Ah Coachella! It truly is the happiest time of the year and for many it's a time for the biggest parties. While you may think of Coachella as a music festival many know of it as one, giant party. While most of the action is during Coachella Weekend One, there are parties throughout the entire two week span of Coachella. How do you get into these parties? Well that depends. Some parties are free with an RSVP, some cost you money for a ticket and some you need to know someone. From the giant parties like Neon Carnival to the small, local pool parties this is your ultimate guide to Coachella 2018 parties. Below is a list of every party we know going on during the two weeks of Coachella, how much they cost, and where they take place.
When: Saturday April 14th, 10:00 p.m. – 4:00 a.m.
Where: Thermal Airport (Located at 56-850 Higgins Dr, Thermal, CA 92274)
Cost: $0 (Need to know someone to get in)
Probably the most famous of all Coachella parties. It isn’t official sponsored by Coachella, but Neon Carnival occurs annually on Saturday night of the first weekend of Coachella and is pretty synonymous with the festival at this point. This is the swanky celebrity party where you have a shot of seeing Leonardo DiCaprio as well as every aspiring actor or actress from the Los Angeles area. So what is Coachella’s Neon Carnival? Well, it’s like what it sounds like: it’s literally a carnival at night. It has a Ferris wheel, carnival games, and everything else you would expect at a carnival....and of course plenty of booze and partying.
You need to know someone to get a wristband, so getting access to Neon Carnival isn’t going to be possible for everyone. In fact, very few people who want to attend Neon Carnival each year get to attend. If you know someone in the LA Club scene this is definitely the time to cash in the favors. If you do go, here are a few tips and thoughts on what you will experience:
When: Occurs everyday of Coachella (April 13th-15th for Weekend One, April 20th-22nd Weekend Two)
Where: Hilton Palm Springs (400 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262)
Cost: $50 for a weekend pass good for one of the weekends or $20 for an individual day
The Hilton Palm Springs is back with its annual pool party known as Day Club. You can see the schedule above, and as normal it's pretty loaded. Generally this party gets some pretty big DJs and this year continues the tradition, especially during Weekend Two with Odesza and Illenium. You can snag tickets at their official website above and they are fairly reasonable at $20 a day or $50 for the weekend. Typically this party goes until about 6 or 7 so you will miss the majority of Coachella if you attend, but it is a really good time. If you've ever been to a Las Vegas pool party this is about as close as Coachella gets to that.
When: Both weekends of Coachella 2018
Where: The Ace Hotel Palm Springs (
When: April 15th, 2018 (11 am to 6 pm)
Where: The Saguaro (1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA 92264)
Cost: Free (Need to RSVP)
The Saguaro is one of Palm Springs most fun hotels. Even when Coachella isn't going on the Saguaro has an awesome pool party and a really great vibe. This year they've added a new event for Coachella 2018 called Beats & Brunch, which will take place Sunday of Coachella 2018 (Weekend One only). You can see the lineup above and if you are interested here is the Event Brite link. If you don't mind getting to Coachella a bit late on Sunday this is sure to be a good time at the Saguaro. Enjoy some driknks, sun and pool time before heading off to the Polo Fields to close out Coachella.