Are you headed to Coachella 2017? Whether you’re a Coachella vet or a festival novice, this guide will help you navigate and get the most out of your Coachella experience this year.
(Also read: Coachella 2017 Survival Guide)
Here is your complete 2017 Coachella Guide.
Where is Coachella? Indio, CA
When is Coachella? Weekend I: April 14-16, 2017 – Weekend II: April 21-23, 2017
Who are Coachella Headliners? Radiohead, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar
See the complete Coachella 2017 lineup here.
General Admission Pass $399
This pass gets entrance to the festival, access to the camping areas and parking all three days.
General Admission + Shuttle Pass $474
This pass gets entrance to the festival, access to the camping areas and parking all three days. Plus, you get shuttle service to and from the festival from any shuttle stop in the area.
VIP Pass $899
The VIP pass gets you entrance to the festival, access to the camping areas and parking all three days. In addition, you get access to both VIP areas: one covered adjacent to the main stage and the other in a Rose Garden next to the Sahara tent. Both VIP areas have extra seating, comfortable couches, designated bathrooms and cash bars available.
*Don’t forget to grab your VIP Parking Pass ($150) if you plan to park in the VIP lot, which is located adjacent to the festival grounds.
Getting to Coachella
Coachella has done its best to make getting to the festival as effortless and convenient as possible. Shuttles are provided to get guests both from the airport and from the surrounding areas to the festival. Here are your options:
Festival grounds address is Empire Polo Club 81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201. Parking is available onsite. Check the festival page for parking lot information.
Coachella has organized a taxi and Uber stand on Ave. 49 and Monroe so you can wait in the shade for your ride.
Any Line, Anytime Shuttle Pass ($75)
Unlimited rides on the Coachella shuttle at any shuttle stop to and from the festival for all 3 days.
LAX Airport Shuttle Pass ($70)
This includes a single ride from LAX to the festival campground or one of several stops along the way.
Purchase shuttle passes here.
Where to Stay
Accommodation options range from camping to hotels to Airbnbs—whatever your preference, below are your options for each.
Coachella Tent Camping $113
With the official Coachella tent camping pass, a $113-add-on to your general admission pass, you may bring as many tents, people and things that you can fit within a 10’ x 15’ grass area. Coachella tent camping pass includes a parking pass and the option to purchase a companion parking pass for an additional fee of $60.
Coachella Car Camping $113
These are similar to the tent camping spaces, except, well, you’ll be sleeping in or around your car. These passes must also be purchased with a valid festival ticket.
Campgrounds have all the amenities you need to have a comfortable experience, including wifi, mobile charging stations, a farmer’s market, water refill stations and, most importantly, toilets and showers.
Lake El Dorado Camping $2,398-$3,400
*Prices include festival passes for 2 people
In this exclusive, serene area located 20 minutes from the festival, you can get the peace and quiet you need to rest in between days of dancing along to your favorite artists. Guests have an option between teepees, which are provided, or tent camping in the area. Each reservation includes 2 festival passes. Pro-tip: arrive semi-early to snag a spot along the lake.
Safari Tents $7,500
These are the most exclusive passes to enjoy the Coachella experience. Safari tents are lush, furnished tented structures on the festival grounds that include AC. In addition, you get VIP access to the festival as well as private shuttles directly to and from your tent. You also have the option to include 2 additional people to your tent for $1750 per person.
If you’re not the camping type, there are several alternative options in the area. Check out the best non-camping accommodation options for Coachella.
Things to bring
These items will make your festival experience much more enjoyable (and the heat much more bearable).
Refillable water bottle
Comfortable closed toe shoes
Cross-body bag/fanny pack/backpack
Portable phone charger
Leave behind: detachable lens cameras, drones, air horns, glow sticks, umbrellas, markers, video cameras
Have cash on hand (ATM lines and fees are too long and too high for comfort, respectively)
Cool off in the Do Lab (music + misters = marvelous heat reprieve)
Choose a meet-up spot and time with your group in the likely event that you get separated
Keep a lineup schedule on hand at all times
Bring a portable battery to charge devices
Ride the Ferris wheel (the view is absolutely worth the wait)
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