Fan Fest kicks off All-Star events

Jul. 10, 2014 @ 05:16 PM

Do you love all things baseball, Durham Bulls and beyond? Well, our local sports team is putting on quite a celebration of America’s pastime on Saturday, culminating with a performance by a rock group that sings about baseball. The Baseball Project, which includes former band members of R.E.M. and Dream Syndicate, headlines the All-Star Block Party on Blackwell Street, adjacent to the Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The Triple-A All-Star Game will be played Wednesday, but the party starts Saturday. The Bulls are hosting two big free events. First, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday is the All-Star Fan Fest at the DBAP. Fans can check out the newly renovated ballpark, tour the clubhouse, take batting practice on the field, and play games or see exhibits about North Carolina’s baseball history. For children, there will be inflatables and face painting as well as Wool E. Bull and other mascots.
Then the celebration starts up again at 6 p.m. with the All-Star Block Party until 10 p.m. on Blackwell Street. The street will be lined with food trucks and craft beer tents, with music playing the whole time. Food trucks include Chirba Chirba, Only Burger, Porchetta, Iced Cupcakes, Baguettabout It, The Humble Pig, Parlez-Vous Crepe and American Meltdown. On stage, Lockdown will perform from 6:15 to 7 p.m., followed by Spaceship Days from 7:30 to 8:15 p.m. Then it’s The Baseball Project from 8:45 p.m. to the end of the night.
For details about the All-Star Fan Fest and Block Party, visit

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