The annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival is a two weekend celebration packed with musical performances from a variety of genres, art, activities, camping, late night dancing, and experiences you won’t have anywhere else. Coachella is one of the biggest and most well-known music festivals around the world, drawing over 250,000 attendees.
Coachella began in 1999 with founders Paul Tollett and Rick Van Santen. The first festival was a two day event, headlined by Rage Against The Machine, Beck, and Tool, as well as many other popular acts including Morrissey and Jurassic 5. Although the festival did not return for 2000, it was brought back again in April 2001 as a one day event. Since then, the Festival has continued annually, growing from a single-day event, to a full weekend. In 2012 they added a second weekend, and currently, Coachella is comprised of two 3-day weekends.
In 2003, spectators were allowed to begin camping on the festival grounds at Empire Polo Club during the event. Initially, only tent camping was allowed, but today, they also have options available for car camping, RV parking, offsite lodging, and even a Safari Campgrounds area with furnished tents and yurts.
Coachella Details – 2022
April 15-17 and April 22-24, 2022
Gates Open At Noon
Indio Empire Polo Club
81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA 92201
Find detailed driving directions here
2022 Headliners: Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, Swedish House Mafia x The Weeknd
Find out who’s playing when and on what stages
Art At Coachella
The Coachella Festival features a number of immersive are and design installations throughout the grounds of the Polo Field. Each year there are new installations, and some favorites from past festivals return. Attendees will find unique and extraordinary works like giant balloon chains, towers with skybridges, the 5-story tall Circular Dimensions constructed of PVC tubes, megasculptures, 4-story tall buoys, the massive La Guardiana, a pack of canine sculptures, and art by Raices Cultura.
New for 2022, Coachella passholders can claim a free In Bloom seed NFT. When NFT owners download the app, they can watch their seed bloom into a desert flower over the course of the weekend. NFT owners can access special festival benefits like early entry, exclusive merch, and vouchers for food and beverages.
Activities Tent: The Activities Tent features DJs, giveaways, games, and all kinds of fun.
adiClub @ Coachella: Download the adidas app to get access to members only events here.
Amex Lounge: Card members and up to three friends can access the Amex Lounge for limited edition merch, sweets, tarot card readings, a hydration station and bar. Each day offers something different for card holders so check back daily.
Ascension: Operated by RayBan, visit this dreamscape with light, sound, and color.
The Boutique Powered by GV Black: Powered by Black brands and designers from Southern California with exclusive collections available only at Coachella.
Camp Lounge: Visit the Camp Lounge to access complementary wifi and knock out some work or access your social media accounts. Perfect for relaxing and getting in some down time before heading back out to the festival.
Camping Eats & Drinks: Grab food and beer to go from all types of food trucks. Located in lot 8.
Coachella Art Studio: Stop in to get creative and make your own work of art.
The Dome: Nightly music from 10PM to 1AM for fun and dancing.
Energy Playground: Global Inheritance provides Energy SeeSaws for people to plug in their phones, charge it up, and burn off those extra calories from beer and festival food.
Ferris Wheel: Take in the view of the festival grounds and Coachella from the giant Ferris Wheel.
Field of Dreams: Fun games and activities all day every day.
Global Inheritance Recycling Store/10 for 1: Festival-goers can stop in to trade bottles cans and cups for upgrades, merch, experiences, and food vouchers, and the opportunity to win Coachella Prize Packages.
Heineken House: Get up close to a special lineup of musical performances and grab a beer while you chill at Heineken House. Features a fun space for photo-ops, elevated seating, and an expanded beer garden.
The Antarctic: Powered by HP: A 360-degree immersive experience highlighting efforts to create a sustainable future. The perfect spot to cool down after a day in the desert heat.
The HP Lounge: Celebrates the artistry and artists behind the creators of The Antarctic. Provides opportunities to learn about eco-friendly efforts, space to hydrate and cool down, recharge your devices, and access spectacular photo ops.
