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Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

Reasons to Catch a Washington Nationals Baseball Game

An action-packed schedule, home runs and Racing Presidents add up to one exciting baseball experience in the District.

The Washington Nationals, who have four National League East titles, five postseason appearances and a World Series championship since coming to DC in 2005, are one of the city's main attractions throughout the spring and summer. The sheer joy of watching pro baseball players compete is a big reason to catch a game, but it’s not the only one.


An exciting schedule

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

The Washington Nationals’ schedule delivers can't-miss matchups throughout the season. Home series include matchups against Shohei Ohtani and the L.A. Dodgers (April 23-25), the crosstown rival (and World Series favorite) Baltimore Orioles (May 7-8) and the 2023 National League champion Arizona Diamondbacks (June 18-20). There will also be showdowns with former Nationals All-Stars Juan Soto and Bryce Harper when the New York Yankees (Aug. 26-28) and Philadelphia Phillies (Sept. 27-29) come to town. And if you thought the National Mall’s Independence Day fireworks display was something to behold, wait until you see the sparks fly during the Nats' July Fourth matchup against a heated division rival in the New York Mets. The Nats also offer deals and steals every Tuesday night, including tickets starting at just $9, $10 parking and $3-$4-$5 menu items like pretzels, hot dogs and pizzas.

Note that backpacks and bags that exceed 16"x16"x8"are now prohibited inside Nationals Park. Make sure to read the full Nationals bag policy before heading to the game.


Amazing food

DC is a culinary capital and Nationals Park is one of the best ballparks for food in the MLB. Down a Ben’s Chili Bowl half-smoke, DC’s signature take on a hot dog, inhale a burger and shake from Shake Shack or try plenty of other delicious bites. Check out our full guide of where to eat and drink at the ballpark.


The Racing Presidents

Held in the middle of the fourth inning, the GEICO Presidents Race features a footrace with Mount Rushmore all-stars Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson and the oft luckless Teddy Roosevelt.


Kids run the bases for free, Pups in the Park and more promotions

The Nats have a robust promotions schedule featuring exciting events for the whole family. Bring your canine to Pups in the Park, or catch a Sunday regular season home game where kids between the ages of 4 and 12 can run the bases for free. The details: each child must be accompanied by an adult, participants must exit the ballpark through the Right Field Gate, the line forms outside of the park on the sidewalk along First Street starting in the seventh inning.


The Capitol Riverfront neighborhood

Bluejacket Brewery on the Capitol Riverfront - Brewery and Restaurant in Washington, DC

Nationals Park was built along the Anacostia River, and is situated within the Capitol Riverfront neighborhood. There’s lots to do before and after games in the area, from kayaking at the Ballpark Boathouse to sipping suds from Bluejacket Brewery and vino at District Winery to walking through The Yards Park.

Check out other exciting sporting events and outdoor activities in Washington, DC. 


Blowout weekends

Washington Nationals

Washington Nationals

The Nationals are hosting three exciting “blowout weekends” this season that will be packed with fun theme nights and promotions.

From April 19-21, the team celebrates the five-year anniversary of their World Series title during its series against the Houston Astros (the team the Nats beat to secure the championship in 2019). 2019 Nats legends like Howie Kendrick and Adam Eaton will be in attendance. The weekend kicks off with a fireworks show after the game on Friday. Get your 2019 World Series Replica Ring on Saturday (April 20) and on Sunday (April 21), 450 fans will have the opportunity to get a signature from Nationals Alumni suring Signature Sunday (Note: Fans must obtain a free voucher to participate. Vouchers will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at Section 103 when the gates open).

Get your light sabers ready for STAR WARS weekend when the Nats take on the Toronto Blue Jays from May 3-5. A Friday night fireworks event with STAR WARS-themed music kickstarts the festivities. May the 4th be with you the following day as the first 15,000 fans into the stadium will get a Kyle Finnegan STAR WARS X-Wing Pilot Bobblehead. On Sunday (May 5), the Nats will be giving away STAR WARS Light Side vs. Dark Side Reversible beanies. And throughout the weekend, the stadium will be packed with STAR WARS-themed photo booths, balloon twisters, face painters and caricaturists. Visit the Nats' website for more details.

Last but certainly not least: did you know that the Washington Senators won the World Series 100 years ago? Join the Nats organization as it celebrates the 1924 World Series Championship during a weekend  series against the division rival Miami Marlins from Sept. 13-15. There will be fireworks and fun fan giveaways all weekend. Stay tuned for more details!


Summer Concert Series

Nationals Summer Concert Series

For the first time in a decade, the Nats are bringing back their postgame Summer Concert Series with some fantastic artists on the docket. Flo Rida starts the series with a bang on June 7. He'll be followed by Carly Rae Jepsen (July 19), Teddy Swims (Aug. 9), and Lady A (Sept. 27). With the purchase of a ticket, fans will be able to enjoy the full concert after the game. On-field passes will be available as an upgrade a few weeks before each concert, so get your tickets now so you can stay in the loop.

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