The Half Street Fairgrounds, a collection of shipping containers circled around a fallow parking lot across from Nationals Park, failed in its first attempt at becoming a destination for pop-up retail: Jewelry and clothing didn’t mix well with booze and music, the vendors said. So this summer, Fairgrounds management is doubling down on the tunes, with a series of country-rock concerts dubbed “South on South Capitol”—almost as cool as it sounds—that should play well with the heavily Virginian crowds the team draws. They’re promising cornhole games and mechanical bulls. D.C. may not be a sleepy town anymore, but it’s still somewhat Southern, at least where baseball is concerned.
The South on South Capitol concert series begins at 11 a.m. at the Half Street Fairgrounds, 1299 Half St. SE. The series continues June 22, July 27, and Aug. 24. Free. fairgroundsdc.com.