Fairgrounds opens outside Nationals Park


Jameson and Double-O Soul perform Jimi Hendrix and Booker T and the MGs covers at the opening of the Fairgrounds on April 3. The Fairgrounds has replaced the Bullpen and Das Bullpen across from Nationals Park. (Fritz Hahn/The Washington Post)

Though the huge lot remains a construction site, it was pretty easy to picture what owner Bo Blair has planned as the building blocks for this season: A large stage that will feature bands at one end, bars selling $6 16-ounce beers from coolers, a variety of food trucks hustling lobster and shrimp rolls, grilled cheese sandwiches, empanadas and tacos.

Basically, it looked like a large-scale Truckeroo, the Bullpen’s monthly festival of 20-plus food trucks, in a parking lot surrounded by recycled shipping containers.

More attractions will be added as we get closer to Fairgrounds’ (and the Nationals’) opening day on April 12, including corn hole games, TVs for viewing sports, activities for kids, and, promisingly, a selection of artists and merchants selling their wares in shops constructed out of shipping containers.

Stay tuned, because there’s much more to come about Fairgrounds..


Nationals Parklooms in the background as baseball fans grab beers and lobster rolls after the Red Sox beat the Nationals, 8-7. (Fritz Hahn/The Post)
Fritz Hahn has covered bars, drinks and nightlife for the Washington Post Weekend Section since 2003, but he also writes about everything from Civil War battlefields to sailing classes. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram.

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