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All-Star Action: Things to Do in Denver on Game Day

All-Star Action: Things to Do in Denver on Game Day
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Play ball! Major League Baseball has brought the All-Star Game to Denver, and there's a lineup of fun before the big game on July 13. You can find all the official details at mlb.com/all-star, but there's more.

Here's a roster of all the action:

Play Ball Park
Tuesday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Colorado Convention Center, 700 14th Street

Major League Baseball is hosting five days of fun at this free fan event, an immersive, interactive experience that blends baseball, softball, music, food, technology and stars, including former Major Leaguers and softball legends. A deep lineup of Hall of Famers, Olympic Gold medalists and former Colorado Rockies stars — among them All-Star Ambassadors Vinny Castilla and Larry Walker — will make appearances at Play Ball Park, where they'll sign autographs and participate in question-and-answer sessions and clinics. The streets outside the Colorado Convention Center will offer the MLB Home Run Derby attraction; inside, there will even be a free vaccination clinic. And each day will have a new theme and free giveaways. Saturday, July 10, is Heritage Day, with 3,000 All-Star tote bags handed out; Sunday, July 11, is Draft Day, with 3,000 MLB Draft seat cushions as giveaways; Monday, July 12, is Global Appreciation Day, with an All-Star headband giveaway; and Tuesday, July 13, is All-Star Tuesday, with 3,000 Blake Street Bombers posters as handouts. Admission is free to Play Ball Park, but tickets are required; get yours and find out more here.

National Ballpark Museum
Tuesday, July 13, 1 to 5 p.m.
1940 Blake Street

Founder Bruce “B” Hellerstein went from collecting baseball cards to creating a world-class museum devoted to baseball, including everything from old stadium seats to tickets to a section of the Wrigley Field scoreboard. In the 1980s, even before MLB came to Denver, he began displaying his collection in his basement, and in 1999 obtained 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status. In 2010, he gave his spot a new name, the National Ballpark Museum, and found a new home, right by Coors Field. Find out more here.

Immersive Baseball Experience at Tattered Cover
Through Tuesday, July 13
Tattered Cover McGregor Square, 1991 Wazee Street

From its prime perch adjacent to Coors Field in McGregor Square, the new downtown Tattered Cover store is perfectly poised for MLB All-Star Game festivities. You can buy the bookstore’s Best Baseball Books of All Time (chosen by an online vote) — and any of 1,000 other all-ages baseball-themed books — at a pop-up shop that will be open in the store’s outdoor breezeway through game day on July 13. A series of live and online baseball book events will run through game day; see the lineup here. And for the record, here are the winning adult fiction books: The Natural, by Bernard Malamud; Shoeless Joe: The Inspiration for Field of Dreams, by WP Kinsella; The Art of Fielding, by Chad Harbach; Bang the Drum Slowly, by Mark Harris; and The Brothers K, by David James Duncan. In adult nonfiction: Moneyball, by Michael Lewis; Boys of Summer, by Roger Kahn; Ball Four: The Final Pitch, by Jim Bouton; Eight Men Out: The Black Sox and the 1919 World Series, by Eliot Asinof; and Wait Till Next Year, by Doris Kearns Goodwin. Tattered is also hosting virtual and live events; find out more here.

The Rally Hotel is hosting Hall of Legends.EXPAND
The Rally Hotel is hosting Hall of Legends.
Marshall Fogel collection

Hall of Legends
Now through Sunday, July 18 (closed July 13), 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Rally Hotel, McGregor Square

History Colorado and the Colorado Rockies Baseball Club Foundation are hosting the Hall of Legends exhibit during MLB All-Star Week, featuring such memorabilia from private collector Marshall Fogel's exhibit as Larry Walker's game-worn jersey from the 1998 All-Star Game in Denver; the jersey worn by Joe DiMaggio when he hit his last home run in the triumphant final game of his career at the 1951 World Series; Hank Aaron’s bat and glove; and a program from Jackie Robinson’s color-barrier-breaking Major League debut in 1947. Tickets are $10 at the Rally, or get them in advance here.

Lodo's Sendoff/MLB All-Star Lot Party
Tuesday, July 13, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
1400 20th Street

Lodo's Bar and Grill wasn't able to have a goodbye party at its LoDo location last year, so it's rented the lot across the street for one last bash. There will be lots of live music, and proceeds benefit Art From Ashes; find out more here.

Paizley Park will be at Denver Union StationEXPAND
Paizley Park will be at Denver Union Station
Rock the Block

LoDo Rocks the Block
Tuesday, July 13, noon to midnight
Union Station, 1701 Wynkoop Street
Dairy Block, 1800 Wazee Street

LoDo will cover all the bases as the masses gather near Coors Field in the days leading up to the MLB All-Star Game — at least when it comes to free street entertainment. Union Station is tag-teaming with the nearby Dairy Block to bring nonstop live music, vendor booths and family-friendly activities to the area. On July 13, it's Paizley Park (3 to 5 p.m., Union Station) and the Reals (8 to 10 p.m., Dairy Block); also watch for the All-Star Market at the Dairy Block, 11 to 7 p.m. on July 13. Find out more about all the events here.

Stars & Stripes Streetfest and Market
Tuesday, July 13, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The Square on 21st, 21st Street between Larimer and Lawrence streets

The Ballpark Collective has activated a pop-up park dubbed the Square on 21st just in time for the 2021 MLB All-Star Game, with a free street party: the Stars & Stripes Streetfest. Live comedy, dozens of vendors (thanks to the Denver Bazaar), silent discos, dueling pianos, live music and DJs, and food, drinks and games will keep you busy. At 6 p.m. tonight, you can catch Flobots! Get all the info and schedule updates here.

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Larimer Square

Larimer Square All-Stars Block Party
Tuesday, July 13, 4 to 8 p.m.
Larimer Square

Denver’s most historic block — already graced by a 3-D chalk mural created by Michael Macauley and commissioned by Major League Baseball — will celebrate the MLB All-Star Game with a free, family-friendly festival with music by DJ T, face painters, caricature and balloon artists, stilt walkers, and sips and snacks from Larimer Square restaurants. Find out more here.

MLB All-Star Game
Tuesday, July 13, 5:30 p.m. (gates at 3 p.m.)
Coors Field

Before the big game, baseball's biggest stars will be captured on the Red Carpet Show as they arrive at Coors Field for the game's biggest night; fans can watch on the MLB Network. then comes the game itself, the 91st annual Midsummer Classic. If you don't want to shell out hundreds (if not thousands) for a ticket, the game will air live on Fox. Find out more here.

We'll be updating this list through the week; send information to editorial@westword.com.

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