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 app