DENVER – One of the most exciting events in the world of baseball is taking place in Denver this week and it promises to be great.
If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what to do if this is your first time going to an All-Star Game, or maybe you’re really not a fan of it. sport but you just want to experience all the fun that’s going on downtown anyway.
Lucky for you and me, there are a ton of events for the whole family to enjoy from Thursday July 8 through Tuesday July 13, All-Star Game Day at Coors Field. Let’s go!
THURSDAY JULY 8
The BallPark Collective Stars and Stripes Streetfest is already underway. Located at 21st Street between Market and Lawrence and Larimer between 20 and 22sd, this festival-style event will feature local food, drinks, games, live bands, DJs and silent discos. Admission is free and all ages are welcome.
Be aware that there are street closures in place for streetfest: 21st is closed between Market and Lawrence streets and on Larimer Street between 20th and 22nd streets. Street closures will remain until July 14. More information on these street closures below.
You can also head to the Denver lodges on the 16the Street Mall for the Denver Pavilions Block Party, which runs through Saturday July 10.
Later today, the MLB Network will present the MLB Pitch, Hit and Run from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Metro State University.
FRIDAY JULY 9
Starting at 10 a.m. sharp, make your way to MLB PLAY BALL PARK, a free indoor and outdoor event where fans and their families can learn to play ball and get autographs from their baseball idols. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center. For more information, click here.
Meanwhile, the Rockies will host their RBI Championship games from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Metro State University.
For music lovers, the Summer at Sculpture Park concert series (at Scupture Park, duh) runs from this Friday. Goose will headlining with Kitchen Dwellers on Friday and Saturday, but get this: Steve Aoki is playing Sunday with Brondo and PAWS. Aaaaaah! Get tickets for the shows here.
Fans can also enjoy the MLB USA Baseball All-American game, which begins at 6 p.m. at Coors Field.
SATURDAY JULY 10
Start the day with the All-Star 5K Walk / Run at 9am! The race begins and ends at Civic Center Park and takes participants on a scenic downtown route that organizers say was created especially for this event. There will also be a fun 1km run for kids and families with team mascots. Participants can also join in the post-race afterparty which will include breakfast, refreshments, music and beer garden. To register click here. Note: You are encouraged to plan ahead and depart before 8:30 a.m., as streets will begin to close at that time.
If you’re done running but want more, head to MLB PLAY BALL PARK, a free indoor and outdoor event where fans and their families can learn to play ball and get autographs from their baseball idols. The fun lasts until 8 p.m. at the Colorado Convention Center. For more information, click here.
Just before noon, you can attend the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ Play Ball event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Civic Center Park. Mayor Hancock will be there.
At noon, head to Coors Field for the All-Star High School Home Run Derby.
If you’re in the mood for music, you’ll want to go to Cousins Plaza from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. for Jazz Along Welton. The Queen City Jazz Band and After Midnight will perform on Saturday, but the fun doesn’t end there. There will also be an electric car show, a Negro. League Baseball Exhibit at Sonny Lawson Park and more. Click here for the full list of events, which run through Monday, July 12.
SUNDAY JULY 11
The MLB PLAY BALL PARK continues at the Colorado Convention Center from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., so if you’ve been there and made it to this point, head to Civic Center Park for the second annual festival of Black Love frescoes. More information. about this festival can be found here. The festival will end at 10 p.m.
Starting at 11 a.m., PLAY BALL PARK will host the Special Stars Game, an annual game giving children with special needs at Special Olympics Colorado and the National Sports Center for the Disabled the opportunity to be part of a fun and important element. from the MLB. Week of the stars.
The MLB All-Star Sponsorship Zone runs from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Xcel Field located on Blake Street between 20e and 21st Streets.
The Sirius XM All-Star Futures game will be held at 1 p.m. at Coors Field, followed by the MLB All-Star Celebrity Softball game from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Starting at 5 p.m., the 2021 MLB Draft (Day 1) at the Bellco Theater at the Colorado Convention Center.
