In January, there is one Oahu attraction enjoyed by local Hawaiians, visiting tourists, and television viewers alike: the AFC-NFC Pro Bowl. This year, the NFL’s all star game will be taking place on Sunday, January 27 with kick-off at 2 PM HST (7 PM EST). Players from 26 NFL teams will face off in front of more than 13 million viewers nationwide. Here’s a look at how you can celebrate the game in Oahu this weekend:
2013 Pro Bowl Celebrations
Since 1980, the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii has been home to the NFL’s Pro Bowl Game, a showdown between the best players of its two leagues: the AFC and the NFC. Official Pro Bowl festivities begin on Friday with Eat the Street, a food truck rally close to downtown Honolulu. Over 40 food trucks and street vendors will be opening up at 4 PM featuring delicious tailgating-themed food representing every NFL city represented in the Pro Bowl. You can meet and greet with NFL players and cheerleaders, take a photo with your favorite team’s mascot, or even enter the event’s Instagram contest to win a pair of free Pro Bowl tickets!
On Saturday, Aloha Stadium opens at 11:30AM to kick off Pro Bowl ‘Ohana Day. A family-friendly event, ‘Ohana Day is packed with contests, giveaways, player interviews, and live entertainment all at no cost. If you can’t make the actual game, this is a great way to experience game day excitement without purchasing expensive tickets.
You can also check out the Pro Bowl All-Star Block Party on Waikiki at Kalakaua Avenue starting at 7 PM for more live music and fun. Even more NFL players, cheerleaders, and mascots will be entertaining fans along with other local celebrities. Take a look around the six entertainment stages and pick up some local Hawaiian crafts before the big game on Sunday.
The NFL is celebrating day-off with the Pro Bowl Touchdown Club and Official Tailgate Party at Aloha Stadium and Richardson Field respectively. This is your last chance to grab autographs, buy from vendors, and take advantage of live entertainment before the pregame ceremonies start at 1:45 PM.
Extend Your Stay with Nearby Oahu Attractions
Looking for other Oahu attractions in the area? Take a trip around Honolulu with the Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour. Knowledgeable tour guides will take you everywhere from Pearl Harbor to Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on American soil. You’ll enjoy a week’s worth of sights all in one day with time to spare for some sunbathing on Waikiki beach in the afternoon.
It’s also worth looking into the Makani Catamaran Sail located just 15 minutes from Aloha Stadium. The luxurious cruise is more than a two-hour photo op of Oahu’s famous coasts; you’ll also have the opportunity to see dolphins, sea turtles, and other native sea life swimming in Oahu waters. There’s no better way to relax after three days of Pro Bowl celebrations than watching the sunset from a Makani catamaran.