The countdown to kickoff is on for the largest Historically Black College and University football game in the country. Next week, Alabama A&M University and Alabama State will face off in the 80th annual Magic City Classic. After an abbreviated 79th classic game in April, played five months later than its original date due to the COVID restrictions of 2020, the historic rivalry between the Bulldogs and the Hornets returns to Birmingham’s Legion Field on Saturday, Oct. 30.
This month’s return of the Magic City Classic will also mark the return of the celebrated Classic festivities— more than a week of pomp, circumstance, and distinction as students, alumni, and fans of both universities converge in Birmingham for days of fellowship, parties, and tailgates leading up to the historic football game and Battle of the Bands.
Starting this Friday, entertainment groups, cigar clubs, and design collectives will get an early start on ringing in the Classic with day parties, concerts, and fashion shows in the metro area, many sponsored by spirits brands including Jack Daniels and Birmingham’s own Redmont Vodka. Because what’s a pre-game celebration without spirits?
Looking to get your Magic City Classic celebrations started early? Here’s what to do this weekend.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 22
Pre-Magic City Classic Blues Concert
Southern artists Tucka, Big Yayo, Logan the Entertainer, and Mose Stovall will take the stage at the Bessemer Civic Center for a night of R&B, soul, and hip hop, hosted by DJ Cousin Dee and MC CET- Ki.
Location: Bessemer Civic Center| 1130 9th Ave SW, Bessemer, AL 35022
Time: Doors Open at 6 p.m. Happy Hour is from 6 to 7 p.m. Show starts at 8 p.m.
Tickets: General Admission-$40. Balcony Tickets-$30. Tickets and more information are available on Eventbrite.
SUNDAY, OCTOBER 24
The Cigar Men of Distinction annual Magic City Classic day party
After a two-year hiatus the annual Magic City Classic day party hosted by the Birmingham cigar club Cigar Men of Distinction will return with an outdoor party featuring cigars, libations, food, hookah, and music from 2 to 7 p.m. at neo-soul, smooth jazz and R&B lounge Lit on 8th. Proceeds from the day party will go to the A.G. Gaston Boys & Girls Club.
Location: Lit on 8th| 518 Rev. Abraham Woods Jr. Blvd., Birmingham 35204
Time: 2 to 7 p.m.
Tickets: General Admission-$20. VIP-$40. (sold out). Tickets and more information are available on Eventbrite. For additional information, contact CMODofAL@gmail.com.
“Mask On” Muzik & Fashion Extravaganza
Birmingham fashion and entertainment collective Muzik & Fashion will host a block party featuring small business owners and boutiques. Events kick off at 3 p.m. at Chaser’s Sports Bar with an evening of live music, a Halloween costume contest, vendors, a fashion show, and spirits tastings from local sponsors including Redmont Vodka, Jack Daniels, and Ciroc. Hosted by Isis Jones with sets by DJ Maverick, the block party’s performance lineup will feature eight artists including Sharron Collins and Ashley Sankey.
Location: Chaser’s Sports Bar & Grill| 815 24th St N, Birmingham, AL 35203
Time: 3 to 11 p.m.
Tickets: Admission is free. Tickets and more information are available at muzikandfashion.com.Internet Explorer Channel Network