Batter Up! Nationals Opening Day is Here

The return of baseball season comes at last! The Washington Nationals are kicking off their home season this year with 5,000 fans (safely socially distanced, of course) ready to watch them face off against the New York Mets on Thursday, April 1 at 7:09 pm. Even if you weren’t one of the lucky ones to snag a ticket this time around, there’s still plenty of ways to celebrate opening day in Capitol Riverfront. 

Head Out On a Hunt 

In honor of the return of action at the ballpark the CapRiv BID is putting on the Inaugural HOMErun Scavenger Hunt! Everyone's favorite inflatable baseballs will be located throughout the neighborhood, and can be found with clues along the way. The hunt will kick off with the first clue and game rules posted on @capitolriverfront's Instagram handle at noon on Thursday, April 1. Follow the clues at each of the 6 baseball locations that will lead to the final "homeplate" baseball. Snap a photo in front of the homeplate baseball (and its location); post on your Instagram story and tag @capitolriverfront; and you'll be entered to win one of three $100 gift cards to a favorite pregame/postgame restaurant in the neighborhood!

Go Old School and See A Drive-In Movie 

Celebrate the start of blossoms and baseball season with an outdoor, drive-in movie with your friends and family. The Capitol Riverfront BID, Washington Nationals, and the National Cherry Blossom Festival have teamed up to bring drive-in movies back to Buzzard Point just in time for Opening Day weekend. The Blossoms + Baseball Drive-In Pop-Up Movie Series will feature “42" and “A League of Their Own” on Friday, April 2 and Saturday, April 3 at 7:30 pm down at The Stacks. It’s not baseball without hot dogs! The Swizzler food truck will make an appearance on Saturday so you can get your hands on a gourmet dog. Plus, all proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Living Classrooms Foundation.

Dig Into Gameday Specials 

All-Purpose Pizzeria opens at 4:00 pm with happy hour running from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. Sip on $5 draft beer or $8 draft wine and Aperol Spritzes on the newly open rooftop deck available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Don’t worry, reservations will be available for their riverside patio where you can dig into The Childish Bambino -- a commemorative pizza in honor of Nats player Juan Soto -- and two DC Brau Full Count lagers for $3.51. 79 Potomac Ave, SE 

Atlas Brew Works is celebrating opening day AND their one-year anniversary with $5 Bullpen Pilsner pints from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm to enjoy on their new extended patio between Van and Half Streets. 1201 Half St, SE 

Bammy’s will be offering Red Stripe Beer and a shot of Appleton for $10 in honor of opening day. This same drink deal will also be available throughout the season for all Nats home games. A special Nats menu with food specials to follow -- including jerk chicken sausages, coleslaw, jerk bbq and more. 301 Water St, SE

The Bullpen returns for the 2021 season starting at 3:00 pm with hot dogs off the grill, daiquiris from the “Daq Shack,” barbecue and fried chicken from the Due South food cart and drinks from the Bullpen Bar. Catch happy hour pricing ($5 on all drinks) from the 3rd through the 7th inning. 25 M St, SE

Due South Dockside is featuring 5 for $25 beer buckets at their happy hour from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm on weeknights and 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Yards Park

Ice Cream Jubilee knows that warm weather plus baseball season equals the need for delicious ice cream. So much so, they’re offering $1 off all baseball sundaes purchased in-store. 301 Water St, SE

La Famosa is rolling out a special menu available on all home game days, including the home opener, featuring $3 adobo-seasoned pork rinds, $8 Chicharrones de Pollo,  $8 spicy glazed pork shanks, $5 mini pina coladas and $3 Medalla beer cans. 1300 4th St, SE

Mission opens at 2:00 pm for $10 nachos, $6 Sauza Hacienda Silver shots, $5.50 Bud Lights, and $26 Bud Light buckets with happy hour running from 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm. 1221 Van St, SE 

RASA  is bringing back their game day happy hour, available on all game days through the season, featuring $3 PBR Tallboys, $4 craft beers, $5 cocktails, and $6 22 oz Taj Mahals. 1247 First St, SE 

Sandlot Southeast celebrates the start of baseball season and its own grand reopening with $1 beers on April 1, $2 beers on April 2, $3 on April 3 and $4 on April 4 for the first ten people to arrive on-site. Hot tip: the Sandlot will open at 4:00 pm on Thursday, April 1. 71 Potomac Ave, SE

Swizzler is celebrating the return of the World Series Champion Nats to the ballpark with deals all weekend long. Show up in Nats gear when you order any burger (veggie included) and receive a free order of house-cut fries and medium soda or tea to complete your meal. 1259 First St, SE