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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 08/ 5/2008

Hitting the Road to the Virgin Festival

By Fritz Hahn

Once you figure out how to get to Virgin Festival, make sure you don't miss the Stooges.

The Virgin Mobile Festival is this weekend, and after figuring out the machinations of the schedule -- "Chromeo, Shudder to Think and the Go! Team are overlapping on Sunday afternoon!" -- the next biggest problem for Washington is figuring out how to get to Pimlico. If you don't have a very good grasp of Charm City's geography, let's put it this way: Pimlico's in an area that's not easily accessible and not really somewhere you're going to hang out before and after the show. Here are your best transportation options:

By Car
After 12 hours of standing around seeing bands, are you really going to want to drive home? If so, good luck finding a designated driver (though given the price of beer at the festival, water might be a slightly cheaper option). You also have to think about parking: $25 per day or $45 for the weekend, which doesn't include the convenience charge ($9 for the two-day, $5.85 for the one-day) or shipping (a minimum of $14.95). You can also take your chances with day-of parking for $25. Just be warned that the folks who buy passes in advance get first dibs on spaces.

By Bus
If you really want to enjoy the delights of the festival, why not leaving the driving to someone else? Both On Tap and the Keg Bus have buses running from the D.C. area to Baltimore, with a variety of prices and packages available. If you've already purchased festival tickets, On Tap offers round-trip bus travel for $50 per day or $85 for both days. Buses leave Arlington, D.C. and Silver Spring at 10 a.m. each day, and return around midnight, though that may vary with traffic. (To help ease the pain, buses are BYOB.) Those without concert tickets should look at the Keg Bus, which is selling all-inclusive tickets for $150 per day or $275 for both days. Buses depart from R.F.D., which will open early for a party, at 10 a.m. (Kegbus may have some space available for ticketholders -- email for more details.) And as you might expect from the name, Kegbus is also BYOB.

By Train
Psst -- Amtrak's running a special deal for couples taking the train to Baltimore until December 10. Buy one ticket and get a half-price companion fare when you use the code v828. (You don't have to be a couple-couple, just two people travelling together.) This code requires a three-day advance purchase, though. Once you're at Penn Station, you walk over to the State Center/Cultural Center Metro stop, grab a train north to Rogers Avenue, then take a special shuttle bus to the festival. A Metro day pass, which covers the V-Fest shuttle as well as the Baltimore subway, is $3.50.

-- Fritz

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By Fritz Hahn  | August 5, 2008; 10:45 AM ET
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The subway works well going in, but they need to do better crowd control on the way out. It took forever to load the busses in the evening due to the total mess on the sidewalk where they picked up to go back to the station.

Also, if you drive, the beltway loop over to Owings Mills will be very crowded with everyoen who drives in and downtown will be a mess due to a big convention taking over most of it along with the O's games.

Posted by: EricS | August 5, 2008 11:20 AM | Report abuse

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