The Trump Administration has not yet released any ticketing information for the 2017 Easter Egg Roll. For the past eight years, a ticket lottery was held online so that families across America had an opportunity to attend. Below is some information about how the lottery worked.
In the past, a ticket lottery has been held on the Recreation.gov website approximately six weeks prior to the Easter Egg Roll. The exact lottery dates and the link to the official White House Easter Egg Roll lottery page will be published here, if applicable, when ticketing information is officially announced.
Easter Egg Roll tickets are free and in the past have been made available via an online lottery. The lottery page had a list of all of the available time slots and applicants had to rank them in the order of preference.
Each household was limited to one lottery application for a maximum of six tickets.
Last year, the time slots available for the Easter Egg Roll (Groups A, B, C, D, and E) were:
Lottery results were available about a week later. Email notifications from Recreation.gov were sent after that date to the lottery winners with instructions for obtaining tickets.
This Easter Egg Roll Twitter feed contains the best tweets from attendees, special guests, entertainers, volunteers, media and more. For the latest updates, follow @WHEasterEggRoll on Twitter.
Musical artists will perform on the South Lawn stage throughout the day. The 2017 Easter Egg Roll talent lineup has not been announced yet. Stay tuned for updates.
Last year's guests included singer/actress Idina Menzel; 18 year-old rapper Silentó; California indie/pop band Echosmith; singer, songwriter, and instrumentalist Daya; singer, songwriter, dancer and actor Trevor Jackson; and singing sisters Chloe x Halle.
Previous Easter Egg Roll events featured the following performers: Diggy Simmons, DJ Fussyman, Newsies, Fifth Harmony, MKTO, Jordin Sparks, Austin Mahone, Coco Jones, The Wanted, Janelle Monae, Zendaya, Cody Simpson, Rachel Crow, China Ann McClain and the McClain Sisters, Colbie Caillat, Greyson Chance, Willow Smith, Mindless Behavior, Sara Bareilles, Justin Bieber, the cast of the television show Glee, Yo Gabba Gabba, Fergie, Ziggy Marley, and Jessica Jarrell.
Past Easter Egg Rolls have featured live music, storytelling, sports and fitness zones, cooking demonstrations, and the traditional egg roll and egg hunt. Below is a list of activities from last year. This list will be updated when the 2017 activity list becomes available.
The easiest way to get to the White House is by taking
the Metro. The closest Metrorail stations to the White House are Federal Triangle (blue and orange lines), Metro Center (blue, orange, and red lines) and McPherson Square (blue and orange lines).
If you do decide to drive, you can find nearby publicly available parking lots and garages here.
Be prepared to wait in long lines when you get there. Your ticket will say what time the line opens up for your group. You may want to get there earlier to get a better place in line. Past Easter Egg Roll attendees have written about their experience and have posted tips and advice for attending the big event. Here are some of the most helpful postings:
Every year, the White House invites elementary and middle school students to submit their original artwork for the Easter Egg Roll design contest. Last year's theme was "Let's Celebrate!"
Winning entries were used in the Easter Egg Roll program and souvenir poster.
Last year, students from nearly thirty states submitted entries to the contest. First Lady Michelle Obama chose an 8-year old girl's entry to be used for the souvenir poster and 14-year old girl's entry for the Easter Egg Roll program cover. The winning entries can be viewed here on the Let's Move blog.
Each year, the National Park Service puts out a call for Easter Egg Roll volunteers to assist with directions, ticketing, and crowd control. Volunteers receive free t-shirts and must attend a two-hour orientation.
If you are interested in volunteering for the 2017 White House Easter Egg Roll, visit the NPS website to learn more and sign up to be on their mailing list.
Each year, the National Park Foundation produces souvenir wooden eggs for distribution to children attending the Easter Egg Roll. These commemorative eggs are
also made available for purchase online at the National Park Foundation website.
The souvenir eggs from 2016 are pictured above. The 2017 eggs will become available for sale about six weeks prior to Easter.
Watch these videos from a previous White House Easter Egg Roll
There are four live web cams in operation at various times throughout the day.
Take a hop back in time and view the Easter Egg Roll pages from whitehouse.gov from the Clinton, Bush and Obama years (1993-2016) by clicking on the screenshots below: