Saturday features McDonald’s Super Saturday and the men's and women's CIAA championship games 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 Saturday, February 28. 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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Saturday, February 28
+ *McDonald’s Super Saturday
This CIAA fan event features the Miss CIAA Pageant, a DJ competition, cheerleading exhibition, musical performances, and celebrity appearances. 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Free admission. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
+ *Second Annual CIAA Coors Light Day Party
Expect a special celebrity host. Visit website for more details. Noon-7 p.m. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
+ *CIAA Fan Fest Presented by Toyota
A full schedule of events and activities for fans, including prize and ticket giveaways, car displays, video games and interactive zones, cooking exhibitions, celebrity appearances, and concerts by national recording artists. Noon-8 p.m. Free admission. Charlotte Convention Center, Halls A and B, 501 S. College St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
Your finest daywear attire is requested. Presented by Culture 19. Noon-7 p.m. $10 and up. Vida, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., culture19.com.
+ Second Annual Miss Natural Teen KnotStar
Join the natural hair community at this showcase where young ladies will display their talents, style, intelligence, and personality as they compete for the title of 2015 Miss KnotStar and a $300 investment to start or enhance their own small business. Presented by Geechie Gurl, Inc. 3 p.m.-6 p.m. $16 in advance; $20 at the door. Little Rock Cultural Center, 401 N. McDowell St., geechiegurl.ticketleap.com/KnotStar2.
+ Open Bar Kings and Queens Day Party
Party with a 30-and-older crowd, with music by DJ Hukher and an open bar. Presented by Star 23 Enterprise. 1 p.m.-7 p.m. $10 and up. The Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St., tournamentweekenddayparties.eventbrite.com.
+ Release! Classic & Soulful House Day Party
Enjoy classic and soulful house music, reminiscent of The Garage, The Warehouse, and Zanzibar. Featuring the Deep House Providers and special guest DJs. Presented by Salt Shaker Music Group. Noon-7 p.m. $20. Petra’s Bar, 1919 Commonwealth Ave., facebook.com/events/808457735882996.
+ Annual Prince George-Hopewell Crew Day Party
It’s one of the longest-running day parties, with music by DJ Drake. Complimentary food, cash bar, and ages 25 and up admitted. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $20 in advance; $30 at the door. Roxbury Nightclub, 116 W. Fifth St.
+ Fourth Annual I-95 DMV NYC Day Party
There will be an impressive lineup of DJs from up and down the East Coast, including DJ Self, DJ Spazo, DJ Bobby Drake, DJ Lonnie B, Kyra Chaos, DJ Emanon, and featuring model Amazin’ Amie. Noon-8 p.m. $25 and up. BlackFinn, at the EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tournamenttakeover.com.
+ DJ Kid Capri’s Annual Master Mix Day Party
The legendary hip-hop DJ will spin. Presented by IMM and TC Entertainment. 1-7 p.m. General Admission, $30; VIP, $50. Phoenix Nightclub, 300 N. College St., charlotteparties.com.
+ Pro Players Day Party
Several current and former professional and college football players are scheduled to attend, including Kenny Moore (Panthers), Ryne Robinson (Panthers), Phillip Adams (Jets), Michael Dean Perry, Ben Coates (Livingstone), Yancey Thigpen (WSSU), Anthony Blaylock (WSSU), Omar Gaither, Donald Frank (WSSU), Troy Pelshak (N.C. A&T), Craig Thompson (N.C. A&T), and more. Music from DJ KAOS and DJ Moe Com. Presented by Eddietainment, with support from NFLPA. Noon-8 p.m. $15 and up. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., proplayersdayparty.eventbrite.com.
+ The Art of Noise with Slick Rick
The legendary rapper hosts this party, with music from DJ Lonnie B and MC/DJ Madd Skillz. Presented by Eddietainment. Noon-7 p.m. $15 and up. BAR Charlotte, 301 N. College St., theartofnoisecharlotte.eventbrite.com.
+ Chubb Rock Day Party
Party with the old-school hip-hop star, along with music from DJ Travis Gales, DJ BLUU, and DJ SC. Presented by The Collective Group. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. $20-$35. Howl At the Moon, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., eventbrite.com.
+ Expressions of Faith Praise and Worship Campus Showcase
Gospel choirs and praise and worship dance teams from a variety of colleges will perform. Presented by Expressions of Faith Ministry. 2-6 p.m. $25. McMillan Gallery, at Spirit Square, 345 N. College St., freewebs.com/expfaithministry.
+ SaturDay Live 4
Party to music from DJ Izzy Nice, DJ Twan G, and DJ MC, and order from the large food and drink menus. Presented by Eddietainment. Noon-7 p.m. $15 and up. Buffalo Wild Wings at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Blvd., saturday4.eventbrite.com.
+ Digital Divas’ 10th Annual Uptown Saturday
DJ Shogun controls the soundtrack at this annual day party, which also has a lunch menu and drink specials. 1-7 p.m. $20 and up. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St., digitaldivasevents.com.
