The Monaco Grand Prix’s Luxurious Tradition of Celebration

An extravagant French tradition, the Monaco Grand Prix highlights the best of the best Formula One drivers as they show off their talents in the French Riviera. Since its start in 1929, the race annually draws in thousands of visitors to Monaco to be a part of the festivities and culture that surrounds the prestigious event. From celebrities to socialites, guests gather to celebrate the start of summer and experience the excitement of motorsports by witnessing the 78 laps around the impressive Circuit de Monaco racetrack.

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Winning the Monaco Grand Prix is considered one of the highest honors in motor races alongside the Indy 500 and 24 Hours Le Mans. With the three forming the Triple Crown of Motorsport, the race continues to be one of the most popular among Formula One enthusiasts. Normally a modest city of 30,000 citizens, Monaco’s population inflates to an average of 100,000 people as spectators travel from all over the world to cheer on their favorite drivers. The over 160-mile race is driven by dozens of talented Formula One drivers who head to Monaco each May to see if they have what it takes to win the hefty prize fund.

 

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With high society being an integral part of the race’s audience, the rich and famous are drawn to the event every year to wine, dine and throw parties in celebration of the world-renowned event. From movie stars to politicians, the well-known attendees can be spotted living it up alongside the rest of the lively spectators. Reminiscent of a Hollywood red carpet event, guests like Hugh Grant, Ron Howard, Bella Hadid, and Kris Jenner can be seen mixing and mingling throughout the weekend. Even Royalty like England’s Prince Harry and Monaco’s own Prince Albert have graced the grounds with their presence. Whether they’re avid racing fans or just coming to socialize and celebrate, the VIP guests help make the event ticket all the more attractive.

 

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Aside from the race itself, there are plenty of ways to spend time enjoying the French Riviera during a Grand Prix stay in Monaco. The infamous yacht parties thrown throughout the weekend are invite-only and often feature live music from A-list DJs, free-flowing Champagne, and plenty of caviar for your palate. Olympian Nicholas Frankl hosts an opulent annual yacht event where even the most well-known socialites and celebrities aren’t always able to snag an invite. With celebrities Kim Kardashian and Kanye West having been turned down in the past, Frankl’s exclusive 120-max guest list is limited to a hand-picked crowd of notable attendees. Last year’s Billionaire Club Champagne party held on the rooftop of the Fairmont Hotel in Monte Carlo was also a sought after invite. With stunning views of the Mediterranean acting as a backdrop to the poolside event, guests got to take in the seascape while popping bottles ‘til dawn.

 

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Aside from the parties, event attendees can also take advantage of Monaco’s nightlife venues that get filled to the brim with partygoers during the popular travel weekend. Amber Lounge at the Le Meridien Plaza Beach Hotel is known to be a hot spot during the Grand Prix. A prime after-party location, the venue sees non-stop celebration by key players in fashion, entertainment and even European royals. La Rascasse has enough of a reputation that a part of the Grand Prix track has been named after the iconic bar. You’ll get a view of the race by day and an enviable indoor-outdoor place to party by night. If you’re looking for a day party getaway, The Fairmont Monte Carlo plays host to Nikki Beach–a pop-up pool club that overlooks a challenging bend in the race track. Cabanas and sunbeds fill the space while DJs keep the party going well into the night.

The Monaco Grand Prix’s rich history and continuous draw of thousands of racing fans has made it one of the most important Formula One races in the world. The week’s worth of festivities leading up to the race will have attendees enjoying their travels and indulging in luxurious dining, transportation, and revelry.

 

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The Atlanta Party Guide for Super Bowl 2019

For those planning to attend Super Bowl LIII on February 3rd, Atlanta will feel like a playground with plenty of events and parties happening to celebrate the big game. The city will be filled with revelry as celebrity hosts attend exclusive parties held throughout the area. Watching the Rams and the Patriots battle it out at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium won’t be the only highlight of the weekend when you attend any of these exciting events.

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Bootsy Bellows x E11EVEN Miami: Big Game Weekend

Thursday, Jan 31st – Sunday, Feb 3rd

One of the hottest nightclubs in Los Angeles, Bootsy Bellows is known for throwing parties surrounding events like Coachella, Art Basel, and anywhere else with a celebrity crowd. Their pop-up parties for the Super Bowl in collaboration with E11EVEN Miami will occur Thursday through Sunday at Ravine ATL with performances from Gucci Mane, Tiesto, French Montana and Kaskade.

