Baseball fans rejoice! Our very own Nationals Park will present the 89th All-Star Midsummer Classic on July 17th. Leading up to the big day, Washington, D.C. will host five days of events starting on July 13th. Help us celebrate our national pastime, MLB players, and our communities with thousands of other visitors expected to flood to the area. An annual tradition since 1933, this marks a nice “break” roughly halfway through the season, and a cause for extra celebration!
In honor of the occasion (and also to accommodate early morning viewings of World Cup games), D.C. has even passed the “All-Star Game and World Cup Emergency Amendment Act of 2018.” Establishments that register properly can stay open 24 hours, and serve alcohol until 4 a.m., from July 14th to July 18th. Bars can also serve alcohol an hour early starting at 7 a.m. on July 14th and 15th for World Cup matches.
For more information and to purchase tickets to all the events, please visit the official website. Be sure to register for the All-Star Game Newsletter and vote for your favorite MLB All-Stars. Voting for the ballot is open through July 5th.
Check out these All-Star events below:
July 13-17: MLB All-Star FanFest, Walter E. Washington Convention Center and PLAY BALLPARK
Family fun starts Friday at the GEICO All-Star FanFest, billed as “the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world.” For five days, fans can meet MLB Legends who played in other All-Star Games, get free autographs, receive daily giveaways and win prizes. DC PLAY BALL Park, located at the Yards, is where the action begins. The Park is a 56,000-square-foot space designed for interactive and educational activities for youth baseball and softball players and their families! FanFest and PLAY BALL Park are open daily but check the schedule for daily updates.
July 14: Color Run MLB All-Star 5K Run
Start Saturday morning at Yards Park with an adventurous run that will provide beautiful photo opportunities along the Riverfront and Anacostia National Park. From this vantage, enjoy unique views of the Washington, D.C. skyline with fellow runners. Check here for more information, and to register. There will be a pre-party on July 13th for an opportunity to pick up your pass.
July 15: All-Star Sunday Doubleheader
Head to Nationals Park for the opportunity to see the All-Stars Futures Game, featuring the next generation of MLB stars. Stay for the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game where you will see celebrities and MLB legends join forces for a game you won’t want to miss! Check out this release of notable people already on the roster to play.
July 16: All-Star Workout Day Featuring the Home Run Derby
Which MLB player will be able to “crush” the most home runs out of Nationals Park Monday night? The lineup will be announced closer to the event, but in preparation, be sure to review these players’ longest home run hits of the 2018 season.
July 17: 89th MLB All-Star Game
Washington, D.C. and the Nationals Park will host this annual summer classic in the evening. Nearly all big league players have suited up for at least one MLB All-Star Game in the past–check out these past longest streaks in the yearly game. This year, these 10 players could have their first ever appearance as All-Stars. For all the hype across the nation leading up to this event, try to snag an opportunity to attend right here at home!
Even after all the local MLB festivities have concluded, be sure to watch the ESPYs (short for the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award) on ABC on Wednesday, July 18th. This year’s host is race car driver Danica Patrick, who is the first female to host the yearly awards show. And since D.C. is always looking for a reason to celebrate, you can count on finding restaurants and bars still offering specials for the viewing–or plan to host your own party for a good cause, Victory Over Cancer®.
Once the midsummer fun is over, we can all get back to rooting for our favorite MLB team for the remainder of the season. (Which is obviously the Nats.)