It’s Magic City Classic time, which means lots of activities around Birmingham as Alabama State and Alabama A&M universities prepare to face off in their 75th annual rivalry. Here are a few things happening:
Thursday, October 27
Magic City Classic Taste of Soul Festival Featuring Monica
Sponsored by the Birmingham Urban League
5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Kick off the 75th annual Magic City Classic at this year’s Taste of Soul on Thursday, October 27, 2016 in Uptown Birmingham. The Taste of Soul is a culinary and music festival including a combination of Birmingham’s best food and hottest live entertainment. The second annual Taste of Soul Birmingham will kick off a week of events guaranteed to satisfy your hunger for social stimulation. Enjoy your favorite food vendors and soul artists, including Dani, Mose Stovall, Diedra Gadds, Clint Babers, and Yung Vakalz. Buy a ticket to the Taste of Soul and benefit the Birmingham Urban League’s UpLift program to support urban youth. Upgrade to VIP and enjoy reserved seating and drink tickets. Visit the website for more information.
Sheraton Birmingham Ballroom
The Classic Pep Rally brought to you by The Natural Hair & Health Expo, featuring Isis Jones from 98.7 Today’s Kiss and Dwight Stone from 95.7 JAMZ. Tickets can be purchased at the door for $15. You do not have to be an alumni to attend.
Friday, October 28
Rickey Smiley Live Broadcast
5 a.m. to 10 a.m.
BJCC Concert Hall (2100 Richard Arrington Jr Blvd N., Birmingham, Alabama 35203)
Join the entire Rickey Smiley Morning Show for their Annual Magic City Classic broadcast. Guest appearances by Dae Dae, YFN Lucci, The Little Women Of Atlanta and Love & Hip Hop’s own Mama Dee! Get there early to reserve your seat. Doors open at 4 a.m. Show starts at 5 a.m. Prizes and ticket giveaways to early birds.
Magic City Music Fest
Legacy Arena at the BJCC
Saturday, October 29
McDonald’s Magic City Classic Parade—Downtown Birmingham
Kick off gameday with 100,000 of your closest friends and witness one of the best parades in the nation. Over 30 high school bands will be participating.
Coors Light Pre-Game Tailgate Party—Legion Field (west side)
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
Get your gameday party started at the Coors Light Pre-Game Tailgate Party. Sponsors will be handing out all kinds of swag and multiple stages and deejays, including DJ Tracy Steel, Kenny Burns and D-Nice will perform.
Ford Tailgate Takeover – Legion Field (east side)
10:00 AM – 3:00 PM
75th Annual McDonald’s Magic City Classic (broadcast live on ESPN3)
2016 Celebrity Ambassador—Grammy Award Winner Ludacris
Performance by Alabama A&M Marching Maroon and White Band and ASU Mighty Marching Hornets
Post-Game Concert at Legion Field