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Info and Tips for the Nationals World Series Victory Parade on Saturday

Fight Finished. Now it’s time to celebrate our Washington Nationals!!!

Mayor Bowser announced that a victory parade and rally will take place this Saturday, November 2, from 2pm to 5pm. The parade will begin at Constitution Avenue & 15th Street NW, then proceed down Constitution to Pennsylvania Avenue & 3rd Street NW. That’s just past the large intersection near the National Gallery of Art, DC Courthouse, and Capitol grounds.

Getting There
Obviously, streets will be closed off, and lots of people will be coming into the District, so parking and getting around by car will be very difficult. I recommend getting there by public transportation, bike, scooter, or the shoe leather express.

The closest Metro stops to the parade route and rally are Archives/Navy Memorial on the Yellow/Green line and Gallery Place on the Red/Yellow/Green lines, Metro Center on the Red/Blue/Orange lines, and Federal Triangle on the Blue/Orange line, Farragut North on the Red line, and Smithsonian on Blue/Orange. A bit farther and possibly less crowded are L’Enfant Plaza on Yellow/Green/Blue/Orange, Judiciary Square on Red, and Federal Center SW on Blue/Orange. It’ll be a nice day, perfect for some extra walking.

Metrobus is also a great option. The A30’s all service that general area, and the D-6 goes right through Penn Quarter. And keep in mind that some buses will be rerouted due to street closures, so be sure to check on that.

It’s a good time to take advantage of Capital Bikeshare, Jump Bikes, and scooters (for kids who are big enough) — see this Curbed DC article for info.

Being There
It’s always tricky to figure out the best place to stake out a spot for an event like this. (I remember our crew trying to be strategic about the Caps celebration and realizing when we got there lots of other people had the same idea we did!)

Generally, if you want to catch the parade, definitely line up on Constitution Ave. And if you care more about the rally, go straight to the ending point around Pennsylvania & 3rd. Of course, you can do both and start on Constitution, then head to the rally area, but there likely will be a crush of people doing the same. Either way, get there early if you want a good spot. I’d say at least an hour ahead. There are always big screens set up, so you should be able to see what’s going on from wherever you are, though sometimes you need to get a good spot for a good view of those, too.

Gear Up
Wear your Nats best! Modell’s and Dick’s have World Series commemorative gear, but I hear it’s selling fast! Of course, you can also purchase at the Nationals Team Stores at Nationals Park. Surely, there will be vendors selling items at the event on Saturday, too.

Fuel Up
Celebrating will make you hungry, so plan to have a meal before or after the parade and rally. There are loads of great, family-friendly places not too far from the event area. Here are some recommendations: Jaleo, Teasim, Hill Country Barbeque, Pi Pizzeria, Carmine’s, District Chophouse, Protein Bar, and Pret a Manger. Find even more on Open Table.

More Info
You can get alerts about the event by texting “NATS” to 888-777 or visit the District government’s event page for the parade to stay up to date on details (though right now there aren’t any there).

* If I hear further information and think of any other important tips, I’ll add them here, so check back before Saturday.

* For more to do while you’re downtown, be sure to check the Weekend Round-Up and, of course, the rest of the blog to find nearby activities.

* And because I am so, so, SO excited for our Nats and it’s #TBT as I post this and I’m a total sap and can’t pick just a few, here are a bunch of photos of our Nats fandom over the years. 🙂

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Where to Watch the NATS IN THE WORLD SERIES (!!!) with Kids in DC

From our Nats family to yours… Happy World Series Watching!

I’m a little excited about our beloved Nationals making it to the World Series. You know, like, OMFG-THE-NATS-ARE-IN-THE-WORLD-SERIES!!! excited. (Yeah, just a liiitttttle.) I know a lot of you are on the same exact page, too. So, of course, it’s of utmost importance that I produce a post of where to watch the World Series games with kids.

This round-up includes both special watch parties as well as places we like that are very kid-friendly and will be showing the games. Be sure to note that all of the games start a few minutes after 8pm, so they could run way too late for some kiddos. (I have been and will be letting my young Nats fans stay up to watch — granted, they are tween and teenage — and just hope their teachers will take into consideration the historic significance of this series.) Anyway, if you’re hoping to get out to watch the World Series with sister and fellow fans and want the kids to be part of the experience, or even if you want to watch KidFree, here are some ideas for where to root for our home team to #FinishTheFight.

Happy Nats Viewing!

Nationals Park
Perhaps the ultimate place to watch the games if you can’t be at them, the Nats’ home field will be hosting watch parties on Tuesday, October 22, and Wednesday, October 23, for the first two match-ups of the series. This is ticketed, but it’s free to get them! The garage opens at 6:30pm, and gates open at 7pm. Wear red! Side note: I have friends who took their kids to the NLDS Game 5 Watch Party there (the one when Howie hit the grand slam), and even though they did not get home until waaay past midnight and the kids were tired, maybe even late, for school, they do not regret it, because it was one day, but they will have that amazing memory forever. UPDATE: There will also be Watch Parties at Nationals Park on Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30, same timing as last week. We went to the Game 2 watch, and it was a blast! There is a max of 4 tickets/person, and FYI they “sold out” for the first two games.

The Wharf
Head just minutes away from Nats Park to the Southwest Waterfront to cheer on our team! The Wharf will be showing all the games on a giant 17-foot LED screen on the floating stage at Transit Pier. Along with the viewing there will be great giveaways, beer and wine bars for grown-ups, and sound up for every play. Grab a pizza from Union Pie or head up to Cantina Bambina to cozy up to the firepits. Patio seating at the Brighton gets a great view, too. You can also have a bite before the game at one of the many eateries in the area. Admission is free!

