The Washington Capitals run in the Stanley Cup finals has brought locals together to celebrate.
The team’s appearance has snapped what some have called the “D.C. Sports Curse,” because the Capitals are the first team from D.C. to reach the conference finals across four majors sports in nearly two decades.
With the cheapest tickets to home games costing more than $1,000, here are some less expensive options to celebrate the historic championship run around the District:
Viewing parties and special events
Before game four Monday, the Capitals will host a pre-game show on the steps of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery in front of Capital One Arena, closing down several streets around the area. The free concert will feature the band Fall Out Boy at 6 p.m., along with stations to get your face painted and make posters.
After the performance, fans can file into Capital One Arena for the game. If you didn’t shell out cash for tickets to the game, you can stay outside the arena and watch the game on big screens set up on the streets.
Capital One Arena housed arena-sized watch parties while the team played on the road for games one and two, which attracted more than 12,000 fans each. Thursday’s game five is in Las Vegas, so the arena will be open again for fans for a free viewing party.
Each guest will go home with a free rally towel and between periods, the team’s cheerleading squad, the Red Rockers, will perform for the crowd.
If the Capitals do not win games four and five, they’ll head back to D.C. to compete in game six Sunday.
Ahead of the game, fans can travel to the Kettler Capitals Iceplex in Arlington, Va. at 10:30 a.m. Saturday and 10:15 a.m. Sunday to watch the team practice before battling for the Stanley Cup.
Fans can watch the players practice for free, get Stanley Cup finals merchandise at the rink’s store and try to snag players’ autographs or a post-practice selfie.
Iron Horse Tap Room
This Chinatown spot has two floors of more than 20 drafts on tap, wine, cider and arcade games. But you won’t be able to focus on skeeball or shuffleboard when Iron Horse Tap Room, located at 507 7th St. NW, plays the Capitals Stanley Cup run over the next week. The bar will offer specials during every game, and customers can join the Home Ice Club for free to enjoy additional drink specials, like $4 drafts, when the team takes the ice.
This upscale restaurant isn’t your typical sports bar, but Dirty Habit, located at 555 8th St. NW, is hosting Stanley Cup watch parties throughout the entire space for each game. The party begins inside but continues onto their outdoor patio. The bar is offering a special drink, dubbed the Wilson Punch ($6) after Capitals right winger Tom Wilson. Through the rest of the tournament, $1 from each drink purchase will go to the Monumental Sports and Entertainment Foundation, the charitable organization for the Capitals and other D.C. professional sports teams.
In honor of the historic Stanley Cup run, the outdoor bar across from Nationals Park will show puck drops instead of first pitches. The Bullpen, located at 1201 Half St. SE, will be open for all games and will be showing the action on big screens. Hockey fans, even the bandwagon type, can enjoy $5 drink specials at the baseball-themed bar.
If you’d rather skip staying up late for the fanfare surrounding the Stanley Cup, you can get to bed and rise early for a free coffee courtesy of the team’s win. The day after every Capitals victory, Dunkin’ Donuts locations around the District will give out a free medium iced coffee to customers as part of their “Caps Win, You Win” offer.