Just in case you hadn’t heard, the North American finals of Red Bull’s BC One worldwide breakdancing (B-Boying) competition are taking place at the Dr. Phillips Center on Saturday. Tickets for that event are already snatched up, but if you show up early, you may be able to snag a wait list spot. Even if you slept on getting tickets to the actual competition, you can still get a glimpse at some of the country’s best breakdancers at two other free events this week. Coinciding with the Downtown Arts District’s 3rd Thursday gallery hop, the BC One Kickoff Party is held on Pine Street outside of CityArts Factory and features a live exhibition incorporating dance, music and street art. Then there’s the opening night party at Snap! Space on Friday, which has a special hip-hop photo exhibit from Bronx photographer Joe Conzo, hip-hop DJs, and, of course, breakdancers. If you do end up getting to see the finals on Saturday at the Dr. Phillips Center, make sure to cheer on Central Florida native Victor Montalvo, who returns this year to defend his title as the North American Champion. Whatever your level of interest in the five elements of hip-hop, there’s bound to be something to catch your eye or ear this weekend. It’s an electric boogaloo!
Red Bull BC One North American Finals
6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20; 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21; 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 22 | multiple venues | redbullbcone.com