The Plaza at Tysons Corner Center
Cheer on the Nationals in Game 1 on October 22 at The Plaza located just outside the mall (the one with Nordstrom…I know people get confused about which Tysons mall is which). Watch the game live on the big screen and plan on having dinner at one of the eateries there beforehand or maybe even do some shopping — retail therapy to ease any World Series anxiety! 😉

Vim & Victor
The restaurant in the St. James, the sports complex in Springfield, VA, will have cocktail specials during Game 1 on October 22. This could be a good opportunity to take the kids to the Super, Awesome, & Amazing Activity Center, then enjoy a meal and baseball together after.

All Purpose Pizza
The location in the Navy Yard across from Nationals Park is one of our favorite family-friendly eateries in the Capitol Riverfront area, and it’s going into “Extra Innings” for all three home games. There will be extended kitchen and bar hours plus special World Series pies and sandwiches and a DC Brau Watch Party with specials on Full Count Lager and Joint Resolution. Make a reservation.

The Salt Line
Also across the street from Nationals Park right next to All Purpose, this restaurant is always popular with Nats fans on game days. With lots of tables to sit down for a meal, it’s a good place to go with kids, and they also have yummy food with options that will satisfy the whole fam. And if anyone needs a break from the excitement inside, you can head out for a walk by the water. Take advantage of specials: half-price oysters, $3 Narragansett, $5 DC Brau or wine, and $7 draft cocktails during away games. Make a reservation.

Not only is the pizza chain with locations all around the area a go-to for many families any time, they have several TVs at the bar and will be showing all of the Nats vs. Astros match-ups. You may not be able to bring kids barside, but adults take note: patrons wearing Nats gear at the bar on game days will get food and drinks at happy hour prices. If kids can’t be in that area, try to get seated with a good view of TVs. Make a reservation.

Ivy City Smokehouse
This restaurant in Northeast DC has become somewhat of a family go-to for us. We all love the food and relaxed, upbeat vibe. I don’t know if it’s considered a baseball-watching place per se, but they have a few TVs above the bar that you can see from just about every table in the restaurant, and surely they’ll have the World Series on. We watched an NLDS game there while we enjoyed a tasty meal. Make a reservation. Update: Ivy City is a baseball place is will be celebrating the Nats with World Series specials: Wear your Nats gear and receive happy hour prices all day!

Buffalo Wild Wings
A friend recommended this one for this post. With its huge TVs, fare that seems to satisfy big and little palates (who doesn’t like wings?), and location just a block away from Nationals Park, it’ll be a good place to watch the baseball action. And while I’m not sure of specials specifically for the World Series, they do offer $5 Gameday specials Thursday – Monday and buy one get one free traditional wings on Tuesdays (Game 1!).

Brookland’s Finest
The restaurant in Brookland is known for its family-friendliness and they show sports games on a couple of TVs, so I’m including as a spot to catch a little World Series action. The food and drinks are always good, and staff very friendly to diners of all ages.

Quincy’s South Bar & Grill
A late addition recommended by a KFDC reader, she said it’s “kid friendly and has a great kids menu! There’s a changing table in the bathroom and they have high chairs. Family-owned! They also have a fun World Series themed menu during the games!” And it’s located in North Bethesda/Rockville — convenient for MoCo Nats fans.

Culture House
Another late addition, the Southwest DC event space in the former Friendship Baptist Church known for its bright multi-colored exterior (surely, you’ve seen it on Instagram) is hosting an all-ages community watch party for Game 1 and Game 2 of the World Series. Enjoy small bites from &Pizza and a hosted bar (while supplies last). The games will be shown on two 70″ LED TV’s in the lounge and a 10′ x 20′ large format projector screen upstairs in the Performance Space.

The Yards
There are all kinds of World Series happenings going on at the recreational area in the Capitol Riverfront practically within baseball throwing distance of Nationals Park. Enjoy specials at restaurants and eateries at The Yards — Agua 301, Blue Jacket, and Willies are all places you could bring kids for a meal and catch the games. And Ice Cream Jubilee and Cosmopolitan Nail Lounge have World Series inspired specials, too.

On Friday evening at The Yards Park, Watch Party Weekend kicks off at 6pm with a celebratory pep rally featuring the Eastern High School March Band, live music, a fireboat show on the Anacostia, and curly W tattoos & lawn games. And at 8pm, watch Game 3 on a massive LED screen.

Watch Party Weekend will continue at The Yards Lot (M Street SE & New Jersey Avenue SE) on Saturday and Sunday starting at 2pm with live music, ballpark fare and drinks, games and activities. Airings of Games 4 and 5 will start at 8pm.

Clyde’sI saw this recommendation on DC Urban Moms in a thread that link to this post in response to someone asking about places to watch the game in the Tenleytown/Friendship Heights area. Apparently, the basement of the Clyde’s in that location has lots of TVs and a projection screen, and kids are allowed in that area. The location in Gallery place would make for good game viewing as well. Clyde’s has fare to satisfy all eaters and they are always welcoming to kids in our experience.

KidFree Viewing
If you want to get out to watch sans kids, there are several round-ups of World Series viewing spots circulating. Here are a few to check out:
Washington Post

*Do you have recommendations for other places to view the World Series with kids? Please share if so (especially spots in Maryland and Virginia as I know this round-up is short on those)!


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