Everything You Need to Know About NBA All-Star 2018 In L.A.

Welcome to basketball paradise

This year, the NBA’s best and brightest will be assembling in Los Angeles to show off at NBA All-Star 2018. From February 16 to 18, fans will have chances to get up close and personal with basketball’s biggest stars, newest hot-shots, and more than a few basketball-loving celebrities. To help you plan your star-studded weekend, we’ve compiled a schedule of some of the biggest events below.

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Fan Experiences

NBA Crossover
NBA Crossover is a fan event celebrating the mix of basketball and pop culture. The curated pop-up experience includes art, fashion, music, and never-seen-before activations with players and the league.  Billed as a basketball version of the Museum of Ice Cream, there will be fab photo-ops, custom merch, and even an escape room. Adult fans can also enjoy a Budweiser Live bar and the Jack Daniel’s House No 7, both of which have additional fun activations within. Free with registration. (The Majestic, 650 S Spring St, Los Angeles)

NBA on TNT American Express Road Show
From Thursday to Sunday, the NBA on TNT American Express Road Show is offering fans the next best thing to courtside seats. Be in the audience for live broadcasts of TNT’s pre- and post-game shows, and enjoy concerts featuring Lil Uzi Vert, The Killers, and Kendrick Lamar.  Tickets available online. (800 W Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles)

The American Express Experience
Looking for a creative way to experience the confluence of sports and culture? Explore this 30,000-square-foot space, filled with interactive exhibits and displays. An entire room filled with basketball hoops made of crystals? 220 feet of custom-programed neon-lit backboards? They have all that, and much more. Free timed entry with registration. (1147 Hope St, Los Angeles)

Adidas 747 Warehouse
Athletic gear brand Adidas is going really big for All-Star. They’re posting up at ROW DTLA on Friday and Saturday for a celebration of all things basketball and music. Friday’s concert program is headlined by N.E.R.D., Saturday features an all-rapper basketball game between teams repping the East Coast versus West Coast, there will be tons of athlete appearances, chances to customize your shoes and clothes, and opportunities to shop super-limited collectable kicks. Free with online registration or qualifying retail purchase. (747 Warehouse St, Los Angeles)

Under Armour is showcasing their latest shoe technology, UA HOVR, with a three-day celebration in Hollywood. Stop by to test out the shoes on a custom-built elevated running track, enjoy DJ sets, take in panel convos on sports and wellness, and more. Free with online RSVP. (6104 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles)

#FlyWhip Mode by Lyft
Not an event per se, but definitely worth keeping in mind as you make your way to and from All-Star events, Lyft will be offering a special #FlyWhip mode. If selected, you might be picked up in one of three Snoop Dogg-approved rides. You’ll be cruising in a 1965 Chevy Impala, 2013 Rolls-Royce Ghost, or “swagged out” Lincoln Town car, each playing a Snoop-curated playlist and displaying Snoop memorabilia.

The House of Rémy Martin Locker Room
Need to freshen up your look for the weekend—while enjoying some delicious cognac, of course? Rémy Martin has you covered on Saturday and Sunday at hip barber shop Grey Matter. The private luxury grooming suite will be inviting guests in for cuts and styles, there will be custom tailoring on site by Benseh, and apparel to shop from Get Fresh. Similar events have been big at Art Basel and OVO Fest, so book your appointment early by calling 323-592-3147. (145 N La Brea Ave, Suite A, Los Angeles)

OG Slick x ’47 Launch Party
Local street artist OG Slick was tapped by brand ’47 to create a limited-edition line of products celebrating the NBA All-Star game. They’ll be launching the collab and unveiling a new mural by OG Slick with a free, public party on Wednesday night from 7 to 10 p.m. (Shoe Palace, 7725 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles)

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Games, Practices, & Challenges

Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Practice
This annual practice for the league’s best first- and second-year players will be open to the public for the first time ever. Tickets available. (Friday, 9:30 A.M., Verizon Up Arena at Los Angeles Convention Center)

NBA All-Star Celebrity Game Presented by Ruffles
One of the signature events of the weekend, see your favorite music and Hollywood stars play alongside NBA legends. Players this year include Michael B. Jordan (of Black Panther), Jamie Foxx, Common, and many more. (Friday, 4:00 P.M., Verizon Up Arena at Los Angeles Convention Center) 

Mtn Dew Kickstart Rising Stars Game
The NBA’s top young athletes play a brash, fast-moving game with a “U.S.A. vs. The World” theme. Tickets available. (Friay, 6:00 P.M., Staples Center)

NBA All-Star Practice
Fans are invited in to catch a warm-up session featuring the NBA All-Star teams, getting a special glimpse at the best athletes in the game. Tickets available. (Saturday, 11:00 A.M., Verizon Up Arena at Los Angeles Convention Center)

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State Farm All-Star Saturday Night
A favorite annual event, players get to show off their skills in competitions including the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, JBL Three-Point Contest, and Verizon Slam Dunk. Tickets are not available, but this event will be televised on TNT. (Saturday, 5:00 P.M., Staples Center)

NBA G-League International Challenge Presented by Kumho Tire
For the first time, top players from the NBA’s minor league squads will face off against the national basketball team of Mexico. Look for a fun slam dunk competition before the game. Tickets available. (Sunday, 1:30 P.M., Verizon Up Arena at Los Angeles Convention Center)

67th NBA All-Star Game
The cream of the NBA crop take the court together for a show-down. Tickets are not for sale to this one, so catch the broadcast on TNT. (Sunday, 5:00 P.M., Staples Center)

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