2015 NBA All-Star Weekend: 20+ Things To Do in NYC

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Every year NBA All-Star Weekend is regarded as one of the most anticipated events, for fans, in all of American pro sports. The hype for 2015’s installment, however, is fueled not only by the event’s original appeal but by the fact that it’s taking place on nation’s greatest stage – New York City – for the 1st time in 17 years.

All-Star is a platform that calls on the NBA’s brightest superstars and fuses them with the world’s most recognizable faces – in entertainment, music and even politics.

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While the main festivities will be split between Barclay’s Center and Madison Square Garden this year, respectively, NYC in its entirety will be on fire with tons of exciting, can’t miss event options – ranging from free of charge to high costs for incredible exclusivity! The events vary from concerts and parties to comedy shows, festivals, brunches and pop-up shops.

NBA+Star+Game+Performances+Celebrities+rPL7Esqeq_PlBrands like Roc Nation, Nike and Adidas all have huge events in the works, and the celebrity likes of Kanye, JAY-Z, Lil Wayne, LeBron, Floyd Mayweather and Kevin Hart (to name a few) are all booked to host/produce dope events.

Our ultimate All-Star events list, populated everyday leading up to the big weekend, should be your Holy Grail – whether you’re a tourist visiting NYC or a borough native looking to immerse yourself in the madness.

Check it out:

 


Official NBA Events:

NBA House Presented by BBVA Compass | Feb. 10th – 16th | 10am – 10pm | Tickets

Venue(s): Skylight at Moynihan Station & LIU Brooklyn (Paramount Theatre)

Sprint NBA All-Star Celebrity Game | Feb. 13th | 7pm – 9pm | Tickets

Venue: Madison Square Garden

2015 BBVA Compass Rising Stars Game | Feb. 13th | 9pm – 11pm | Tickets

Venue: Barclays Center

NBA All-Star Practice Presented by Sean John at Macy’s | Feb. 14th | 10:30am – 12pm | Tickets

Venue: Madison Square Garden

State Farm All-Star Saturday Night | Feb. 14th | 8pm – 11pm | N/A

Venue: Barclays Center

2015 D-League All-Star Game | Feb. 15th | 2pm – 5pm | Tickets

Venue: Barclays Center

64th NBA All-Star Game | Feb. 15th | 8pm – 11pm | N/A

Venue: Madison Square Garden


Nightlife (Parties, Concerts, Shows):

Hard 2 Guard Celebrity Stars Game | Feb. 10th | 7:30pm – 11pm | Tickets

Venue: Baruch College

Description: The objective of this event is to raise awareness, and funds, towards diabetes while providing a more “intimate”, affordable all-star game experience for the New York community – according to Fun Sport CEO Rickey Rivers. This celebrity game will feature play from Jadakiss, Peter Rosenberg (HOT 97) and The Fat Jew (among others), performances from Mr. Cheeks and Troy Ave and appearances by Fat Joe, C.C. Sabathia, Pecas (Roc Nation), Victor Cruz, John Starks, Rashad Jennings and DJ Clue.

Roc City Classic: Kanye West & Kevin Durant | Feb. 12th | Time TBD | Tickets Free

Venue: Flatiron District NYC (afterparty at 40/40 club)

Hot 97 Presents: The Tipoff starring Diddy & Snoop | Feb. 12th | 8pm  | Tickets

Venue: The Theatre at MSG

WBLS Presents: Funkmaster Flex, OT Genesis, Busta Rhymes | Feb. 12th | 11pm  | Tickets

Venue: B.B. King

Meek Mill, Nicki Minaj, Diddy, French Montana, Lil Wayne | Feb. 12-15th | Tickets

Venue: Stage 48

Jeezy & Odell Beckham Jr. at Highline Ballroom | Feb. 13th | 10pm  | Tickets

Venue: Highline Ballroom

Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam | Feb. 13th | 7:30pm & 10:30pm | Tickets

Venue: Beacon Theatre

Birdman Birthday Bash (Docked Yacht Party w/ Buffet) | Feb. 14th | 10pm | Tickets

Venue: Pier 40

Lil Wayne at Highline Ballroom | Feb. 14th | 10pm | Tickets

Venue: Highline Ballroom

Trent Tucker Celebrity All-Star Bowling | Feb. 14th | 2pm – 5pm | Tickets

Venue: Frames NYC

Description: Benefitting JDRF, this exciting event will feature an afternoon of bowling, a VIP meet & greet, a live auction, cocktails and tons of food. Celebrity guests scheduled to appear include Scottie Pippen, Anthony Mason, Charles Oakley and Kris Humphries (among others).

Yo Gotti, Meek Mill, Fabolous & Troy Ave | Feb. 15th | 10pm | Tickets

Venue: Webster Hall

NYC All-Star Afterparty: Puff Daddy, John Wall, DJ Khaled | Feb. 15th | 10pm | Tickets

Venue: Liberty Theater Nightclub

 


Corporate Activation Events:

ESPN NY All-Star Celebration | Feb. 12th | 6:30pm | Tickets

Venue: New York Athletic Club

Nike Zoom City  Feb. 13-15th | 10am – 10pm | Tickets

Venue(s): NIKETOWN New York & Zoom City Arena

 

For more information, and up-to-date alerts on all-star festivities, download the NBA’s official All-Star app, here. 

 

This post was repurposed, originally published in The Source Magazine, on February 6th 2015.