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The RaverRunner boasts a state-of-the-art design hailed from ultra-marathon runners and athletes alike. Its sleek and streamlined silhouette not only complements your party attire but also ensures a lightweight and comfortable fit, allowing you to dance with unbridled energy all night long.
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With the RaverRunner, you’ll have everything you need conveniently within reach, so you can focus on dancing and connecting with the vibrant rave community.
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The PlayThink Festival is a family friendly celebration of art, sustainability, music, performance, flow, and life itself. Each June flow artists, musicians, dancers, visual artists, and lovers of life converge at Homegrown Hideaways in Berea, Kentucky to share their full range of extraordinary talents with attendees during inspiring playshops and exhilarating performances at this unique festival.
We invite your entire family to dream of a place surrounded in natural beauty where you can seek purpose, put play in your every day, and create lifelong friendships. That place is PlayThink! Immerse yourself in a summer experience that will transform your heart.
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Sonic Bloom brings together electronic music, dance, and art, in an inspirational atmosphere that encourages creative expression. Traditionally held over the summer solstice, Sonic Bloom is located in the foothills of the southern Rocky Mountains of Colorado at the tranquil Hummingbird Ranch.
Camping at EDC is a completely different experience from staying on the strip. In this post we’re going to break down the entire process of camping at EDC, from buying tickets to checking out. We’ll also cover the pros and cons of camping as well as what to bring, and what to expect. Hopefully by the end of this article you’ll have a better idea of whether you want to try camping at EDC Las Vegas!
EDC Camping Pros
Easy access – it takes about 5-10 minutes to walk from the camp to the festival, and 10 minutes to get through security.
Easy pregaming – no need to get loaded and then rush to catch a 1-2 hour bus ride to the festival. Party with your friends, enjoy the campgrounds, and head over to the fest at your leisure!
After party – Stay til the very end – no need to leave early to beat the rush. Once the festival’s over, meander over to your campground, freshen up, reload, and keep the party going until 10 AM!
EDC Camping Cons
Light sleepers beware – Depending where your tent is located, the after party can be somewhat loud. Afterparties at the campgrounds go until 10 AM the next day. If you’re a very light sleeper or don’t do well with earplugs, you’ll want to avoid camping.
Price – EDC camping isn’t as cheap as camping at other festivals. The cheapest option is 1099 plus taxes and fees (200 lodging tax and 172 service fee – comes out to just under 1500) for a 4 person tent. EDC camping tickets do NOT include festival passes. So you’re looking at roughly 375 for lodging plus the cost of your EDC ticket. You can definitely find cheaper options than this on the strip.
Lengthy check in – Depending on when you arrive, checking in at EDC can be a notoriously long process. If your group has multiple tents and want to stay next to each other, you’ll need to check in together.
Roughing it – Camping at EDC is far nicer than camping at other festivals. The shift pod tents they provide include air conditioning, and the bathroom trailers all include flush toilets and heated showers. However, it’s definitely not going to be as nice as a suite at the Wynn!
Won’t spend much time on the strip – for those that choose camping, this is usually a pro, not a con. Some people prefer taking a break from EDC, eating at some buffets, maybe going to a pool party. If you’re camping, you won’t experience that side Vegas.
What are the different EDC camping options?
Moon Glow Shiftpod Camping (1-4 people)
This option allows you to have up to 4 people in your tent. It will come with 4 wrist bands that allow access to the tent for up to 4 people, but you don’t have to use all 4.
All the EDC tents are shift pods made by Advanced Shelter Systems – 12 ft across and 6.6 ft tall. There’s a zipper door and screen on the back and the front. You’ll want to bring luggage locks to secure the door – we recommend combination locks so that you won’t risk losing a key and everyone can get in.
The tent walls are semi-insulated but don’t completely block the sunlight. They do provide some sound reduction, but we’d highly recommend bringing both earplugs and eye masks. All tents have a solid astroturf floor which is actually quite comfortable. No mattresses are provided with the Moon Glow package. You can bring air mattresses, or you can just bring a sleeping bag and sleep directly on the astroturf.
Each tent also comes with an air conditioning unit that has no problem keeping the tent nice and cool. There is also a power strip in the tent but the camp runs on generators so there’s not a ton of spare voltage. If you trip the circuit breakers on your tent multiple times you can get your power cut off. Avoid hair dryers, etc.
This package is roughly 1500, so if you have 4 people it ends up around 375 per person.
Desert Rose Shiftpod Camping
This package is for 1-2 people. It comes with the same tent as the Moon Glow package, but with bed(s), linens, and pillows. You can either get a single queen bed or two twin beds. Both of these packages will run you 1399 plus taxes and fees, which ends up just over 1800, so you’re looking at 900 per person for this package.
