Stagecoach and Coachella: A Fest for the Senses

Every April, the placid Coachella Valley transforms into a spirited community as thousands of festival-goers descend on the Empire Polo Club in Indio for a weekend (or two!) of music in the sun. But the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival and Stagecoach Country Music Festival are more than a couple of concerts. If you’re attending either for the first time, expect an experience that stimulates all five senses. Here’s how:

The food.

Coachella brings more than 100 culinary innovators to the desert to serve up the latest dining trends. Feel like sitting down at a pop-up restaurant? Need to recharge with a healthy snack? Let your appetite and mood lead you. Treat yourself with a reservation for Outstanding in the Field, a four-course family-style seated dinner hosted by different chefs each night. In addition to fair-style favorites, Stagecoach’s barbecue cooking competition fills the air with the aroma of smoked meats to sample.

The people.

Coachella is a popular getaway for actors, models, and the who’s who of young Hollywood. Spot celebrities like Rihanna and Katy Perry dancing in the crowd, having the time of their lives in their “chella” finest. Free-spirited, Cali-chic bohemian looks are a staple of Coachella fashion. Cowboy boots and denim are the unofficial uniform of Stagecoach, where country fans congregate. So if you’re into style, there’s plenty on display.

The art.

A number of sculptures and large-scale art installations dot the festival grounds. Each year, Coachella commissions established artists and up-and-comers to create these site-specific works that make each year’s festival a unique experience. Giant cowboy boots and folk art are Stagecoach’s signature theme. Take a selfie in front of a colorful installation like Henny Penny the giant chicken, or sit in one of many oversized rocking chairs.

Yes, the music.

We won’t know Coachella’s full list of performers until January. But we can tell you two things. One, an artist you love will be there. Check out past lineups for a taste of the diverse mix of future legends, rising stars, and icons who rarely perform live. Two, we do know one name you’ll see at the top of the list — and it’s major. After dropping out of the 2017 lineup, Beyoncé promised to return in 2018. And her performance will be worth the wait. Like Coachella, Stagecoach brings a variety of up-and-comers and legends in country and bluegrass. Powerhouses like Garth Brooks, Keith Urban and Florida Georgia Line headline a lineup that should be irresistible to any country music lover.

Tickets to Coachella and Stagecoach tend to sell out, and lodging fills up fast. Take a look at our available rooms and start planning your trip now.