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Guide to Final Four week in Minneapolis: Everything that's happening April 4-8

April 4-8 will be filled with exciting March Madness events.

Minneapolis will be the center of the sporting world April 4-8 as the NCAA men's basketball Final Four is played at U.S. Bank Stadium, but the March Madness extended weekend is more than the games. 

Here's a day-by-day schedule of events to help you plan your fun. 

Thursday, April 4

8 p.m. - College slam dunk and 3-point contests at Target Center

Tickets prices start at $15 and go on sale Wednesday, Feb. 20 at 10 a.m. Fans can buy them at CollegeSlam.com, TargetCenter.com/CollegeSlam or the Target Center box office.

Friday, April 5

10 a.m. - Final Four Friday at U.S. Bank Stadium

Fans can get into U.S. Bank Stadium free of charge and watch teams practice before the national semifinals are played the next day. Practices begin at 10 a.m. and the event ends with the College All-Star Game beginning at 3:30 p.m

11 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Final Four FanFest at Minneapolis Convention Center

Kids 12 and under get in free otherwise tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Fan Fest is described as a "sports wonderland" and includes interactive games, celebrity and athlete appearances, autographs, home run derby, rock climbing and more. 

4 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Tip-Off Tailgate at Nicollet Mall

Another location featuring interactive games and entertainment. It's open daily for people of all ages. You can click here or a list of events schedule by day.

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. - The Chainsmokers at The Armory

All shows during the Final Four music series are free to the public, but you have sign up in order to claim tickets

Saturday, April 6

10 a.m. - 7 p.m. - Final Four FanFest at Minneapolis Convention Center

Kids 12 and under get in free otherwise tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Fan Fest is described as a "sports wonderland" and includes interactive games, celebrity and athlete appearances, autographs, home run derby, rock climbing and more. 

2 p.m. - 10 p.m. - Tip-Off Tailgate at Nicollet Mall

Another location featuring interactive games and entertainment. It's open daily for people of all ages. You can click here or a list of events schedule by day.

5 p.m. - Final Four game No. 1

Matchups will be decided following the Elite 8. 

8 p.m. - Final Four game No. 2

Matchups will be decided following the Elite 8. 

7 p.m. - 11 p.m. - Jonas Brothers at The Armory

All shows during the Final Four music series are free to the public, but you have sign up in order to claim tickets

Sunday, April 7

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Final Four FanFest at Minneapolis Convention Center

Kids 12 and under get in free otherwise tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Fan Fest is described as a "sports wonderland" and includes interactive games, celebrity and athlete appearances, autographs, home run derby, rock climbing and more. 

2 p.m. - NCAA Final Four Dribble at Minneapolis Convention Center

Kids ages 18 and younger are invited to grab a basketball and dribble through the heart of Minneapolis in a basketball parade scheduled for 2 p.m. that Sunday. All participants must pre-register

2 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Tip-Off Tailgate at Nicollet Mall

Another location featuring interactive games and entertainment. It's open daily for people of all ages. You can click here or a list of events schedule by day.

6:30 p.m. - College hoops awards show at Minneapolis Convention Center

This is the marquee show for the most prestigious annual men's college basketball awards, and will include interviews live on stage with head coaches from the two teams that reach the national championship game. Awards include: 

  • Players of the Year
  • Coaches of the Year
  • Defensive Player of the Year
  • Big Man of the Year
  • Freshman of the Year
  • Guardian of the Game Awards
  • Golden Anniversary Award
  • Metropolitan Award
  • Coaches vs. Cancer Champion Award

Tickets for the awards show cost $10-$80 and can be bought right here

7 p.m. to 11 p.m. - Katy Perry and Zedd at The Armory

All shows during the Final Four music series are free to the public, but you have sign up in order to claim tickets

Monday, April 8

11 a.m. - 6 p.m. - Final Four FanFest at Minneapolis Convention Center

Kids 12 and under get in free otherwise tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door. Fan Fest is described as a "sports wonderland" and includes interactive games, celebrity and athlete appearances, autographs, home run derby, rock climbing and more. 

4 p.m. - 12 a.m. - Tip-Off Tailgate at Nicollet Mall

Another location featuring interactive games and entertainment. It's open daily for people of all ages. You can click here or a list of events schedule by day.

8 p.m. - NCAA National Championship Game

BONUS: There's a 3-on-3 college basketball tournament taking place at Mall of America during Final Four weekend. The games are free to the public. Learn more about it right here

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