A star-studded week for Minneapolis

A rundown of major events planned for All-Star Week

Credit: Photo courtesy Minnesota Twins

All-Star Week includes a buffet of activities for baseball lovers.

There’s something for everyone — a fashion show, 5K Run, red carpet parade on Nicollet Mall and much more leading up to the main attraction, the All-Star Game on Tuesday, July 15 at Target Field. 

An estimated 160,000 visitors are expected to visit the city for All-Star festivities. 

Community events planned for All-Star Week will be the most extensive community legacy effort in the event’s history, according to the Minnesota Twins. Major League Baseball and the Twins will be donating more than $8 million to charitable causes as part of All-Star festivities.

Projects benefiting from the donations include a new activity room for a local Boys & Girls Club, a service center for homeless veterans, five youth baseball fields, a nature sanctuary and a mobile eye clinic, among others, according to the Twins.

Here’s a rundown of major events. For more details go to www.AllStarGame.com.


T-Mobile All Star Fanfest

When: From Friday, July 11 to Tuesday, July 15 (Friday–Monday, 9 a.m.–8 p.m.; Tuesday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m.)

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd St. S.

Ticket info: Adult, $35; children 12 and under and seniors 65 and over, $30; children under 2, free; college and military, $30; groups of 25 and more, $25

The Convention Center will be transformed into a 400,000-square-foot interactive baseball theme park where fans can participate in tons of activities. There will be opportunities to listen to local broadcasts, meet MLB legends, participate in baseball training drills and use the All-Star batting cages.

Twins’ memorabilia, official MLB awards and trophies will be on display. Visitors will be eligible for daily giveaways and have a chance to get their picture with the World’s Largest Baseball signed by Ted Williams, Hank Aaron, Derek Jeter, Yogi Berra, Willie Mays and others. There will also be ballpark food and 2014 MLB All-Star Game souvenirs available for purchase.

Each day of the FanFest has a different theme:

— Friday, July 11 is Opening Day and Kids Day. Kids will get to interview legends, sing the National Anthem, meet MLB mascots and do a bunch of other activities. FanFest “MVP” kids will be randomly selected to receive promotional items each day as well as a T-Mobile JUMP! Lane Pass and a T-shirt. The first 1,000 children 12 and under will also receive a TC mini bobblehead.

— Saturday, July 12 is Go “Green” Day, in which “green” activities and efforts of the City of Minneapolis, Major League Baseball, the Minnesota Twins, the Minneapolis Convention Center and others will be showcased. A cell phone recycling program will be available and fans will be eligible to receive random prizes for engaging “green” acts on the floor. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free re-useable bag.

— Sunday, July 13 is Family Wellness Day. On this day, families can learn yoga and children can participate in a Baseball Fit Camp on the T-Mobile Diamond that will teach them agility drills and strength and conditioning training. Fans will also get to watch the participants of the Taco Bell Legends & Celebrity Softball Game warm up for the game later in the day. The first 1,000 fans will receive a disposable water bottle.

— Monday, July 14 is Milestone Monday, which celebrates important moments in Minnesota Twins and Minneapolis history. Twins legends from the 1987 and 1991 World Series Champion teams will talk about their experiences, sign autographs and answer fan questions throughout the day. Fans are encouraged share photos and memories through social media. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free Tony Oliva mini bobblehead.

— Tuesday, July 15 is Tribute Tuesday, which will honor local heroes of the Twin Cities throughout the day. Heroes are members of the community, including teachers, service men and women and neighbors. Fans are encouraged to share photos and stories of their own heroes through social media throughout the day. The first 1,000 fans will receive a free Joe Mauer mini bobblehead.


Fields of Fashion

When: Friday, July 11, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd St. S.

Ticket info: mlb.com/fieldsoffashion

A fashion event featuring baseball-themed clothing and accessories.


Target All-Star Concert

When: Saturday, July 12, 7:30–10 p.m.

Where: TCF Bank Stadium, University of Minnesota

Ticket info: All of the free tickets for the event have been claimed. 

Imagine Dragons and Atmosphere will take the stage at TCF Bank Stadium for the Target All-Star Concert presented by Budweiser. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. and gates open at 5:30 p.m. There will be fireworks following the performance.


All-Star Summer Pepsi Block Party

When: Sunday, June 13–Tuesday, July 15, noon–7 p.m.

Where: The parking lot next to Gluek’s Restaurant and Bar at 1st Avenue & 6th Street.

Ticket info: None available as off press time; visit allstargame.com. 

The three-day block party will also include a 4,800-square-foot pop-up Target store selling baseball merchandize. There will also be food trucks, a DJ stage and tents for Budweiser Brewmaster, T-Mobile, Under Armour and Kellogg’s, among others.


The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K

When: Sunday, July 13, 8:30 a.m.

Where: Minnesota State Fairgrounds

Ticket info: $50 for a team runner; $55 for an individual runner

In the race, different colored powder is thrown at participants every kilometer they run. Mascots, special guests and baseball legends will also be there. The start line opens at 8:30 a.m. and waves of participants will be let go every few minutes.

At least four runners must be signed up to be a team. The fee is $50 per person on a team. As an individual runner, the price is $55.


Taco Bell All-Star Sunday

When: Sunday, July 13

Where: Target Field

Ticket info: allstargame.com 

The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game kicks off at 4 p.m. at Target Field. The gates will open at 2 p.m. This game features 50 promising minor league players who were selected by the MLB to face off against each other as the U.S. Team and the World Team. All Major League organizations are represented in the game. Former Twins manager Tom Kelly will manage the U.S. Team and Twins Hall of Famer Bert Blyleven will manage the World Team.

Following the Futures Game at approximately 7 p.m. is the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game at Target Field. Watch teams of legends and celebrities battle it out. Legends participating in this year’s game include Andre Dawson, Rollie Fingers, Rickey Henderson, Ozzie Smith, Fred Lynn, Mike Piazza, John Smoltz, Larry Fitzgerald, Jack Morris and Jim Thome.

Celebrities participating include Grammy winning rapper Nelly; actor/comedian Rob Riggle; TV personality Andy Cohen; MTV “Off the Bat” co-hosts Sway, Fat Joe, Chris Distefano and Melanie Iglesias; Minnesota residents and TV personalities Andrew Zimmern and James Denton; actor Dylan O’Brien; actor Charlie McDermott; Olympic softball gold medalist Jennie Finch, Maya Moore of the Lynx, Zach Parise of the Wild and Adrian Peterson of the Vikings.


Home Run Derby

When: Monday, July 14

Where: Target Field 

Monday, July 14 is Gatorade All-Star Workout Day at Target Field and features the Gilette Home Run Derby. Gates open at 4 p.m. but the derby won’t start until 7 p.m. This year’s derby is formatted differently and features 10 players who get seven outs instead of 10 outs per round to begin. Every round will be bracketed. 

The American League captain for the Home Run Derby is Jose Bautista of the Toronto Blue Jays. The National League captain is Troy Tulowitzki of the Colorado Rockies. Last year’s winner Yoenis Cespedes of the Oakland A’s is on the ballot once again.


All-Star Game Red Carpet Show

When: Tuesday, July 15, 1 p.m.

Where: Nicollet Mall 

The Red Carpet Show on Nicollet Mall will give fans a chance to see their favorite MLB players up close.


All-Star Game

When: Tuesday, July 15, 6:30 p.m.

Where: Target Field

MLB’s All-Star Weekend will come to a close with the 85th MLB All-Star Game at Target Field, where the National League will face off against the American League. Gates open at 3:30 p.m. but the game will not start until 6:30 p.m.

The final vote for All-Star players ends tomorrow.