+ PanDAYmonium 2.0
This day party is taking over one of Uptown’s largest nightclubs. Presented by Nick PrimeTime Ingram and The Execs. 1-7 p.m. $20. Re:Public nightclub, 300 N. College St., pandaymonium2.eventbrite.com.
+ The Yard Day Party
Party at this reality show hotspot. Presented by J&J Entertainment Group, Forward Vision Group, and Moxie Society. Noon-7 p.m. Free admission before 2 p.m. with RSVP; cover charge after. Sports One Bar and Lounge, 521 N College St., theyardatsportsone.eventbrite.com.
+ Carpe Diem—The Day Party
Hosted by the Charlotte Alumni Chapter of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity and V-103 FM’s Fly Ty, with music by DJ Expensivelife. 1-6 p.m. General admission, $20; VIP tables available. Enso Asian Bistro and Sushi Bar, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., carpediemthedayparty.eventbrite.com.
Music by DJ DR and DJ Skillz. Presented by The Sol Kitchen and Dynasty 5. Noon-6 p.m. $20 and up. Studio Movie Grille, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., ultimatedayparty.eventbee.com.
+ The Day Party Headquarters—Part 2
Party all day across two adjoining venues, with music by Chubb Rock, DJ Shakim, DJ Flemingo, and DJ Big Cutz. Food and drink menus will be available, and there will be a cigar lounge on the patio. Presented by Talk of the Town, LK and R&R Productions, and Insights Marketing. Noon-until. $25 and up. Texicali and The Comedy Zone, 900 NC Music Factory Blvd., talkofthetownent.com.
+ The Ladidadi Day Party with Naughty By Nature, Fatman Scoop, Big Daddy Kane, and DJ Kool
The hip-hop legends are uniting for this day party. Noon-2 a.m. $30. The Ladidadi House, 301 E. 9th St., theladidadidayparty.com.
+ The Day Party of All Day Parties: HBCU Professionals Edition
Come out and party all day and night. Music by go-go band Jus Once, DJ Three-Sixty Calloway, and DJ Capital J Dickens. Hosted by Tap Masango. Ages 30 and up preferred. Presented by BossMan Entertainment. Noon-2 a.m. $25. American Pop, 1000 NC Music Factory Blvd., bossmanentertainment.org.
+ Strike Out Domestic Violence Bowling Event with Steve Smith
Join NFL star Steve Smith Sr. and special guests at this fundraising event. Your admission includes two games of bowling, shoes, a commemorative T-shirt (while supplies last), silent auction, and food and drink specials. All proceeds will benefit Safe Alliance, which serves survivors of domestic violence. Presented by the Steve Smith Family Foundation. Noon-4 p.m. $75 and up. 10 Park Lanes, 1700 Montford Dr., stevesmithfamilyfdn.org.
+ We The Best Day Party Hosted by DJ Khaled
The seventh annual day party at this location goes up a notch with DJ Khaled as host and music by DJ Mydnite and DJ Ngenius. Presented by Heights Entertainment. Noon-7 p.m. $50 and up. Ruth's Chris Steakhouse Uptown, 222. S. Tryon St., heightsent.com.
Party under the big top, and enjoy music and drink specials. Presented by The A List, A.C.T. Productions, and MAZ Entertainment. 1-7 p.m. $25 and up; VIP cabanas available. Oasis @ The Tent, 516 N. College St., oasissaturdazed.eventbrite.com.
+ *CIAA Women’s and Men’s Championships
After a packed week of games, the final two women’s teams and the final two men’s basketball teams will compete for their respective tournament championships. Women’s game, 5 p.m.; men’s, 8:30 p.m. All-session passes, $60-$530. Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 E. Trade St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
+ *CIAA High School Step Show Step-Off
Watch talented high school steppers from Charlotte and around the Southeast compete for the grand prize. Doors open at 5 p.m.; show starts at 6:30 p.m. $20. Charlotte Convention Center, Hall C, 501 S. College St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
+ *CIAA Post-Tournament Concert Featuring Frankie Beverly and Maze
The CIAA concludes its official festivities with a concert by this legendary group. Doors open 10 p.m.; show begins 11 p.m. Admission varies. Charlotte Convention Center, Hall C, 501 S. College St., theciaa.com/bballtournament.
+ Celebrity EpiCentre Rooftop Finale
It’s a red-carpet, celebrity-hosted affair. Presented by Culture 19. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 and up. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., culture19.com.
+ Rae Sremmurd Live
The trendsetting duo will perform their hits such as “No Type” and “No Flex Zone.” 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 and up. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., raesremmurdatsuite.eventbrite.com.
+ Kid Capri & Doug E Fresh Celebrity Party
The two hip-hop icons join forces for this party. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $25 and up. StrikeCity, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tournamenttakeover.com.
+ Yo Gotti Celebrity Takeover
The Memphis rap star will perform, and the party will also feature DJ Kyra Chaos, Amazin’ Amie, DJ Self, and Greensboro radio morning show’s 3 Live Crew. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $40 and up. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., tournamenttakeover.com.
