Free Simulcast of WNO’s ‘SHOWBOAT” at Nationals Park This Saturday at 7 PM

Join Washington National Opera for M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park!


Celebrate the fifth year of free live opera broadcasts at the ballpark with Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s American masterpiece Show Boat on Saturday, May 18 at 7 p.m. Gates open at 5 p.m.

Arrive early to Nationals Park to enjoy entertainment and activities including:

  • Dance demonstrations by Gottaswing
  • A meet and greet with M&M’S® Ms. Brown
  • Photo opportunities for kids of all ages with the living statue of Babe Ruth (back by popular demand!)
  • A special costume trunk where kids can play dress up using a wide variety of costumes and accessories
  • Face painting by theatrical makeup artists
  • A screening of the Warner Bros. cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?,” starring Bugs Bunny and his nemesis Elmer Fudd
  • Chances to win prizes, including tickets to Kennedy Center performances
  • And more!

M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield will take place rain or shine!
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Register in advance for M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield for a chance to win a Night at the Kennedy Center!* The winner will receive two Orchestra seats to the opening night performance of The Force of Destiny on October 12, 2013, two free drinks from the Kennedy Center lobby bars, and admission for two to the post-performance Opening Night Celebration for The Force of Destiny. Registration closes May 14, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. EDT, so register today for your chance to win!*

Register for M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield

For more information on the giveaway, please visit the M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield Registration Giveaway Official Rules page. By entering the giveaway you agree that you have reviewed the full contest rules and agree to be bound by all terms and conditions.

Have a group of 10 or more? Call our Group Sales office at (202) 416-8400 to arrange for a reserved seating section at the stadium! Limited complimentary bus parking may be available for larger sized groups.

M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield is free and open to the public; registration is not required for admission. Seating in the stands will be available for walk-ins at the event. See below for information on outfield seating.

Seating in the Outfield

Due to the popularity of M&M’S® Opera in the Outfieldpatrons wishing to sit in the outfield will be required to pick up a wristband when they enter Nationals Park. The wristbands will be available on a first-come, first-served basis and will be distributed at a table to the left of Center Field Plaza when the gates open at 5 p.m.

  • Wristbands are free and the only way to gain access to outfield seating
  • Wristbands will be distributed at a table to the left of Center Field Plaza near the Family Picnic Area (at sections 141-143). There will be signs to guide you to the table and to the field entrances.
  • Distribution of wristbands will begin promptly at 5 p.m. when the park gates open.
  • Seating is limited, so the wristbands will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. You must be present to receive a wristband; ONE (1) wristband per person.
  • Once all of the available wristbands have been claimed, an announcement will be made over the stadium sound system and field access will be closed to those without a wristband.

Free seating will be available in the stands throughout the evening. Only outfield seating requires a wristband.


Symbol of AccessibilityAccessible seating is available throughout the park. Fan Ambassadors will be located throughout the Center Field Entrance ready to assist those needing a wheelchair.
Assistive Listening Devices SymbolAssistive listening devices (ALDs) may be signed out free of charge from Guest Services located at the Center Field Gate. A valid driver’s license will be held until the device is returned.
Open-captioning SymbolThis event will be captioned.

For additional information about accessibility or to request an accommodation, please visit the Nationals’ website or contact the Kennedy Center’s Accessibility Office at 202-416-8727 (voice) or [email protected].

Show Boat 8 - photo by Scott Suchman

About Show Boat

This spectacular new production of Show Boat, Broadway’s original masterpiece, brings unforgettable songs, dazzling choreography, and an epic story together to make great entertainment and great art. With something in store around every bend as the Cotton Blossom travels the Mississippi with a troupe of riverboat performers, Julie, Joe, Queenie, and of course Magnolia and Ravenal make their way through the decades, navigating the trials of show business, love, and loss in a landscape overshadowed by racial inequality.

Show Boat contains words and images that were common during the post-Civil War period in which it is set. Some of the language and stereotypical situations are considered offensive in today’s society. Learn more about the performance with this Kennedy Center Cuesheet, a free performance guide that helps kids and teenagers prepare for attending M M&M’S® Opera in the Outfield.


Stadium Information

Nationals Park is located at 1500 South Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Guests who plan to sit in the outfield grass may bring blankets to sit on. Chairs are not permitted on the grass. Nationals Park concessions will be open for the simulcast. No alcoholic beverages may be brought into Nationals Park. No bags larger than 16 inches x 16 inches x 8 inches will be allowed into the ballpark. All bags are subject to inspection. Guests are prohibited from bringing hard containers into Nationals Park. Click here for a complete list of prohibited items in Nationals Park.

For complete information about your visit to Nationals Park, visit the Nationals’ website.

Metro Information

Metro is the quickest and easiest way to get to Nationals Park.

Take Metro’s Green Line to Navy Yard station— it’s just a half block from Nationals Park. And remember, Metro has more than 57,000 parking spaces at its stations.

Buses that serve Nationals Park: 74, P1, P2, V7, V8, V9, and the Capitol Hill Circulator.

parking on Saturday, is FREE at Metro Park and Ride lots. Click here for more parking information.

Click here for more information about taking Metro to Nationals Park or call (202) 637-7000 (TTY 202-638-3780).

Nationals Parking

$10 parking is available at Nationals Park. Click here for more information.


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