CLEVELAND — NBA All-Star Weekend is here, and soon fans, players, celebrities and people from all over the world will make their way to Downtown Cleveland for three days of festivities. There's going to be plenty to do, places to go, and plans to make, and there are so many things to know it might seem a bit overwhelming. Luckily, we've created a go-to guide for everything you need to know about the 2022 All-Star Weekend in Cleveland to help you along the way.
Let's play some basketball
The most obvious thing to do during NBA All-Star Weekend is to watch the top talent around the league and beyond do what they do best and shoot some hoops.
Here are the games and basketball activities scheduled for All-Star Weekend:
Shoot your shot at prizes
Head down to Tower City to participate in the NBA Ice Buckets pop-up, a buzzer-beating basketball game that offers fans chances to win prizes like NBA All-Star Game and Crossover tickets, along with league merchandise.
In 60 seconds, fans can test their skills by shooting a layup, free throw, shot from the elbow, and three-pointer. If a fan hits all four shots in the 60 seconds, they'll get an extra 30 seconds to try to hit all four again. Points will be collected for completing the challenge and determining prize winners each day.
The pop-up is open to the public Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Let's talk some basketball
In addition to watching basketball, there will be plenty of chances to hear about basketball as well during the three-day weekend. As part of the NBA Crossover, an immersive fan event at Cleveland Public Auditorium, showcasing the intersection of basketball and pop culture, guests will be able to participate in hands-on activities, but also hear from some big names in the sport during discussions and panels.
News 5's Meg Shaw shows what fans and visitors can expect at the Crossover event. Watch it in the media player below:
The schedule of events at NBA Crossover is constantly evolving so check back for more updates, but here are some of the speakers participating in panels and activities taking place over the three-day event:
New Era Cap heat seal customization- All three days
The Shoe Surgeon Creator Studio- Bring your own shoe customization workshop- 12:30 p.m.- 2 p.m., 2:30 p.m.- 4 p.m. on all three days with a 5 p.m.-7 p.m. workshop on Friday and Saturday as well.
The Give and Grow Creator Studio- Customize a basketball planter- Saturday from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Bright Black. Creator Studio- NBA-inspired candle-making workshop- Saturday from 12:30 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
In addition to the NBA Crossover event, the Cleveland Metropolitan Conference Center will be hosting the Cleveland Power of Sport Summit over the three-day weekend, providing a platform to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion with a sports-centric theme, aiming to create positive change in the community. The panels are free and open to the public with reservations.
Music and Entertainment
We all know music is a staple of Cleveland, and what better way to take in the city during All-Star Weekend than with some live music.
AT&T Pregame Concert- Featuring Jack Harlow and Cautious Clay
State Farm Saturday Night- DJ Khaled & Friends, including Ludacris, Lil Wayne, Lil Baby, Mary J. Blige and Migos. More here.
Cleveland is home of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and a stop at the world-famous museum is a must. For the NBA All-Star Weekend, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has launched a new exhibition that allows fans to get engaged with their favorite teams and songs. Click here to learn more about the exhibit.
The NBA has released details of a special halftime show taking place during the NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, Feb. 20 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Eight-time Grammy Award winner and part-owner of the Cleveland Cavaliers Usher, five-time Academy Award and two-time Emmy winner Spike Lee, Grammy and Emmy Award winner Tiffany Haddish and Emmy Award nominee Anthony Anderson will narrate a special tribute honoring the NBA’s 75-year history.
Nine-time Grammy Award winners Earth, Wind & Fire will perform their hit “Shining Star.”
Other events around Cleveland
If watching basketball and hearing about it isn't quite your thing, but you enjoy a good party or being around celebrities, there are plenty of other experiences to take in during All-Star Weekend.
New Black Aesthetic fans can head to the Caxton Building, just three blocks from Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, and see the works of Hank Willis Thomas, a renowned Black artist who has partnered with the NBA and Bleacher Report for a new series of works titles "New Black Aesthetic." More here.
House of Glo fashion presentation by Gloria James at Playhouse Square- Friday at 7 p.m. More here.
The Block- a three-day experience hosted by MTN Dew and Ruffles for fans to celebrate basketball, fashion, culture, music, and more. The event will feature names big in Cleveland, like Cavs guard Collin Sexton, artists Glen Infante and Aldonte Flonnoy, and muralist Isaiah Williams. It will also feature national stars as well, including Bulls guard Zach LaVine, Celtics forward Jayson Tatum, WNBA MVP A’ja Wilson of the Aces, Druski the comedian, and more. More here.
Tower City events- experience pop-up retail, dining options, and countless activities for fans, families and visitors. From a food hall to a pop-up Complex and XHIBITION shops, Tower City is a go-to spot for everyone at some point during the All-Star Weekend. More here.
