The Washington National Opera's annual simulcast at Nationals Park is one of the top free events of the year, offering families a chance to grab a hot dog, slip off their shoes and go to the opera. Mark your calendars: This year's Opera in the Outfield, featuring a performance of Mozart's "The Magic Flute" broadcast live from the Kennedy Center, is on May 3.

The Washington National Opera's Opera in the Outfield event has featured everything from "Tosca" to "Showboat."  (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post)

Opera in the Outfield is in its sixth season at Nationals Park and has featured an array of broadcasts, from heady Puccini to last year's sprawling American musical "Showboat." "The Magic Flute," which will be performed in English, will feature sets and costumes by Japanese-American artist Jun Kaneko. For those who want to get a closer look at the designs than a jumbo screen affords, the Kennedy Center will host an exhibition of Kaneko's ceramic works throughout the production, April 9-May 19.