Weekend Best Bets: April 1-3

This weekend in the Twin Cities: NCAA Women’s Final Four festivities, a hot rod car show, genre-bending music, and more
The NCAA Women’s Final Four Bounce takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center
The NCAA Women’s Final Four Bounce takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center

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Final Four Fun

What: Tourney Town
When: Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis

Come celebrate the NCAA Women’s Final Four at this free fan festival. The Minneapolis Convention Center will be jam-packed with games, special appearances, giveaways, basketball contests, merchandise, and more.

Crafty Creations

What: Spring Festival, An Arts and Crafts Fair
When: Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday
Where: Canterbury Park, 1100 Canterbury Rd., Shakopee

Hand-crafted home decor, gifts, and other works by over 500 artists from 30 states will be on display at this event.

Calling All Gamers

What: Video Games & Music Convention
When: Various times Friday, April 1 through Sunday, April 3
Where: Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West, 3131 Campus Dr., Plymouth

Minnesota’s first video game media convention will return in-person and online. This event explores the intersection of video games and music through tournaments, open gaming, an orchestra clinic, panels, and more activities.

Hot Rods

What: GSTA Rod & Custom Spectacular Car Show
When: Saturday, April 2 through Sunday, April 3; 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday
Where: Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum, 1784 Judson Ave., Falcon Heights

This 64th annual motorized extravaganza will showcase Minnesota’s finest hot rods, custom cars, street machines, bikes, and more as they compete for over $7,500 in prize money.

A Slam Dunk Sunday

What: NCAA Women’s Final Four Bounce
When: Sunday, April 3; 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 Second Ave. S., Minneapolis

Youth from around the state will dribble their way through Minneapolis to kick off the Women’s Final Four. This free, half-mile bounce-off will conclude at Tourney Town.

Classical Boom

What: Black Violin
When: Sunday, April 3; 7:30 p.m.
Where: Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, 345 Washington St., St. Paul

This viola and violin duo combines classical and hip-hop music to create a unique, multi-genre sound often described as “classical boom.” Black Violin has played alongside artists like Alicia Keys, Kanye West, and Tom Petty, and has composed music for The Tonight Show, The Ellen Show, and HBO’s Ballers.

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