The start of baseball season marks the beginning of spring (and the impending arrival of summer), all of which deserve a serious party.
Lucky for us, Target Field and numerous bars and restaurants near the field are throwing just such celebrations, and you’re invited. So go ahead: play hooky, and go enjoy a day at the ballpark after an afternoon of springtime revelry.
AT TARGET FIELD
Although home opener versus division rival Chicago White Sox doesn’t officially start until 3:10pm, the fun at Target Field starts right about…now. With plenty of new food and drink options this year, you can’t go wrong going straight to the source.
12pm to 2:15pm: DJ Mad Mardigan will perform on the balcony overlooking Target Plaza.
1:15pm to 2:30pm: Live music from Bones and Beeker at Target Field Station. Food and beverages will be available for purchase.
1pm: Gates open. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the club’s second World Series victory, certain Twins retired number members and alumni from the 1991 World Championship team will be assisting in officially opening the gates.
On-field events just before the game:
- The National Anthem will be performed by Caroline Smith.
- The ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Twins legend Rod Carew.
- A flyover featuring a pair of F-16s from the Duluth-based 148th Fighter Wing of the Minnesota Air National Guard.
- Raptor Center eagles Pi and Max will be at home plate.
3:10pm: Play ball!
AROUND TARGET FIELD
If you don’t want to spend the entire afternoon at Target Field (or if you’re planning to watch the game from afar), here are some of the events happening around the stadium.
FIRELAKE GRILL HOUSE & COCKTAIL BAR
31 S. 7th Street, Minneapolis
Back for a sixth year, FireLake Grill House is going all out with its Pig on the Porch Tailgate party, complete with pre-game coverage and lots of food. Located outside of the downtown Firelake location (31 S. 7th Street) starting at 11:30am, executive chef Jim Kyndberg and his culinary team will kick off the festivities roasting a whole hog, from Oink Moo Cluck Farm on the patio.
Offerings will include a pulled-pork sandwich ($7) served with kettle chips and pork tacos ($4 each, or two for $7) complete with all the fixings and served with tortilla chips.
A keg of Lift Bridge Farm Girl Ale will also be tapped and ready for fans to enjoy while listening to pre-game coverage on KFAN Sports Radio FM 100.3 providing up to the minute news on the game ahead.
BUTCHER AND THE BOAR
1121 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis
Fulton Beer is joining in the fun at Butcher and the Boar this afternoon starting at 1pm, kicking off baseball season as well as beer garden season. “Shortstops, Tank Tops, and All the Hops” will feature Insurrection IIPA, 300 Mosaic IPA, Sweet Child of Vine IPA, URSA Black IPA, Eleven OG Session IPA, and Tanager Barrel Fermented Brett IPA from Fulton, and sausage and brats from Butcher and the Boar.
MODIST BREWING COMPANY
505 N. 3rd Street, Minneapolis
Modist Brewing doesn’t officially open until Friday, April 15, but rumor has it if you swing by the taproom today around 2pm, the doors will be unlocked.
8TH STREET GRILL
800 Marquette Ave, Minneapolis
8th Street Grill will be hosting a Home Opener Block Party from 11:30am-3pm on their patio, with brats, hot dogs, hamburgers, food and beer specials, prize giveaways, and FISH from the KS95 Morning Show DJing.
901 Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis
Starting April 11, before every Twins home game, Marin will offer a burger and a beer for $10 on their patio. That’s right, chef Mike Rakun’s signature grass-fed bison burger served alongside any of the bar’s draft beers (including Fulton Lonely Blonde, Lift Bridge Getaway Pilsner, and Rush River Unforgiven Amber Ale) for a mere sawbuck.