POSTed Studio: Feeling artsy? Stop in and create concept art for posters that advocate for environmentally-focused causes. Sponsored by Global Inheritance, prizes will be awarded daily for most creative poster designs.
POSTed Studio Speaker Stage: Visit the speaker stage for Ted-talk style workshops featuring favorite artists and environmentalists.
Records & Record Store Day: Find your favorite music at the record store featuring more than 25,000 new and vintage vinyl albums.
The Salon: Stop in to get cleaned up at the salons DIY space to prep for a day at the festival or a fun night at the after party.
StockX Coachella Collection: Shop for exclusive merch.
TRASHed Coachella – Art of Recycling: See the work of more than 50 artists who transform basic recycling bins into pieces of art.
The Turn Down: An ambient oasis with lowkey grooves where you can chill out and recharge.
Camping At Coachella
Camping will be open beginning Thursday at 9Am through Monday at 10AM. Once vehicles have entered, there will be no exit from Friday at 9PM through Sunday at 2AM. A noise curfew will be in effect at all campsites at 1:30AM.
Car Camping: The car camping option includes a 30-foot by 10-foot campsite for campers to park their car and pitch a tent. Only one car per site is allowed, but people and tents per site are unlimited. Campers and vehicles will be searched at check-in. Portable restrooms are available in all camping areas. Preferred car camping gives passholders sites located closest to the venue entrance. Car Camping is available only to regular passenger vehicles.
Tent Camping: Sites for tent camping at 15-feet by 10-feet with unlimited tents/people per site. Cars are not permitted in the tent camping area. An overnight parking spot in a nearby lot is included. Camping is open beginning Thursday at 9AM through Monday at 10AM. A noise curfew will be in effect beginning at 1:30AM. Portable restrooms are available in camping areas.
Lake El Dorado Lodge: Book a tent or lodge at Lake El Dorado for a more private camp experience. Accommodations here include cots and bedding with flush toilets and showers available. Sites at Lake El Dorado are available only to guests, not to all festival passholders. Includes a nearby parking space. There are a number of accommodation options here with VIP packages, and includes festival passes.
Safari Campgrounds: Resort-style tents and yurts with air conditioning and fully furnished rooms, shower access, VIP access, private parking, 24-hour security, and golf cart transportation are just some of the amenities offered to those staying at the Safari Campgrounds. Guests will enjoy mini-fridges, power outlets, towels and linens, and more. A noise curfew is in effect here beginning at 2AM.
What To Eat At Coachella
Coachella features a variety of dining options across the festival grounds including food trucks and featured restaurants. There is a variety of cuisines including vegan and gluten-free foods. Here are some of the highlights for 2022.
Indio Central Market
- All Dat Dim Sum (V)(VEG)
- Bolo (VEG)
- Cena Vegan (V)(VEG)(GF)
- Dayglow (V)
- Erva (V)(VEG)(GF)
- #JuiceBae (Veg)
- Kogi Assorted Fries (VEG)
- LA Pizzeria Co Pizza
- Milk Box Bar Boba (V)(VEG)(GF)
- Ramen Hood Vegan Ramen (V)(VEG)(GF)
- Slutty Vegan (V)(VEG)
- Sumo Dog (V)
- Sus Arepas (V)(VEG)(GF)
- Sweetfin Poke (V)(VEG)(GF)
- Van Leeuwen Ice Cream (V)(VEG)(GF)
12 Peaks VIP
- Backyard Bowls
- Broad Street Oyster Co.
- Craig’s Vegan
- El Chino Grande
- Irv’s Burgers
- Lettuce Feast
- Sunny Blue
- Tacos 1986
- Vibe Organic Kitchen
Rose Garden VIP
Craft Beer Barn
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Heidi Deal is the author of the Newcomers Handbook to Living In Los Angeles & Orange County, and a children’s book author specializing in history and human rights.