Virgin Mobile Freefest 2013 - The Venue
Virgin Mobile Freefest presented by SAMSUNG
September 21st, 2013

Festival Info

The Festival will take place September 21 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD.

Gates open at 11AM. Show ends at 11PM.

Click here for directions to Merriweather Post Pavilion from where you are right now.



Yes, Jimi Hendrix played here! Merriweather Post Pavilion is one of the world’s most beautiful and storied amphitheatres — nestled in 40 acres of forest, smack between Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. If the backstage walls could talk, you’d get goose bumps listening to Roger Daltrey and Robert Plant trade some wicked stories about when The Who & Zeppelin played in 1969. Animal Collective ensured its legendary status when they named their genius CD Merriweather Post Pavilion in homage to the band’s favorite venue. Thanks to Billy Joe Armstrong, Merriweather ripped out the first 11 rows to build a mosh pit for Green Day’s American Idiot Tour.

Merriweather was designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry, who is best known for defying architectural conventions. The natural outdoor setting can’t be matched. The fantastic sound system and large video screens make this amphitheatre a favorite for bands and fans.

And now, Merriweather will be turned upside down for Virgin Mobile FreeFest, transforming it into the quirky musical escape-land fans have come to expect. It’ll include two enormous stages and a massive rave-worthy dance tent — in addition to other mind-bending surprises.


Some of the most awesome sculptures in the state of Maryland live at Merriweather, some lyrical, some thought-provoking, some downright funny.


There’s something (weird) for everyone at Virgin Mobile FreeFest. Some of the great attractions the Festival has become known for — like the large format fire sculptures, circus performers and more — will be back this year.


Crab Cakes, Quesadillas, Fresh Mama Donna’s Pizza, Pit Beef and Pit Pork are just the start. Of course we’ve got other crowd-pleasing festival fare too: fresh grilled burgers, fresh sushi, chicken fingers, veggie wraps, Maryland’s own Boardwalk Fries, falafel, wraps, fruit smoothies and more. There will be plenty of vegetarian options as well.

Virgin Mobile FreeFest also offers a broad selection of beer, wine and cocktails. In addition to the usual fare, we will be pouring micro-brewed beer and top shelf liquor.

The best part about having a drink at Virgin Mobile FreeFest is that you can take it with you on your festival journey. You won’t find pesky beer gardens here because our idea of a good time does not include sitting in a cage while drinking a cocktail. That’s right: if you are of age, you can take your drinks with you wherever you choose on site. And be green about it.

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