Do I have to pay to park?
No! Parking is free and is available at the visitor lot of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception as well as the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. Map to come soon.
Can I take Metro to #wydUNITE?
Yes! The Red Line takes riders to Brookland-CUA where #WYDUNITE is taking place. Note that Metro closes at Midnight.
What time can I register or check-in?
Normal registration and check-in is from 11:30am-1:00pm at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. We ask that everyone arrive during that time. All participants are asked to register ahead of time to avoid potential long lines, though at-the-door registration will be available for $35. Late registration will be available in the Atrium of the Saint John Paul II National Shrine until 4 pm. No one will be admitted after this time.
The event will go on whether it rains or not. If its raining, then the outdoor parts of the event will be moved indoor to the Catholic University of America Dufour Center, right down the street from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine. We'll notify everyone the day before if this is a possibility.
What if it rains?
Can i stay overnight somewhere?
For out of town groups, we are on a case by case basis arranging inexpensive overnight accommodations at a local school gym. If you are interested in this option for your group, then please contact us about it using the "contact us" page below. There are also a number of hotels in the area that Catholic University of America recommends: click here for a list.
Is #wydUNITE bi-lingual?
Yes and no. Talks will be done in English, but the opening prayer, Mass, etc. are bilingual and Spanish text will be provided for the program of the day. Every effort is being made to be multicultural from the entertainment to the speakers. Tony Melendez willbe performing in both languages and one of our keynote speakers, Bishop Perez, is Hispanic and will speak from that cultural experience.
What should I bring to #wydUNITE?
Consider bringing a small backpack with hat, water bottle, sunscreen, sunglasses, etc. You should also bring a lawn chair and blanket for the lawn for comfort. All participants will be given pilgrim bags including an event guide, prayer resources, and other SWAG. Participants are reminded that they will need to carry with them whatever they bring except they may leave their lawn chair on the lawn, which is recommended. However, none of the hosts are responsible for any lost or stolen items, including the lawn chair.
What should I leave at home?
You will not need to bring any other large items other than a lawn-chair. Remember that anything you bring you need to carry with you the whole day.
Can I bring my kids?
Yes! Nursing children of young adult parents and children of all ages are welcome to join! Parents must be responsible for their children and teens at all times and are reminded that there are no specific activities just for them. No drop-offs of teens allowed. Please also make sure to purchase a children’s ticket for dinner for each child. Further, please note that we are working on an babysitting option for younger children during the keynote talks, but cannot guarantee it at this time.
Does the Saturday Mass fulfill my Sunday obligation?
Yes! The Mass on Saturday, celebrated by Cardinal Wuerl and other bishops, fulfills the Sunday obligation.
Is lunch available?
Yes! While lunch is not included in the cost of the day, an optional lunch is available at food trucks at the registration area at the Saint John Paul II National Shrine.
What if I have dietary restrictions?
Please check back closer to the event once we have finalized catering for dinner.
Will there be alcohol at #wydUNITE?
WYD UNITE is a dry event, however, there are a number of restaurants across the street from Catholic University (near the festival) for those who are 21+ including Brookland Pint and Busboys and Poets.
Is the event accessible for participants with disabilities?
We are working on making this event as accessible as possible. Check back here for more details closer to the event.
What should we do in a medical emergency?
During the event if there is a medical emergency please call 911 and notify the staff or security.