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11 Reasons to Skip Coachella and Hit These Local Parties Instead

By / April 5, 2016

Look, we love Coachella as much as any other group of music, art, and party-appreciating revelers. But we also know that not everyone has the funds to drop on a wristband, the time to spend in the desert for three days, or the desire to do a live reenactment of the Violent Femme’s “Blister in the Sun.”

But being without a wristband doesn’t mean your weekend should be without fun, music, or a trip to the desert. There are tons of pool parties and live shows geared exactly towards people skipping the festival but not the partying. For 2016, these are your best bets—we’ll catch you poolside.



Desert Beach Party
April 15-17, 22-24, 12 PM — 6 PM
Base Camp

Located 6 miles south of the festival grounds, Base Camp is a new RV and camping experience offering 40 acres of camping, swimming, music, art, and more. While those staying on property for the duration of the weekend receive priority for the day parties, all are welcome via online RSVP. The “beach” party will offer revelers a chance to enjoy DJ sets, cocktails, hot air balloon rides, the onsite pool, and dips in the lake.

Free | RSVP



Vestal Village VIP Pool Parties
April 14-17
Vestal Village

This invite-only, super-exclusive event spans across four days of the first weekend of Coachella. Nighttime desert campfires, pop-up restaurants, live music performances, a swimming pool, fishing lake, outdoor bars, and other activities are offered to those staying at the village for the entirety of the weekend—but the VIP daytime pool parties are always a highlight. While the location is secret (as well as the lineup), those hoping to attend can submit to be placed on the exclusive list through the link below.

Invite-Only | RSVP



Day Club Palm Springs
April 15-17, 22-24
Hilton Palm Springs

Goldenvoice—the name behind the festival itself—presents Day Club Palm Springs, a lineup of day parties featuring live music across both weekends of Coachella. The weekend 1 lineup includes Dirty South, Mr. Carmack, and Tokimonsta, while weekend 2 will feature Cash Cash, Rae Sremmurd, Skrillex, and Lido. Attendees can purchase tickets for individual days, or for the entire weekend of tunes, drinks, and poolside partying.

$20-$50 | Get Tickets



Sound Presents: All Gone Pete Tong w/ Special Guests
April 17, 1 PM
Hilton Palm Springs

Put on by Sound Nightclub, this is a special event within the larger Day Club lineup. All Gone Pete Tong will headline, with Bob Moses, Dubfire, Lee K, Nicole Moudaber, Pete Tong, and Thomas Jack rounding out the packed schedule.

$30-$35 | Get Tickets



Mojave Lords & More at Pappy & Harriet’s
April 16, 8 PM
Pappy & Harriet’s

An hour from Coachella—even deeper into the desert—lies Pappy & Harriet’s, an unsuspecting venue in remote Pioneertown. Their Saturday night lineup includes Mojave Lords, FATSO JETSON, Chris Goss, Alain Johannes, Boots Electric, Sinner Sinners, and Strawberry Smog. If you don’t have tickets to the festival and are looking for something to do after the day parties die down, there’s no better spot than Pappy & Harriet’s.

$25 | Get Tickets



Miike Snow w/ Bob Moses
April 21, 8 PM
Pappy & Harriet’s

During the second weekend of Coachella, Pappy & Harriet’s presents Miike Snow, the Swedish three-person band known for tunes like Genghis Khan and Animal. The show is sold out directly, but tickets are available for a higher price via StubHub.

$30 | Learn More



8th Annual Desert Gold
April 14-25
Ace Hotel & Swim Club

For a different type of experience, head to the Ace Hotel’s 8th annual Desert Gold. Featuring a lineup of meditation, celestial beat-making, and artistic events—including those from the David Lynch Foundation and Moog—the collaborative environment runs through both weekends of Coachella.

Free | RSVP



Localchella Sideshows
April 14-22
Various Venues

If you want to catch some of your favorite artists without splurging for a festival pass, then Goldenvoice’s “localchella” shows are the perfect happy medium. Held at venues throughout Southern California—including the Fonda Theater, Glass House, Observatory and Fox Theater—locations for these shows are concentrated in the LA and Santa Barbara areas. The 1975, James Bay, Matt & Kim, