San Diego, CA is known for its warm weather and pristine beaches. It’s also home to some of the world’s most popular tourist attractions such as Seaport Village, Sea World, the San Diego Zoo and the USS Midway museum.
From July 6 through July 12, 2016, though, baseball fans will flock to what’s been called “America’s Finest City” for Major League Baseball’s 2016 All-Star Week. The All-Star game itself will be held on Thursday July 12 at 7:30pm EST, and there are a plethora of fun activities planned for the entire week leading up to the first pitch.
There will be youth baseball and softball games all week in front of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront hotel thanks to MLB’s “Play Ball Park” initiative.
The Fan Fest is a weeklong event that is a perennial favorite for baseball fans of all ages. Visitors to the San Diego Convention center can pay a $35 entry fee for access to over 40 baseball-related attractions. There will be batting cages and video games, and former players will be on hand to take photos and sign autographs.
The 5K Color Run is another All-Star Week tradition. The runners wear all white and are playfully pelted with colored dust by spectators. The race will begin at Waterfront Park at 7:30am on Saturday July 12.
Three days of block parties are planned on J Street. From Sunday through Tuesday visitors can enjoy food, drinks, live music and baseball-related games and there is no admission fee.
The annual Legends & Celebrities game starts at 4pm on Sunday July 10. The Futures game is also on Sunday. Monday night Petco Park will host the Home Run Derby, where big leaguers like Giancarlo Stanton and Robinson Cano are expected to compete.
The week will culminate in the actual All-Star Game, but not before MLB gives San Diego six solid days of baseball-related fun. And if you’re not a baseball fan, look on the bright side – maybe the beaches will be less crowded!