Free and cheap things to do during All-Star Game weekend


Tickets to the much-anticipated All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis Tuesday are expensive, but there are some free and cheap events for fans to enjoy in the days before the big game.

Free events

Free music

There will be numerous free concerts at Target Field Station over the next few days. You can also watch the Home Run Derby and other All-Star Game events on the big screen at the train station. Click here for details on these events.

Summer block party

The All-Star Summer Pepsi Block Party is being held Sunday through Tuesday in Butler Square (6th Street and 1st Avenue) near Target Field. Admission to the event is free, although you have to pay for food and drinks.

“Starting at noon each day there will be all kinds of bands and demonstrations by celebrity chefs, including local chef Andrew Zimmern,” Twins spokesman Chris Isles told WCCO.

The event starts at 12 p.m. and goes until 7 p.m.

Target is sponsoring a pop-up store nearby at 700 1st Avenue North from Sunday through Tuesday. The store will sell MLB merchandise and Bullseye the dog will make an appearance before Tuesday's red carpet parade, the Star Tribune reports.

Target is also featuring a beanbag toss and baseball-themed activities on the plaza outside the ballpark, the newspaper says.

Red carpet parade

For a chance to see the All-Star Game in person, they'll be riding in a parade down Nicollet Mall, between 7th and 13th streets, starting at 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Scenic walk through Minneapolis

MLB is encouraging fans to take a scenic walk through Minneapolis by following green painted lines and "All-Star Walking Path" signage from the FanFest at the Minneapolis Convention Center to Target Field.

All-Star Game FanFest

The All-Star Game FanFest is being held at the Minneapolis Convention Center through Tuesday. Tickets to the family-friendly event are significantly cheaper than attending most of the games inside Target Field.

Visitors at FanFest can practice their baseball skills during clinics hosted by baseball legends and current players, view baseball trophies and memorabilia from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, take photos and get autographs with former Twins players and MLB legends.

Tickets, which are still available, are $35 for adults and $30 for children ages 12 and under (children two and under are admitted free), senior citizens, college students and military personnel. FanFest tickets are sold on a timed-entry basis. Click here to buy tickets.

There are also a number of discount options, click here for details.

Target is selling All-Star Game-themed apparel at 15 Twin Cities stores – local shoppers who spend more than $50 on the merchandise through Saturday will get two free passes to the All-Star FanFest, the Star Tribune says.

The ticket-selling website TicketKing is also selling FanFest tickets for cheap, and sometimes even giving them away for free, WCCO notes.

All-Star Sunday at Target Field

All-Star Sunday is a doubleheader, including the futures game and the all-star legends and celebrity softball game. Tickets are still available and start at $20 – which includes a ticket to the All-Star FanFest on Monday or Tuesday.

The legends and celebrity softball game features stars from film, music, television and entertainment. Minnesota Wild's Zach Parise, Minnesota Vikings' Adrian Peterson and singer-songwriter Nelly are among the participants in this year's game, according to MLB's website.

The futures game showcases top minor league prospects. The United States will compete against the world team. Click here for a complete roster.

Tickets for All-Star Sunday and the Home Run Derby can be found for significantly cheaper than face value on secondhand ticket selling websites also.

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