Final Four Weekend kicks off Friday

HOUSTON – The party officially begins Friday for the Final Four weekend. 

It's not just about the big games. Before Villanova, Oklahoma, Syracuse and North Carolina hit the court to compete for the national championship in men's college basketball, there are tons of events for fans.

The NCAA Fan Fest at the George R. Brown Convention Center lasts from noon until 8 p.m. Friday. There will be autograph sessions, a court to shoot hoops and a chance to participate in a cheer clinic.

The music festival begins at 4 p.m. at Discovery Green. On stage Friday night are Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco and Lukas Graham.