give new insights to the iconic photographer's greatest works in this new and much-anticipated exhibition.When: Noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday through Saturday through June 6.
Where: Phoenix Art Museum, 1625 N. Central Ave.
Cost: $8-$10 for adults, $4 for kids 6-17
Information: (602) 257-1222 or www.phxart.org
Chandler Symphony Orchestra
What: The refined sounds of classical music are about as far as you can get from the grunting and trash-talking of the gridiron. Hear them at this concert by the East Valley's own talented orchestral musicians.
When: 3 p.m. SundayWhere: The auditorium at Desert Vista High School, 16440 S. 32nd St., Ahwatukee Foothills
Information: (480) 899-3447 or www.chandlersymphony.org
Goosebumps: The Science of Fear
What: Discover why our hearts race, knees shake and bodies sweat when we're scared at this brand new exhibition that explores fear through interactive challenges. It's also the final weeks of the kid-wowing "Robots" exhibition based on the animated film by the same name.When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily
Where: Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St., Phoenix
Cost: $17 for adults; $15 for kids
Information: (602) 716-2000 or www.azscience.org
What: Hikers of all ages will test their tracking skills to fill nature-themed bingo cards on this half-mile informative hike with a ranger. Round out the experience with a scenic picnic supper from a cooler before heading back to town.
When: 2 p.m. Sunday
Where: Nursery Tank Trail at McDowell Mountain Regional Park, 16300 McDowell Mountain Park Drive, Scottsdale
Cost: $6 per vehicle
Information: (480) 471-0173, ext. 201, or www.maricopa.gov/parks/mcdowell