Things To Do Before, During, and After the 2024 CFP Championship Game

The 2024 College Football Playoff Championship Game at NRG Stadium is quickly approaching and since thousands of people are expected to be traversing the streets of Houston this weekend in search of things to do, where to eat, and the best spots to watch the big game, we have compiled a list of happy hours, events, watch parties, specials and more to celebrate the big game. 

Playoff Fan Central

Starting off strong at the George R. Brown Convention Center, Playoff Fan Central will take place all weekend. That is free and great for families.

The three-day event will feature games, pep rallies, E-Sports clinics, autograph signings, and exhibits that showcase college football history.

On Friday, the event will be from noon to 6 p.m., and on Saturday and Sunday, it will be from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The AT&T Playoff Playlist Live!

Several acts are slated to perform their biggest hits at Shell Energy Stadium, and it’s free on all three days.

On Friday, people can enjoy a special performance by Billboard’s No. 1 kids artist for nearly a decade: Kidz Bop.

On Saturday, watch two-time Grammy-nominated female rapper Latto, Billboard award-winner Jack Harlow, special performances by Grammy award-winning hip-hop legend 2 Chainz, and “Lil Boo Thang” hitmaker Paul Russell.

The last day of the festivities will see country music’s hottest artists, such as rising musician Megan Moroney, Grammy-nominated artist Jake Owen, and chart-topping fan favorite Jon Pardi.

Gates will open at 6 p.m. each day. Fans will need to pre-register for concert tickets on the CFBPlayoff mobile app to receive a concert QR code they can show on the day of the concert.

Trophy Trot

The fun doesn’t stop there. On Sunday, fans can register for the Trophy Trot 5K and 10K, which supports the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yards for Teachers.

The event will begin at 9 a.m. at the George R. Brown Convention Center.

Each Trophy Trot participant will receive a T-shirt and medal, and there will be multiple opportunities to win tickets to Monday’s CFP National Championship.

Taste of the Championship

To cap off Sunday night, you can head over to Union Station at Minute Maid Park for the Taste of Championship.

Attendees will be able to enjoy gourmet food and drinks prepared by Houston chefs starting at 5 p.m.

You can purchase tickets on the CFP website.

POST Houston

A hub for cultural events, art exhibits, international cuisine, and more, Post Houston is a must-see destination for out of town visitors. The perfect destination for football fans looking to get a one-stop taste of Houston, POST includes an international, diverse food hall, with over 30 restaurants, including sustainable seafood market and restaurant Golfstrømmen, authentic Thai street food spot Thai Kun, globally inspired Japanese purveyor East Side King and Filipino hot spot Soy Pinoy, among many others. Enjoy happy hour specials all day on Saturday and Sunday, as well as $5 designated cans and bottles at Return to Sender located within POST. After your meal, head up to the five-acre rooftop park with sweeping views of downtown Houston and the Winter Wonderlawn holiday activation, running through January 14th. Visitors can take advantage of 50% off tickets through January 14 with code CFP. 
 

Candente 

Visit Montrose Tex-Mex hotspot, Candente for the ultimate championship game watch party on Monday, January 8. Stop by for first-come first-serve seating in Candente’s large private dining room where the game will be shown on their big projector screen. Plus, when you sport your favorite Washington Huskies or Michigan Wolverines college football gear, receive happy hour specials all day long including $6 house margaritas, palomas, well drinks, sangria, and wine. Enjoy gameday favorites including Brisket Nachos, Smoked Pork Ribs, and Fajitas while cheering on your favorite team at Candente! 
 

Discovery Green 

Discovery Green, the 12-acre urban park in the heart of downtown Houston, is one of the city’s must-visit attractions for locals and tourists alike. Located across the street from the George R. Brown Convention Center (the site of Playoff Fan Central), Discovery Green offers countless programming, such as its signature art installations. Guests can take a stroll through the Brown Promenade and experience Winter White Lights presented by PNC Bank, or glide through the city’s only outdoor ice-skating rink, Green Mountain Energy Ice at Discovery Green. The park also offers two dining options: The Grove, the Schiller Del Grande concept specializing in fresh, New American cuisine, and The Lake House, offering burgers, tacos, hot dogs and more.  

Le Jardinier 

Le Jardinier – the seasonally-driven, modern French restaurant from The Bastion Collection – is located at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, one of the city’s most iconic arts institutions. Open for lunch, brunch and dinner, Le Jardinier is the perfect spot for those looking for an upscale dining experience after a visit to the museum. If you’re taking the rail to NRG Stadium for the championship game, Le Jardinier is conveniently located off the Houston Museum District rail stop. The restaurant’s new bar bites menu lends itself to the perfect pre-game snack – from toasted nuts, mixed olives and smoked salmon dip with purple potato chips to a divine lamb burger with date jam and yucca tots with caviar. Special pricing on cocktails and house wine and beer is available Monday – Thursday from 5-6:30 pm. 
 

Los Tios 

Don’t have tickets for the big game? Head over to your nearest Los Tios to cheer on your favorite team with $5 house margaritas and $6 gold margaritas all day. Plus, enjoy some of your favorite gameday snacks like Katie’s T-Sip Dip with chile con queso, topped with house guacamole and ground taco beef or their signature Nachos Los Tios topped with refried beans, taco meat, chile con queso, guacamole, and jalapenos. 

Skeeters Mesquite Grill  

Head to neighborhood favorite, Skeeters Mesquite Grill, for $5 house margaritas, beer and wine all day long on Monday, January 8, and watch the big game! Plus, indulge in some classic gameday shareables like mild, hot, or BBQ wings, Cheese Fries, or their Deluxe Super Nachos with taco beef, queso, guacamole, sour cream, and pico de gallo. 

Sloomoo Insitute 

Looking for a fun activity while visiting Houston for the college football playoffs? Immerse yourself in a mesmerizing world of slime at the recently opened Sloomoo Institute located at the Marq-E Entertainment Center. Designed not just for kids, but the kid in each of us, the new 23,000 square foot space features over-the-top installations that engage the senses of sight, touch, smell and sound including: the world’s largest DIY Slime Bar, Sloomoo Falls (where you get slimed!), #satisfying ASMR experiences with immersive video, sound, and scent, and all-new experiences like Slimey Fossils where guests explore slime imprints. 
 

Have Fun

As the 2024 College Football Playoff Championship Game approaches at NRG Stadium, Houston is poised to host an unforgettable weekend filled with diverse activities. From the family-friendly fun at Playoff Fan Central and star-studded concerts at AT&T Playoff Playlist Live! to the charitable Trophy Trot supporting the College Football Playoff Foundation’s Extra Yards for Teachers, the city is abuzz with excitement. The Taste of the Championship and Post Houston offer gourmet experiences, while Candente promises a Tex-Mex watch party with happy hour specials. Discovery Green, Le Jardinier, Los Tios, and Skeeters Mesquite Grill provide varied options for entertainment and dining. Don’t miss the Sloomoo Institute at Marq-E Entertainment Center for a unique slime-filled adventure. Houston’s vibrant offerings ensure that the championship weekend extends beyond the game, creating a celebration of camaraderie, culture, and the spirit of college football. Here’s to a memorable weekend where the pulse of the city meets the fervor of football fandom!

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