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The Fairgrounds

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The Fairgrounds photo
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Editorial Review

The biggest and most popular destination for al fresco drinking before a Nationals home game, the Fairgrounds is a huge beer garden fashioned from an empty parking lot and recycled metal shipping containers. On game days, crowds spend hours drinking beer and frozen margaritas while hanging out at picnic tables, playing corn hole or bocce, and listening to live music.

When the Nationals are out of town, the Fairgrounds is a multipurpose event space that holds the monthly Truckaroo food truck festival, which offers up to 20 mobile dining options in one place, and major concerts, such as the Trillectro festival.

Reader Reviews

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Used to be a great place....

We've been to The Fairgrounds/Bullpen many times over the years after Nats games for beer & good live bands, & the festive, diverse crowd has always made for a nice afternoon. We found all that to be the same this year, but there's a change that really affects the whole experience. There are so many people smoking, both cigars & cigarettes (there's a tobacco shop in the Fairgrounds) that it's impossible to avoid being around a lot of smoke. There's no designated smoking area, so every part of the grounds has smoke blowing around. I honestly can't remember the last time I've been to a place that had that many people smoking. Besides the health risk, it irritates your eyes & throat & permeates your clothes. It's kept us away, and we miss it.