From free events to spending $6,285 — the ultimate activities guide to CIAA tournament week

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The annual CIAA basketball tournament is back again, and while this week features some high quality basketball, there will also be plenty of shows and parties to attend. If you’d like to catch any of the basketball action at Bojangles Coliseum or Spectrum Center, tickets are still available.

Whether you are looking to just have some fun on the cheap or willing to drop some major cash, we’ve got your complete guide to making the most of your CIAA weekend.

Free, but not lacking on the fun

CIAA Toyota Fan Fest

When: Friday and Saturday, Noon-8 p.m.

Where: Charlotte Convention Center

Celebrity appearances: R&B groups Bell Biv DeVoe and Volume 4. Rappers Dave East and DJ Luke Nasty.

If you need even more of a reason to go: There will be a CIAA Big Day party with DJ Kool and three DJs spinning records, a sneaker showcase, over 40 vendors, as well as performances by the Divas of Olive Branch Majorette Team, hip-hop dance troupe Fuzion Force and Charlotte Ultimate Cheer.

CIAA Super Saturday

Via CIAA Instagram

When: Saturday, 8:30 a.m.-Noon

Where: Charlotte Convention Center

Music performances: Rappers Ayo and Teo

If you need even more of a reason to go: Performances by the Phi Beta Sigma Step Team from Livingstone College and UFIT HS Cheer Champion, as well as the CIAA Cheerleading Exhibition. The queen of the 2018 Food Lion Miss CIAA competition will be crowned.


While this is not an event, every time you use this hashtag on social media, Food Lion will donate five meals, up to 24,000, to local CIAA communities.

Volunteer opportunities: Education Day, 4th Annual Shoes of Hope, Diversity & Inclusion panel, Career Expo and Minority Business & Leadership Symposium

Finding the fun  … on a budget

Old School Skate Party

Via CIAA Instagram

When: Thursday, 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Where: Kate’s Skating Rink

Tickets: $15, not including the skates

Entertainment: Hosted by Old School 105.3’s Olympia D Show and music by DJ Cleve

Tournament Tip Off 1 Dollar Jam

When: Thursday, 9 p.m.

Where: Buffalo Wild Wings, 400 E. Martin Luther King Jr Blvd

Tickets: While the $1 tickets are sold out, you can still get some for only $5

Entertainment: DJ Wizard

Step show competitions

Via CIAA Instagram

When: College-level show, Friday, 7:30. High school show, Saturday, 6:30

Where: Both are at the Charlotte Convention Center

Tickets: College ($30), High school ($15)

Entertainment: Both shows will be hosted by members of MTV’s “Wild ‘N Out”, with DC Young Fly hosting the college show and Chico Beam and Darren Brand hosting the high school show. DJ Luke Nasty, Ball Greezy and Lyrica will also be performing live at the college competition.

Juvenile 400 Degrees Tournament Party

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Where: Empire in the Epicentre

Tickets: Early bird tickets are still available for $25

Entertainment: It’s not everyday that you get a chance to party with a rapper the level of Juvenile. Just remember to shake it fast, but watch yo’self.

Tournament Takeover featuring Ludacris

When: Saturday, 9 p.m.

Where: Whiskey River

Tickets: Early bird tickets are still available for $25

Entertainment: Whether you’re a fan of his music, his films or both, you can come and party the night away with Ludacris.

Odell Beckham Jr at White House

Via Odell Beckham Jr’s Instagram

When: Saturday, 10 p.m.

Where: White House Night Club, 4809 Wilkinson

Tickets: $20

Entertainment: Famous New York Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. will be making his CIAA debut.

Biz Markie Block Party 

When: Saturday, Noon-8 p.m.

Where: Vapiano, 201 S Tryon

Tickets: $20 

Entertainment: Biz Markie will be the headlining DJ, while Carolina’s own DJ Phalse ID will also be performing

The Night Cap ft. Michael Vick

Via Michael Vick’s Instagram

When: Saturday, 10 p.m.

Where: Ink N Ivy

Tickets: $30

Entertainment: DJ SNS will be performing and the party will best hosted by former NFL quarterback Michael Vick

DJ Envy Day Party

When: Sunday, 1 p.m.

Where: Bubble in the Epicentre

Tickets: While the free tickets are gone, you can still get some for only $10

Entertainment: This party will help close out the week and feature music from the world famous Breakfast Club’s DJ Envy.

Grand Finale ft. Trina Rockstarr

Via Trina’s Instagram

When: Sunday, 4 p.m.

Where: Club Oynx, 5300 Old Pineville

Tickets: $30

Entertainment: Veteran rapper Trina, who’s been a mainstay in music for 20 years, will be performing

Not afraid to drop a dime

Oak Room Parties ft. Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane and Rick Ross

Via Oak Room’s Instagram

When: Friday and Saturday, 9 p.m.

