Coachella 2018: Valley Music and Arts Festival on April 13, 2018 – April 22, 2018. Valley Music Travel is the official provider of Coachella Valley Music And Arts Festival Packages. Available Packages include Travel Packages that bundle festival passes with resort stay and roundtrip shuttle transportation, Shuttle Passes from LAX or local resorts, and Platinum Estates. Whether you’re a first time attendee or a Coachella veteran, Valley Music Travel programs are here to make the most of your festival-going experience.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is an annual music and arts festival held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, located in the Inland Empire’s Coachella Valley, in the Colorado Desert. It was co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen in 1999, and is organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live. The event features musical artists from many genres of music, including rock, indie, hip hop, and electronic dance music, as well as art installations and sculptures. Across the grounds, several stages continuously host live music.
Due to bad weather, Coachella campers will have to pitch their tents a little later than planned this weekend.
Originally slated to open Thursday morning, the campground for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is instead expected to open at 3 a.m. Friday, April 20, concert officials announced Wednesday afternoon, advising concert goers to delay their arrival until the weather has passed.
The delay is due to a severe high wind warning issued by the National Weather Service.
The announcement by the Weather Service warned of winds of up to 35 mph and isolated gusts of up to 70 mph starting at 11 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, through 2 a.m. Friday, April 20, with less than a mile of visibility at times due blowing dust and sand.
If you’re heading out there, there are some options.
If you want to still try to camp, you can try a few options, but if you were hoping to camp in Joshua Tree National Park, you need a reservation and they’re gone for Thursday night.
Riverside County Parks has some options as well. Lake Cahuilla Veterans Regional Park in La Quinta is near Indio and as of now has some camping options available. Hurkey Creek is up the mountain in Idyllwild but isn’t wildly far away, either. Book campsites and get more information at rivcoparks.org.
Other options a bit further away include the Salton Sea State Recreation Area, Mount San Jacinto State Park and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, but contact the individual places to see if they have campgrounds available.
However, you can camp on Bureau of Land Management land, but there are no amenities like toilets and fire pits–you just park and camp. Permits and fees aren’t needed but there are rules you need to abide by to stay there. Read more about the option at the Bureau of Land Management California site.
Note–some of these spots nearby may also be impacted by the winds. Check the weather before deciding on a spot.
Have some cash and flying into Ontario or LAX? You could try a hotel along the way in San Bernardino or Riverside counties.
Along the 10 Freeway, cities to stop in are Ontario, Rancho Cucamonga, Fontana, Redlands, Yucaipa, Banning, Beaumont and Cabazon.
Cities along the 60 Freeway that may be worth stopping in for a night include Ontario, Jurupa Valley, Eastvale, Riverside and Moreno Valley.