Drive your own RV on-site! EDC offers a designated plot and options for power hookups, RV water refills, and pump-outs. You can have up to 8 people come in your RV. Power add ons and additional vehicle parking are purchased separately. Water and pump out package vouchers will be available for purchase on-site at the camp EDC store. RV camping tickets are around 560, power add ons are 550-800, but you can split it amongst more people. Of course you’ll have to factor in the cost of renting the RV and paying for gas, as well as the inconvenience of driving to Vegas. There are also some restrictions / requirements for RVs:
RVs must qualify as an appropriate vehicle type: a Class A, B, or C RV/trailer, truck camper, or fifth wheel with a separate on-board generator.
You may not exceed the total permitted length of 45 feet, including tow vehicle if applicable. Tow vehicles must remain attached to pull-trailer at all times.
RV must have a working air conditioner powered by a built-in, non-engine-driven generator. Please keep in mind that external gas generators are not permitted in the campground.
RV must be equipped with a power cable totaling 75 feet in length, if you purchased power. A TT-30P connector is required for 30-amp cables, while 50-amp cables will require a 14-50P connector. Power cords will not be available in the campground. If you do not bring the proper power cord, you risk not being able to plug into our power grid. Refunds for unused power purchases will not be granted.
Staking anything into the ground is not permitted, so please plan accordingly.
Once you park you can’t move it until 9 AM on the Monday after the festival.
What should I bring if I’m camping at EDC?
The first thing you’ll want to check when compiling your EDC packing list is the official prohibited items list. For the most part it stays the same, but there may be a few items added every year. Of course it’s impossible to search your belongings super closely and some security guards are also a bit more lax. Your mileage may vary – if you’re lucky some items may slip through undetected. Some items that stand out on the list that may surprise you:
No liquor above 32 proof (16% ABV) – no tequila, vodka, whiskey, etc!
No spray cans of any kind
No medication not in the original container
No large speaker systems – only portable speakers allowed
No loose cans that are not in a sealed box – the max is 24 12 ounce cans
No glass bottles
No LED gloves or microlights for light shows
No drugs of any kind
No glass mirrors
Here are the essential items to bring to Camp EDC:
Tickets + ID
Outfits for all 3 days
Comfortable shoes + sandals
Swimsuit if you want to pool party
Pillow, inflatable mattress or sleeping mat, sleeping bag
Earplugs + eye-mask
Wet wipes / sanitizer
Face wash, body wash, shampoo
Insomniac branded water bottle
Hydration pack (camelbak)
Two combination locks for your tent
Phone chargers & power banks
Sunglasses, hats, sunscreen
Towels + sandals for showering (may want to bring a separate towel for the pool party)
Power strip if you have multiple devices to charge
Festival outfits + outfits for hanging around camp
Swimwear if you want to go to the pool party
Medication (in the original bottles only)
Snacks that don’t spoil – granola bars, protein bars, fruit, etc
Speakers (must be portable)
Shower bag with toothpaste, toothbrush, razor, body wash shampoo, etc
Nice to have:
Alcohol – must be below 32 proof, can’t have more than 24×12 ounce cans sealed in a box
Energy drinks / gatorade / pedialyte
Costumes for EDC and any accessories / tools you might need to repair
Bandana / facemask
Tampons / birth control / menstrual cup
First aid stuff – bandaids, Neosporin, etc
Make up, mirror
Sealed ibuprofen / Tylenol
Three wrapped Vicks inhalers (one for each day)
Three wrapped packs of gum
Three wrapped chapsticks
LED lights if you want to decorate your tent and make it easier to find
Flag to help identify your tent
A cooler if you want to keep your drinks cold (ice is sold at the general store)
Propane (not butane) camp stove if you want to cook
Utensils if you want to cook
Camping chairs for hanging out outside your tent
Collapsible wagon to haul your stuff from your car to tent
Camp EDC Parties
Thursday Night Kickoff Party:
Camp EDC Pool Parties:
Camp EDC After Parties:
How is the check-in process at EDC camping?
The check in process has historically been the most annoying part about camping at EDC. Depending on when you arrive, expect to wait anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours to check in. Ideally you would have all your gear in rolling luggages as you’re going to have move your stuff as the line moves. You’ll want to have some sunscreen and water readily available too.
In order to get adjacent tents with your friends, you’ll need to check in together. Anyone can check in for you as long as they have your pass and your confirmation email. Only one person needs to check into get the tent, the rest can check in and get the wrist bands separately with the confirmation email.
Each Moon Glow tent comes with 4 wristbands – if you don’t have 4 people, you can bring a guest into the campground. The Desert Rose tents only come with 2.
