MGM National Harbor opens tonight. Here’s everything you need to know before you go.

The development of a neighborhood like Shaw or Navy Yard takes place over years, as new restaurants, shops and nightlife destinations pop up one by one. The opening of MGM National Harbor (tonight at 11 p.m.), on the other hand, is like having a whole neighborhood sprout from the earth all at once.

The 23-acre resort in southern Prince George’s County includes restaurants from celebrity chefs Marcus Samuelsson, José Andrés and the Voltaggio brothers; a concert venue roughly 2 1/2 times as large as the 9:30 Club; a Union Market-style food hall; a 24-story hotel; a luxury spa and salon; and a 125,000-square-foot casino packed with slot machines, poker, blackjack and other table games.

Of course, you can dine at Marcus, browse Sarah Jessica Parker’s SJP boutique or watch football on one of 90 televisions in the Tap Sports Bar without ever risking a dollar in the casino. That’s how big this new addition is — and why you need this guide to make the most of it.

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