Fan guide to Minneapolis events during Big Ten Women's basketball tournament

Planning your week, basketball fans? The Big Ten women's basketball tournament, held in Minneapolis for the second straight season, sold out for the first time ever.

Even if you didn't score tickets to the 13-game tournament hosted by the city of Minneapolis and Target Center, there are a series of free events in the city to coincide with the games. Here are five of them:

Big Ten Makers Market: Featuring local creators and Big Ten Conference alumni, the makers market will feature handmade artistic goods from more than 50 artists, live music, local beverages and photo opportunities.

March 6–9 & 13-16 | 11 AM–6 PM

MN Champions Fan Zone: Minnesota classic sports including curling, gymnastics, hockey and basketball will be on hand. Face paint, ticket giveaways, Big Ten memorabilia including items like Lou Nanne's Team USA sweater jersey, Gable Steveson's shoes and a replica of his gold medal.

March 6–9 & 13–16 | 11 AM–6 PM

Watch a game at A Bar of Their Own: Minnesota first women's sports bar opened last week to much fanfare. The bar will be screening Big Ten games all week.

Wed-Sunday at 2207 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis

Practice With a Purpose: A youth skills clinic for students grades 3-6. Includes skills training, basketball drills and a 'chalk talk' about teamwork on and off the court. Register via this link.

Friday, March 8, from 3-5 p.m. at Life Time Fitness in Target Center.

Blue Carpet Arrivals: Rally where fans can welcome the finalist teams as they walk the blue carpet upon arrival at Target Center. There will be pep bands and spirit squads to provide some crowd friendly energy.

Sunday, March 10, at 8:30 a.m., Target Center lobby

Big Ten Gives Back: Looking to volunteer? Big Ten is partnering with HandsOn Twin Cities /is looking for people to bundle snack-packs for local food shelves and youth recreation centers across Minneapolis and St. Paul. Register today at: March 7 Registration | March 14 Registration

Downtown Minneapolis, March 7 & 14 | 3:30–5 PM