EDC 2023 Map of the Campground and Mesa
EDC 2023 Campground Map:
EDC 2023 Mesa Map:
How is the security at Camp EDC?
After you pass the check in, you’ll reach security. Your mileage may vary here – some guards tend to be more strict and some are more lax. You can try to do a quick glance to see which lanes seem to be moving faster, but ultimately it’s all the luck of the draw. In general we would just recommend trying to follow the rules as closely as you can. Don’t complain or act sketchy about having to take out / unpack things, don’t have obvious paraphernalia out, etc. If you do get caught with something, just be respectful. Always de-escalate – no reason to ruin your weekend!
There are also security walking around the campsites. They usually won’t bother you unless you’re being too loud after hours or are causing a commotion.
You will also have to go through a security check point when you enter the festival from the campground. This will involve a bag check, metal detector, and pat down. There’s a more restrictive list of items that you can’t bring into the festival (but you’re allowed to have in the campground) so make sure you’re aware of what’s allowed. Additionally, you will be searched when LEAVING EDC and returning to the campgrounds!
How are the bathrooms and showers at EDC camping?
The shower and bathroom situation is better than most festival camping setups. They come in enclosed shipping container sized trailers, and contain flush toilets and heated showers. There is also an abundance of showers so you’ll never have to wait that long – the longest we’ve waited was roughly 10 minutes. They also seem to be pretty well maintained and regularly cleaned by staff. Some of the showers don’t have a changing area – others have two sections – a changing area and the shower area.
Each group of shower/toilet trailers also has sinks and mirrors outside the bathrooms for you to brush your teeth. There was never any issues with the hot water running out.
Overall, the shower / bathroom situation at EDC is as good as you’re gonna get. It’s no 5 star hotel or a suite at the Encore, but it’s better than the vast majority of camping bathroom situations.
What do I do for Food at Camp EDC?
The food here is generally better than what you’d expect to find at a festival. Food stalls are run by local restaurants and serve things like tacos, pizza, hot dogs, fries, chicken tenders, hamburgers, etc. Vegetarian/vegan options are available as well as some “healthier” food options. There’s number of food trucks that serve more unique, upscale fare. There’s also a farmers market and a general store. Prices are pretty typical for festivals – expect to spend about $15-20 for a meal.
Some of the food stalls were open late at night / early morning when the festival lets out, so if you’re hungry after a long night of dancing you will have some options.
You can still cook at EDC! Small portable, propane stoves and/or grills are allowed on camp grounds. As long as you’re monitoring the cooking devices, EDC has no problem with bringing food from home to cook and eat. But keep in mind that some kitchen utensils such as knives can be considered a weapon and will not pass through security.
Bringing your own food will definitely make your stay a bit cheaper! EDC food is delicious, but it can be $$$. No matter your choice, at least you won’t be dealing with this:
Beer and wine are available for purchase.
The general store doesn’t really sell too much food – they do sell some snacks but mostly sell toiletries, merch, and other miscellaneous items. Ice is available for purchase.
There is also a free shuttle to a nearby grocery store if you’re interested in that option. However this shuttle doesn’t seem to be that reliable. You can always use rideshare as a backup.
What Other Activities are There at Camp EDC?
The centerpiece for camp EDC’s activities is the Bamboo stage, which is right next to the pool. This is where the kick off party, pool parties/day parties, and after parties take place. The weekend begins with the official camp kickoff party on Thursday night. Every night there will be DJs spinning at the after party, including Monday morning until 10 AM. Every morning at 6 AM as the campers return from EDC festival, the after party announcements are made. The crowd at the afterparties are always still bumping even on Monday morning!
On Friday, Sat, and Sun afternoon there’s a pool party. Multiple waist high pools are available with lifeguards on duty for safety.
The Mesa is an entertainment hub in the middle of Camp EDC. Every and all activities are available here when you’re not jamming out at a concert. They have a roller rink, pools and water slides, a market, food vendors, merch tables, massage stations, a salon, and more!
These activities and more are organized primarily at the three main hubs in the Mesa. The Cascada, a giant, blue shade structure (shown below) is specified for wellness workshops and “transformational” activities.
The Sol, like the Cascada but in yellow, orange, and red, is home to activities such as yoga, arts and crafts, sound healing, and rave aerobics- like hoop dancing!
The last of the hubs is the Tierra. Some of the more “glamping” activities take place under this green structure, such as haircut stops, massages with oils, and as the official EDC Vegas website puts it, “a few more surprises!“
Around the Mesa there is always something going on. Limbo competitions, water balloon fights, team sports, karaoke, Bingo, DJ mixing/sample workshops, dance classes, live entertainment, and more. You’ll certainly never be bored!
