The sun has set on another year at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California. Coachella is one of my favorite LA Events (as well as thousands of other Californians and fans from around the world!) and another great benefit of living in southern California!

A Favorite LA Event that Keeps Getting Better

It has now been 18 years since the first Coachella in 1999, co-founded by Paul Tollett and Rick Van Senten and organized by Goldenvoice, a subsidiary of AEG Live, and it is going stronger than ever! The festival has expanded from first a single day event, to two-days in 2002, and now three-days since 2007 and over the course of two consecutive weekends since 2012.

See all of the past lineups here –

What I personally love about this particular festival is that it showcases a variety of music genres expanding from classic rock, to indie, to hip hop, and even the now ever so popular, EDM. This year, Hans Zimmer, a German composer and record producer even brought a full orchestra to the fairgrounds! Not to mention, there’s amazing restaurants that open pop up vendors at the fairgrounds and lots of intricate and unique art installations, some which even come from other iconic festivals.

Coachella art installation

Coachella art installation

All of these factors make for a beautiful venue and interactive experience for everyone and anyone. And yes, the festival is still open to all ages!

My Coachella Experience:

Here’s a sum up and highlights of my Coachella experience:

Day 1: It was a great and smooth start to the weekend, but there is just always so much to see that I wasn’t able to make it to quite a few stages and must-see art installations, namely the Antarctic tent- a 360 degree indoor dome and immersive visual experience that everyone kept raving about. My friend and I caught a couple of shooting stars when we were relaxing back at the house after the festival, a sight you don’t often get to see under busy city lights just a couple hours drive away in LA.

Day 2: A few friends who were in town and weren’t originally planning on going to the festival met someone that hooked them up with complimentary media passes and got to enjoy the show with us! Oh, the perks of being connected in the LA music and entertainment industry.

Coachella stage & crowd

Coachella stage & crowd

Day 3: The last day of the festival seemed busier than the first two and it took us exceedingly longer than normal to drive eight miles to get into the festival grounds- two hours to be exact. The staff gave us all complimentary shuttle passes to ensure we made it to the festival safe and sound after parking. We made sure to check out as many artists as we could this night and I also finally got to experience the Antarctic tent, which reminded me of a fun Universal Studios ride! As we were sauntering out of the last show around midnight, a group of amiable strangers overheard it was my birthday and burst into song. Needless to say, it was a heartwarming close to the festival.

The next day, we all packed up and checked out of the house we rented for the weekend and on the way back to LA, we stopped by Doug Aitken’s Mirage installation at Desert X, which was a house completely surfaced in mirrors. It was one of 16 temporary art installations throughout the desert. You can find out more about it here –

Coachella weekend - Palm Springs tramway

Coachella weekend – Palm Springs tramway

Afterwards, my girlfriend and I made one last stop to take the Palm Springs tramway up the mountain since we had never been. It was a cool ride up 8000+ feet where there was even leftover snow and the temperature dropped significantly. We finally made it home to LA around 9PM Monday night and there it was, another year of Coachella, sadly has come and gone.

I said it would be my last year (in a row at least), but I’m not quite sure after a memorable weekend! For those Coachella visitors who aren’t ready to leave beautiful southern California and would like to learn more about moving to Los Angeles and enjoying more LA events, please check out our About section.  Find out how we can assist with every aspect of your move from A-Z!