Start your weekend early and get ready to enjoy all of your favorite food trucks. Truckeroo is this Friday at the corner of Half and M Streets SE — one block north of Nationals Stadium. There will be plenty of shade and picnic tables to listen to the live music, play games and enjoy the Bullpen Bar from 11 am to 11 pm.
The monthly festival is organized April through October, and there will be more than 20 tasty food trucks. Navy Yard is the Metro stop will get you closest to the action.
The Food Truck List
BBQ Bus, Bon Mi, Borinquen Lunch Box, Cap Mac, Curbside Cupcakes, DC Empanadas, DC Slices, Doug the Food Dude, El Faralito, El Floridano, Feelin Crabby, Goodies Frozen Custard, Halal Grille, Mojo, Pleasant Pops, Popped! Republic, Red Hook Lobster Pound -DC, Rocklands, Sang, Sinplicity Ice Cream, Surfside, TaKorean, Tapas, The Randy Radish, Neat Meat and Mighty Dog and Acai.
From Kent Barnes. Follow him on Twitter @KentBarnes, email him at kent[AT]borderstan.com.
Although the baseball season started back in April, we’ve finally reached what I consider the perfect time of year to attend a game. The weather is warm but not too hot, the players have shaken off the off season rust, and summer is finally here.
So you’ve got a free Saturday and you’re ready to go to a Nationals game. Here are some helpful hints to maximize your experience.
1. Getting to the Stadium
Most people either take the Metro or drive. If you take the Metro you’ll need to hop on the Green line to the Navy Yard station. If you’ve ridden the Metro on game day before you know that the trains turn into sardine cans around Gallery Place and L’Enfant Plaza. If you don’t want to spend the entire ride smashed up against the guy who doesn’t shower on weekends, try catching the Green line at the U Street station before they come on board.
If you’re lucky enough to be attending a game with a designated driver, don’t waste your beer money on a garage right beside the stadium! Lot W is only a 10-minute walk from the stadium, and costs $10.
So you’ve arrived at the stadium and you have some time to kill. Head to The Bullpen to get yourself in the right…state of mind. There you’ll find live music, interactive games, and of course, beer. Best of all, you’re right across the street from the main entrance to the stadium. Hang out for a while, and then head into the park for some baseball.
3. Game Time
Now it’s time to find your seats and get yourself mentally prepared for the all important next step: game day food. Nationals Stadium has some of the best food options in all of sports. Don’t want a plain old hot dog? Head to Section 109 or 140 for a famous half smoke and some chili cheese fries at Ben’s Chili Bowl. Ready for a vacation? Try some ribs and jerk chicken at Jammin’ Island Outpost in Section 143. And that’s just the beginning. Nationals Park is also home to Shake Shack, Steak of the Union, El Verano Taqueria, and a host of other delicious options.
Once you’ve satisfied your hunger, head back to your seat and take in the view. Depending on your seat you may have a view of the Capitol dome (or more likely, a parking deck or construction crane). Nationals stadium is a beautiful park, and is famous for having a great view of the action regardless of where you sit. Sit back, relax, and enjoy a the train whistle each time a Nat hits a home run.
It’s time for the 7th inning stretch, which means preparing yourself for the new tradition of singing A-ha’s Take On Me. It started as first baseman Michael Morse’s walkout song, and has since become our Sweet Caroline. Don’t be afraid to show off your falsetto when it’s time for “two.”
At this point the game is almost over, but you still have time to grab a treat before the Nats close out the win. Embrace your inner child and head to the Frozen Rope, Turkey Hill Ice Cream, or Sweet Spot for a sundae in a Nationals mini helmet.
Hopefully these tips help you maximize your Nationals experience. And if you’re looking for a great way to end the day, head to the park on Saturday June 8th for a free Blues Traveler concert following the game.
It’s officially spring — and nothing says “spring” quite like enjoying a beer at the ballpark.
This weekend is the inaugural DC Beer Festival at Nationals Stadium (1500 South Capitol Street SE). The two-day event (Saturday, March 23 and Sunday, March 24) will feature craft beer from local and national breweries, live music, games, DJs and some “surprises.”
Featured beers for the event include DC Brau, Starr Hill, Dogfish Head, Flying Dog, Harpoon Brewery, Brooklyn Brewery, Smuttynose and so many more.
Admission is $40 with a choice of two sessions, 1 pm to 4 pm and 6 pm to 9 pm on both days. A ticket includes unlimited beer tastings; food will be sold separately. Tickets are available online. They will not be sold at the door.