Ferris wheel goes up on Nicollet Mall for Final Four fans

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If you are not able to get inside U.S. Bank Stadium this weekend to see the NCAA Final Four teams play—there is still plenty to do. 

A number of events in downtown Minneapolis will entertain the whole family.

The Tip-Off Tailgate starts Friday on Nicollet Mall. You will not be able to miss the Ferris wheel erected in the middle of the street, which is free to ride. Free music and other entertainment will also take place throughout the weekend, including a performance by Fitz and the Tantrums on Monday night. 

At the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Final Four Fan Fest is a sports wonderland, with interactive games and appearances by athletes and celebrities. The event runs from Friday to Monday and is free for kids, but adults need tickets. 

March Madness Music will feature national acts like the Jonas Brothers and Katie Perry at the Armory. It is also free, but you will have to register online for a pass.

Tickets for the Final Four games are pricey, but fans can watch the teams practice at U.S. Bank Stadium on Friday for free. Practices open to the public.

The Final Four games take place on Saturday, with tipoff for Auburn and Virginia at 5:09 p.m. and Texas Tech and Michigan State right after. 

The winners will play for the national championship on Monday at 8 p.m.