There are plenty of reasons to check out NBA action in New Orleans.
Some of the league’s biggest superstars touch down in New Orleans this weekend for the 2017 NBA All-Star Game. Get ready for a jam-packed weekend of events with related festivities starting as early as Thursday. Here are some of event’s highlights to help you plan ahead.
Check out Champions Square for Fan-Focused Events
The fan-focused “NBA on TNT Road Show” takes over Champions Square starting on Thursday at 4 p.m. The event features telecasts from the “Inside the NBA” studio team, live performances from Travis Scott and Pitbull, interactive fan experiences, basketball clinics, pop-up stores and more. Entry into Champions Square for this event is free. However, entry on Thursday and for Saturday’s live performances requires a free pass due to capacity restraints.
Fans can enjoy the NBA Crossover event this weekend at The Chicory. This free multimedia exhibit features art, music, fashion and entertainment in a showcase that merges NBA with pop culture. The curated event includes virtual reality displays, curated sneaker and fashion areas, artist-designed memorabilia, panel discussions, DJs and more.
Friday, Feb. 17: 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Feb. 18: noon to 6 p.m.
Sunday, Feb. 19: noon to 6 p.m.
Friday kicks-off official NBA All-Star events leading to the big game on Sunday, Feb. 19 at the Smoothie King Center. Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group The Roots will open the NBA All-Star Game 2017 with a special performance before the introduction of the East and West teams. John Legend joins the roster for game day entertainment as the halftime show headliner.
Friday, Feb. 17
(All times CST)
9:30 a.m. | BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge Practice | NBA TV
11 a.m. | All-Star media availability | NBA TV
6 p.m. | NBA All-Star Celebrity Game | ESPN
8 p.m. | BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge | TNT
Saturday, Feb. 18
(All times CST)
10 a.m. | Hall of Fame Announcement
11 p.m. | NBA All-Star Practice | NBA TV
1:30 p.m. | NBA D-League All-Star Game presented by Kumho Tire | NBA TV
6 p.m. | Commissioner Adam Silver media availability | NBA TV
7 p.m. | State Farm All-Star Saturday Night | TNT ( First Event: Taco Bell Skills Challenge, Second Event: JBL Three-Point Contest, Third Event: Verizon Slam Dunk)
Sunday, Feb. 19
(All times CST)
10 a.m. | NBA Legends Brunch | NBA TV coverage begins at 1 p.m. ET
7:30 p.m. | 66th NBA All-Star Game | TNT
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New Orleans knows how to party, of course. There will be plenty of after parties around the city during All-Star Weekend. While some parties are invitation only, others are open to the public. The Metropolitan Nightclub and Masquerade Nightclub will host the bulk of public parties boasting celebrity guest appearances.
The Metropolitan Nightclub features parties at their nightclub from Thursday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 19. Some guest celebrities slated to attend include rappers T.I., Fabolous and Jadakiss.
Parties at Masquerade Nightclub also occur Thursday, Feb. 16 to Sunday, Feb. 19. Promoters boast celebrity guest appearances such as Master P, Tyrann Mathieu, Floyd Mayweather, Lil Wayne, Mannie Fresh and Juvenile.