Other activities include dance classes, field games, intramural sports, karaoke, rave aerobics, roller disco, a ferris wheel, yoga, guided meditation, massages, as well as art installations (including an art car) throughout the camp.
There’s also a juice and tea center, and a chill out area with hammocks. At the center of the camp is a giant EDC globe in the middle of a water fountain.
EDC Camping Pro Tips
Arrive in Vegas early on Thursday if you can to catch the first day’s kick off parties! The earlier you arrive the quicker your check in process will be.
There are two separate lines for check in and security. We recommend checking in without any of your stuff first, then going back to your car and getting your luggage, skipping the first line and going straight into the security line. This is much easier than dragging your luggage through the gravel field that’s used for the check in line.
Take power naps and check in on each party – especially those that say special guest. Insomniac often brings big name DJs in for the parties at the camp – download the EDC app and enable push notifications to get the deets!
Bring a totem or flag or some sort of decoration so you can easily identify your tent – super helpful when you’re stumbling back from the festival tired and ready to pass out. Take a picture of your campsite number.
Get at least 4-5 hours of sleep a night – it’s a marathon not a sprint! If you’re planning on doing daytime activities at the camp plus the festival at night you can burn out fast.
Stay hydrated – this is super important in the desert heat! We recommend drinking water / pedialyte / gatorade every night before sleeping.
Meet your neighbors! The best part about camping at EDC is that you’re surrounded by a ton of people who are there for the EDC experience just like you. Say hello, lend a helping hand, share some beer, etc. Meeting your neighbors can also be very helpful if you forgot something.
Locks for your tent are essential. Not just for securing your items, but also when sleeping to prevent drunk strangers from accidentally stumbling into your tent.
Don’t walk barefoot on the astroturf – it gets extremely hot and can burn. It gets really hot because just astroturf laid over a parking lot, not actual grass.
Do NOT unplug the power strip or air conditioner in your tent. Don’t plug high voltage items into the power strip either. This can overload your grid and take down all the tents near you.
Always wear sun screen – nothing worse than having a terrible sunburn and rubbing shoulders in a tightly packed crowd.
Bring some warm clothing – the weather in May is not always consistent. Some years it will be really hot, some years it can get really cold, especially at night. Bring something warm just in case!
Cell service can be spotty. There are areas with free wi-f- like the Carnival Square.
EDC Camping FAQ
Are there ins and outs at EDC camping?
Yes, you can leave the festival back to the camp and return to the festival as much as you want.
How much does EDC camping cost?
The cheapest option is 1099 plus taxes and fees (about $380) for a total of $1480 for up to 4 guests or $370 per person. The more expensive option is $1399 + 413 in fees for just over 1800 total for up to 2 guests or $900 per person.
Can I buy a single day camping pass?
No, only 4 night camping passes are available.
Are EDC camping passes transferrable?
If you have the camping decal and laminate in hand, you can proceed to the entrance. If you need to pick up someone else’s passes from will call, you will need to bring the original order number and a photocopy of the credit card and ID of the original purchaser.
Which nights are included for EDC camping?
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights.
Are we allowed to sleep in cars or vans?
No this isn’t allowed because it gets hot and could result in overheating.
Can I grill or cook in the campground?
You can bring small portable propane stoves for grilling. Tanks of up to 4 lbs per group are allowed. Butane stoves are not allowed.
Are there showers in the campground?
Yes there are free showers and toilets.
Can I purchase more than one parking pass for my campsite?
Yes additional parking passes are available for $95 plus taxes and fees.
Can I drive my car to my campsite to unload my stuff?
No, cars are not permitted in the campground. All the tents are already set up. There will be some wheeled wagons to help transport your stuff but you may have to wait as they will be in high demand.
My group is arriving at different times/days. Can we all get in?
Yes, anyone can check in as long as they have a photocopy of the ID and the order confirmation page. Also, if you are the laminate holder and you can’t get in before your crew does (according to an official Insomniac response on this sub), your crew can go to the Box Office and get a replacement and check-in without you if they have the ID/Order/Confirmation number.
If I arrive after check-in has ended, can I still get my camping wristband?
No – you have to arrive during check in hours (12 PM – 2 AM thurs, 9 AM – 2 PM Fri/Sat). Wristbands are not available at Will Call or at the Box Office. You will have to wait until check in opens the next day.
How long does the vehicle search take?
Cars are not searched (as of 2019) and are just sent to a parking lot. The search for car-based campers takes place on foot at a check-in booth on the west side of CampEDC.
RV’s/trailers take about 40-60 minutes from the point of getting in line to being cleared by security to park. This is a huge improvement over the 4-8 hours it took in 2018.