All-Star Friday party- All-Star Darius Garland and Cleveland Browns linebacker Mack Wilson, in partnership with The Movemakers, host a party at The Vault downtown at 8 p.m. More here.
Saucy Brew Works All-Star Watch Party- The Cleveland brewery located at 2885 Detroit Ave. will have food and drink specials all three days of the festivities while also featuring their special Juicy Asap x Cavs.
Cleveland All-Star Fitness Expo- Browns cornerback Denzel Ward and his foundation Make Them Know Your Name will host a fitness expo featuring a wide variety of classes for people of all fitness levels, musical performances, dance battles, vendor shopping opportunities and celebrity guest appearances. More here.
NBA 2k22 Tournament & Family Fun Day- Held at the Great Lakes Science Center on Saturday, the tournament will also feature a watch party, virtual reality basketball and may even have some player appearances as well. More here.
The Real Black Friday All-Star BLK BIZ Expo- an initiative created to bring awareness and exposure to Black-owned and operated businesses in Northeast Ohio.
On Saturday, Feb, 19 at 10 a.m., Tower City will host a full day of live music, special guests and performances, a fashion show, and more in the Skylight Concourse.
On Sunday, Feb, 20 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m, support 100+ participating local Black businesses and entrepreneurs at LaRese Purnell’s seventh annual Black Business Expo in Tower City’s Skylight Concourse.
Yes, Cleveland has a nightlife
After all of the games and events, many people will want to keep their nights going. The City of Cleveland approved seven hotels to have extended hours and serve liquor until 4 a.m. during NBA All-Star Weekend, where many of the after-parties will be held.
Here are the hotels in Cleveland approved to serve liquor until 4 a.m.:
- The InterContinental
- Holiday Inn Cleveland Clinic
- Hilton Downtown
- Hotel Indigo
- Metropolitan at the 9
- Westin Downtown
- Betts at Kimpton Schofield Hotel
COVID-19 protocols to know
Mayor Justin Bibb previously announced the protocols that the NBA and the city would be following for the All-Star Weekend activities. Some of the highlights include:
- Any guests that are 5 years and older will be required to show proof of either being fully vaccinated or recently testing negative for COVID-19. In order to meet the testing requirement of the COVID-19 protocols, guests will be required to have a negative PCR test 48 hours before their first event or a negative antigen test the day of their first event. Proof will only have to be provided once and will be valid for any event a guest attends during All-Star Weekend.
- The mask advisory in Cleveland will remain in place throughout the weekend. Those at inside events will be encouraged to wear a face mask or covering, but it will not be a mandate.
- Guests can upload those test documents on the CLEAR app, which will take a picture of the guest's face to connect with the documents and will help expedite the process and skip the lines at All-Star Weekend
- Guests will receive wristbands to wear throughout the duration of the events indicating you've provided negative tests/proof of vaccination.
Parking restrictions and road closures
The City of Cleveland also announced parking restrictions to be aware of for those commuting downtown during All-Star Weekend.
Here is a list of "No Parking" locations effective from Friday to Monday:
- Prospect Avenue between Ontario Street and E. 22nd Street
- E. 9th Street between Euclid Avenue and Carnegie Avenue
- E. 18th Street between Euclid Avenue and Prospect Avenue
- E. 21st Street between Euclid Avenue and Prospect Avenue
- Normal Parking Restrictions within the Warehouse and Flats districts.
Here is a schedule of planned road closures during All-Star Weekend:
|Wednesday, February 16 to Sunday, February 20 at 11:30pm||Partial Closure on E. 18th St between Prospect Ave and Carnegie Ave|
|Friday, February 18 to Monday February 21 at 5:00am||Full Closure on E. 18th St between Prospect Ave and Carnegie Ave|
|Thursday, February 17 to Monday, February 21 at 5:00am||Full Closure on East Mall Drive between Lakeside Ave and St Clair Ave|
|Thursday, February 17 to Monday, February 21 at 5:00am||Full Closure on West Mall Drive between St Clair Ave and Rockwell Ave|
|Friday, February 18 to Monday, February 21 at 5:00am||Full Closure on Huron Rd between Ontario St and Prospect Ave|
|Friday, February 18 to Monday, February 21 at 5:00am||Full Closure on E. 4th St between Huron Rd and Prospect Ave|
|Friday, February 18 to Monday, February 21 at 5:00am||Full Closure on E. 6th St between Huron Rd and Larry Doby Way|
|Friday, February 18 to Monday, February 21 at 5:00am||Full Closure on Larry Doby Way between Ontario St and E. 9thSt|
|Friday, February 18 to Monday, February 21 at 5:00am||Full Closure on Bolivar Rd at E. 9th St|
And of course...where to get a good street hot dog
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