CIAA Weekend 2022: Championships in Charm City - Eventnoire

Eventnoire’s guide to all of the hottest events happening in Baltimore for this year’s CIAA Tournament

CIAA Weekend has commenced.  Established in 1912, the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) tournament is the first and longest running African American athletic conference in the U.S. The CIAA conducts 14 championships attended by more than 150,00 fans from around the country.  This year the tournament is taking place in Baltimore bringing team spirit and tourism with it.  We highlighted some of the events this week that you don’t want to miss this weekend.  Let the Tournament and Turn up begin!

Thursday, February 24th

Fabulous CIAA Tournament Weekend 2022

Category:  Nightlife

Powered by Upscale, Pregame before the games begin with celebrity guest host Fabolous at Larry Flynt’s Hustler Club.  Located on the infamous “Baltimore Block” in the Gayety theatre building, this venue has 2 floors with a variety of VIP rooms. 

Ashanti Live in Concert

Category: Concert

Presented by DTLR the iconic Ashanti is going to rock with the audience at Ikonic Live in The Assembly Room.  There are VIP packages which grant you access to both levels and food catered by Still Smoking Catering.

Tip -Off Reception

Category:  Networking  

Join Downtown partnership and friends for this free event.  This event will feature a DJ, beer and wine, and light refreshments.  There is also a 3-Point Pop-up Marketplace which highlights Black-Owned businesses, artists, and artisans in Baltimore during the tournament.

Welcome to Baltimore:  HBCU Greek Day Party

Category: Day Party

There’s no better group who can welcome you to Baltimore that the HBCU members of the Divine 9.  “Stroll” over to Select Lounge and join the Greeks for a night of cocktails, hookah, and celebration of CIAA tournament coming to Baltimore this year. 

Tournament Weekend Kickoff

Category: Music Showcase

Royal Crush Entertainment brings to you a 3-day Showcase extravaganza.  This is the event to go to if you want to see the best of Baltimore’s artists.  Live performances by Bangarang and Deettanda.  VIP sections,Vottle service and hookah is available for purchase.

Friday, February 25th

The Baddie Brunch:  The official CIAA Weekend Kickoff

Category: Day Party

Kickoff Game Day with a delicious brunch at Bond Street Social.  This Brunch includes with 15 luxurious Booths, 3 fully stocked bars, assorted flavored mimosa, a full kitchen, premium imported hookahs, and music by the Nation’s Top DJs.  This is guaranteed to be and unforgettable experience.  Our friends, Main Event Marketing and Management’s aim for this event is to be nothing short of brilliant as they all the social elites, trendsetters come together to have a good time over good drinks and food while enjoying the beautiful scenery of Baltimore’s prestigious and historical inner harbor.

The Black Pak Presents: HBCU Tournament Weekend Day Party 2022

Category:  Day Party

Join The Black Pak for the HBCU Tournament Day Party.  There will ne quality cocktails, a cigar tent, and special guests, comedian, actor, and HBCU alum, Spank Horton.  All proceeds go to HBCU Lincoln.

CIAA Friday

Category: Fundraiser

Curated by C3 Friday partners with the The Karson Institute to provide a scholarly space for professors, students, social justice workers, and activists to come together to research, discuss, debate, and explore answers to America’s most questions on inequality, injustice, and racial inequity.

HBCU Gamers Invitational

Category:  Competition

The student leadership development curated an event just for the gamers.  If you are a gamer, come on by and compete for $1700 cash prize and a bonus of up to @2000 in “Power Coin” crypto currency.  with 26 screens there is more than enough room and opportunity to compete and show off your skills.

The Official NBA 2K22 HBCU Tournament

Category: Competition

It’s games time with Elite Holdings gives you the opportunity to Play 2K22 for $1000 winner takes all CIAA Weekend.  This event gives you the chance to ball against the best HBCU players one on one in NBA2k22.  The virtual tournament will be bracketed double elimination in 6min quarters. Event will be streamed on Twitch -The top location in Gaming in the Baltimore Metro area. 

CIAA Stepshow “Throwdown”: Presented by McDonalds

Category: Show

Come be part of history as this is the first 2022 CIAA Stepshow “Throwdown” at The Baltimore Convention Center.  Cash Prize and bragging rights to the big stepper of the competition.

