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Getting Around DC During the 2018 MLB All-Star Week

Get excited, commuters: All-Star Week is finally here in DC! Events begin Friday and last through the actual All-Star Game on Tuesday night at Nationals Park. And somewhere between all of this baseball, DC United will have its inaugural game at Audi Field on Saturday night.

Events and closures will occur at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, Capital Riverfront, Southwest Waterfront, Navy Yard area, and other parts of the city.

All-Star Week Schedule

To figure out what’s happening when, check out our new and improved calendar, which breaks down the marquee events and their locations. But here’s a quick down-and-dirty summary of the big week:

Friday, July 13

  • 9 am-8 pm: MLB All-Star FanFest (Washington Convention Center)
  • 5 pm: Armed Services Classic - coed softball among service members (Nationals Park)

Saturday, July 14

  • 8 am: MLB All-Star Color Run 5K (Yards Park)
  • 8 pm: Audi Field Inaugural Game - Vancouver Whitecaps at DC United (Audi Field, Buzzard Point)

Sunday, July 15

  • 4 pm: All-Star Futures Game / Legends and Celebrity Softball Game (Nationals Park)

Monday, July 16

  • All Day: All-Star Workout Day (Nationals Park)
  • 8 pm: Home Run Derby (Nationals Park)

Tuesday, July 17

  • 8 pm: 89th MLB All-Star Game (Nationals Park)

Other Events Throughout the Week

  • MLB All-Star FanFest: Friday, July 13 through Tuesday, July 17 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center
  • MLB Assembly: Friday, July 13 through Monday, July 16 at The Wharf
  • PlayBall Park: Friday, July 13 through Tuesday, July 17 at The Yards, intersection of First and M Streets SE

Getting to MLB All-Star Week Events

We’ve been down this road before, haven’t we? Here’s our guide for getting to Nats Park. If you’re heading to the All-Star Game, Home Run Derby or another event, Metro is probably your best bet, so you don’t have to worry about fishing through heavy summer traffic and finding a parking spot (which will be expensive).

The area around the Washington Convention Center.

The area around the Washington Convention Center.

DDOT

Road Closures

If you regularly drive through the above-mentioned areas, you’re in for a world of hurt. Numerous road closures are scheduled.

Convention Center

  • From approximately 12 p.m. Sunday, July 8 to noon Wednesday, July 18: L Street, NW from 7th Street, NW to 9th Street, NW

Nationals Park

  • From approximately 12 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2018 to Wednesday, July 18, until 6 a.m.:
  • First Street, SE from M Street, SE to Potomac Avenue, SE - Southbound Traffic Only
  • Potomac Avenue, SE from First Street, SE to South Capitol Street, SE - Westbound Traffic Only
  • Van Street, SE from M Street, SE to N Street, SE
  • Half Street, SE from M Street, SE to N Street, SE
  • N Street, SE from South Capitol Street, SE to New Jersey Avenue, SE
  • N Place, SE from First Street, SE to the DC Water Facility Entrance Gate

Parking

Driving and parking around Audi Field, Nationals Park and the Walter E. Washington Convention Center will be painful. If you insist on driving yourself, here are a few of your best options:

Getting around SW Waterfront and Navy Yard.

Getting around SW Waterfront and Navy Yard.

DDOT

Parking Restrictions

Emergency No Parking will be in effect from 6 a.m. Thursday, July 12 through noon on Wednesday, July 18:

  • 7th Street, NW from Mt. Vernon Place, NW to N Street, NW
  • 9th Street, NW from Mt. Vernon Place, NW to N Street, NW

Metro

Recommended Metro exits for fans going to Audi Field between July 12-19, 2018 are:

Recommended Metro exits for fans going to MLB-related events near Nationals Park between July 12-19 are:

Recommended Metro exits for fans going to MLB All Star Fest between July 12-19 are:

Bicycle

Two popular bicycling options available throughout DC include Capital Bikeshare and LimeBike. With plenty of places to park your bike and numerous Capital Bikeshare stations throughout the region, a two-wheeled commute might be your best bet to beating traffic and long waits at the Metro station.

Rail/Bus

Commuter Trains

All tracks lead to DC’s Union Station, where you can take a Metrorail or bus ride

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