The NCAA Final Four Phoenix is almost here! For the first time in over 20 years, the Final Four will be hosted in a western city. The festivities surrounding the collegiate competition are coming to downtown Phoenix March 31 to April 3.

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Left to right: Fat Lever, former ASU and NBA basketball player; Debbie Johnson, co-chair of Phoenix Local Organizing Committee and director of the Arizona Office of Tourism; Dan Gavitt, NCAA Senior Vice President of Basketball; Mark Hollis, chair, NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Committee; the Honorable Doug Ducey, Arizona Governor; Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers; Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; Dawn Rogers, CEO/Executive Director of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee; Dr. Anikar Chhabra, Final Four ambassador and Chief Orthopedic Consultant for ASU athletics; Dan Lewis, co-chair of Phoenix Local Organizing Committee and president/CEO of Native Insight.

State and city leaders including Gov. Doug Ducey, Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and Glendale Mayor Jerry Weiers, and Phoenix Local Organizing Committee CEO Dawn Rogers joined NCAA and other Local Organizing Committee members to discuss the events leading up to the Final Four.

While the games will be held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale on April 1 and 3, many celebratory events will be held right in downtown Phoenix. Here is a round-up of all the events you’ll find during the Final Four Weekend.

Final Four Fan Fest

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Family friendly event with youth clinics, autograph signings and hands-on NCAA championship experiences.

When: Friday, March 31: Noon – 8 p.m.
Saturday, April 1: 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Monday, April 3: Noon – 6 p.m.

Where: Phoenix Convention Center

Cost: $8 for adults, kids 12 and under get in Free.

March Madness Music Festival 

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Three-day concert series featuring both local and national acts. Concerts begin in the late afternoon with interactive games, activities and refreshments. The festival lineup will be announced in February.

When: Friday, March 31: 4 p.m – 10 p.m.
Saturday, April 1: 2 p.m. –  10:30 p.m.
Sunday, April 2: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.

Where: Margaret T. Hance Park

Cost: Free

Final Four Friday

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See all the teams in action the day before the semi-final games.

When: Friday, March 31: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Where: University of Phoenix Stadium

Cost: Free




Final Four Dribble

Thousands of children who have registered online for this event will be given an official NCAA basketball and a t-shirt. In this event, participants dribble their basketballs from Heritage Square all the way to the entrance of the Fan Fest.

When: Sunday, April 2: 11 a.m.

Where: Route begins at Heritage Square and ends at the Phoenix Convention Center

Cost: Free, registration opens Jan. 25

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Final Four Youth Clinics

Participants will receive a free t-shirt and other promotional items, learn fun drills and healthy, active lifestyle tips. Open to boys and girls, grades 3-8.

When: TBD

Where: TBD

Cost: Free

Get Involved

Want to help make Final Four Phoenix the best ever? More than 3,000 volunteers are needed. They will be trained, outfitted and deployed by the Phoenix Final Four Local Organizing Committee. Online sign-up is now available.

Sign up to be a volunteer here.

Images courtesy of NCAA Photos.