MONDAY JULY 12
MLB PLAY BALL PARK continues at the Colorado Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., as does the MLB All-Star Sponsors Zone from noon to 6:30 p.m.
From 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., day two of the 2021 MLB Draft takes place.
Starting at 1:30 p.m., meet at MLB PLAY BALL PARK for MLB Unfiltered: Legends & Legacies, a discussion highlighting key moments of black baseball players and their impact on the culture of the sport. The speakers and baseball greats who helped shape the culture of the game and their contributions on and off the field Ken Griffey Jr., Fergie Jenkins, CC Sabathia and LaTroy Hawkins.
The T-Mobile Home Run Derby begins at 6:00 p.m. at Coors Field, which takes place after the Gatorade All-Star training day, which begins at 3:05 p.m.
TUESDAY JULY 13
Today is the last day, you can enjoy the MLB PLAY BALL PARK at Colorado Convention Center from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., as well as the MLB All-Star Sponsor Zone from noon to 6:30 p.m.
The 2021 MLB Draft continues for its third day from noon to 2 p.m. in the rally hotel lobby and, at the same time, the red carpet (purple) of the stars show will take place on Wynkoop promenade until at 1:30 p.m.
The 91st The All-Star Game begins at 5:30 p.m. at Coors Field.
Wow. It’s a lot. What will commuting to the city center look like?
For starters, two sections of road are now fully closed until Friday, July 16, to prepare for the arrival of PLAY BALL Park inside and outside the Colorado Convention Center:
- 14e Street, from Stout Street to Welton Street
- Welton Street, 12e to 14e Streets
The following roads are only accessible to local traffic:
- 14th St, Glenarm St to Welton St
- Welton Street, 14th to 15th Street
- California St, 14th St to 15th St
City officials said a temporary traffic light will be installed at the intersection of 15th Street and California Street to direct two-way traffic on 15th Street from California Street.
Check out the map below to give you a better idea of street closures around the Colorado Convention Center.
For the Coors Field area, the following closures will take effect July 11-13: Market St, 20th St to 22nd St
- Blake Street, from 20th to 22nd Street
- 21st St, Blake St to Market St
Note: For the sponsor area, expect Blake Street to be closed from the 20the to 21st Street.
Okay, it seems that driving isn’t the best option. What about public transport?
Leave your car at home going to the All-Star Game and all the other fun events will be the best decision you make for the next few days.
RTD advises fans and anyone planning to go to be patient and plan ahead to get to their destination. The 16e Street Mall Ride will probably be the best option to get through downtown for free, as it basically connects the Colorado Convention Center with Union Station, not far from Coors Field.
If you are taking a rideshare service like Uber or Lyft, the pickup locations for Coors Field are at Market Street between 21st and 22sd Streets, and at 14e Street. Between South and Arapahoe streets for the Colorado Convention Center.
For those looking to cycle, the city says bicycle parking will be available at Coors Field Gate E and near the Colorado Convention Center at 14e and Stout Streets.
City officials are also advising people to use electric scooters and electric taxis as other options for getting around.
The Green Walking Path will provide fans, tourists and others with an easier way to get around by connecting the Star Week sites and other places of interest for those who want to fully enjoy the entertainment, as well as food and drink.
What about COVID-19 restrictions?
Coors Field is now operating at full capacity and the City of Denver has lifted all COVID-19 restrictions; However, you will still need to wear a face mask when driving RTD buses or the light rail.
When asked if there was a risk of the virus spreading for All-Star Game Week with the Delta variant now spreading across the country, including here in Colorado, Denver Mayor Michael Hancock and Gov. Jared Polis urged people who have not been vaccinated, or not fully vaccinated, to continue to wear masks and practice social distancing.
At a press conference earlier Wednesday, Jeremiah Yolkut, MLB’s director of events and programming, said there would be an immunization clinic at the Colorado Convention Center during All-Star Game Week for those who did not have time to be vaccinated. .
If you’re looking for more fun things to do for Star Week, our partners at Denver Post have prepared an article for people who want to learn more about the city’s art, culture, music and nightlife.