District of Columbia Executive Office of the Mayor

07/12/2018 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 07/12/2018 15:38

Mayor Bowser to Kick Off MLB All-Star Week with All-Star FanFest

(WASHINGTON, DC) - On Friday, July 13, at 8:30 am, Mayor Muriel Bowser will kick off the MLB All-Star Week festivities with the MLB All-Star FanFest. MLB All-Star Fanfest is the largest interactive baseball theme park in the world, where for five days, baseball and softball fans have the opportunity to meet MLB Legends, get free autographs, receive daily giveaways and more. The MLB All-Star Week will begin on July 13th with the All-Star FanFest and will conclude with the MLB All-Star Game at Nationals Park on July 17th at 8 pm.

Mayor Bowser will also join MLB and the US Conference of Mayors (USCM) at 10 am to kick off Play Ball Park where DC area youth, including children from Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) camps, will participate in baseball drills and other games. On June 20, 2015, MLB and the USCM launched the Play Ball initiative, which focuses on the sport of baseball and encourages sustained participation in the sport for years to come.

For more information on local government operations during All-Star week, visit

All-Star Fanfest
Friday, July 13 at 8:30 am

Play Ball Park
Friday, July 13 at 10 am

All-Star Fanfest
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Mark Lerner, Principal Owner, Washington Nationals
Tony Petitti, Deputy Commissioner, Business & Media, MLB
Juan Marichal, Hall of Fame pitcher
Ryan Church, former Washington Nationals outfielder
Justin Maxwell, former Washington Nationals outfielder

Play Ball Park
Mayor Muriel Bowser
Keith Anderson, Director, DC Parks & Recreation
US Conference of Mayors

All-Star Fanfest
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
801 Mt. Vernon Place, NW
*Closest Metro: Mt Vernon Square/7th St-Convention Center Station Metro Station*
Note to Media: Media access badges can be picked up at the Special Guest/Media entrance located on Mt. Vernon Place between 7th Street and 9th Street at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

Play Ball Park
The Yards in Capitol Riverfront - Parcel A, Lot 854 Square
Intersection of First Street and M Street, SE
*Closest Metro: Navy Yard-Ballpark Metro Station*

Press interested in attending the events are asked to RSVP to [email protected] . To view the FanFest event online, visit or tune in on Channel 16 (DCN).