Coachella parties—that is, the many public and invite-only soirees outside of the festival grounds—have become a destination of their own in recent years. Sure, you could trek across the massive music festival grounds underneath the overbearing midday sun. Or you could spend the afternoon in Palm Springs at a pool party with a drink in hand and a DJ spinning nearby. In some cases, scoring an invite to a party can be tougher than securing a Coachella ticket—but regardless, here are all of the Coachella parties you need to know about.
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Coachella parties to attend
The Ace Hotel Palm Springs devotes 11 days to Desert Gold, its annual hotel-wide hangout during both weekends of Coachella. The Do-Over and NTS Radio have been tapped to take over blocks of music programming, while Adult Swim will be on-hand with entertainment during weekend one.
This dual-weekend day club consistently puts together a star-studded lineup of DJs: Rüfüs du Sol, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Jauz and others will all be spinning during the open-air parties. The event goes down poolside at the Palm Springs Hilton; splurge on a cabana if you want a VIP experience.
What started as an adverse reaction to the celebutante-heavy club scene has flourished into one of the the artsy-est, most inclusive parties in L.A. For Coachella, A Club Called Rhonda is headed to the desert with Nina Kraviz and Virgil Abloh to bring its polysexual party scene to the HITS Desert Horse Park (85555 Airport Blvd, Thermal), a field not too far from the festival grounds.
Palm Spring’s colorful midcentury resort the Saguaro hosts a series of pool parties during both weekends of Coachella. This year’s itinerary includes aa fashion pop-up, recovery IV drips, a brunch party and a taste of Ibiza.
Music streaming service Pandora presents this annual soiree, held poolside at the rustic Cree Estate in Cathedral City. The afternoon fête includes tasty treats and DJ sets from Charli XCX and LPX.
See sets from X Ambassadors, Jax Jones, Ama Lou and more at this Lucky Brand-presented pool party at Arrive (1551 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs).
Morning cocktails, hiking, fishing, horseback riding and pop-up musical performances on the lake—just another day at Vestal Village. This desert oasis and luxury campsite predates Coachella by a couple of years and has cultivated quite the cool factor ever since. The village is technically invite-only and full of social media influencers, so you’ll need to request an invite to get in—and rack up a few Instagram followers beforehand.
Get refreshed during the day with yoga, guided meditation and sound baths, and then immerse yourself in a THC-infused party until dawn at this multi-weekend party.
Imagine the county fair of your youth, but with high-end brands behind the carnival games and A-list celebrities lounging about. That’s the gist behind Neon Carnival, arguably the premier party surrounding Coachella. It’s also about as invite-only as major Coachella parties come; you’ll need to luck out and win a ticket or find an in with Bolthouse Productions or a participating sponsor to procure a wristband.
These parties aren’t open to the public, so you’ll have to score an invite on your own. But we thought you still might like to know about:
Apr 13, 14
Desert Beach Club
Apr 12–14, 19–21
Looking for a place to stay (and party)?
You won’t find a single property on our list of Palm Springs hotels that doesn’t have a pool—with the dazzling sun overhead and mountain views all around, spending time poolside is practically a requirement for travelers who make their way out to this colorful, spirited town.