You can bet the Final Four wasn’t this exciting 40 years ago, when Houston has hosted the Big Dance. Some events fans can look forward to in 2011:

BRACKET TOWN (March 31 – April 4): It’s the ultimate Final Four fan fest! Fans of all ages can test their skills and enjoy championship action. Fans can engage in a variety of NCAA sports, or view exciting championship highlights, basketball clinics, former NCAA player and coach autograph sessions, demonstrations, prizes and more.

THE BIG DANCE (April 1 – 3): This special event takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday over the Final Four Weekend at Discovery Green and will feature both local and national acts. Past artists performing at the Big Dance include Fergie, Taylor Swift, Daughtry, LL Cool J, Robert Earl Keen, Goo Goo Dolls, Stone Temple Pilots and Carrie Underwood.

FINAL FOUR FRIDAY (April 1): This free public event takes place at Reliant Stadium. The day’s activities include open team practices for the participating Final Four teams, as well as the Reese’s All-Star Game, featuring top senior student-athletes from around the country playing on the Final Four court.