CIAA Week 2018 Events: Friday, March 2
The annual Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association Tournament is taking place in Charlotte for the 13th consecutive year, with events scheduled from Tuesday, February 27 to Sunday, March 4, 2018. The CIAA Tournament features 22 men’s and women’s college basketball games across five days 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 March 2. Please use the website listed for each event to verify information (click on the event's name). Advance tickets can be purchased through many of the websites as well.
More events are being added each week, so check back often.
Friday, March 2
*John B. McLendon Jr. CIAA Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
The Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association will welcome Kermit Blount, Ben Coates, Raymond McDougal, Dr. Dorothy Cowser Yancy, and the 1967 Winston-Salem State University men’s basketball team into its hall of fame during this ceremony and breakfast. 9 a.m. $45. Charlotte Convention Center, Ballroom A, 501 S. College St.
*CIAA Fan Fest
It’s a packed schedule of events and activities for fans, including contests, prize giveaways, a local vendor village, celebrity appearances, day party with music by DJ Kool, and a concert headlined by Bell Biv Devoe. Noon-8 p.m. Free admission. Charlotte Convention Center, Halls A and B, 501 S. College St.
*CIAA Women’s and Men’s Tournament Semifinals
Down to the final four in both the women’s and men’s brackets. Women’s games: 1 and 3 p.m.; men’s: 7 and 9 p.m. All-session passes, $75 and up. Spectrum Center, 333 E. Trade St.
Pretty Girlz Trap N Shop
Sip and shop a variety of fashion and beauty vendors while enjoying the latest in hip-hop and trap music played by DJ Juice. Meet Atlanta's Internet icon, Curvy Curly Chrisy, and enjoy fashion tips and styling advise from celebrity stylist Lafina Phillips of New York City. Noon-7 p.m. $10 and up. Venue @ 1801, 1801 N Tryon St.
The EpiCentre Rooftop Day Party
Beauty, detail, and selection are the vital components as this party goes to the top of the top: the rooftop. The venue will be heated and enclosed. Presented by Culture19. Noon-8 p.m. $15 and up. Rooftop 210, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.
The Best D@%# Day Party Period!
It's not a party, it's an experience – and a tournament weekend tradition. Presented by Bestfriendz. Noon-7:30 p.m. $35. Whisky River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.
The United Takeover Official Day Party
The CLT combines with the DMV for this party, with music from DJ Platinum Alino and friends. Presented by E75P Sports and SSM Sports Inc. 1-6 p.m. $25 and up; VIP tables available. Kanvas Gallery and Lounge, 525 E. 6th St.
Enjoy the ultimate day party with music from DJ Sugar Shae, DJ Double J, and DJ Lonnie B. Hosted by Skillz and Autumn Joi. Presented by Kenny Johnson, Marceau Winston, Kiss Ent. and Dre Brown. 12:30-7:30 p.m. Free admission before 2 p.m. with RSVP; $20 after; VIP tables available. Wild Wing Cafe, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.
Day La Soul Party with Doug E. Fresh
The legendary Doug E. Fresh returns for this day party, along with music from DJ Phalse ID, DJ Tayrock, and DJ 360. Enjoy delectable food, lounge, dance, and mingle with hundreds of other people in town for the weekend. Presented by Yancey Thigpen, Eddietainment, and BossMan Entertainment. Noon-6:30 p.m. $15 and up; VIP tables available. Studio Movie Grill, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.
On the Hush 2: Silent Day Party
The party experience you'll never hear – without the special headphones anyway – is back. Music from Tab D'Bia$$i, DJ Ck, and Jazz Bee spinning simultaneously on three different channels. Drink specials and food menu will be available. Presented by the Sigmas of Charlotte. 1-7 p.m. $20. Loft & Cellar, 305 W. 4th St.
Ivy and Pearls Day Party
Come “set it off” with the pretty women of the Zeta Mu Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority. Noon-6 p.m. $20. Claiborne's Lounge, 2342 Beatties Ford Rd.
Chicken-N-Beer Day Party
This day party fills up every year. Music by DJ Shakim, who's New Edition's DJ. Hosted by Konfuzion. Presented by Star 23 Enterprise. 1-7 p.m. $10 and up. Buffalo Wild Wings, at NASCAR Hall of Fame, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
7th Annual DMV Takeover Day Party
Kick off your weekend of partying at this hip lounge and restaurant, with music from DJ Lonnie B, DJ Crush Groovey, and Izzy The DJ. 1-6 p.m. $25 and up; VIP tables available. Vida Cantina, 210 E. Trade St.
*CIAA Step Show Throwdown: Greeks vs. Greeks
Watch steppers from fraternities and sororities representing HBCUs from around the country compete for the grand prize. Hosted by MTV’s DC Young Fly and Power 98 FM’s No Limit Larry and Jay Dukes. Doors open 6 p.m.; show starts 7:30 p.m. $30. Charlotte Convention Center, 501 S. College St.
Playhouse at Lucky's
Uptown's gaming bar will be transformed to host a night of unadulterated pandemonium. Presented by Culture19. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $10 and up. Lucky's Bar & Arcade, 300 N. College St.
Tank Up Close & Personal
Get up close and personal with R&B sensation Tank, riding high off his current hit single, "When We." Music by DJ Crush Groovey and DJ Puff. Presented by Floyd Hodge and Get Live Ent. 9 p.m.-2 a.m. $25 and up; VIP tables available. Howl at the Moon, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.
5 Star Friday with DJ Kool
You'll have the pleasure of enjoying three DJs on two different levels under one roof. Enjoy the sounds of Virginia's DJ Lonnie B of the Heavy Hitters and DJ CK of the Carolinas. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $15 and up; VIP tables available. BlackFinn, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.
DJ Esco Returns
Drai's (Las Vegas) resident DJ and hit hip-hop producer DJ Esco returns to this champagne lounge for the second year in a row. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Admission cost varies; VIP tables available. Bubble Charlotte, at EpiCentre, 201 E. Trade St.
Professional Recess: Welcome to Charlotte
Fashionable attire is required. Music from DJ Father Scott, DJ Tayrok, and DJ Milliano. Enjoy the view of the Uptown skyline from the heated patio. Food menu will be available until 1 a.m. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. Free before 10:30 p.m. with RSVP; $20 and up after; VIP tables available. Ink N Ivy, 222 S. Church St.
Classics & Soulful House
Enjoy a soulful and spiritual experience featuring the Chosen Few DJs Terry Hunter and Wayne Williams along with Charlotte's Gary "Jackmaster" Wallace, DJ Damon Dee from Norfolk State, and WBLS New York City's DJ E.B.O.N.Y. Presented by Star 23 Enterprise and House Nic. 6 p.m.-2 a.m. $10. Extravaganza Depot, 1610 N. Tryon St.
HBCU Ladies Night
It's a celebration of the women of HBCUs. Music by DJ Cleve and Mad Skillz. Presented by Sol Kitchen, Dynasty 5, A-List, E. Terry, and Velvet Ent. 10 p.m.-2 a.m. $20 and up. Charlotte Marriott Center City, 100 W. Trade St.
Fabolous and DJ Envy Celebrity Tournament Party
Party with Grammy-nominated rapper Fabolous and Power 105 The Breakfast Club's DJ Envy. Also, music from The Lean Brothers and DJ Spazo. Presented by Ciroc Boys. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. $25 and up; VIP tables available. Whiskey River, at EpiCentre, 210 E. Trade St.