 

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Sports Illustrated: Saturday Night Lights

Saturday, February 2nd

Fans of the iconic sports magazine will enjoy the festivities of this year’s party held at the College Football Hall of Fame. Snoop Dogg will be taking the stage as “DJ Snoopadelic,” along with live performances by Lil’ Wayne and DJ Irie. Los Angeles’ famous Hyde Sunset nightclub will be hosting a pop-up Celebrity Lounge for you to party alongside Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit models at this trendy event.

 

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Maxim Big Game Experience: ATL Royalty

Saturday, February 2nd

This highly-anticipated Super Bowl party returns to the scene to establish itself as being one of the most exclusive events of the weekend. The Fairmont in Atlanta will be filled with A-list guests to honor successful people from sports, music, and fashion who all call Atlanta home. The unique activations and live performances by Diplo, Future and Jamie Foxx will be the cherry on top of this lavish event.

 

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Bud Light Super Bowl Music Festival

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Friday, Feb 1st – Sunday, Feb 3rd

Bud Light will be uniting with On Location Experiences to put on an exciting festival with a killer lineup. The first ever event will go on for three days at the Atlanta State Farm Arena. With artists like Ludacris, Migos, Lil Yachty, Aerosmith, Bruno Mars, and Cardi B taking the stage throughout the weekend, attendees are sure to have a star-studded experience to round out the Super Bowl LIII revelry.

 

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Shaq’s Funhouse

Saturday, Feb 1st

While he may be known as a legendary basketball player, Shaquille O’Neal has transitioned his skills to the turntables as he is set to hit the stage as “DJ Diesel” at this carnival-themed bash. A Ferris wheel and Cirque de Soleil performers will keep the party going as performances from Migos, T-Pain, Lil Jon, Diplo and Tiesto will join Shaq in putting on a show for the crowd.

 

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The Big Game Takeover

Saturday, February 2nd

Head to the Atlanta venue Compound for an exciting nightlife experience while you’re in town for the festive weekend. Cardi B and Meek Mill will hit the stage while attendees dance the night away at the exciting, multi-level nightclub.

Maxim Pregame Experience

Sunday, February 3rd

You’ll start your Super Bowl Sunday right by attending Maxim’s Pregame party with plenty of food, drinks and live music in an extravagant venue. Hosted by Deion Sanders, the experience will be a memorable one with Snoop Dogg on the turntables for the day party as “DJ Snoopadelic.”

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Catch the Game at Los Angeles’ Best Sports Bars

There’s no better place to watch the big game than in a room full of fans cheering on your team. Los Angeles may not be known as a sports town, but fans from all over know just where to go for beer, bites, and an entertaining game. While some might enjoy more divey options, head to any of these spots for a refined sports bar experience during your stay in LA.

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40 Love

The newest player in West Hollywood’s selection of sports bars is h.wood group’s 40 Love. The country club-inspired lounge is filled with TVs for you to catch a game while enjoying a more upscale experience. The outdoor greenery mixed with elevated bar food creates the perfect environment for entertainment.

 

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The Parlor

A staple on Melrose, the indoor/outdoor space at The Parlor helps to redefine the sports bar experience through mixing comfort food with a classic design. With more than 50 TVs for you to tune into, your team is sure to be playing in the chic West Hollywood spot.

 

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Beelmans

This unique Downtown eatery is a great place to catch the game, especially if you’re a fan of a plant-based meal. Their meatless menu will have you doing a double take as dishes provide a delicious alternative to classic bar food. There are also plenty of beers on tap to keep you buzzing as the big game plays on their mounted screens.

 

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The Nickel Mine

Duck into this spacious spot if you’re in the mood for beer, sports, and delicious pizza. This neighborhood spot has everything you’ll need to enjoy yourself, including a private event space if you want to invite some friends. Whether it’s for happy hour or a late-night outing, you can’t go wrong at this Santa Monica destination.

 

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Thunderbird

Head over to Thunderbird to experience the Southwest right in the middle of West LA. The deserts of Tucson inspired the décor while Tex-Mex bites fill the menu at this Santa Monica destination. Watch the big game while sipping a beer or choose from one of their innovative signature cocktails to quench your thirst.

 

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Mohawk Bend

You won’t be able to resist a pizza from this Silver Lake locale that serves up tasty dishes that are sure to complement your night out. A projection screen shows sporting events while plenty of beers on tap give you all the options you need to stay buzzing throughout the night.

