9 things to do in Boston this Sunday that aren’t all about the Super Bowl

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If your Patriots knowledge is limited to what you learn from Gisele’s Instagram, you might find yourself struggling amidst the Super Bowl mania that has befallen Boston. Luckily, there are still plenty of things to do this Sunday for those who are more concerned with Danny Amendola’s abs than his stats.

The Olde Magoun’s Saloon 12th Annual Great Chili Cook-Off

While New Englanders are chowing down on pre-game chili, you can also dig into some chili—no game necessary. At The Old Magoune’s Saloon, attendees are invited to do some sampling from contestants’ chilis free of cost. Another option: Bring your pot for the chance to win tickets, beer prizes, and more. If you want to participate in the cook-off, no need to sign up before—just be one of the first 30 to show up with a gallon of your own chili. (Sunday, February 5 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Olde Magoun’s Saloon, Somerville; free)

Sundance Film Festival Shorts at the ICA


Couldn’t make it to Park City, Utah, for Sundance last year? The 2016 Sundance Film Festival Short Film Tour is stopping at the ICA on Sunday. This 95-minute theatrical program tours the country to bring audiences a performance of eight short films from the film festival. Read a review of the theatrical tour here. Note that it’s recommended for audiences ages 15-plus. (Sunday, February 5 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.; ICA, Boston; $5 for members and students, $10 for nonmembers)

Bone Up Brewing Company Beer Brunch

Eat your hearts out, non-football lovers! On Sunday, Bone Up Brewing Company is hosting a beer brunch with food provided by Fat Boyfriend Bakery. Enjoy ham ‘n cheese croissants, jalapeño cheddar biscuits, and parmesan pastry puffs along with Bone Up’s fresh brews. (Sunday, February 5 from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.; Bone Up Brewing Company, Everett; $3.50 per pastry or two for $6, beer prices vary)

The Romantic Cello at the MFA

What better way to drown out the shenanigans of Sunday’s game than with a relaxing performance of some of the Romantic period’s most beautiful music? The MFA will feature a performance by Guy Fishman and Ian Watson, principal players of Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, on period instruments, with acclaimed alto Margaret Lias, to transcend your evening and kick off your Valentine’s month. (Sunday, February 5 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.; MFA, Boston; $20 for members, $25 for nonmembers)

To Islam: With Love, a Card-Making Marathon for Kids Against Islamaphobia


Wee The People, an arts-based series of programming and events for kids thats explores social justice, will host a card-making marathon for the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center and raise awareness for the Muslim Justice League. Organizers have already moved the location to accommodate participants. Free registration is available here(Sunday, February 5 from 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.; Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston; free)

Boston Brunch Runners 5K

Who needs the Super Bowl when you have this Sunday athletic event? This 5K will be followed by a post-race party featuring beer and food from Miller’s Ale House, which will probably be a Super Bowl pregame for some, but we won’t tell if you head home to pass out on the couch. Register in advance for the run here(Sunday, February 5 at 10 a.m.; Kendall Square, Cambridge; $37.50 to register)

Extreme Beer Fest: Boston 2017 Post-Brunch

The sold-out 2017 Extreme Beer Fest wraps up on Sunday with a post-festival, first-come, first-served brunch at Island Creek Oyster House. Island Creek will pair their signature brunch with Dogfish craft beers. Now there’s a game-day meal you can enjoy. (Sunday, February 5 at 10:30 a.m.; Island Creek Oyster House, Boston; prices vary)

Who’s Gonna Love Me Now? Screening

The Boston Jewish Film Festival is screening the 2016 film Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, about a man who left Israel after coming out to his family, set to the soundtrack of the London Gay Men’s Chorus. Tickets are free for the BPL-set screening, but required; get them here. (Sunday, February 5 at 2 p.m.; Boston Public Library, Boston; free) 

Chicken Wing Throwdown


Just because you’re not a football fan doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy the unofficial food of the game: wings. The Dorchester Brewing Company is having a chicken wing cook-off featuring neighborhood restaurants, including Lower Mills Tavern, Steel & Rye, and Ashmont Grill. Dig into samples from all the restaurants, free of cost. All they ask for in return is for you to vote for your favorite. (Sunday, February 5 from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.; Dorchester Brewing Company, Boston; free)

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