What a week for Washington, D.C.! First the Pope comes to visit and then the weekend will offer an opportunity to see/hear over 40 musical acts in two days as the Landmark Music Festival takes over West Potomac Park on Saturday and Sunday (September 26-27).
The lineup for the event is truly impressive. Drake will headline Saturday’s show, capping a day that will also feature Band of Horses, The War on Drugs, D.C.’s own U.S. Royalty and Nate Ruess (you know him from fun. and “The Voice”). Sunday’s headliners will be The Strokes, atop a bill that also includes alt-J, CHVRCHES, innovative indie rockers TV on the Radio, husky-voiced George Ezra, Lord Huron, fun-loving DJ Dan Deacon, The Joy Formidable, Rhiannon Giddens (ex-Carolina Chocolate Drops) and a legend of New Orleans funk, Dr. John.
The complete lineup and a breakdown of each day’s schedule is available at the festival’s web site. The site also offers an app for you to create your own festival guide, especially helpful since there are five different stages offering entertainment.
Along with the music, there will be a mini-festival for kids, interactive installations, educational elements and a food court curated by award-winning chef José Andrés who selected the culinary vendors while also offering his own delicious fare. Working to reflect the District’s cultural diversity and position as a major American food city, the “DC Eats” food court will include favorite restaurants like Amsterdam Falafelshop, Ben’s Chili Bowl (half smokes!), Curley Q’s BBQ, Lemonade Love, Maketto | Toki Underground (ramen!), Maki Shop, Old Ebbitt Grill & The Hamilton, Oyamel, PEPE (pollo frito!), Proof, Estadio & Doi Moi, Rocklands Barbeque & Grilling Company, Shake Shack, Taco Bamba and The Big Cheese.
No, it’s not a free festival. Single-Day Passes are selling for $105 and two-Day Passes are $150, but kids 10 and under get in free with a ticketed adult. And, if you’re feeling flush, there are VIP, Platinum and Travel Packages, which offer “an elevated experience” with premium sightlines, catered buffets and specialty drinks and reserved air-conditioned restrooms.
Profits are going to a good cause. The festival is the first event being held to support the Landmark Campaign for the National Mall, an effort to raise awareness and funds to restore the National Mall, the iconic public green that stretches from the U.S. Capitol to the Lincoln Memorial. The most visited national park in America, the National Mall hosts 29 million visits a year, but has not seen a major renovation in 40 years, so it’s in dire need of upgrades and repair.
So if you go, you can eat, drink and be merry, but try not to trample the grass!
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