We’re not going to get into the politics of football, but let’s be fair. Despite popular criticism, partying is not all these guys come to Hawaii to do. There is the post-season game that brings them here, after all. But let’s face it, Pro Bowl wouldn’t be Pro Bowl without the parties. And this year, there’s no shortage of star-studded events to choose from. Here’s our lineup of the Pro Bowl parties this week, all the way up to game day and where the players and biggest names will be.
11TH ANNUAL ALLSTAR PRO VIP KICKOFF PARTY
Wednesday, Jan. 23 at 9 p.m. at Zanzabar Nightclub — The first of three parties Zanzabar throws annually. Who’s going: Host Trent Williams (#71 OT Washington Redskins ). Tickets: $20 general, $75 VIP, available at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000, 18+.
WARREN MOON’S 2013 PRO BOWL VIP PARTY
Thursday, Jan. 24 at Pearl Ultralounge from 6-9 p.m., after-party from 9 p.m.-3 a.m. — Traditionally one of the best Pro Bowl parties of the week, NFL Hall of Famer Warren Moon (this time he’s hosting the party without Tony Gonzalez) hosts a fashionable red-carpet party for a cause: Proceeds go to his Crescent Moon Foundation, which provides scholarships to high school students in need. Who’s going: NFL Hall of Famers Warren Moon, Tony Gonzalez and Eric Dickerson (hosting), NFL cheerleaders, Honolulu’s fashionable elite and a mix of Pro Bowl players, current NFL players and retired Hall of Famers. Tickets: $50 ($25 after-party), available on 2013probowlvipparty.eventbrite.com, 21+.
DOWNTOWN TOUCHDOWN — EAT THE STREET PRO BOWL STYLE
Friday, Jan. 25 from 4-9 p.m. At 555 South St. — Friday’s Eat the Street is no ordinary night — it’s a special Pro Bowl edition of Honolulu’s favorite street food fest. That’s right, Eat The Street Pro Bowl is an official event for this year’s NFL Pro Bowl Week, and the 40+ vendors at this month’s event have each selected an NFL team and a food item from that city for inspiration. Don’t forget to enter the ETS Instagram contest: Include the #eatthestreet hashtag with your pictures, and each hour, the best picture will win a prize. The overall winning picture will receive a ticket to the Pro Bowl. Who’s going: Hungry NFL players, cheerleaders and mascots! Free, all ages.
SUNSET ON THE BEACH: ‘THE BLIND SIDE’
Friday, Jan. 25 from 4:30-9 p.m. At Queen’s Beach, Waikiki — The free, all-ages movie screening this month will feature football drama “The Blind Side” and appearances by NFL cheerleaders. Who’s going: Cheerleaders, maybe a player or two. Free, all ages.
2013 WINTER BOWL MELE
Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. At The Waterfront at Aloha Tower — The local Island music scene celebrates Pro Bowl weekend with a show featuring J-Boog, joined by island music favorites Maoli, Mana’o Company, Hot Rain, Irie Love and Josh Tatofi. Tickets: $20, $60 VIP, available on groovetickets.com, 18+.
PEPSI CONCERT FOR THE 2013 PRO BOWL FEATURING SNDCLSH
Friday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m. At The Republik — The SNDCLSH, a collaboration between world-famous DJs Lupe Fiasco and Sky Gellatly, make their Hawaii debut performance live at The Republik for the Pepsi Concert for the 2013 Pro Bowl. Tickets: $30, available on groovetickets.com.
THE SIXTH ANNUAL PLAYER LOUNGE HAWAII 2013
Friday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. At Zanzabar Nightclub — Zanzabar’s Pro Bowl Weekend continues with this star-studded party, hosted by Jason Pierre-Paul (#90 DE, New York Giants). Who’s going: Jason Pierre-Paul, Donald Trump’s BQ Girls, other NFL players. 18+.
Friday, Jan. 25 at 9 p.m. At Jimmy Buffet’s — One of the biggest (and busiest) DJ/producers in the national hip-hop scene, DJ Premiere, also known for being half of the legendary Gang Starr duo, makes his debut in Hawaii to show us what’s up. Who’s going: Hip-hop celebs, local rapper T-Qron (hosting) NFL players past and present. Tickets: Presale $20, available by calling/texting 808-723-0481, 18+.
OFFICIAL NFL PRO BOWL SATURDAY NIGHT PARTY
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 9 p.m. At the Royal Hawaiian hotel — Waikiki’s iconic hotel hosts its annual party for the players, which includes food, live music and performances by Pro Bowl cheerleaders. Who’s going: Pro Bowl cheerleaders, NFL mascots and various players. Tickets: $199 per person, presale tickets available at ticketmaster.com; 21+.
PRO BOWL ALL-STAR BLOCK PARTY
Saturday, Jan. 26 from 7-11 p.m. Along Kalakaua Avenue — This is the big one; a huge street festival with food vendors, entertainment on six stages, NFL merch booths and appearances by NFL players, cheerleaders and mascots. Includes a display of the Pro Bowl trophy at Wolfgang’s Steakhouse in the Royal Hawaiian Center. . Who’s going: Everyone! Free, all ages.
OFFICIAL PRO BOWL TAILGATE PARTY
Sunday, Jan. 27 from 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. At Richardson Field — The official tailgate party offers food from some of Hawaii’s top restaurants, plus a hosted bar, live entertainment and appearances by NFL stars..Who’s going: NFL stars, cheerleaders, mascots and their families. Tickets: $225 each, available from ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000; all ages.
2013 NFL PRO BOWL
Sunday, Jan. 27 at 2 p.m. At Aloha Stadium — See the NFL All-Stars in action; it’s a full day of football’s biggest stars, spectacular shows and non-stop entertainment with music by Train during the opening ceremonies. Tickets: $50-$140, available from ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000; all ages.
EIGHTH ANNUAL PRO BALLERZ BALL
Sunday, Jan. 27 at 9 p.m. At Zanzabar — It’s a wrap party with the all-star players, hosted by Marshawn Lynch (#24 RB, Seattle Seahawks). Who’s going: NFL players, cheerleaders and more. Tickets: $20 general, $75 VIP, available at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000, 18+.
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