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Things to Do during the MLB All-Star Game

San Diego is playing host to the 87th annual event that brings together the top Major League players, along with nearly a week of fun, beginning July 8. And while tickets for the showcase game are virtually sold out, there are still festivals, celebrity guests, and more. Batter up!


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San Diego is hosting the 87th All-Star Game | Photo by John Bahu

If you want...

 

...the ultimate experience

From Friday, July 8 through Tuesday, July 12 at the Convention Center, the MLB All-Star FanFest ($35, $30 for children 2-12, free for children 2 and under, plus senior discounts) is a baseball theme park with games, giveaways, Hall of Famers like Steve Garvey and Dave Winfield signing autographs, and more. The event will focus on the history of the Padres as well as other teams’ legacies, offer kids’ clinics led by former Major League stars, and more.

 

...to see athletes

No tickets to the big game? No problem! The free July 12 MLB All-Star Red Carpet Show offers fans a chance to see the players up close as they make their way from the Manchester Grand Hyatt into Petco Park.

 

...to see celebrities

Watch as stars like Andy Cohen, J.K. Simmons, and former Padres pitcher Trevor Hoffman take the field at Petco Park during All-Star Sunday on July 10 for the Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. Also on Sunday, the Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game showcases the top Minor League prospects. Prices vary

 

...to go to a concert

Hightail it to the free MLB All-Star Pepsi Block Party on J Street outside Petco Park Sunday, July 10 through Tuesday, July 12. Or check out the free All-Star Music Concert on Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 at Embarcadero Marina Park South.

 

...to downward dog

MLB is hosting the All-Star Game’s first yoga event: Soul Pose Yoga (from $25) at Waterfront Park on Saturday, July 9, with two sessions at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m.

 

...to work off those peanuts and Cracker Jacks

Sign up for the Color Run All-Star 5K (from $35) on Sunday, July 10, which courses through downtown with MLB mascots along the route and former All-Stars throwing colored powder. Or head to the Hilton Bayfront for the first ever Play Ball Park, a free initiative to encourage people to play any form of ball, including softball and Wiffle ball. The 80,000-square-foot outdoor space will offer skill training for youth baseball and softball players.

 

If you can’t make it downtown...

Drink in the ball game spirit—with a few cold ones—at Miramar’s AleSmith Brewing, where the new Tony Gwynn Museum is made up of more than 300 souvenirs from Mr. Padre’s career, like jerseys, bats, scorecards, and more. Beer and baseball—sounds like summer to us.

 

If you’re one of the lucky ones...

Tickets for the annual Home Run Derby have already been distributed to season ticket holders and via lottery. If you weren’t one of the invitees—psst, check ticket resale sites like StubHub—you can still watch the eight-man, single-elimination, head-to-head tournament live on ESPN Monday, July 11 at 5 p.m.

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