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There’s a Smash Mouth song about this week in D.C. It’s called “Walkin’ on the Sun.” It’s going to be hot this week.

Every Thursday at 9 a.m we mail you our Best Weekend Bets. Best Weekday Bets are similar to our Best Weekend Bets but they’re longer. There’s more non-baseball stuff to do on the weekend.

ACTIVE: Sometimes you need encouragement to exercise. Head to Banneker Track at 7 p.m. and run with the DC Run Crew. All fitness levels welcome.

CULTURE: Final day to check out the MLB Assembly at The Wharf. It looks very good.


FILM: It’s not a film but it’s really similar to an outdoor movie screening (if the movie is a baseball movie) so we’re recommending the T-Mobile Home Run Derby Watch Party at Yards Park.

FOOD + DRINK: Last day to check out Why Baseball is Getting Bigger at the Presidents Sports Bar & Grille at the Renaissance Hotel.

FREE: Visit MLB’s Play Ball Park at The Yards and literally play ball in a park.

MUSIC: Revisit 2005 and see The Magic Numbers at Union Stage.

OUTSIDE: Home Run Derby at Nats Park! Anyone want to give us tickets?

STAGE: I read about baseball more than any subject. I read 20 books about baseball in 2017. That may be too many books about baseball. Anyway, East City Bookshop hosts the MLB All-Star Week Panel. 

STAY IN: Eight Men Out is on Hulu. John Cusack plays White Sox George ‘Buck’ Weaver. Cusack is a Cubs fan.

ACTIVE: Drive to Gaithersburg and hit some dingers in The Baseball Zone. I rented a car to go to The Baseball Zone because it’s the best batting cage facility near D.C. I’m including this pick on the day of the All-Star Game to highlight D.C. does not have a good batting cage situation. D.C. needs more batting cages. Less driving ranges, more batting cages.

CULTURE: If you’re the parent or caretaker of a child that loves baseball, take them to the Geico All-Star FanFest at the Convention Center. I really enjoyed the exhibits on the Negro League and women in baseball but the biggest hits were the sections for kids to throw, hit and slide.

FILM: The Can I Kick It? outdoor film series concludes with Golden Child.

FOOD + DRINK: The Salt Line is great and very close to Nats Park and opening up a Jack Daniel’s All Star Park in their outdoor lounge. I’ve been to most bars and restaurants surrounding the park after games and The Salt Line bartenders deal with horrible, drunken fans better than anyone.

FREE: As of Sunday night, tickets to the All-Star Game on Stubhub start at $251. That’s for standing room. Tickets for an actual seat begin at $296.94. That’s more than the most recent Nats playoff series. Watch the game for free in Yards Park.

MUSIC: Serena Ryder is at Birchmere.

OUTSIDE: All-Star Game at Nats Park! Anyone want to give us tickets?

STAGE: Straight No Chaser plays Wolf Trap. I bet this is the nicest, most manageable crowd of the summer.

STAY IN: If you’re a baseball fan but don’t want to watch the All-Star Game because it can be very boring, queue up The Battered Bastards of Baseball on Netflix.

ACTIVE: Take a free barre class in Canal Park. BYO yoga mat.

CULTURE: The non-baseball art event of the week is Spiked: The Unpublished Cartoons of Rob Rogers at the Corcoran. Rogers is the recently released Pittsburgh Post-Gazette editorial cartoonist that was let go after 25 years due to his work critical of the Trump Administration. Wednesday is opening night.

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FILM: AFI Silver Spring celebrates the Ingmar Bergman centennial with a screening of The Virgin Spring.

FOOD + DRINK: Nando’s PERi-PERi will donate the first 67 minutes of proceeds from all of its 42 U.S. locations to honor what would have been the 100th birthday of Nelson Mandela. That’s a good reason to eat chicken in the a.m. D.C. area locations open at 11 a.m.

FREE: Renwick’s Burning Man exhibit is the most talked about D.C. exhibit of 2018. Learn about the jewelry of Burning Man at “The Jewelry of Burning Man” program.

MUSIC: Petal plays Black Cat. Read Petal’s entry in our Dream Jukebox.

OUTSIDE: Culture Club and The B52’s play Wolf Trap. Culture Club is currently billed as Boy George & Culture Club and that must suck for the guys in Culture Club that aren’t Boy George.

STAGE: Perfect Liars Club is at Bier Baron. Not a lie.

STAY IN: The District of Comedy fest is this weekend at the Kennedy Center. Prepare for funnies and watch Patton Oswalt’s newest Netflix special, Annihilation. It’s beautiful and dark and funny. He headlines the fest Saturday.


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