It all began in 1924, and became an annual tradition in 1945. The Magic City Classic, the largest HBCU classic in the nation, grosses $24.3 million.
This event, that attracts almost 100,000 people to the city every year is a fun-filled, unofficial holiday weekend within itself. There is so much to do, you are bound to have to miss something. Don’t fret, though, there are some major events that are not to be missed.
Per the Magic City Classic website:
Thursday, Oct. 29-
Magic City Classic Festival at Legion Field, 6 p.m., free. Featuring an exhibition at 4 p.m. Festival features Whodini, Logan the Entertainer, James Crumb, Jr., and Yung Vokalz.
Alumni Pep Rally at the Platinum of Birmingham , 7 p.m., $12 online, $15 at the door.
Classic Kick-Off Block Party at The Southern Kitchen Rooftop in Uptown, 4 p.m., donations accepted. Presented by 95.7 JAMZ and 98.7 KISS FM. Rickey Smiley will be the host.
Friday, Oct. 30-
98.7 KISS FM and Coors Light Tailgate Sunset Party at Legion Field, 4 p.m., free.
Magic City Expo with Tom Joyner at the BJCC North Exhibition Hall, 5 a.m.
Saturday, Oct. 31-
McDonald’s Magic City Classic Parade in Downtown Birmingham at Legion Field, 8 a.m., free. Over 30 high school bands will be in the parade to get the day started.
Ford Tailgate Takeover at Legion Field, 10 a.m. The event will feature DJ battles, concerts, drum major performances and prize giveaways.
Coors Light Pre-Game Tailgate Party at Legion Field, 10 a.m., free. Sponsors will be giving out a lot of free things and multiple DJs and stages will keep you entertained.
74th Annual Magic City Classic at Legion Field, 2:30 p.m. Halftime show will feature Anthony Anderson from ABC’s “Black-ish” and the Alabama A&M Marching Maroon and White Band and the ASU Mighty Marching Hornets.
Post game concert at Legion Field by R&B group Jagged Edge.
For all of the events, bands participating in the parade and additional information, go to http://www.themagiccityclassic.com.