NCAA Men’s Final Four Events in Houston

Streamers and confetti falls on a basketball court as the game ends
Be there for the big moments in the NCAA Championship Game at NRG Stadium | Courtesy of NCAA Final Four

Experience the excitement of the Final Four weekend at NCAA Men’s Final Four events in Houston from Friday, March 31 to Monday, April 3, 2023.

The annual college basketball tournament known as March Madness offers three weeks of treacherous paths through a national bracket, culminating in an epic Final Four weekend that’s being held in Houston for the 2023 NCAA Championship.

You can still snag tickets to the Final Four Semifinals and Championship game at NRG Stadium, but there is plenty more Final Four festivities to be had in the days leading up to the big event.

Scroll below to find info on ticketed and free, open to the public Final Four events taking place in Houston, including a star-studded music festival, the weekend-long Fan Fest, and more.

An athlete hangs upside down after dunking a basketball while people celebrate around him
Witness thrilling dunk contests at the 2023 Houston Hoops House Championships | Courtesy of Houston Hoops House

2023 NCAA Men’s Final Four Events in Houston

  • Rocket Mortgage High School Slam Dunk & 3-Point Championships | Friday, March 31 – The annual, nationally-televised Houston Hoops House series wraps up its three-day competition series with the new High School Slam, pitting some of the most talented high school b-ballers in the nation against each other. $20 to $38.25, but you can save 25% on tickets when you use promo code 365HOU before selecting your seats. 7pm.
  • Reese’s Men’s Final Four Friday at NRG Stadium | Friday, March 31 | FREE – Just before the Final Four tips off, fans can enjoy a free public event that includes interactive activities and entertainment, open team practices for competing teams, plus the Reese’s NABC All-Star Game that features top senior student-athletes from around the country. 10am to 5pm.
  • Gameday Fan Fun with ESPN at J Bar M Barbecue & Beer Garden | Friday, March 31 | No Cover – Join ESPN 97.5 as it broadcasts live—including The Paul Gallant ShowThe Killer Bs, and The Wheelhouse—from EaDo’s barbecue hotspot and beer garden. Expect tasty game day bites, world class BBQ, Don Cosmé frozen margaritas, 8th Wonder’s new Cougar Paw beer, and all day happy hour specials. 10am to 7pm.
  • March Madness Music Festival at Discovery Green | Friday, March 31 to Sunday, April 2 | FREE with Registration – One of the main events throughout Final Four weekend, the March Madness concert series brings heavy-hitting headliners to Discovery Green, including Houston’s own Megan Thee Stallion at Friday’s AT&T Block Party; Lil Nas X and Maggie Rogers on Saturday; and a stacked Sunday country lineup with Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Little Big Town and Mickey Guyton. Free, but you must register for tickets. Times vary.
Fans walk through an area with projections of college logos on the walls
The NCAA Final Four Fan Fest welcomes fan for four days of basketball fun | Courtesy of NCAA Final Four
  • Men’s Final Four Fan Fest at George R. Brown Convention Center | Friday, March 31 to Monday, April 3 – The four-day Fan Fest in Downtown offers a weekend of skill tests for fans of all ages, plus a chance to see thrilling championship highlights, snag autographs from former NCAA players, professional athletes and coaches, win prizes and more. Advance tickets are $8; free for ages 12 and under, Capital One cardholders, and Final Four ticketholders. Times vary.
  • Men’s Final Four Tip-Off Tailgate at NRG Park | Friday, March 31; Saturday, April 1 & Monday, April 3 – Held in the area around NRG Stadium, the pre-game tailgate offers fans a chance to enjoy team pep rallies, musical performances, basketball-themed games, plus food and drink. Free on Friday; open to Final Four ticketholders prior to games on Saturday and Monday. Times vary.
  • Final Four 4-Miler at Houston City Hall | Saturday, April 1 – Kicking off the Semifinals gameday, this 4-mile run starts from Houston City Hall and heads down Allen Parkway and back. All participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher’s medal, as well as free entry to the Final Four Fan Fest. $40 for all-ages. Check-in at 7am; race at 8:30am.
A crowd of runners through Downtown Houston
The Final Four 4-miler sends runners through Downtown | Courtesy of NCAA Final Four
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The Tip-Off Tailgate gets you ready before the big games at NRG Stadium | Courtesy of NCAA Final Four

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A longtime Houstonian, Justin Jerkins keeps an eye out for all sorts of happenings in H-Town, including breweries, sports, concerts, must-see destinations and much more while serving as Editor-in-Chief of 365 Things to Do in Houston.