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The Baseball Fan’s Guide to the MLB All-Star Week Events in Cleveland

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Even if you don’t have a ticket to the 90th MLB All-Star Game, there’s still plenty to do in Cleveland Friday through Tuesday. Whether you want to learn about baseball history, meet some ball players or just listen to live music, there’s almost to much to choose from. Here’s your guide for all that Cleveland has to offer:

Friday, July 5
Play Ball Park
Play Ball Park is an interactive baseball theme park, with free attractions outside and ticketed attractions inside. Check it out at the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland and Malls B and C. The park is open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. July 5-8 and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 9.

Book Signings
Art Shamsky, a New York Mets right fielder during their 1969 World Series win, will be in Cleveland to sign the book After the Miracle: The Lasting Brotherhood of the ’69 Mets, written by him and Erik Sherman. Shamsky will be signing books at locations as follows:
July 5: The Baseball Heritage Museum from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
July 6: Barnes and Noble in Woodmere from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
July 7: Oheb Zedek Cedar Sinai Synagogue in Beachwood from 10 a.m. to noon and Barnes and Noble in Mentor from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
July 8: Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Cleveland Clinic from noon to 3 p.m. and Barnes and Noble in Westlake from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

The Return of Rocky Colavito
Former Cleveland Indians right fielder Rocky Colavito is coming to talk about his career and answer audience members’ questions, moderated by Bob DiBiasio. The event starts at 7:30 p.m. at the KeyBank State Theatre.

Twenty One Pilots Concert
Ohio natives and engaging duo Twenty One Pilots play a sold out free show at Mall B outside the Huntington Convention Center. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 6
Meet Kenny Lofton

Former Cleveland Indians center fielder Kenny Lofton will be at the Lake County Captains vs Lansing Lugnuts game starting at 7 p.m. VIP packages are offered to meet Lofton, or fans can get a photo with him on the main concourse, time permitting.

The Killers Concert
Fans can hear “Mr. Brightside” and much more at The Killers’ sold out show at Mall B. Gates open at 6 p.m., and the show starts at 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 7
The Color Run All-Star 5K

This is an untimed event centered around happiness and love that leaves white-clad participants covered in colored powders. Although The Color Run cites several events such as Holi as its inspiration, there has been controversy over whether the event is cultural appropriation. Make sure you read up on the history of Holi before attending the run at Voinovich Bicentennial Park at 8 a.m.

All-Star Celebrity Softball Game
The celebrity game, “Cleveland vs. the World,” stars a whole slew of celebrities, some with ties to Cleveland and others from all over. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the game begins at 5 p.m.

All-Star Futures Game
As soon as the Celebrity Softball Game wraps up, the All-Star Futures game begins at 7 p.m. The lineup includes Cleveland Indians Nolan Jones and Daniel Johnson.

All-Star Rock ‘n’ Blast
Of course, you have to stick around for the Progressive Field fireworks after the games. Cleveland native Pat Benetar is performing during the show.

July 8
Home Run Derby

This is your chance to watch the All-Stars work out then hit a bunch of home runs. Gates open at 5 p.m., and the event starts at 8 p.m.

July 9
MLB All-Star Game

And finally, the game we’ve all been waiting for. Starting at 7:30 p.m., you can watch the Tribe’s own Carols Santana and Francisco Lindor on the field with a bunch of other All-Stars. You can check out the full roster here.

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