Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, the annual music and arts festival in California that attracts thousands of people each year, is one of the most popular outdoor festivals in the United States. This article will introduce you to everything there is to know about Coachella so you can decide if it’s a good fit for your next vacation.
Where Coachella Began
Coachella is a three-day festival that takes place annually in Indio, California. Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen founded it as an alternative to the annual concert festivals such as Woodstock and Lollapalooza, which were becoming commercialized. The first event took place on October 23rd 1999 with headliners Beck, Dr Dre and Tool. Since its inception, it has expanded to include over 150 bands from nearly every genre of music. Still, it remains true to its original intention—to bring live music back together with art for a fresh take on performance culture while providing more than just another opportunity for corporate sponsorship advertising space amongst the crowd.
What is Coachella Dress Code?
Coachella is a festival that prides itself on the diversity of its attendees and the bands it hosts. When deciding what to wear, there are no limitations as long as you’re comfortable in your attire. You could show up wearing anything from an all-black suit with dress shoes or high heels, shorts and a tank top, or even just sunscreen—all would work!
What is Coachella Art?
You might not think so at first glance, but art is everywhere throughout Coachella. Whether it’s wandering through one of the many creative booths set up around the grounds featuring paintings by emerging artists like Devin Troy Strothers and Alyson Shotz; checking out installations such as Joshua Tree: Interpretations of Paul Harney done by San Francisco-based artist Ed Ruscha; or snapping selfies with a 40 ft. tall hand sculpture (which changes colors), there is something for everyone!
How much will it cost?
Coachella will go as far north as the Mojave Desert, with three stages in one location.
A ticket to this year’s event cost $429 and was sold out more than a month before it began on Apr 12th. In 2022, Coachella is expected to be held over two weekends (Apr 15-17 and Apr 22-24) for an additional $25 each weekend. That means that tickets will likely start at around $524 per person, thanks to inflation.
What Else Should I Know about Coachella?
If you’re traveling from abroad or driving long distances:
You can’t bring your own food or drinks into the festival grounds, but there are plenty of concessions stands selling everything from tacos ($12) to mini doughnuts ($12) and everything in between.
You can’t bring your own water bottle into the festival grounds. Still, there are plenty of free refill stations where you can get a drink for under $20 using your reusable container or bottled water that’s been pre-filled by one of many vendors throughout the park.
So, if I’m not going to be spending time at the pool this year, what should I do?
Coachella has an interactive art installation called “The Interactive Garden” which offers attendees live painting demonstrations, electronic dance music (EDM), virtual reality content as well as traditional arts and crafts from around the world. International artists are also showcasing their skills inside this colorful garden oasis designed specifically for Coachella.
People can also take a break from the action and enjoy some “zen” time in The Oasis, located at the top of Central Garden Park next to one of Coachella’s main stages. Stroll through this 200 foot long and 100-foot wide space dedicated to wellness with an area for yoga classes as well as several private cabanas available for rent that are perfect if you want to escape all the craziness below
Walking around aimlessly isn’t going to do much good because it could be hours before you see something cool or exciting, so we recommend downloading our app (found here), which will give you alerts on what artists are playing when and where along with customized maps full of places near you to explore.
We recommend downloading our app (found here), which will give you alerts on what artists are playing when and where along with customized maps full of places near you to explore.
Suppose this is your first time at Coachella. In that case, we also recommend checking out the lineup beforehand so that you know who’s going in advance because there’s no shame in taking a break from all the action for one or two sets if it means being able to enjoy more later down the line. We hope this guide helped you. We can’t wait to see you at Coachella soon!