It’s also the scene of the biggest party weekend in the USA and here is a complete fans party guide with events, the schedule and the wild scene in the Bourbon Street bars and New Orleans nightlife.
The activities include the spirit(s) of NOLA, a Fan Fest, concert and – finally – the games themselves. The Final Four starts on Saturday, April 2 with the championship game to be played on Monday, April 4. The teams are North Carolina and Duke in one semifinal and Kansas and Villanova in the other semifinal. The final has Kansas vs. North Carolina.
The games are being played at the Caesars Superdome, which is about a 15-minute walk from Bourbon Street. And remember, in New Orleans it’s legal to get to-go cups and drink in the streets.
Final Four Friday – Practice Open To Fans For Free
Check out each of the Men’s Final Four teams in their final open practice on Friday, April 1. This free event at the Caesars Superdome will feature entertainment, giveaways, and activities. The schedule is as follows:
• 11 a.m. – Villanova
• Noon – Kansas
• 1 p.m. – North Carolina
• 2 p.m. – Duke
March Madness Music Festival Concert At Woldenberg Riverfront Park
Several bands are playing along the Mississippi River on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bands include Arcade Fire, Khalid, Imagine Dragons, King Princess Bia, Grouplove and – for lovers of New Orleans – the Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty.
It takes place Friday from 4-10 p.m., and Saturday from 2:30-9:30 p.m. This is a ticketed event and the lineup and tickets are available at the NCAA’s Final Four Music Fest website.
Fan Fest At The New Orleans Convention Center
The Men’s Final Four Fan Fest runs from Noon-7 p.m. It features interactive games, special celebrity and athlete appearances, autograph signings and autograph signings.The entry fee is $10 tho free to Capital One cardholders, Men’s Final Four ticket holders, and kids under 12. Note: this is primarily a family event with lots of kids.
Final Four Tip-Off Pregame Tailgate Party
There is is an official tailgate party before the games in Champions Square outside of the Superdome. This is free (note it’s a gated area and while there is beer & cocktails, they must be purchased on-site.
Bourbon Street Bars
Okay, all PubClubebbers know the real party takes place on Bourbon Street. There’s enough bars to keep fans of all teams partying all day an into the night long after the final buzzer. Bars offer 2-4-1, 3-4-1 and even 4-4-1 drinks during Happy Hour, all days, from 4-7 p.m.
Just be sure and watch out for those shots girls. They are fine and definitely sexy but a few of those can empty your wallet the speed of a fast break.
For the best bars on Bourbon Street, read PubClub’s complete guide to New Orleans nightlife.
Also read PubClub’s do’s and don’ts of Bourbon Street bars.