How to have an Amazing Coachella weekend

Zack Garhart
Coachella Weekend In San Diego

Wondering how to have an amazing weekend at Coachella Music and Arts Festival? Read over our ultimate guide on how to prepare and what to expect!

As one of the most popular music and arts festivals in the world, Coachella is not just an event, it’s an experience. Whether you’re a first-timer or a seasoned veteran, there are always new ways to make the most of your weekend in the desert. So buckle up, grab your sunscreen, and let’s get started!

Weekend one of the festival kicks off on April 12-14. Weekend two starts on April 19-21. Head this way for tickets to the festival!

Coachella Lineup

First things first, the lineup! Coachella always brings in a killer lineup of the biggest names in music, and 2024 is expected to be no different. This year, the headliners include hip-hop icons like Doja Cat, Tyler, The Creator, and Lana Del Rey. Other big names in the rap and hip-hop industry include Kevin Abstract and Lil Yachty.

Coachella isn’t just about the big-name stars, though. For up-and-coming artists, check out the smaller stages, where you can discover some new talent. You’ll find DJ tents on the festival grounds and other places to get down with your friends. And don’t forget to keep an ear out for surprise guests – you never know who might show up!

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Where to Sleep During the Festival

Camping at Coachella is all part of the fun. There’s nothing like waking up to the sound of music in the desert. Make sure you bring all the essentials you need for camping, including a tent, sleeping bag, and plenty of water. Also, don’t forget to take advantage of the security measures in place, such as lockers and on-site security. We also recommend bringing portable chargers for your electronics. For a convenient way to tote around your personal belongings, bring a fanny pack or mini backpack!

If camping isn’t your thing, there are plenty of accommodations nearby. From hotels to Airbnb, you will have a variety of places and experiences to choose from. And don’t forget to plan your transportation – whether you’re driving or taking a shuttle, make sure you have a plan in place to get to and from the festival.

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Where to Eat at Coachella

After all that dancing, you’re going to need some food and something to drink. Luckily, there are plenty of restaurants and pop-ups on site. That means you can find anything from a highly-curated dining experience to tacos to pizza out of a food truck. And if you’re vegan, there are plenty of options available too. And let’s not forget about the cocktails – there are plenty of bars and lounges where you can grab a drink and cool off.

What to Wear to the Festival

Pack layers. The California sun gets hot, but the desert can also get cold at night. We suggest bringing hoodies and sweatshirts for when the sun goes down and you’re still partying through the night. For the daytime, bring breathable clothes that are easy to pack away. We love linen because of how breathable it is, and the versatility it offers your wardrobe. Don’t underestimate those chilly nights, either!

What to do Nearby

Coachella is an experience in and of itself. But the California coastline is filled with gems and incredible beaches. We suggest taking a full week to explore the nearby areas. Joshua Tree is not far from the festival grounds, and you can find our awesome Coyote Ranch Hostel which offers affordable rates and a one-of-a-kind lodging experience. Once you’ve explored the desert, head on over to the coastline and cruise up Highway 101. Along the coast, you’ll find pristine beaches and breathtaking views. This is a great way to tap out from the high energy at the festival and get in touch with nature.

On your way in or out of the festival, stop over to Hermosa Beach and stay at our fun Surf City Hostel!

For an inside look at the festival, check out this video!

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