How thorough is the RV vehicle search?
The RV search is pretty rigorous. They open all your luggage, coolers, bags and purses. They also open all cabinets, drawers, compartments, external storage areas, drain pipes and exhaust. Any items they deem ‘iffy’ (glass cups, certain BBQ utensils) will be held in a special trailer for you to pick up when you leave at the end of EDC.
Does CampEDC have its own entrance to EDC itself?
Yes, there is a dedicated entrance to the festival that only campers can use.
Do campers still have to go through security to get into EDC itself?
Yes all campers will still need to go through security every time you go into the festival. Keep in mind there are items that you can bring to the campground that you can’t bring into the festival. You will also be searched when you return from the festival back into the campground.
What if I need to go to my car to get/put something?
You can go back and forth to your car, but you can’t drive your car off the campground.
How far away is the parking lot from my tent?
The parking lot is not that close to the campground. Having a rolling luggage or a caddy helps a lot.
Are the showers open 24/7?
Yes. Showers are open 24/7. They are sometimes closed for cleaning, but there will always be at least one shower trailer open.
Are the pools open 24/7?
Yes. At least one pool is open 24/7.
Can I get back to the strip from Camp EDC?
Yes. You can take Uber/Lyft to the strip and back. You can’t drive your car – if you leave you won’t be let back into the parking lot.
How big are the tents? Can I fit air mattresses inside them?
The tents are 12 ft x 12 ft. You can definitely fit a queen size air mattress inside, but fitting more than 3 singles would be tight.
How are the noise levels at Camp EDC when I’m trying to sleep?
It really depends how far your tent is from the pool / stage. The closer you are, the louder it’s going to be. The after party goes from 5 AM to 10 AM, and pool parties go from 1 PM – 6 PM. In between, there is auto-DJ music. There’s basically a party going around the clock so we highly recommend bringing earplugs.
When do the pool parties at Camp EDC start and end?
The pool parties run from 1 PM to 6 PM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
How late do the afterparties at Camp EDC go?
The afterparties go from 5 AM to 10 AM on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday morning.
When do we have to leave Camp EDC?
Monday at 3 PM is the official check out time. Most people leave in the morning to catch flights.
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Summer Smash is an annual music festival that takes place in Chicago, Illinois. The festival features a lineup of popular hip-hop and rap artists from around the country, as well as local acts.
The festival is organized by the music streaming platform, Audiomack, and typically takes place in August at the SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, which is located just outside of Chicago. The venue has a capacity of over 27,000 people, and the festival is known for its high-energy performances and large crowds.
This year’s lineup includes Kid Cudi, Future, Playboi Carti, $uicideboy$, Lil Uzi Vert, and more.
Overall, Summer Smash has become a popular event for fans of hip-hop and rap music in the Midwest and beyond, drawing in large crowds each year.
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Step into an illuminating world and witness art come to life in a mind-altering wonderland. Sol Fest features premier production, atmospheric lighting, unique interactive activities, live painters and muralists, an art gallery, daily spiritual workshops, projection mapping, and digital art showcasing 3-D holographic water shows.
High Tide is a place where you can show off your hottest summer fit or wear that one outfit that you have been saving until the perfect time to show it off. Indulge in summertime while you dance with your friends to music from your favorite artists.
High Tide is excited to bring some of the biggest names in electronic music to the Southeast while featuring the region’s best producers who are able to control crowds with their sounds and love for the culture.
Shabang was born from a few friends with the idea to throw a concert on a mountain. With an attendance of 20, nobody envisioned what the show called ‘The Last Shabang’ would become.
As the sun set and the music guided the herd into the unknown, an overwhelming sense of warmth and euphoria spread through the sparse crowd. They had started something special. The vibe was too good to stop there, so the friends kept it alive and rolling, and here we are today.
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Camping at Coachella is a completely different experience from staying at a hotel or Airbnb. If it’s your first time at Coachella, we suggest you camp. Get a taste of the whole experience, and soak it all in. However be warned that you will definitely need to sacrifice some creature comforts if you decide to camp! Here are some of the pros and cons of Coachella car camping:
Easy Access – just a 10 minute walk to the festival. You can come back into the camp grounds at any time if you forgot something. Wake up early to catch an artist and come back and take an afternoon nap.
Easy pregaming – Wake up and party – drinking, games, music and walk over to the festival when you’re lit!
Save money – car camping is significantly cheaper than staying at a hotel or Airbnb
Keep the party going – there’s tons of activities and after parties in the Coachella campgrounds.
Temperature – it can get really hot during the day and sometimes really cold at night.
