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Washington DC is home of the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star celebration. The city has been transformed into a baseball play land! We have been making our way from one exciting baseball celebration to another. Why can’t the All-Stars be here every year?! The All-Star game is a celebration of the best and brightest talent currently in the game, but the fun doesn’t stop there! The All-Star festivities go all week long and include the Home Run Derby (congratulations to Bryce Harper for winning this year!). The PLAY BALL Park is a free, outdoor space to play pick-up or participate in organized games, which will be down at The Yards. The All-Star Sunday Doubleheader is The SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game showcasing the superstars of tomorrow and the All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. The Color Run MLB All-Star 5K happens at The Yards. The All-Star Game featuring the world’s best baseball players on the field under the lights in the nation’s capital at Nationals Park complete with an All-Stars Red Carpet event.
Major League Baseball goes all out for FanFest. The Walter E Washington Convention Center was transformed into everything baseball. Think of any aspect of the game or the fan experience and it’s at FanFest. There is a Baseball Hall of Fame and a celebration of Negro League players, tributes to women and Latinos in baseball taking a look back at the most influential players throughout history as well as changes to the stadiums and equipment. There are drills and instructional clinics, batting cages for adults complete with your stats, pitching practice with speed guns, fielding practice and skill tests. Make your own Tops personalized baseball card or shop the many baseball card and memorabilia vendors. New Era reinvented the classic claw prize game – in which you have a chance to win caps, merchandise and special prizes by letting fans “be” the claw! Even the smallest baseball fans will love FanFest. The Rookie Leagues offer face painting, balloon animals, kid batting cages with soft bats and tossing games. We were at FanFest for over 6 hours and were able to see everything and do the activities we wanted to do. We have young children so we watched some of the activities, but our children were never bored. We used the Express Lane passes which are a must have! FanFest is baseball awesomeness so it gets packed and the lines for the popular activities get very long, but the Express Lane passes allow you to go to the front of the line for many of the activities.
Big Thank Yous to Major League Baseball and the Washington Nationals for hosting an amazing All-Star Week right here in Washington DC. We’ll see you all back at Nationals Park again soon for more family baseball fun!