WASHINGTON — It seems that every time you turn around these days, another music festival is popping up. In a market saturated with festivals, how can you stand out? If you’re the Landmark Music Festival, happening this weekend in West Potomac Park, you team up with the Trust for the National Mall and their Landmark campaign to make the weekend about more than just the music.
The Trust for the National Mall is an official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service. Its mission is to restore, improve and preserve the National Mall, which has gone nearly 40 years since its last major renovation and is well overdue for repairs. This is where the Landmark campaign comes in, bringing awareness to the need for renovation and inspiring others to get involved in raising funds and achieving the goal of making America’s “front yard” look its absolute best.
The Landmark Music Festival is being put on by C3 Presents, the same team behind the Austin City Limits Music Festival and Lollapalooza, as well as the White House Easter Egg Roll. This time, the group is bringing more than 40 bands to five stages over two days in one picturesque setting.
However, there are some things you need to know before attending:
The lineup: Drake headlines the festival on Saturday, while The Strokes headline on Sunday. Other artists include Chvrches, Alt-J, TV on the Radio, Miguel, George Ezra, Manchester Orchestra, Dr. John & The Nite Trippers and Nate Ruess. You can see local favorites Ex Hex and Wale. The entire lineup and schedule can be found here.
The food: Labeled D.C. Eats and curated by Washington’s own Jose Andres, there are plenty of dishes by local restaurants, including Amsterdam Falafel Shop, Ben’s Chili Bowl, Toki Underground, Oyamel and Old Ebbitt Grill. All of the delicious offerings can be found here.
How to pay: All vendors will accept cash and credit, but Landmark is encouraging festival goers to take advantage of Landmark Cashless, a special way to pay using your festival wristband by linking it to a credit or debit card ahead of time.
Stay hydrated: CamelBak is supplying free, freshly-filtered water at the event, so remember to bring your own reusable, refillable bottle. You are also allowed to bring up to two factory-sealed water bottles (up to 1 liter each) each day of the festival.
How to get there: There will be no vehicle parking offered on site. Festival organizers encourage you to take Metrobus and Metrorail. The nearest Metro station is the Smithsonian stop about a mile away from the event. Bicycle parking will also be available for cycling enthusiasts.
If you can’t make it Landmark but still want to enjoy the music, Yahoo is presenting a Landmark Live Stream, which you can watch online or through the Yahoo Screen app on your cellphone or other connected devices. The Live Stream schedule is available here.
Tickets are still available, but be sure to buy one before you arrive. No ticket sales will happen on site, but you can buy them online throughout the weekend and pick them up at will call.