Long shower lines – if you arrive during peak hours be prepared to wait 1-2 hours to get clean. We recommend showering at night if you’re willing to leave early. The majority of showers open at 7 AM and close at 7 PM. There are limited 24 hour showers available.
Late night parties – campground after parties can definitely be rowdy. We highly recommend bringing earplugs.
Must arrive early / leave late – it can take a while to check in on Thursday and leave on Monday. If you’re in a rush to get out you definitely should not camp.
What are the different Coachella camping options?
Car camping is Coachella’s most popular camping option by far, as it allows festival goers to park their vehicle alongside their camping space. This gives fans the opportunity to build their own humble abode among their campsite, and have their car nearby for easy access to personal items, food, and any other festival essentials. Car camping spaces are 30’X10′. While only one vehicle per car camp site is allowed, unlimited guests can dwell in your camping space. The more the merrier! If you plan on bringing an additional vehicle, Camping Companion parking passes are available for purchase. But if you want a space that’s close to all the festival happenings, plan to arrive early – car camp sites are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.
Preferred Car Camping
Preferred Car Camping is an upgraded version of your normal car camping pass. Preferred Car Camping allows you to park in a reserved space near the venue’s entrance, nearby the Ferris Wheel. Coachella attendees can arrive at their own pace, since these spots are reserved. Plus, camping close to the iconic Coachella ferris wheel makes for a spectacular festival view.
Do you love some good ol’ fashioned camping? Don’t have a car? Traveling to Coachella from another country? Tent camping is ideal for building your own DIY oasis in the middle of the desert. These camping sites measure 15’X10′ with the option to include as many guests and tents within the campsite as you’d like. While pitching a tent may sound gritty, Coachella offers many amenities that are available for campers to use throughout the festival such as showers, free Wifi and charging stations, portable restroom facilities, medical aid, and even a general store.
Lake Eldorado & Safari Camping (Glamping)
Are you looking to go “glamping” this year? Coachella supports your decision, with options to lodge at their Safari Campgrounds or along placid Lake Eldorado. Fans can reserve furnished tents, yurts, and lakeside lodges, perfect for those looking for a little more privacy during their festival getaway. This camping option comes with additional perks too like shuttles to local supermarkets and the option to keep your car at a nearby off-site parking lot. This experience doesn’t come cheap however – Safari Tents begin at 9500 for two people.
Getting Coachella Camping Tickets
Coachella camping tickets are sold separately from the regular festival tickets. Passes are transferrable and easily sold. A regular car camping spot is $102 + fees, a preferred camping is 266 + fees. A tent camping spot (for those without cars) is $102 + fees You need one camping pass per vehicle – but you can have as many people / tents in a single spot. If you have multiple vehicles but don’t want to buy an extra camping pass, you can have extra car(s) get a Camping Companion Pass which is $55 + fees.
General Coachella Camping Tips
First thing’s first: Know who you’re camping with. That way, you can split up who brings what and save some money because, let’s face it, Coachella ain’t cheap. Each camping spot is 10’x30′, and you can pack a fair amount of people in there. For a better solution, have multiple people with their own car camping passes in your group. You only need one per space, so getting a second one doubles the number of people you can camp with, not to mention doubling the room to set up your dream campsite.
If you have multiple campsites, you’ll have to caravan down to Indio to ensure you drive in right next to each other. Otherwise, there’s no guarantee you’ll get spots next to each other. If you’re not leaving together or it’s a longer drive, set a meeting point at a grocery store near the grounds to reconvene.
Once you arrive, you’ll appreciate having that case of beer. The security line is just one big tailgating party. Guards are tearing apart entire cars, in some cases taking off paneling to check inside (so make sure you hide your stash well), which takes some time. Get out of your car and meet some people, and pray you chose the line with the lazy volunteer who’s not being paid enough to care.
You should fill up your gas tank again before you go into the grounds, since you never know when you’ll need to run your car and you can’t leave once you’re there. The campground opens at 9am the day before the festival. If you’ve done everything right so far (and if you’ve read to here, you should) and you’ve arrived early enough, you’ll get a prime spot close enough to the festival to avoid too much walking, but far enough away from the gates that you avoid the casual looters and the crowds of the main pathways.
Feel free to pimp your camp – put up strings of lights and inflatable toys — this will look cool as shit, but it’ll also make camp easier to find, especially in the dark when you’re stumbling back with a ringing in your ears. Also, stake down your tents and canopies! If the weather acts up like it did in 2012, it’ll be more than the answers blowing in the wind.
Once you’ve arrived at your camping spot, we recommend putting up the canopy so you can work in the shade. If you have multiple campsites, you’ll want to line up all your canopies to maximize shade. Stake them down. Next we usually set up the tent / sleeping area. Try and figure out where the shade will be in the morning and drop your tent there. Get your tables, chairs, and trash bag set up. Crack open a beer and enjoy.