Where: Oak Room

Tickets: Friday, $80. Saturday, $50

Entertainment: Lil Wayne and Gucci Mane will be the featured attendees on Friday night, while Rick Ross will be there on Saturday.

Cardi B Takeover

When: Friday, 10 p.m.

Where: World Nightclub at AvidXchange Music Factory

Tickets: $100

Entertainment: World famous rapper Carbi B will be there for a one night only appearance and performance

Party at Cameo ft. 21 Savage 

When: Friday, 9:30

Where: Cameo, 3049 Scott Futrell

Tickets: $100

Entertainment: 21 Savage, Lil’ Boosie and NBA Yongboy will all be the featured attendees.

Whiskey River Celebrity Takeover ft. Fabolous

Via Fabolous’ Instagram

When: Friday, 8:30

Where: Whiskey River in the Epicentre

Tickets: $50

Entertainment: Grammy nominated artist Fabolous, along with DJ Envy, will be in attendance

Saturday at Cameo

When: Saturday, 10 p.m.

Where: Cameo Night Club, 3049 Scott Futtrell

Tickets: $90

Entertainment: Rappers Plies and YFN Lucci will be in attendance. There is also a special guest that has yet to be announced.

The Main Event at World Nightclub

Via Lil Wayne’s Instagram

When: Saturday, 9 p.m.

Where: World Nightclub at AvidXchange Music Factory

Tickets: $62

Entertainment: World famous rappers Lil Wayne and Fabolous will be in attendance

Katt Williams Comedy Show

When: Saturday, 8 p.m.

Where: Bojangles Coliseum

Tickets: $61

Entertainment: Comedian Katt Williams is back and ready with a new stand-up set

Real big spenders

Cardi B Takeover

Via World’s Instagram

When: Friday, 10 p.m.

Where: World Nightclub at AvidXchange Music Factory

Most expensive ticket: $6,285

What do you get: Premium seating on the stage with Cardi B. VIP entry for 15 people, five bottles and access to BMW X2 Lounge.

Juvenile 400 Degrees Tournament Party

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Where: Empire in the Epicentre

Most expensive ticket: $1,000 for the Celebrity Status Section

What do you get: Your table will be in the same section as Juvenile and includes VIP admission, a table for 10 and bottle service from a private server.

Rooftop 210 Tournament ft. Boosie Badazz

When: Friday, 9 p.m.

Where: Rooftop 210 at the Epicentre

Most expensive ticket: $1,000

What do you get: VIP table for Bossie’s performance, including eight tickets, two bottles and mixers and a VIP hostess

Getting Off Day Party ft. Hoodrich Pablo Juan 

Via The Palace’s Instagram

When: Friday, 4 p.m.

Where: The Palace (225 N. Caldwell)

Most expensive ticket: $1,200

What do you get: VIP stage table beside Goodrich Pablo Juan, a table for 10 and two bottles of your choice of liquor or champagne

Whiskey River Celebrity Takeover ft. Fabolous

When: Friday, 8:30

Where: Whiskey River in the Epicentre

Most expensive ticket: $2,000

What do you get: VIP booth section near Fabolous and includes two bottles, eight tickets and VIP access bands.

Saturday Night at Suite ft. YFN Lucci

When: Saturday, 10 p.m.

Where: Suite at the Epicentre

Most expensive ticket: $1,200

What do you get: VIP table for 10 and two bottles of premium liquor

Tournament Takeover featuring Ludacris

Via Ludacris’ Instagram

When: Saturday, 9 p.m.

Where: Whiskey River

Most expensive ticket: $2,000

What do you get: Large booth in Ludacris’ VIP section, eight tickets, two bottles and VIP access bands

Kid Capri Master Mix Day Party

When: Saturday, 1-7 p.m.

Where: World Nightclub at Avid Xchange Music Factory

Most expensive ticket: $1,350

What do you get: VIP entrance and seating for 10 people, two bottles of liquor and a VIP host

Photos: CIAA, Odell Beckham Jr, Michael Vick, Trina, Oak Room, Fabolous, Lil Wayne, World Nightclub, The Palace, Ludacris, Charlotte Observer file


  1. Really, Micheal Vick, convicted abuser of dogs in the sickest, most VILE manner makes a list of top activities?
    Gross, disgusting and vile. Ink and Ivy will never get a penny of my money.
    I’m all for celebrations and parties headlined by celebs, but Micheal Vick is most famous for abusing dogs. Disgusted and sad that any venue has decided to use his celebrity to pull in some cash.

    • He did his time and has put in CONSTANT effort to change and give back. I would bet he has done more good since then than you have.


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