CIAA Week 2017 Events: Saturday, Feb. 25
THE ANNUAL Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament is taking place in Charlotte for the 12th consecutive year, with events scheduled from Monday, February 20 to Sunday, February 26, 2017. The CIAA Tournament includes five days of men’s and women’s college basketball games at Bojangles' Coliseum and Spectrum Center. Social 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, Feb. 25. Please use the website listed for each event to verify information. Advance tickets can be purchased through many of the websites as well.
* Denotes an official CIAA Tournament event.
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Saturday, February 25
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*McDonald’s Super Saturday
This annual CIAA Tournament 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. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St., ciaatournament.org/events.
*CIAA Toyota Fan Fest
A full schedule of events and activities for fans, including contests, prize giveaways, cooking exhibitions, a singing competition, local vendor village, celebrity appearances, and concerts by national recording artists. 1-8 p.m. Free admission. Charlotte Convention Center, Halls A and B, 501 S. College St., ciaatournament.org/events.
*CIAA High School Step Show Step-Off
Watch talented high school steppers from Charlotte and around the Southeast compete for the grand prize. Hosted by Streetz 103 FM. Doors open 4 p.m.; show starts 5:30 p.m. $15. Charlotte Convention Center, Hall C, 501 S. College St., ciaastepshows.com.
Recess at Vida Day Party
This annual event continues to be a prized tournament weekend day party. You're encouraged to indulge in another memorable experience. Presented by Culture19. Noon-7 p.m. $15 and up. Vida, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., culture19.com.
DJ Red Alert's RSVP Saturday Day Party
New York will be in the house for DJ Red Alert's third annual day party as he performs live. 1-6 p.m. $10 in advance. Club Vibrations, 5237 Albemarle Rd., clubvibrations.eventbrite.com.
The Best D@%# Day Party Period
More than 2,500 people attend this day party each year. Music by DJ SNS. Presented by Bestfriendz. Noon-7:30 p.m. $35. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bestdamndaypartyperiod.com.
Open Bar: Kings & Queens Day Party
Enjoy a 30-and-older party experience with an open bar. Music by Old School 105.3 FM's DJ Hukher. Presented by Star 23 Enterprise. 1-7 p.m. $15 and up. The Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St., ow.ly/meVL307VeFb.
24 Karats with Laz Alonso
Actor and fan favorite Laz Alonso hosts this day party. Music by DJ Kaos. The food menu will be available in addition to the large drink selection. Presented by Charlotte Kappas and Eddietainment. 1-8 p.m. $15 and up. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., 24karats.eventbrite.com.
The Art of Noise
DJ Lonnie B and MC Madd Skillz, both from Virginia, will rock this party with their celebrity friends. Presented by Eddietainment. Noon-7 p.m. $15 and up. Lucky's Bar and Arcade (formally Bar Charlotte), 300 N. College St., theartofnoisecharlotte.eventbrite.com.
The Ultimate Day Party Experience
Come out for food, drinks, and music by DJ DR and DJ Skillz. Presented by Sol Kitchen and Dynasty 5. Noon-6 p.m. $15 and up. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., ultimatedayparty.eventbee.com.
All-Star Collaboration – Saturday Day Party Headquarters
It's a collaboration by some of North Carolina's top promoters, bringing a day party for the 30-and-older crowd. Music by DJ Shakim and live music by Let It Flow Band of D.C. Presented by Digital Divas, Talk of The City, The Grays, LK, and R&R. Noon-9 p.m. Free before 1 p.m. with RSVP; general admission, $20 in advance; VIP Tables available. Fitzgerald's, 201 E. 5th St., 2017toptournamentparties.eventbrite.com.
The Saturday Day Party Headquarters
Enjoy special food menu and drink specials, plus music by DJ Shakim and the Let It Flow Band. Presented by Talk of the City, LK and R&R Productions, and Digital Divas. Noon-9 p.m. Free until 1 p.m. with RSVP. $20-$40 in advance. Fitzgerald's, 201 E. 5th St., 2017toptournamentparties.eventbrite.com.
For the past six years, this party has taken up residence in a huge Uptown tent. This year it moves inside and outside. Music by Deron Juan. Presented by The A List, A.C.T. Productions, MAZ Entertainment, Fab 5 Entertainment, and the Kwagi Heath Group. 1-7 p.m. $20 and up in advance; VIP cabanas available. Ink N Ivy, 222 S. Church St., oasissaturdazed.eventbrite.com.
