First up, Coachella! This mega festival is too big for just one weekend. For back-to-back weekends, April 12-14 and 19-21, music lovers will flock to Indio’s Empire Polo Club for nonstop performances. No need to attend both weekends to see the show though as they feature identical schedules with Childish Gambino, Tame Impala and Ariana Grande headlining Friday to Sunday, respectively.
Other activities at Coachella include the Pantene Styling Lounge, where you can style your hair with gold accessories, or take a ride on the ferris wheel to see the festival grounds from new heights. You can also shop for clothes, music and other festival merchandise from the various shops throughout the venue.
Hungry? From pop up restaurants to the Indio Central Market, where you’ll find 15 restaurants under one tent, there’s lots of food options, including vegan and gluten-free, at Coachella.
Both weekends of Coachella currently have waitlists for tickets, which cost $429 per weekend, if you’re lucky enough to snag one.
Dust off your cowboy boots! Stagecoach, the iconic three-day country music festival, rides into town on April 26-28 with headlining performances by Luke Bryan, Sam Hunt and Jason Aldean. The all-ages weekend features live music from noon until midnight on four stages throughout the Empire Polo Club.
Of course, there’s more activities at Stagecoach to keep you entertained between sets. Show off your two step and line dancing moves at the Honkytonk Dance Hall, which is also air conditioned to provide a nice break from the desert heat or grab a bite to eat at Guy Fieri’s Stagecoach Smokehouse. You’ll find regional BBQ favorites with dishes from St. Louis, Texas, Kansas City, Memphis, the Carolinas and California all competing for your taste buds.
General admission tickets to Stagecoach are still available for $369.
Still need a place to stay while you’re in town for Coachella or Stagecoach? Take a break from the crowds and relax at one of the Rancho Mirage’s top notch resorts. You may even be able to snag a deal that includes dining, spa or golf credits.
Tired of festival food? Rancho Mirage happens to host some of the best restaurants in the desert. With over 60 restaurants in the city, there’s bound to be something to curb your cravings.
Don’t forget to check out all the other exciting activities in Rancho Mirage before and after the festivals. The desert is home to an assortment of attractions, including shopping at El Paseo and The River, touring Sunnylands and hiking the Indian Canyons.