The first day of the Landmark Music Festival.

The first day of the Landmark Music Festival.

The Landmark Music Festival for the National Mall last weekend featured performances from Canadian rapper Drake, alternative rock band The Strokes, and countless other big names in music. But unlike most other events held around our monuments and memorials, concertgoers had to fork over an entry fee to take it in. It was meant to raise money and awareness for the upkeep of the National Mall, but the festival also raised questions about whether or not an event put on by a private production company was a proper use of our shared parks. We talk about how we use the green space in and around the National Mall.


  • Mark Bennett Executive Director, National Mall Coalition
  • Kristine Fitton Vice President of Marketing and Communication, Trust for the National Mall
  • Bob Vogel Director of the National Capital Region of the National Park Service

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