Despite the clouds of the NBA lock-out shortening the 2011-2012 season, the NBA All-Star Weekend is happening in Orlando, Florida, the weekend of February 23-26, 2012.
There will be plenty of official events happening, from the NBA All-Star Jam at the Orange County Convention Center to the actual game itself. But if you’re looking for more places to party and have fun during the weekend in Orlando, here’s a quick rundown:
Downtown Orlando is full of clubs, bars and live music venues. Simply walk east along Church St. from the All-Star homebase of the Amway Center and you’ll encounter quite a few. Once you hit Orange Ave., if walking, hang a left and head north until you get to the block with Wall St. Plaza, The Social and The Beacham, all of which are fine venues with live music and/or DJs. In fact, The Beacham will play host to the AllStar Weekend Grand Closing Party on Sunday, Feb. 26, an event hosted by the one and only Rick Ross. As of this article there are still tickets available ranging from $100 to $200.
For those staying along International Drive, the area around Pointe Orlando and the convention center has several nightclubs, such as Howl at the Moon and the newly opened Senor Frog’s. The Pointe mall also has several nightlife options.
There’s plenty happening at Universal Orlando. NBA legend and former Orlando Magic player Shaquille O’Neal hosts Shaq’s All-Star Comedy Jam, Friday and Saturday, February 24th and 25th, at Hard Rock Live. There are two shows each day, with different line-ups, and each has tickets priced from $75 to $125.
Meanwhile on Saturday night, inside the Universal Studios portion of the park they’re celebrating Mardi Gras with a parade and a live performance featuring the great Diana Ross. It’s all included in regular park admission and there’s also a discounted after-5pm Mardi Gras ticket. Your park admission also gets you into all of the CityWalk venues after Mardi Gras.
[Image courtesy Amway Center/City of Orlando]