31 events during NBA All-Star and 3 other things to expect

Things you need to know about for the 2019 NBA All-Star events and activities. From street closures to curated events, Qcitymetro has you covered.

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Well, we’re finally here. The 2019 NBA All-Star festivities begin this week, leading up to the All-Star game on Sunday night. Charlotte is bracing itself for more than 150,000 expected visitors.

If you’re not joining in the festivities, then you should probably stay inside since hundreds of events are taking over almost any venue that comes to mind.

But if your plans are locked in, here’s what you need to know:

Traffic and Transportation

With crowds and extra security measures, you should anticipate delays.

Road closures

Roads surrounding the Spectrum Center will be closed starting Wednesday evening (Feb. 13). These include:

  • Caldwell and Brevard Streets between 4th and 6th Streets
  • East Trade Street and East 5th Street between College Street and North Davidson Street

Pack your patience for the heavy traffic. Thousands of fans and people watchers will be on foot in Uptown, adding to traffic congestion. If you’re not attending events, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police suggest avoiding Independence Boulevard beginning Friday afternoon and Uptown altogether.

For the latest updates, follow the Charlotte Department of Transportation on Twitter.

Rail Service

Expect more security for your rides on the LYNX Blue Line trains.

Purses, backpacks, suitcases, large tote bags or bulky items won’t be allowed on board trains or at station platforms.

During the weekend, the trains will not stop at the CTC/Arena Station after 5 p.m. Riders will have to catch trains at 3rd Street or 7th Street stations. At these stations, all passengers will have to get off the train for security sweeps.

Riders with no bags or a clear bag can re-board after the sweep. Belongings must be in a clear bag, otherwise, you won’t be allowed to re-board.

The CityLYNX Gold Line won’t be in service during the weekend. A local bus will provide service on routes 9-Central Avenue, 15-Randolph Road and 27-Monroe Road.

Uber/Lyft and E-scooters

Uber and Lyft pickup locations (Check venue websites​ for updates):

  • Bojangles’ Coliseum: Independence Boulevard on Paul Buck Blvd.
  • Spectrum Arena: 3rd and 8th Avenues

E-scooters and bicycles will not be allowed in areas around Spectrum Center.

Buses

The Charlotte Transportation Center will relocate to the surface parking lot across from the 7th Street Station parking deck. The temporary setup will include a heated waiting area and restrooms.

The SouthPark Community Transit Center at SouthPark Mall will be closed.

Weather

It’ll be a cold weekend. Forecasts show temperatures reaching mid-60s on Thursday and steadily declining as a number of events kick off the jam-packed weekend. Official activities begin on Friday, but don’t forget to pack your umbrellas and ponchos. Rain showers are expected. The coldest chill comes as festivities wrap up on Sunday with high temps in the 40s and lows in the 20s.

Things to Do

Even if you couldn’t get a ticket to one of the official events at the Spectrum Center or Bojangles’ Coliseum, there’s still a lot of things to get into. We’ve compiled a list of things to do in the QCityMetro All-Star Weekend Guide.

Thursday

Nike and Jordan Brand Pop-Up — Nike and Jordan Brand have taken over the Mint Museum Uptown to create a pop-up shop throughout the weekend.

NBA All-Star Welcome to Charlotte, Hosted by Anthony Hamilton — Avoid Uptown traffic and head to Stats in University City. Hang out with Charlotte native Anthony Hamilton before he sings the national anthem at the All-Star Game on Sunday night. Price: $40+

Welcome to Charlotte Block Party with Floyd Mayweather — Money Mayweather and The Money Team are hosting a kickoff at South End Station (Oak Room Slate, American Pub, Hot Taco). Price: $50+

Julius Peppers Charity Sneaker Ball — It’s a black-tie charity event with a twist. Lace up your freshest pair of sneakers and hang with recently retired Carolina Panthers legend Julius Peppers. North Carolina rapper Rhapsody will perform. Price: $250

