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The NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION ALL-STAR WEEKEND is a weekend festival held every February during the middle of the NBA
NBA
regular season that consists of a variety of basketball events, exhibitions, and performances culminating in the NBA All-Star Game held on Sunday night. No regular season games are held during this period, which is also known as the ALL-STAR BREAK.

CONTENTS

* 1 The All-Star Game

* 2 Events of All-Star Weekend

* 2.1 Friday * 2.2 Saturday * 2.3 Sunday * 2.4 Former events

* 3 References * 4 External links

THE ALL-STAR GAME

Main article: NBA All-Star Game

The All-Star Game, held on Sunday, is the main event of the weekend. The 2017 game was held at Smoothie King Center
Smoothie King Center
in New Orleans, home of the New Orleans Pelicans
New Orleans Pelicans
. The 2018 NBA All-Star Game will be scheduled to be held in Los Angeles, California.

EVENTS OF ALL-STAR WEEKEND

Carmelo Anthony
Carmelo Anthony
receiving an alley-oop during the 2004 Rookie Challenge game.

The NBA
NBA
Jam Session, a "theme park of basketball", has been a part of the All-Star festivities since 1992, with fans able to take part in numerous interactive basketball related activities from Thursday through Monday. The NBA
NBA
Jam Session is usually targeted to young fans.

FRIDAY

* NBA
NBA
ALL-STAR CELEBRITY GAME : First held in 2003, the game features retired NBA
NBA
players, W NBA
NBA
players, actors, musicians, and athletes from sports other than basketball. * RISING STARS CHALLENGE : From 1994 until 1999, the event was called the "Rookie Game," and composed entirely of first-year players. From 2000 through 2011, the game, renamed the "Rookie Challenge", featured a team of first-year players ('Rookies') against a team of second-year players ('Sophomores'). The 2012 game debuted a new name, the "Rising Stars Challenge", and a new format. While the game continued to feature first- and second-year players, the participants were assigned to teams in a "fantasy draft" by two honorary captains ( Charles Barkley and Shaquille O\'Neal in 2012 and 2013, Grant Hill and Chris Webber
Chris Webber
in 2014). In 2015, the Rising Stars Challenge format was switched again to a USA vs the World format, which is the current format in use. * G LEAGUE DREAM FACTORY FRIDAY NIGHT : First held in 2008, the events includes a slam dunk contest, a three-point shootout and a H-O-R-S-E competition. These events were modeled after the NBA All-Star Saturday Night events.

SATURDAY

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