5 things you need to know for Saturday's Earth Day rally on DC's National Mall

Earth Day isn't actually until Wednesday, but if you're planning on celebrating among the masses on the National Mall for Saturday's big (FREE) concert featuring Usher, No Doubt and more, there are some things you need to know before you go. 

In fact, there are 5 things to know about this big event... and they are:

1. It's a concert with a cause. 
It's actually a rally, but the main event is the show, which is a joint initiative put on by the Global Poverty Project and the Earth Day Network. Global Poverty Project CEO Hugh Evans' goal is to unite the issues of climate change poverty, and get world leaders, as well as business leaders and regular citizens, to work on addressing both now. 

It's also FREE. 


2. The lineup.
Usher, Mary J. Blige, No Doubt, Train, My Morning Jacket, and Fall Out Boy are scheduled to play sets, with special guests Common, D'Banj, Fally Ipupa, VIXX and Roy Kim. No schedule will be released as to who plays when. The event gets started at 11 a.m. and goes until 7:30 p.m., but if you want a spot by the stage, you should get there by 10 a.m. 

The event will be hosted by will.i.am and Soledad O'Brien, and a number of other famous faces are also on the list of those scheduled to appear.

Did we mention it's FREE? 


3. The exact location. 

It's on the National Mall, but the stage is south of Constitution Ave. NW between the Ellipse and the Washington Monument. There are three ways in: 

Jefferson Drive and 15th St. NW

17th St. and Independence Ave. SW

17th St. and Constitution Ave. NW


4. How you get there.

Parking is very limited, and event organizers are expecting about 250,000 people. Trust us, and take Metro. You can hop off at the following Metro stops and take a short walk to the stage. NOTE: Smithsonian will be the most crowded because it's the closest to the Mall. 

Smithsonian - Blue, Silver and Orange Lines

L'Enfant Plaza - Blue, Silver, Orange, Yellow and Green Lines

Metro Center - Red, Orange, Silver and Blue Lines

Federal Triangle - Silver, Orange and Blue Lines

Archives/Navy Memorial/Penn Quarter - Green and Yellow Lines

Federal Center SW - Orange, Blue and Silver Lines


Those are Metro's suggestions, but we would argue it's not too far to walk from Farragut North on Red Line, or McPherson Station on Orange, Silver and Blue Lines

For additional information and travel tips, CLICK HERE.


5. You can watch it even if you don't go. 

The concert is streaming live on YouTube. Click here for a link to the Global Citizen channel

PS. For a list of FAQs and what you can and can't bring with you, CLICK HERE.




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