Washington, D.C. is still abuzz with excitement after the curse-defying Stanley Cup win for the Caps. However, the party hasn’t stopped (which is true for Tom Wilson, because that man will literally not stop partying): the MLB All-Star Game, which has been advertised for three years, is finally coming to Nationals Park this July. Here is a list of all of the activities available for the week surrounding the game.
What to Do
Get in the baseball mindset with a showing of the classic ballgame flick, "A League of Their Own." Whether you need a refresher on the cardinal rule ("There's no crying in baseball!") or you're just a a huge Tom Hanks/Geena Davis/Madonna/Rosie O'Donnell fan, this feel-good film is the perfect way to kick off All-Star week. Free to attend, movie starts around 8 p.m.
Larger than life-sized inflatable installations will be featured throughout Yards Park and Canal Park, including 15 eight-foot baseballs repping all the MLB teams and two 12-foot baseball gloves. It's the perfect instagrammable photo opportunity for baseball lovers to enjoy before or after a game. Free to attend.
This five-day festival is occurring at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in D.C. This is an opportunity for fans to meet D.C. legends, get autographs, win free giveaways, and take part in theme days. Each of the five days has a different line-up of players to get autographs from, so make sure to get tickets to the day that maximizes the players you most want to see. You can purchase single-day, mutli-day, or family packs of tickets for this event. Tickets start at $35.
Starting Friday the 13th, Play Ball Park is a free event at the Yards, Parcel A. This is a huge outdoor interactive area for different types of baseball and softball activities for players and their families. There is a Play Ball baseball diamond and multiple different training areas, which will be host to full-field competition and interactive demonstrations. Friday and Saturday, this event runs 10 a.m.-10 p.m., Sunday and Monday from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m., and Tuesday from noon to 8 p.m.. Free to attend.
On Friday the 13th (hopefully unlucky for no one), co-ed softball teams from each of the five branches of the US military will compete in the first annual Armed Services Classic. The tournament to decide who will play on the 13th took place from June 2-3. On the 13th, the championship game is open to the public at Nationals Park. Free tickets are provided for service members and families. This is the first event of the week that is occurring at Nationals Park, and it will also be streamed live on MLB.com. Free to attend.
This 5K run benefits the National Cherry Blossom Festival. There will be a pre-race party the night beforehand. The race starts at the Yards, Parcel A. The start line window is between 8-8:45 a.m., so make sure to plan ahead with D.C. traffic. Make sure to sign up for this great event to receive a unicorn hero medal, All-Star 5K Nike t-shirt (which is the real reason we all run 5Ks), and appearances from mascots and other MLB legends. Registration starts at $37.99 for team runners and $42.99 for individual runners, but use promo code FIREWORKS for a discount.
The Yards and the Capitol Riverfront BID combine to transform Yards Park and the Boardwalk into a real-life sandlot where attendees can enjoy live music, pop-up bars, tasty food, photo booths, baseball-themed activities, and games including bocce, sand art and oversized board games such as scrabble and chess. Free to attend.
Jose Altuve, Nolan Arenado, Starlin Castro, Michael Conforto, Gary Sanchez, Mike Trout and even our own Bryce Harper. All of these All-Stars have competed in the All-Star Futures Game. Prospects of the best teams will compete at Nats Park as a showcase of the future All-Stars of the MLB. The first 15,000 fans of this event even get an awesome Teddy Roosevelt Garden Gnome. Tickets start at $55.
This fun-filled event is the second-half of the Sunday doubleheader. This is a softball game, with a much smaller field, with teams comprised of celebrities and MLB legends competing. This is a great opportunity to see some fun softball at Nationals Park with All-Stars of yesteryear and other celebrities. Tickets start at $55.
Not sick of America's favorite pastime just yet? Grab a blanket and a picnic basket and enjoy the childhood favorite, "The Sandlot" against the backdrop of the Anacostia River. Free to attend, movie starts around 8 p.m.
What makes baseball great? The home runs -- if you said anything other than that, you’re lying to everyone around you and yourself! This fast-paced event is my personal highlight of the week, and I'll even be attending this year -- look for the sweaty man yelling at every home run. This is eight of the best home run hitters, including own Bryce Harper, hitting the leather out of baseballs until the time is up. If you don’t mind missing out on Chris Berman yelling “BACK BACK BACK BACK,” come out to Nationals Park for this event, but if you can't quite swing tickets, head to Yards Park for a free watch party telecast by ESPN on a megascreen. Tickets start at $185.
This is the event that everything has been leading to. The absolute best players from around the league come together to represent the National or American league. This is the first time this game has ever taken place in Washington, D.C., and who knows when this will occur here again. Even without the stakes of the All-Star game deciding home field advantage for the World Series, the Midsummer Classic is an extremely fun event that is a can’t miss. Sold out through venue, and going for approximately $250 on third-party sites.
Where to Eat
Even if you are unable to make it into the events at Nationals Park, many of the surrounding restaurants and bars are taking part in the festivities.
Bluejacket: Star-studded lineup of new brews, and the debut of two new D.C.-themed cans. The brewery will also offer special edition merchandise, including a custom All-Star Bluejacket tee and a full color logo glass, on sale in the bottle shop while supplies last. All-Star ticket holders will be recognized with $1 off all Lost Weekend pints from open to close.
Chloe: $1 off all beers for people in baseball jerseys, and they are debuting a shrimp burger. Both specials are available during happy hour, which will run from 11 a.m. to close on Monday 7/16 and Tuesday 7/17.
Declaration Nats Park: Special line-up of foot-long hot dogs ($8 each) themed after five major baseball cities: D.C., New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and St. Louis. Wash it down with Declaration’s All-Star specialty cocktail, “The Midsummer Classic” ($12) made with Plantation 5 Star Rum, Pimms No. 1, Fresh Lime Juice, and Cheerwine soft drink.
District Winery: Exclusive All-Star wine flight featuring 2017 District Winery-made wines. Available for $14, the flight will include the following wines selections: 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, 2017 Dry Rosé, 2017 Viognier, 2017 Muscat, 2017 Albariño. The winery will also open their private rooftop terrace to the public (for only the second time ever) for two evenings of "upscale tailgate" festivities. Guests can take in sweeping views of the river and ballpark, and enjoy casual summertime food, such as burgers and hot dogs and libations, including a special "All Star Punch".
Ice Cream Jubilee: A deluxe baseball sundae with two scoops of any flavor of ice cream with sprinkles, whipped cream, and a cherry for $8. We suggest Nats Red Velvet and Fresh Minty Chip!
Nando's: Happy hour specials ALL day from July 13-17.
Osteria Morini: Satellite food stand, Morini Piccolo, will be open from Saturday 7/14 through Tuesday 7/17 from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m., serving game day bites (such as the chicken Parmesan heroes and loaded pizza fries) and drinks (Limoncello raspberry ice popsicles, frozen Negronis and draft Peroni's) with incredible waterfront views directly on the boardwalk.
Roti Modern Mediterranean: Order any of the Modern Classics (Signature Rice Plate , The Classic, Mediterranean Chopped Salad )for $5; ballpark location only.
Whaley's: Extended hours (11 a.m. to 11 p.m.), including the Rosé Garden, from Friday July 13-17.