CIAA Week 2015 Events: Monday, Feb. 23 to Wednesday, Feb. 25

The CIAA men’s and women’s tournament games begin February 24 at Time Warner Cable Arena.

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The annual Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament is taking place in Charlotte for the tenth consecutive year, with events scheduled from Monday, February 23 through Sunday, March 1. The CIAA Tournament includes five days of men’s and women’s college basketball games at Time Warner Cable Arena. Events and parties surrounding the tournament create additional excitement and draw tens of thousands of visitors to the city.

Below is a list of events scheduled for Monday, February 23 to Wednesday, February 25. Please use the website listed for each event to verify information. Advance tickets can be purchased through many of the websites as well.

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*Denotes an official CIAA Tournament event.
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Updated: 2-25-15

Tuesday, February 24

+ *CIAA Men’s and Women’s Tournaments Begin
Women’s games: 10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 2:20 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Men’s games: 6:40 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. All-session passes, $60-$530. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.,
+ Breakfast Conversations with CIAA
Come network and eat breakfast with CIAA Commissioner Jacqie McWilliams, small business owners, entrepreneurs, local government leaders, and more. Hosted by Ms. Antriece. Presented by Heirs of Legends Media. 8:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m. $45-$90. Park Expo and Conference Center, 800 Briar Creek Rd.,
+ Tournament Week Media Mixer
Mix and mingle with local and visiting journalists and media professionals at this networking event. Presented by the Charlotte Area Association of Black Journalists. Proceeds will benefit CAABJ’s college scholarship fund. 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Free for CAABJ members; $5 for nonmembers. Aloft Charlotte Uptown Hotel, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,
+ The Happiest Hours: Remix[er] 
Social influencers Dre Brown, Edward Towner, Mike Kitchen, and Herb and Felicia Gray host this second annual event. Music by DJ Shogun. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission before 8 p.m. with RSVP; $10 and up after. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,


Wednesday, February 25

+ *CIAA Men’s and Women’s Tournament Games
Women’s games: 10 a.m., 12:10 p.m., 2:20 p.m., and 4:30 p.m. Men’s games: 6:40 p.m. and 8:50 p.m. All-session passes, $60-$530. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St.,
+ Allure: The Happy Hour | The Party
Come after work or stay late, order from the food and drink menus, and enjoy music from DJ DR. Presented by Cufflinks & Cocktails and Eddietainment. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission before 9 p.m. with RSVP; $10 and up after. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,
+ Pop Life Presents Kitchapalooza 4: Tournament Edition 
The weekly Pop Life party gets even bigger this week. Music by DJ Skillz and hosted by Skillz the MC. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission with RSVP. Label, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd.,
+ Open House and Networking
Come check out this new special events venue and enjoy live jazz, a DJ, hors d’oeuvres, wine, and door prizes. 6:30-8:45 p.m. RSVP required. City Kitch Event Space, 9545 Pinnacle Dr.,
+ Frolic: The Social Climb
Party with a group of influential ladies to the sounds of DJ Flemingo. Presented by Talk of the Town, Digital Divas, and Mingleberry. 6 p.m.-midnight. $15. Sports One Bar and Lounge, 521 N. College St.,
+ Wednesday Warm-Up with DJ SNS
Get over the hump with music from New York’s DJ SNS. 10 p.m. 2 a.m. $10. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,
+ Art N Motion 2015
It’s a showcase of hair, art, fashion, and entertainment. Presented by Keaton's Cupboard. 6-9 p.m. $20. CenterStage @ NoDa, 2315 N. Davidson St.,
+ Lashes and MustAshes Shades of Brown Experience (Wednesday-Saturday)
The Atlanta-based luxury cigar lounge on wheels is setting up next to this Uptown venue for a few days, offering cigars, cocktails, and a sophisticated experience. Wednesday, 6 p.m.-midnight; Thursday, noon-6 p.m. and 8 p.m.-2 a.m.; and Saturday, noon-7 p.m. and 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Tickets to Sports One’s events grant access to this cigar lounge. Sports One Bar and Lounge, 521 N. College St.,,
+ Well Suited Wednesdays: Suited and Booted Edition
It’s a special edition of this quarterly mixer, featuring a chef-inspired menu, cocktails, live painting demonstration by local artist Jimi Thompson, music by DJ Shogun, and prize giveaways. Hosted by 100 Black Men of Charlotte. 6 p.m.-midnight. $20 and up. Osso Restaurant and Lounge, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd.,
+ The HBCU MidWeek Tournament Party
Catch up with your old college friends. Music by DJ Khaos. Presented by Raynmakers Entertainment. 9 p.m.-1 a.m. $10 and up. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.,


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