 

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Caseys Irish Pub

This classic Downtown watering hole is perfect for both watching games and playing them. Show off your amateur ski ball, ping pong and foosball skills while watching the professionals on one their many screens. Whiskey is always a good choice in the Irish-inspired pub, or grab a beer to toast to your favorite team.

 

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Imperial Western

If you’re ever killing time at Union Station, head into the newly revamped Imperial Western brewery to catch a game while enjoying some of their craft beers freshly brewed onsite. Grab a spot at the bar for a front row seat to the TV while snacking from a menu of burgers, tacos, and seafood.

 

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The 2018 Necker Cup: A Tennis Tournament for the Stars

Necker Island is not only home to a beautiful resort, but it is also the site of the annual Necker Cup, a pro-am tennis tournament put on at the close of the tennis season. With a number of high profile guests and participants, the Necker Cup is an exciting event that also raises money for a good cause.

 

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The 2018 Manuka Doctor Necker Cup presented by Metal, now in its seventh year, takes place November 24th – 29th and is expected to be the event of the season. Pro tennis players from ATP / WTA tours unite with amateurs to bring their A-game and see who will take home the coveted Necker Cup trophy. Stars like Serena Williams, Caroline Wozniacki and Tommy Haas will show off their talents during the six-day event.

 

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While on the island, guests are treated to a week of excitement with activities like paddle boarding, sailing, and snorkeling to name a few. Guests will have exclusive access to the island’s Great House overlooking the sparkling Caribbean seas below. Along with the Necker Cup, guests can also participate in the Manuka Doctor Legends Camp presented by Metal. The three-day clinic, with instruction from professional coaches and players, lets you train with the best coaches of the game. With a choice between tennis or golf, the Legends Camp gives the full event experience leaving guests with a variety of skills to bring home at the end of the week. The 2018 Necker Cup will introduce a new element to the fun with access to the SeaDream II Yacht. The luxury accommodations are the perfect fit for Legends Camp attendees to enjoy views of the ocean waters along with world-class cuisine and personalized service.

 

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The Necker Cup is organized by Premier Live and Mehow, and in the past six years has raised more than $4 million for the selected charity beneficiaries. A charity auction that takes place on the final evening treats guests to an elegant dining experience while they make their bids. Proceeds from the auction are donated to charities; with this year’s beneficiaries being The National Tennis Foundation and Virgin Unite. The highlight of the week for many is the End of the World Party that occurs after the charity auction. Past years have seen performances from Jamie Foxx and LMFAO’s Redfoo, with this year’s entertainment including DJ Mehow, Kenny Chesney, and more.

 

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5 of the Best Golf Resorts in the US

For golf lovers, a vacation isn’t complete without finding a place to try out their skills in a new city. Instead of tracking down a golf course to visit, consider staying right onsite at a golf resort made for indulging in your favorite pastime. These impressive resorts around the country offer up lavish amenities that will make your golfing getaway worthwhile.

 

Mauna Kea Beach Hotel

Head to Hawaii’s big island to explore the tropical paradise of Mauna Kea. Overlooking the white sands of the Kauna’oa Beach, the resort’s award-winning championship golf course can’t be matched as it set the standard for golfing in Hawaii. Their over-the-ocean 3rd hole is a draw for many, but there are plenty of places off the course that also attract guests from around the world. Suites with panoramic ocean balcony views and restaurants with delectable island cuisine make it hard to leave when you stay at this breathtaking Pacific Ocean resort.

 

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The Resort at Pelican Hill

Head to this luxurious California resort to be taken away into a Mediterranean-inspired ambiance. Boasting the largest circular pool in the world, Pelican Hill will be the perfect escape with its hillside villas that overlook the ocean. The beauty of the property is an added touch to your days spent golfing on either of their 18-hole seaside courses. With six restaurants and a lavish spa, this world-class resort experience will give you a one-of-a-kind golfing vacation.

 

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Photo: The Resort at Pelican Hill

The American Club

This historical 100-year-old building turned golf resort is an elegant representation of classic Wisconsin architecture paired with modern amenities that will make any golfer feel at home. The five-star and five-diamond hotel has four golf courses along with activities like canoeing, archery, and many more that will get you in touch with the great outdoors. You’ll be surrounded by scenery to take in a relaxing day when you stay at this iconic Midwest destination.