The Takeover (CIAA Weekend -Step Show After Party)

Category: Show

Step into Club Bellissimo and see the stepping skills of all CIAA Schools. Bowie State, Lincoln, Chowan, Livingstone, Shaw, Virginia State, Virginia Union, Elizabeth City State, Fayetteville State, St. Augustine’s, Johnson C. Smith, Winston-Salem State, Claflin compete.  This magical show is brought to you by Make Magic Productions. 

Charles Oakley Presents:  When Legends Meet the CI Experience

Category:  Meet and Greet

Sponsored by Ciroc, Deleon, and Crown Royal, Bmore Inc and Brand Events created a space where you can come join NBA Legend & CIAA Hall of Famer Charles in an ultimate experience. 

HBCU Tournament Weekend Kickoff

Category:  Nightlife

Hosted by the HBCU Alumni, enjoy music by VUU’s own DJ Just Different and Howard University’s own, DJ Kidd Fresh at Brooklyn on U.

Flawless Fridays at The Garage

Category: Nightlife

Your Tournament weekend just got flawless as Socialite Entertainment kicks off the weekend at the Garage for Flawless Fridays.  The Garage is one of Baltimore’s most exclusive event spaces with an urban vibe.  Music by the Movement’s Team, DJ B-Nyce

Taste of the Tournament Kickback | Baltimore

Category: Dining Experience

If all the tournament activity has left you hungry, The Cheffing Series has just the answer that will satisfy your tastebuds.  The taste of Baltimore allows you to taste the tournament by providing samples from the top chefs of Baltimore as you enjoy floors of entertainment and activities including an artist talk with Internationally renowned Painter, Muralist and Portrait Artist Ernest Shaw.

Hoop Dream: A Very Special Edition of the Dream Event

Category:  Networking

Brought to you by Events 4 Good People, this upscale event is back just in time for Big Tournament weekend.  Tickets include light fare and a cash bar.  Enjoy the rest of the evening taking in the beautiful ambiance and view of the harbor.

Saturday, February, 26th


Category:  Day Party

Crimey Dealers welcome you to Baltimore with Rick Ross and Celebrity Anthony Peterson at Dutchess Restaurant and Lounge.  This fee event is a great way to start your Saturday in a cost-effective way.


Category: Nightlife

Curated by Black Excellence, this event offers the opportunity for attendees to convene during the CIAA  men’s and women’s basketball tournament to participate in a specially curated multicultural exchange that will leave the attendees feeling inspired, motivated and encouraged.  Attendees will participate in a day filled with signature events, thought provoking panel discussions with celebrity guests, as well as product demonstrations on topics that will inspire, educate, and directly connect attendees with industry trailblazers.

Kappa Alpha Psi, Baltimore Alumni Chapter presents the 1911 Party

Bmore Inc and Luxury Brand Events provided a kickback that allows you to party with a purpose.  Music by DH Tanz, Pork chop, and DJ Flow at the 1840’s Plaza Ballroom.


Category:  Day Party

This star-studded day party allows you to part with NBA Champion Ben Wallace.  Come celebrate his historic accomplishments as being the first undrafted HBCU & NBA player inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. This will be one of the hottest & biggest day party’s coming to Baltimore, Maryland.


Category: Day Party

Club Oasis Baltimore’s Brunch/ Day party will give you access to brunch with unlimited mimosa’s and day party vibes as you groove to records spun by DJ Lynx and WPGC’s 95.5 DJ Reddz. 


Category: Concert

Our Friends, Main Event Marketing & Management are at it again as they bring Boosie and Ari to the Atrium stage at the Patapsco Arena.  Doors open at 10PM.

Sunday, February 27th

CIAA Baltimore DCAC Experience 2022


The morning after a fun packed weekend, come join Kioba productions and company for a hearty brunch and mimosa to Afro sounds played by Baltimore’s finest, DJ Duke and DJ Gemini. 

Daytox: The Morning After Brunch

Category: Day Party Brunch

Bring in the Morning after Saturday night celebration with Main Event Marketing & Management over Shrimp and Grits or Chicken and Waffles and unlimited mimosas. Bont Street Social where the event takes place comes with a full kitchen and hookah.

Black Privilege Official All Black CI Weekend Finale

Category: Night Life

Main Event Marketing and Management proves themselves as the Main event in Baltimore for CIAA as they host another event this week .  Come celebrate  Black Privilege the official CI ALL Black Affair and indulge in a stylish night with friends you met over the weekend.

Baltimore  seems to have prepared for the CIAA Tournament and curated events to provide a world class tourism experience.  We at Eventnoire hop you enjoy the CIAA tournament weekend festivities to the max.  Be safe!