After you’ve got your campsite set up, walk around the campgrounds to get a lay of the land. Look for bathrooms, showers, water stations, the general store, and take note of landmarks that you can use later on at night to find your campsite – colored towers, unique cars, unique campsite with flags, etc.
Every year there are stories of people who come to Coachella to steal things. Keep valuables locked in your car!
What should I bring if I’m camping at Coachella?
EZ up/ canopy – Specifically you want a 10×10 straight legged canopy. I bought the “amazon basics” one when it was on sale for around 70 bucks. You can even get one last minute in Indio but they may sell out. I consider one for each campsite to be mandatory or you will get roasted the moment the sun comes up.
Tent stakes – I always bring at least 8 plastic tent stakes for my EZ up and tent and usually bring 16 to double them up if winds are high. Metal tent stakes are not allowed as they can injure the horses if they are left behind when the venue goes back to its other use as a polo field, they will get confiscated if security find them when searching your car as you enter
Food and cooking gear – Propane is the only fuel allowed and it must be less than 20lb. There are many stove options on amazon but check your local camping store for discounts. My favorite portable stove variety is the type with two burners and a flat top grill. Check the cooler section for tips on managing your refrigeration. Personally, I usually cook a decent meal Thursday night then just have a snack in camp and splurge on food in the venue for the rest of the weekend, you can get plenty of awesome food for around 10-15$ per meal.
Beer/liquor/mixers – if you drink. You are officially allowed one case of beer or box of wine per person but the guards at check in are known to be inconsistent with this, sometimes allowing more and sometimes less. Bringing liquor can be inconsistent but my method (which has never failed me) is this: empty out a plastic container of a similar colored liquid (iced tea, water, juice), replace with liquor and bury in the bottom of your cooler. NO GLASS.
Beer koozies – A little insulation to keep your drinks from getting warm instantly in the desert heat.
Some source of electrolytes – sports drinks, powders, whatever. Pedialyte is a tried and true festival favorite, chug some before bed and when you wake up to help stave off hangovers and dehydration.
Cups / plates / utensils – No metal knives.
Camp stove – if you plan to cook – only propane is allowed.
Tent – I don’t consider this to be mandatory but I personally use one. Many people feel more comfortable just sleeping under a canopy as the tent can get very hot in the morning, others sleep in their car but that can have the same issue. If you have allergies or are more sensitive to dust you will probably want a tent to better avoid the dust, especially if there’s wind.
Combination locks for your tent – this way everyone can get in without needing to hand off a key.
Air mattress and pump – Much more comfortable than sleeping on the ground, also keeping off the ground helps you stay warmer. Double check that the pump works and the mattress doesn’t leak.
Rubber mallet – for the tent stakes. You can improvise but the mallet is much easier. Lend it to your neighbors if you see them struggling to pound their stakes with a shoe or something.
Backup car keys – you don’t want to find yourself in this situation. There are locksmiths on site just in case.
Jumper cables – In case yours or a neighbors car needs a jump after sitting for several days. Lots of people end up with a dead battery from sitting in their car’s AC but I consider blasting your neighbors with exhaust to be a dick move. Coachella does have people on site that can help with this but it can be slow and expensive, they do have AAA on site if you have that.
Backup contacts/glasses – And a case to keep them in.
Packaged wipes – wipe your face, wipe your pits, wipe your butt. Very nice to have.
Toiletries – Towel, shampoo, soap, toothbrush/paste, whatever. The showers are fine but the lines are long unless you get the timing right.
Flip Flops for showering.
Saline nasal spray/rinse – Even if using a mask to fight the dust all day I find that something to rinse out your sinuses at the end of the day really comes in clutch.
Lighting – headlamps make it easier to get to the bathroom – general lighting for the campsite.
Cooler – I freeze ⅓-½ of my water bottles the week before the fest. It helps the ice last longer and eventually turns to nice cold water to drink. If you have a large group with multiple coolers you should split them into “frequent open” and “infrequent open” groups, this conserves ice as it will melt quicker if you are opening the cooler more frequently. Keep more perishable things or things you are saving for later in the weekend in the infrequent open cooler, keep things like drinks in the frequent open cooler. You can even get dry ice if you want to keep things frozen.
Earplugsand eye mask – essential for sleeping.
Folding table(s) – Ideally big enough for beer pong.
Chairs – I usually just bring a mix of whatever beach / camp chairs are in my garage or my friends have on hand.