 

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Pebble Beach Resorts

This well-known resort on California’s Monterey Peninsula is a dream come true for golfers that appreciate breathtaking scenery. The coastal location is home to four courses and three choices of lodging to cater to your every need. The Lodge has an elegant feel with views of the oceanside. The Inn at Spanish Bay overlooks the dunes creating a romantic escape. The Casa Palmero lodging boasts a Mediterranean look with the ultimate privacy for a hideaway stay.

 

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Bandon Dunes

Explore the terrain at Bandon Dunes in Bandon, Oregon to get a taste of the Pacific. Their five unique courses attract golfers from around the world looking to experience the breezy weather and ocean views. Their choice of five lodging options and impeccable service will be just what you need after a long day of play. With terrain reminiscent of where golf originated along Scotland’s shores, golf lovers are sure to be in for a treat at this Northwest Pacific getaway.

 

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Hit the Winter Slopes with The Ski Week

From the same people that brought you The Yacht Week, there’s a new adventure to experience with The Ski Week. Snow lovers will have a blast snowboarding and skiing the slopes alongside partying with their fellow travelers during the week-long excursion. Whether you’ve chosen Japan, Canada, Austria or Aspen, know what to expect on your trip with some helpful tips for The Ski Week.

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Destinations

Each of the four routes for The Ski Week is different, but they are all chosen for their picturesque mountainsides packed with fresh powder ready to be carved up by visitors. The Austrian route will take you to Obertauern, a city with breathtaking landscapes and a party-friendly atmosphere where your ski boots will double as dancing shoes. Sign on to explore Niskeo and experience some world-renowned, fresh powder at Japan’s number one skiing locale. The peaks of Colorado will be your home for the three-day Aspen route where you can experience one of the best winter destinations in the US. If you’re a fan of being on the move, get a tour of British Columbia on the Canadian route that travels by RV through some of the coolest resorts in the region.

 

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Recommendations

There are plenty of details to keep in mind when preparing for an exciting Ski Week. The friends you bring along on your adventure will be the key to having an exciting excursion on the slopes. The Ski Week requires an equal gender ratio for the week so check out their website to see how many guys and girls you’ll need in your group. You’ll have three options of booking your stay depending on which Ski Week you choose. Book a Room or Flat to mix and mingle with your own friends and other attendees, or pile your friends into a Ski Week RV for the rugged Canadian experience. If you’re in need of a few extra friends to fill your crew, the Ski Week Crew Finder will do the trick in matching you up to fill your open spots.

 

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Activities

Each of the routes has a different set of events to look forward to that will make your trip worthwhile. In Japan you’ll be able to do things like ice fishing and a snowshoe hike through the Japanese magic forest. The Austrian route comes complete with a 270-person mountain banquet dinner and partying as the sun sets in a man-made Snow Fort bar. The slopeside pool party in Aspen will definitely be an Instagram-worthy occasion along with the torchlight ride where travelers descend down the mountain lighting the way with burning torches. The variety of Canadian activities are sure to keep you entertained from line dancing, ice hockey competitions and heli-skiing drop-ins from a helicopter above the clouds.

 

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Premium Seating Experiences for Your Next Sporting Event

The roar of the crowd. The excitement pulsing through the arena. The exhilaration of watching your team score. Experience it all and more with VIP Treatment. From hockey to basketball, and every sport in between, there are plenty of ways to indulge in the high life while cheering on your favorite teams.

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Courtside

The most sought-after seats at any basketball or hockey game place you right in the middle of the action, close enough that you can reach out and touch your favorite players. These highly-coveted premium seats are on every sports fan’s wish list for good reason. With unparalleled views of the game, you’ll feel the breeze of the players rushing down the court and the slam of a player getting checked into the boards. At the height of the season, premium tickets for both NBA and NHL games can be difficult to come by. Remove the frustration of trying to find the perfect seat by letting Zocha Group do the work for you.

 

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Premium Seats

Another option for a perfect view of the game is to purchase designated Premium seats, which can include a number of perks. From padded cushion seating, preferred parking, to a VIP entrance, this seating option can make your attendance convenient and stress-free. Memberships are often available and easy to obtain. Not only do they guarantee your seats for the season, but they can include benefits such as Members Only event invites.

