National Mall Giving Away Tickets to Landmark Music Festival

The festival is a fundraiser for necessary National Mall upgrades, due to wear and tear from millions of visitor a year. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

As part of an effort to publicize the National Mall's first-ever music festival and make it accessible, the Trust for the National Mall is giving away 1,000 tickets this week to the Landmark Music Festival.  

Potential festival goers can enter the lottery to win a pair of 2-day passes to the festival, which will take place Sept. 26-27 at West Potomac Park, south of the National Mall. The Trust for the National Mall will be giving away 500 pairs of passes; the deadline to enter is 5 p.m. Wednesday. “Landmark Music Festival is an incredible opportunity for us to build awareness and support for our work to restore the National Mall, and we want everyone to have a chance to join us,” Caroline Cunningham, president of the Trust for the National Mall, said in a statement announcing the lottery. “The National Mall belongs to all of us, and we all have a stake in ensuring its future.”  

An early-bird, two-day pass for the festival costs $150, with prices increasing to $200 for a two-day pass when the early-bird passes sell out. The festival will include more than 40 bands performing on five different stages, plus a food court and bars throughout the park.  

The festival is an effort to raise money to upgrade the National Mall, which hosts nearly 30 million visits a year. According to the Trust for the National Mall, the area has more than $500 million in deferred repairs and $350 million in needed upgrades, including repairing monuments, repaving paths, repairing steps and updating amenities.  

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