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Jackie Burns as Elphaba (left) and Kara Lindsay as Glinda (right). "Wicked" will be at the Eccles Theater from now through March 3.

SALT LAKE CITY — While much of the country is suffering through Arctic temperatures, the Wasatch Front is looking ahead to a balmy weekend of mid-40s, making it all the easier to get out and enjoy all that's going on. Between the Chinese New Year and Super Bowl Sunday, there are plenty of reasons to get out and celebrate. Whether you’re hosting a party or attending one this weekend, it should be full of good food, good people and great entertainment.

Chinese New Year

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A group of musicians perform Chinese Folk Music at the 2018 Utah Chinese New Year celebration. The Salt Lake County Library will host a Chinese New Year celebration again this year.

If your New Year’s resolutions didn't quite work out, don’t worry, you get a second chance — Chinese New Year is this Saturday. (What a relief!) You can celebrate your second fresh start at the Salt Lake County Library with performances, decorations, crafts and food all while learning about Chinese New Year. Did you know that 2019 is the Year of the Pig? According to Chinesenewyear.net, those born in the Year of the Pig love entertainment, are energetic and are always enthusiastic, while pigs are a symbol of wealth and good fortune. Join in the festivities to celebrate a year of good fortune on Saturday, Feb. 2, 1-4 p.m. Library’s Viridian Event Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, free and open to the public. (thecountylibrary.org)

Super Bowl

Super Bowl Sunday is almost here, so best get ready for crazy commercials, over-the-top performances and of course, football. (The Patriots and the Rams, to be exact). R&B legend Gladys Knight will kick things off by singing the national anthem at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium, and Maroon 5 will headline the halftime show. It’s not a Super Bowl party without great food, and whether you are watching from your couch or someone else’s, these Utah food bloggers have some different Super Bowl snack ideas to mix things up. Feb. 3, 4:30 p.m. MST on CBS.

Jazz games

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Utah Jazz guard Donovan Mitchell (45) hits a three in Salt Lake City on Friday, Jan. 25, 2019. The Jazz will play the Hawks Friday Feb. 1 and the Rockets Saturday Feb. 2.

If football isn’t your thing, or you just want to fill your whole weekend with sports, the Jazz are playing two home games this weekend — the Atlanta Hawks on Friday and the Houston Rockets on Saturday. The Atlanta Hawks play on Feb. 1, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., and the Houston Rockets on Feb. 2, 7 p.m.-10 p.m., Vivint Smart Home Arena, 301 South Temple, $20-$734 (viventarena.com)

Scavenger hunt

Of course if you’d rather play instead of just watch a big game this weekend, Urban Adventure Quest is ready for you. Grab some friends and put together a team for their citywide scavenger hunt — a fun competition and great opportunity for sightseeing that takes players through many Salt Lake City monuments. Feb. 2, 9 a.m.-8 p.m., starting point at Union Pacific Depot, 18 N. Rio Grande Street, $49 for a two to five person team. (urbanadventurequest.com)


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We hope you're happy … that the hit musical “Wicked” is playing the Eccles Theater from now until March 3. This "Wizard of Oz"-retelling recently reached its 15-year run on Broadway and has featured a few Utahns over the years. If you’re hoping to score some cheap tickets, the Eccles will hold a drawing before each performance for a limited number of $25 seats. Through March 3, times vary, the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Theater, 131 Main Street, $99-$229 (801-355-5502 or broadway-at-the-eccles.com)