 

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Private Suites

For a group of friends or family, private suites are the perfect solution for a group looking to enjoy the game and socialize. With personalized service and benefits, a VIP suite is the perfect place to entertain clients or celebrate with colleagues with a prime sightline to the action. Catering options are also available for suite holders, with expansive food and drink menu options. For outdoor stadiums, cabana suites can also provide the perfect finishing touches to an event.

 

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Exclusive Lounges

If you don’t need a completely private space but would like to enjoy the game with a hint of exclusivity, lounges within the stadium are a great way to get the best of both worlds. At the Staples Center, Hyde Lounge boasts luxury and sophistication with a sensational view of the Clippers, Lakers, and the rest of your favorite sporting events. Nightlife merges with live sports to create an environment where you can sip champagne from bottle service in the middle of a lively game. At the StubHub Center, the Jim Beam Champion’s Lounge gives you the opportunity to get up-close and personal with players as they enter and exit the locker rooms. All-inclusive food and beverages keep you satisfied during pre-game, half-time, and post-game. With the Chargers entering the arena for the 2018 season, these seats will go fast as fans jump at the chance to meet their favorite players.

 

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A Guide to Houston Hot Spots for Super Bowl LI

Celebrating the Super Bowl is one of America’s favorite traditions with fans cheering on their teams at bars and house parties alike. With the big event taking place in Houston this year, America’s fourth-largest city, the streets will be packed with football fans searching for the best places to stay, dine, and party. You’ll be able to experience all that Houston has to offer and get in the Super Bowl spirit by checking out any of these venues during your visit.

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Hotels

Combine sophistication with your partying at one of the city’s many luxury hotels. The award-winning Hotel ICON brings a contemporary flair to the streets of Downtown Houston. The neoclassic architecture and period detail gives a grand presence, and is in close proximity to the nearby sports district. Situated in the museum district, you can dive into the vibrant Hotel ZaZa, a trendy and artistic option that will give you a feast for the senses and an after-party feel at the hotel bar. The Omni Hotel also boasts landscape views to go along with their Four Diamond services and amenities. With traditional contemporary décor and impressive dining options, you can’t go wrong booking your stay in the heart of Houston’s cultural centers.

 

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Restaurants

While Superbowl cuisine usually involves chowing down on hot wings and takeout pizza, you may want to switch it up at one of Houston’s countless dining spots. Grab a taste of Tex-Mex by visiting local hotspot La Grange, where you can enjoy fresh tequila drinks and appetizing Mexican dishes on their outdoor patio. For a funky fusion of Southern American, Asian, Mexican, and German dishes, State of Grace, the brainchild of James Beard award nominee Ford Fry, brings a diversity of flavors to your palate. If your taste leans towards fine dining, Vic & Anthony’s Steak House serves up perfect steaks and mouth-watering crab cakes that will create a dinner to remember during your visit.

 

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Nightlife

Your first priority may be to see the big game, but the nightlife scene will also be worth checking out to experience the energetic vibe that keeps locals partying all year long. On Saturday the 4th, the nightclub Vrsi will get in the spirit with a Super Bowl pop-up party hosted by Los Angeles hot spot Bootsy Bellows, and feature an appearance from rapper G-Eazy. For a more intimate night out and an unparalleled wine selection, you can head to 13 Celsius, where their wine is stored at just the right temperature for hot Houston days. Stop by during earlier hours for a party environment, or late night for a romantic ambiance. To get an education in spirits of all kinds, you can head to Reserve 101 where their extensive selection of whiskey, rye, bourbon, and scotch is maintained by knowledgeable bartenders who make sure to find your perfect flavor.

 

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Events

The town will be buzzing with celebration as locals and visitors search for fun things to do revolving around the February 5th broadcast. The free event Super Bowl LIVE is sure to draw in hundreds during its nine-day run at Discovery Green. With virtual reality thrill rides and live music performances, the event will be fun for all ages from January 28th-February 5th. For a more club-like celebration, the Houston Power Party, hosted inside the Houston Museum of Natural Science on February 2nd, is an exclusive event featuring special exhibits, sports celebrity guests, and a DJ to keep up the vibe all night long. One of the most highly-coveted tickets will be for the two-day Victoria’s Secret 14th Annual Leather and Laces party at Hughes Manor. With Donnie Wahlberg hosting on February 3rd, and Victoria’s Secret angels Adriana Lima and Sara Sampaio on the 4th, this opulent extravaganza is sure to bring in Houston’s finest to revel in the spirit of Super Bowl LI.

 

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