All The Dates You Need to Know for Coachella

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Article Summary

  • It is important to know dates for Coachella as things sellout very quickly
  • Coachella announces its lineup in early January and the tickets go on sale shortly after that
  • Coachella presale has now moved to early June
  • Coachella lockers go on sale in November

Some of the most common questions that come up about Coachella are about dates.  When do Coachella tickets go on sale? When is the presale? When is the schedule released?  These are some of the most commonly asked questions and the goal of this article is to make you aware of every important date you need to know.  I will start from the beginning of the year and move from there.

Lineup Announcement - Early January (January 3 in 2017)

Perhaps the most anticipated date of the year for Coachella fans is the announcement of the lineup.  Coachella used to lean towards the end of January for lineup announcements but in recent years it has trended toward early January.  Below you can see a table showing the dates for each year Coachella has released the lineup dating back to 2005.


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Coachella Ticket Sales – Early January (January 4 in 2017)

Coachella tickets usually go on sale a day or two after Coachella announces the lineup.  In 2017, Coachella tickets went on sale the next day after they announced the lineup.  If you plan to get Coachella tickets you must be ready to buy them the minute they go on sale.  We wrote a full guide on buying Coachella tickets, which you can read at

Coachella Announces Set Times – Mid April (April 13th in 2016)

One of the most anticipated things once the lineup is announced are the set times.  Unfortunately, Coachella doesn’t announce these until a couple days before the actual festival.  For example, in 2016 Coachella opened on April 15th and the set times were released on April 13th.  This is really frustrating as you could research a band for months and be excited to see them only to find out you have a major conflict and won’t be able to see them.  Unfortunately this is just how Coachella does things and it doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.

Coachella Music & Arts Festival – Mid April

Coachella typically occurs the second and third weekend of April.  The date can shift around a bit each year, but this is fairly standard.

Coachella Presale – June (June 8th in 2016)

Shortly after Coachella concludes there will be a presale for Coachella the following year.  This is another date that Coachella has shifted over the years.  The presale for Coachella used to occur in mid to late May, but has slowly moved into June.  Typically it is in the first or second week of June.  I highly suggest liking Coachella on Facebook so you don’t miss this announcement.  If you buy Coachella presale there is no lineup at this point so you must purchase the passes blind and bank on a good lineup.  The main advantages of buying the presale Coachella tickets are they are somewhat easier to get and you can take advantage of the payment plan.  If you want the full details on the Coachella presale you should check out our full article on the Coachella presale at  

Coachella Lockers on Sale – November

Coachella lockers don’t sell out quickly so you can take your time purchasing one.  If you do want a locker they go on sale in November at  Lockers will eventually sell out so don’t wait too long if you want one for Coachella.  I highly recommend getting a locker for Coachella but to each his own.

Coachella Last Payment If You Do the Payment Plan – December

If you did the payment plan for Coachella back in June, rejoice! December is the end of your debt to Coachella. Just as everyone else is about to pay for their ticket you will be all set and ready to rock the Polo fields.


There you have it, every date you need to know for Coachella.  If there are any other dates you are looking for and didn’t find here please let me know at and I will add them pronto!

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