The Literary Experience: Tournament Edition
This second annual event features African American women writers, including two bestselling authors and JuJu of VH1's Love and Hip Hop. There will also be food and wine served, and art from celebrity artist Whitney Austin. Presented by AAMBC Awards. 2-4 p.m. $15. Whitney Austin Art Gallery, 2026 Ayrsley Town Blvd., tleciaa2.eventbrite.com.
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*CIAA Women’s and Men’s Championships
After a full 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, 4 p.m.; men’s, 7 p.m. All-session passes, $75 and up. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St., ciaatournament.org/tickets.
*CIAA Post-Tournament Concert Featuring Tony Terry
The CIAA concludes its official festivities with a concert by singer Tony Terry, known for R&B hits from the late 1980s and early '90s. Doors open 10 p.m.; show begins 11 p.m. Admission varies. Charlotte Convention Center, Hall C, 501 S. College St., ciaatournament.org/events.
105.3 FM Live Broadcast Party and Comedy Show After Party
Old School 105.3 FM will broadcast live with radio host Rae Style and music by DJ Polo. This event will also be an after-party for the Festival of Laughs comedy show, with discounts offered to guests with a ticket stub. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $20. Club Vibrations, 5237 Albemarle Rd., clubvibrations.eventbrite.com.
Affluence with Tyler Lepley
Best known as a star of The Haves and the Have Nots, Tyler Lepley hosts this party with the AKAs. Music by DJ Kaos of New York City. Presented by Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and Eddietainment. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up. Vapiano, 201 S. Tryon St., affluence.eventbrite.com.
Jeezy at V Charlotte
Expect a packed house to see rapper Jeezy at this party on three floors with three DJs. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. General admission, $50; VIP admission, $70. V Charlotte (formerly Vanity Nightclub), 500 W. 5th St., vcharlotte.com.
All Black at Blackfinn
Celebrate a night of power, elegance, and excellence while adorned in the color of prestige. All black attire is strongly encouraged. Presented by Culture19. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15. Blackfinn, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., culture19.com.
Seventh Annual Ciroc Boyz Party with Fabolous
Rapper Fabolous is always a fan favorite at this party, along with music from the legendary DJ SNS, DJ Self, and DJ Kyra Chaos. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $25. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210. E. Trade St., tournamenttakeover.com.
Indivisible Vision's Old School Party
Get started early in the evening and party through the night. Music by DJ Mo GotIt. Proceeds will benefit Charlotte nonprofit organization Indivisible Vision. 6 p.m.-1 a.m. $25 in advance; no tickets sold at the door. The Orchid Banquet Hall, 521 Little Rock Rd., indivisiblevision.org/events.html.
DJ Jazzy Jeff Live
The legendary DJ Jazzy Jeff returns to tournament weekend year after year. Presented by Sol Kitchen. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Cost varies. Bubble, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., bubblecharlotte.com.
The Good Life
Several promoters are collaborating on this night of partying. Live music featuring Let It Flow Band, and DJ Flemingo on the turntables. Presented by Good Life Ent., JCSU Alumni, Herb and Felicia Gray, Talk of The City, R&R Productions, LK Productions, and No Grease Barbershop. 7 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up in advance; VIP tables available. Fitzgerald's, 201 E. 5th St., 2017toptournamentparties.eventbrite.com.
It's Your Thang: WSSU Rams 125th Anniversary Party
Celebrate with WSSU alumni and friends. Music by EnVision band and DJ Hollywood. Presented by Winston-Salem State University. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 in advance, $25 at the door. Charlotte Marriott City Center, 100 W. Trade St., wssu.edu/tickets.
Dae Dae Live
The bubbling Atlanta rapper performs live. Presented by Suite and South Coast Marketing. 9:30 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up. Suite, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., daedaesuite.eventbrite.com.
Young Thug's Tournament Grand Finale
The Atlanta rapper and hit maker hosts this party. 10 p.m.-4 a.m. $35 and up; the first 100 ladies admitted free; VIP tables available. The Palace Charlotte, 415 E. 8th St., thebgrayexperience.com.
Festival Of Laughs with Mike Epps
Prepare for a night of comedy with Mike Epps, Bruce Bruce, and Tony Rock. 7 p.m. $56 and up. Ovens Auditorium, 2700 E. Independence Blvd., ovensauditorium.com.
Juicy J – The Rubba Band Business Tour
Juicy J performs live in concert, with opening act Belly. 8 p.m. $35 and up. The Fillmore, 820 Hamilton St., fillmorecharlottenc.com.
Saturday Night ReVived with DJ Envy and Lance Gross
Party with the celebrity host and celebrity DJ. Presented by Floyd Hodge and Get Live Entertainment. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $40 and up. Howl At the Moon, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St., cisaturdaynight.eventbrite.com.