Bluetooth speaker – Be careful as speakers that are too big/loud can be confiscated. As far as I know there is no hard and fast rule on this, as with many things at Coachella you may get away with a lot or you may get rolled by a power tripping security person.
Camp games – cornhole, hacky sack, paddle ball, beer pong, etc.
How is the Security for Coachella Camping?
Keep in mind that the vast majority of security staff are just normal people working a temp job for minimum wages – waking up early, standing for hours in the heat, and dealing with a bunch of drunk obnoxious people all day. Most of the time if you follow their instructions and show them some respect you won’t have any trouble.
Your first encounter will probably be car camping check in where two to three people will look through your car and maybe give you a pat down – say please/thank you, maybe offer them a water/gatorade, and follow their instructions. Usually they will at least look through your interior (glovebox, center console, etc) and open a few bags and coolers but several times I’ve had them basically glance through my window and wave me through. At the other extreme I have seen people get their car absolutely tore up from the floor up, I suspect this is often due to sketchy behavior or finding one piece of contraband and looking for more. Try to avoid making yourself an easy target – don’t complain or act sketchy about having to take out/unpack things, don’t have obvious paraphernalia like bongs or “snuff spoon” necklaces, and have one representative who is at least somewhat sober to talk to security.
There are also security walking around the campsites. If you see people on police horses be very careful – these are usually actual police. If you get caught with any contraband just apologize and hand it over. Always de-escalate.
You will also have to go through a security checkpoint each time you enter the festival grounds from the campgrounds. This will typically involve a bag check, a metal detector, and a pat down. It’s usually pretty mild – try to find a line that is moving pretty quickly.
Keep in mind that in the area after the checkpoint there is usually security watching for people reaching into their socks / pants for stuff.
Coachella Camping FAQ
Are Camping Passes transferable?
Anyone can buy a Camping Pass. They are not tied to a festival order. You can give your Pass (spot) to whoever you want if you’re not going to use it.
Are showers private?
Separate male, female and all-gender private showers will be available. ADA accessible shower trailers will also be available.
Do I have to sleep in a tent?
No. If you are Car Camping, you may sleep in your car, on your car, next to your car or in many other creative sleeping places as long as they follow all camping rules and are within the lines of your allotted camping spot. If you are tent camping, you may sleep on the ground in your spot without a tent if you really want to. If you’re sleeping in your car, keep in mind that it can get very hot as soon as the sun comes up. Works best with a pickup truck bed or larger car such as a hatchback or SUV that’s easier to ventilate. You will want to cover the windows and possibly put a canopy over the car.
What if I have to leave Sunday night right after the show?
Cars cannot be moved from camping between 9pm-2am so you can either pack up when you get back and leave once 2am comes or pack up and move to general parking before 9pm and leave from there whenever (avoid this option if possible as it really fucks with parking on Sunday).
How big is the car camping spot?
The coachella car camping spot is 10×30 feet.
How close are the campsites to the venue?
All camping areas are adjacent to the festival site. However, comfortable shoes are recommended as the camping lots are quite LARGE.
Will there be a general store in camping?
Yes. There will be a General Store located in the Camping Center (as well as satellite stores in other Camping Lots.
Can I bring a bicycle?
Yes. You may ride a bicycle into and around the camping areas. No bicycles will be allowed in the Venue.
Where do I lock my bike?
Do not lock your bicycle to gate openings and closings or any art installations or it will be considered surrendered. Look for the designated bicycle parking on the festival maps.
Can I bring family to the camping area?
All campground attendees must be 18 years of age or older, with ID. Or, if under 18, all attendees must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. (See below for information on Legal Guardianship) Every camper must have their own festival pass.
Can I bring a guitar or other musical instrument?
Acoustic instruments only will be allowed into camping. Please be courteous of your neighbors and abide by the noise curfew. If security asks you to quiet down, please do so, damn it.
How many people can fit in a car camping spot?
You are allowed as many as you can jam in. Four people can fit comfortably but tightly in my experience but three is the sweet spot, you could possibly squeeze one or two extra sleeping in the car or getting real snuggly. Make sure you are measuring the footprint of your tents so they fit.
What if I’m staying at a friends campsite? Where can I park my car all weekend?
You can buy a companion parking pass. This allows you to park in a lot adjacent to car camping for the weekend. It costs $60.
How do I get the best camping spot at Coachella?
Get there as early as possible like around 4AM or earlier, stay nearby/circle, watch employee movement, and monitor social media for news of cars being allowed to start lining up. The timing of when this happens changes a lot and luck plays a huge part. Or buy preferred camping which guarantees you a good spot.
Can I enter the camping area if I don’t have a camping pass?
Yes. There’s lots of fun stuff in the camp center like the silent disco, yoga, dodgeball, etc.
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