REVOLT House — Live taping of the podcast Drink Champs with performances by Rick Ross, Kash Doll, Saint JHN, Lil TJay, Eric Lottary. Price: $25

105.3 RnB Epicentre All-Star Bar Crawl — Doug E. Fresh and Keith Murray host a crawl at World of Beer, Wild Wing Cafe and Empire. Price: $30+

Nipsey Hussle at Kandy Bar — 2019 Grammy-nominated rapper Nipsey Hussle will host and perform live. Price: $75+

FRIDAY

The Answer Day Party hosted by Allen Iverson & Friends — Former NBA great Allen Iverson hosts a day party at Oak Room and Slate. Price: $40+

Jack Daniels Arts, Beats & Lyrics — A traveling hop-hop culture inspired exhibit

Black Food Truck Friday — Black Business Owners of Charlotte hosts a special All-Star edition of Food Truck Friday at Recess. Price: Free Admission

Shaq Invasion — NBA Hall of Fame center Shaquille O’Neal hosts an upscale event with full-course meals and champagne. Price: $250+ (Limited advance tickets: $150)

Welcome to Charlotte with DJ Kid Capri — Peter Thomas hosts at his Club One venue with music by Kid Capri. Price: $50-$75

The Jeezy All-Star Tip Off — Rapper Jeezy hosts a tent party at Graham Street Station. Price: $70+

DJ Envy at Fitzgerald’s — DJ Envy from The Breakfast Club Morning Show will perform live at Fitzgerald’s. Price: $60+

2 Chainz at Kandy Bar — Rapper 2 Chainz will appear at Kandy Bar. Price: $70+

Deniro Farrar All-Star Weekend EP Release Party — Charlotte rapper Deniro Farrar and friends will perform live at the Rabbit Hole. Price: $20+

Player Made — Charlotte rapper Elevator Jay performs live. Price: $5. Wear an NBA jersey and receive free admission

SATURDAY

Jr. NBA Events — Looking for things to do with youth basketball players? The Jr. NBA has a 3v3 tournament and skills challenge. Price: $40 to register a team

NBA All-Star at the Epicentre — The official NBA All-Star fan fest is free to the general public, but first priority and guaranteed entry goes to those who pre-registered.

Fabolous & Allen Iverson All-Star Day Party — Rapper Fabolous, Allen Iverson and local promoter Sport E. Odie host a day party at Ink N Ivy. Price: $100+

Drais and PRIME Present All-Star Music Yard — Rapper Rich the Kid and DJ Elephante headline this event at SouthBound. Price: $55

Kevin Hart Presents Laugh Out Loud Live — Stand-up performances by comedians Jay Pharoah, Jess Hilarious and DC Young Fly. Price: $59+

Redefine Black Tie — Dress to impress and finish off your outfit with a pair of sneakers. Price: $30+

The Crossover — Rapper Rick Ross will perform live and comedian Michael Blackson will host this takeover at Founders Hall on Saturday and Sunday nights. Price: $150+

SUNDAY

NBA All-Star at the Epicentre — The official NBA All-Star fan fest is free to the general public, but first priority and guaranteed entry goes to those who pre-registered.

All-Star Sneaker Summit Charlotte — Sneakerheads unite to buy, sell and trade kicks. There will be special appearances, prizes and giveaways. Price: $25+

All-Star Weekend Grand Finale at Loft & Cellar — DJ Envy during the day, DJ Drama during the evening. Two parties for the price of one. Price: $75-$100

DMX and Kid Capri All-Star Finale — DMX’s only announced appearance of the weekend. Price: $60+

Fabolous All-Star Weekend Finale — Fabolous, Bernice Burgos and others will appear at Club One. Price: $100+

The Crossover — Rapper Rick Ross will perform live and comedian Michael Blackson will host this take over at Founders Hall Saturday and Sunday night. Price: $150+

Trap Gala Finale — Gucci Mane is listed among guest at the All-Star finale at Ink N Ivy. Price: $75+

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