Visitor's guide to MLB All-Star Week FanFest

Posted at 1:10 PM, Jul 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-06 20:36:20-04

More than 40 legends of Major League Baseball and San Diego Padres players will make appearances at the MLB All-Star FanFest Friday through Tuesday at the San Diego Convention Center.

The event gives fans the opportunity to get free autographs from players as well as participate in question-and-answer sessions and clinics led by former players. Baseball and softball clinics will be held on an indoor baseball diamond. 

In addition, attendees should bring their cameras to take photos with baseball players and capture FanFest moments to share and win daily giveaways and prizes.

FanFest will have special themes and giveaways each day, including Opening Day/Kids Day, Military Appreciation Weekend, Tribute Day and Trending Day. 

Legends scheduled to appear include Kurt Bevacqua, Bert Campaneris, Chris Canizzaro, Rod Carew, Orlando Cepeda, Nate Colbert, Dave Dravecky, Rollie Fingers, Steve Garvey, Vlad Guerrero, Chris Gwynn, Tony Gwynn, Jr., Damian Jackson, Ferguson Jenkins, Wil Myers, Tony Oliva, Gaylord Perry, Gary Sheffield, Ozzie Smith, Garry Templeton, and Dave Winfield. Vera Clemente, the widow of Roberto Clemente, will also make an appearance.

Legends list

Legends appearance dates and times

Attendees who sign up for the FanFest Experience Pass can use their smart phones or a QR Code to check in at various FanFest attractions and enter to receive prizes. The pass also enables them to share moments via social media. Prizes range from caps or key chains to All-Star Game tickets.

While advance online registration is advised, it will be possible to register for the FanFest Experience Pass on site during FanFest.

Online FanFest Expericene Pass registration

Individuals who register will receive an email with a personalized QR code and should print and bring the printed code to FanFest or save the code to their mobile device. Once at FanFest, simply follow the signs to QR scanning stations to receive a hand stamp and become eligible for prizes. 

FanFest attractions include

  • All-Star Video Game Zone
  • Collector's Showcase
  • Hometown Heroes
  • FanFest Batting Practice
  • Demo Zones
  • Steal A Base
  • Home Run Derby
  • Strike Out Stains
  • Live Radio Autograph Stages
  • Women in Baseball
  • Social Media Wall
  • House of Performance
  • FanFest Auction
  • FanFest Pin Trading Center
  • FanFest Trading Cards
  • The Negro Leagues
  • National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
  • Latino Legends Hall of Fame Wall
  • Greening Wall
  • Kindervision
  • Fielding Practice
  • The Diamond
  • All-Star Clubhouse
  • All-Star Dugout
  • All-Star Playground
  • Rookie Leagues
  • Esurance Field
  • Trophies of Major League Baseball
  • World Baseball Classic
  • Team Coalition
  • Fields of Play
  • Shop
  • MLB Network and
  • World's Largest Baseball

Details on each attraction are online.

In addition, attendees will enjoy live entertainment, music, food courts, refresh zones, and ATMs inside the convention center.

An Information Center and Daily Events Boards will also provide information.

FanFest participants can bring baseball cards, baseballs, jerseys, cameras, and mini souvenir baseball bats. Full-size bats are not allowed.

All Fanfest activities are included in the price of admission except for souvenirs and food and beverages. Children under two years are admitted at no charge.

All fans need to fill out a waiver to participate in activities on the show floor. Guardians or parents can complete a waiver for those 17 and younger.

Waiver stations will be available on the show floor near attractions requiring them. The waiver system is tablet-based and volunteers will be on hand to offer assistance.

FanFest attendees may pre-register waivers in advance online before coming to FanFest.

FanFest hours are

  • Friday-Monday, 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. 
  • Tuesday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. 

Tickets for FanFest range from $12 for military up to $35 for an adult with packages offered. Some special options include

  • Buy One Get One Free Friday

  • Two for Tuesday

  • Digital Five Day Pass

Tickets are purchased for a time slot may and allow each ticketed individual to enter the event anytime after the stated time on the ticket on the same day but not prior to the stated time on the ticket. After entering, each attendee may stay for the duration of that day's event.

Directions to the San Diego Convention Center can be found online.

Events and activities associated with the MLB All-Star Game being Thursday with Play Ball Park, open every day through Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. in front of the Hilton Bayfront. Concerts are set for Friday and Saturday; a Soul Pose All-Star Yoga is Saturday at 8 and 11 a.m. in Waterfront Park; and The Color Run MLB All-Star 5k starts at 7 a.m. Sunday in waterfront Park.

Details on each of these events are online.

The 87th MLB All-Star Game takes place at Petco Park on Tuesday. Game time is 4:30 p.m.