People flock from all over the United States, and the world, to attend one of the biggest and baddest music venues in North America: the Coachella Music Festival. The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was founded in 1999 and has grown in popularity every year since. The festival was originally founded as a one-weekend gig, but this year will be the second two-weekend festival on April 12th-14th & April 19th-21st. The festival is now split into two identical weekends to accommodate the growing number of fest-goers.
Coachella Lineup 2013
Though there were some unfulfilled rumors and a bit of a delay, this year’s Coachella Festival lineup has finally been released. The rumors of The Rolling Stones attending this years Coachella Festival are not true, but the 2013 Coachella lineup is still certain to please. Some of the artists that will be performing include Phoenix, Modest Mouse, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bassnectar, Tegan and Sara, The Stone Roses, Blur, Benny Benassi, Franz Ferdinand, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Postal Service, Vampire Weekend, Social Distortion, The XX, Grizzly Bear, Puscifer, and Wu-Tang Clan.
2013 Coachella Festival Schedule
The full 2013 Coachella Festival Schedule has not yet been released – check back soon for further details.
Coachella Festival Tickets
Coachella tickets are not cheap; they will cost you a pretty penny. It is very important that you get your tickets early because tickets can sell out within hours of being available.
Expect to pay around $350 for a general admission pass, excluding any parking or shuttle passes. Tickets that include shuttle passes will cost you around $400, and tickets that include a car camping pass will be about $440.
If you have a buddy that is willing to throw down on some tickets with you, prices drop when purchased in bundles. Two general admission passes and two car camping passes, when purchased together, will cost about $390 per person.
If you are looking for a more luxurious Coachella Festival experience, VIP tickets are available. VIP tickets give you access to two VIP areas with several extra amenities, but will cost you about $800 per person.
Getting to The Coachella Valley
There are several options for transportation to the Coachella Valley depending on your budget and situation.
From Los Angeles – Take Interstate 10 East towards Palm Springs. Pass Highway 111. Exit 10 at Jefferson Street or continue on and exit at Monroe Street. Travel South. Traffic personnel and/or signs will direct cars to the Empire Polo Club, and event parking & camping. Please carefully obey all signage and staff directions.
From San Francisco – Take Interstate 5 South to the 10 East or take the 101 South to the 10 East. Exit 10 at Jefferson Street or continue on and exit at Monroe Street. Travel South. Traffic personnel and/or signs will direct cars to the Empire Polo Club, and event parking & camping. Please carefully obey all signage and staff directions.
From San Diego – Take Interstate 15 North to the 215 North to the 60 East to the 10 East. Exit 10 at Jefferson Street or continue on and exit at Monroe Street. Traffic personnel will direct cars to the Empire Polo Club, and event parking & camping. Please carefully obey all signage and staff directions.
From Las Vegas – Take Interstate 15 South to the Interstate 10 East. Take 10 east towards Palm Springs. Pass Highway 111. Exit 10 at Jefferson Street or continue on and exit at Monroe Street. Travel South. Traffic personnel and/or signs will direct cars to the Empire Polo Club, and event parking & camping. Please carefully obey all signage and staff directions.
From Arizona - Take Interstate 10 West towards Palm Springs. Exit 10, west at Jackson Street. Turn left at the stop sign, and follow the Festival Parking signs to the event parking lots. Please carefully obey all signage and staff directions.
*Driving directions taken from www.coachella.com
If you are interested in carpooling to the event, we recommend checking out Craigslist or Zimride to find fellow fest-goers to travel with.
Taxi and Limousine Services
Taxis and limousines are convenient transportation options if you need a ride from the airport, or back and forth from Coachella. If you are looking for a taxi or limo ride from the airport, make sure to call ahead well in advance and schedule a time to be picked up. During the Coachella weekend taxis and limousine services can be busy and you do not want to be stuck at the airport for a prolonged amount of time. Please visit our for contact information on limousine services.
Traveling to the festival by bus is another convenient and economic way to get to the festival.
The closest airport is approximately 23 miles away from The Coachella Festival. Prepare to have a friend or a taxi give you a ride to the festival, and make sure that you have your taxi services prepared before the day you get there to avoid delays.
Above is a Coachella Valley map to help you navigate the area. Click to go to Google Maps.
Navigating Coachella Festival
Navigating the Coachella Festival can be confusing for first-timers and veterans alike. The 2013 map coming soon!
If you are staying at a hotel, shuttles are an excellent way to get around. Unlimited shuttle transport between your hotel and The Coachella Festival can be obtained for about $50 extra per person.
Coachella Festival Lodging
There are several different lodging opportunities for The Coachella Festival, varying in price and convenience.
The Coachella Festival offers onsite lodging to event-goers, but just like tickets, these options can sell out FAST. The cheapest option, at only $85 for three days, is to bring a tent and stay in one of the onsite camping spots.
If you are looking for a more luxurious stay, there are several options for pre-pitched tents with various amenities, ranging in price from $850-$3250 per person.
There are several hotels in the area, but they book fast for Coachella Festival weekends, so make sure you book your rooms well in advance.
Vacation rentals are another lodging option for The Coachella Festival. Rentals are typically more expensive than hotel rooms, but very fun and relaxing, especially for large groups.
Coachella Festival is held in the desert city of Indio. Though you would think April would be a slightly cooler month, April in the desert is still hot. The average high of Indio is 88° with only 0.05 inches of precipitation. So, remember to dress accordingly and stay hydrated!