+ Moguls Meet: Networking Mixer
Guests will enjoy light music, refreshments, and networking, while local and national vendors present their brands and fashions. Presented by Sabré Inc. 5-9 p.m. $10. SACHHI Enterprise Design Center, 1801 N. Tryon St., Suite 610, sabreinc.org.
+ Ca$h Out Rocks Charlotte
The ATL rapper comes to CLT. Presented by South Coast Marketing. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission cost varies. Bubble Charlotte, 210 E. Trade St., eventbrite.com.
+ Signature Saturdays: Tournament Edition
You’ll be treated to live jazz by 5th and York, followed by hip-hop and R&B spun by DJ KAOS. Presented by Eddietainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. Free admission until 11 p.m.; $10 and up after. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., eddietainment.com.
+ Digital Divas’ Eighth Annual The Reunion
Enjoy live music from Secret Society band, along with DJ Danny Dee. Ages 35 and older preferred. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up. Blue Restaurant and Bar, 206 N. College St., digitaldivasevents.com.
+ Magnum – La Fin
It’s a party for the fashion-forward, with music by DJ Loui Vee and DJ Ngenius. Presented by Nxlevel 21 and Eddietainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up. Vida, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., magnum2015.evenbrite.com.
+ Xtravaganza at Founders Hall
Several party promoters are collaborating on this party again, this time at a different venue, as guests will dance on marble floors, looking up at 50-foot ceilings. Presented by Alist, Fab 5, The Execs, and Nick Ingram. 10:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m. General admission, $30; VIP cabanas. Founders Hall, 100 N. Tryon St., xtravaganza2015.eventbrite.com.
+ Saint Augustine’s University R&B Live Extravaganza (Friday and Saturday)
Saturday of this two-night event will include performances by 112, Bell Biv Devoe, and Biz Markie. Presented by Jireh Management Group. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $50 and up. The Westin Charlotte Hotel, 601 S. College St., sauciaa2015.eventbrite.com.
+ Saturday Night Live with Lance Gross
Hosted by actor Lance Gross, with music by DJ Quicksilva and DJ Shaun Nyce. Presented by Dynasty 5, The A List, and The Sol Kitchen. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 and up. Studio Movie Grille, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., saturdaynightlive.eventbee.com.
+ Ladies Night Out: Hollywood Style with Boris Kodjoe
Actor Boris Kodjoe will host, with music by DJ Skillz and DJ Stylez. Presented by Dynasty 5, Insights Marketing, and The Sol Kitchen. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 and up; VIP tables available. Omni Hotel, 132 E. Trade St., hollywoodladiesnight.eventbee.com.
+ The Atlanta Takeover Hosted by Porsha Williams
Hosted by The Real Housewives of Atlanta star, with music by DJ Spike. Presented by Rickey D. and Speed Demons Entertainment. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $20 and up. Crave Dessert Bar, 500 W. Fifth St., theatlantatakeoverw-pwilliams.eventbrite.com.
+ The Grown And Sexy Takeover
This is a party for the 30-and-older crowd, and Big Mucci will perform including his single, “The Biker Shuffle,” along with music from the Regime Squad DJs. And it’s a B.Y.O.B. event. 8 p.m.-1 a.m. $25. Paw Creek American Legion, 5651 Brookshire Blvd., deejaycentipede.com.
+ The Language of Love Concert: R&B Festival (Friday and Saturday)
The second night of this two-night concert will feature performances by Eric Roberson, Bilal, and Eliah. 7:30-11 p.m. $40 in advance. Amos’ Southend, 1423 S. Tryon St., bit.ly/lovelang2015.
Chart-topping rapper French Montana will host, along with music from DJ Drama and DJ Ace, and featuring model Lira Galore. Presented by Heights Entertainment. 10 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $35 and up. The Harvey B. Gantt Center, 551 S. Tryon St., heightsent.com.
+ Grand Finale Hosted by Being Mary Jane's David
Stephen Bishop, known for his starring role as David on BET’s hit series Being Mary Jane, will host this red carpet event. Presented by Culture19. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up. BlackFinn, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., culture19.com.
+ Soulful Night @ Sydney's (Saturday)
Featuring live performances by Sylver Logan Sharp and Tony Terry. Presented by Hamilton and Brown Productions. 8 p.m.-3 a.m. General admission, $40; VIP tables available. Sydney's Martini and Wine Bar, 401 N. Tryon St., sylverlogansharpandtonyterry.eventbrite.com.
+ Gold Medal and NFL Takeover
This celebrity party is hosted by NFL players Ron Parker, Demetrius Harris, and Phillip Gaines; plus Olympic gold medalists Cullen Jones and Ryan Lochte. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $30 and up; VIP booths available. Vault, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., nfltakeover.eventbrite.com.
+ Saturday Night with Future
The hit-making rapper will perform. Presented by South Coast Marketing. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $60 and up. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., saturdayfutureparty.eventbrite.com.