The music! The art! The community! The flower crowns! Coachella is many festivalgoers’ favorite time of year, and it’s easy to see why. The “we’re all in this together” attitude, the majestic beauty of the desert, and the pervasive spirit of music, art and creativity can all add up to a positively magical experience, especially for first-timers. If you’re considering buying a ticket, or if you’ve already made the leap and want to know a little more about what to expect, read on!
Here’s how it goes: you head to the Coachella website and purchase a ticket. Coachella will send you a wristband, which you’re required to wear on your right wrist the entire weekend. They’ll also send you very specific instructions about what to bring. Now, it would be easy to throw caution to the wind in the boho spirit of Coachella, flying by the seat of your floral-patterned pants, but please read these instructions! They contain valuable information about what NOT to bring (i.e. glass bottles and drugs) and what to DEFINITELY bring (i.e. cozy socks and warm outerwear for chilly desert nights).
Here’s the deal with housing: some people choose to stay in hotels, AirBnBs, or local houses, while many set up camp on the on-site campground. If you choose to camp, you’ll need to pay for a camping spot and bring your own tent. The cool thing about camping is that you actually get a large enough spot so that there’s room for your car and your tent. This means that your items (like valuables and alcohol) can be stored inside your car when you’re not there. If you decide to stay off-site, an awesome, efficient shuttle system ($80 for the entire weekend) is available to take you to and from the fairground. No matter where you choose to lay your head at night, you’ll be in for an awesome festival experience.