The NCAA Women’s Final Four basketball tournament is happening at the Target Center in Minneapolis this weekend, with all eyes on Hopkins High School star player Paige Bueckers’ homecoming with the UConn Huskies, who advanced to the finals with an overtime win against North Carolina State earlier this week.
The event marks the 40th anniversary of the NCAA Division I Women’s Basketball Championship and one local media outlet calls this year’s matchup the “Mount Rushmore of basketball’s best.” Thousands of fans will turn out to support the players and this guide can help with all the details, this schedule can help you plan, or check out our quick picks for things to do this weekend both March Madness-related and beyond.
Super Saturday Open Practice
The winners of Friday’s UConn-versus-Stanford Cardinals and South Carolina Gamecocks-versus-Louisville Cardinals national semifinals will be back on the court Saturday for an open practice. Kick off your Saturday with this free event at Target Center to see the players and check out the venue hosting the Championship game on Sunday. Super Saturday begins at 1 p.m. and will include fan-based activities and NCAA promotions.
Celebrate women’s basketball all weekend with this jam-packed festival featuring special appearances, giveaways, interactive activities, food, and more. Tourney Town is a free public event that includes family friendly, educational, and empowering speakers. Join the fun at the Minnesota Convention Center (1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis). Activities run 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
Party on the Plaza
Interact with players and fans at the Party on the Plaza event consisting of music, food, fan-friendly activities, and merchandise just outside Target Center. Events run 3-5:30 p.m. Friday, noon-4 p.m. Saturday, and 2-6:30 p.m. Sunday. A red-carpet arrival celebration is scheduled for 5 p.m. Sunday before the start of the Championship game at 7 p.m.
Final Four Bounce
Youth ages 18 and younger are invited to register for this unique parade on Sunday. Starting at 11 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center, Final Four Bounce participants will dribble basketballs along Minneapolis streets for a half-mile bounce-off to conclude at Tourney Town.
If basketball is not your jam, there are number of concerts, art events, and other cultural activities to consider this weekend. Here are some ideas:
Wabasha Street Caves Tour
Need to de-stress or stretch your legs from watching the tournament? Take one of two tours of the Wabasha Street Caves in St. Paul on Saturday. Learn more about the history of these sandstone mines with legends of mobsters and paranormal activity with this 45-minute tour.
Concerts Across Town
Finish off the tournament weekend with some live music. Bon Jovi will be performing in the Xcel Energy Center on Sunday night, Golden Smog has a two-night stand at First Avenue on Saturday and Sunday, and Cloud Cult is performing at Orchestra Hall through Saturday night.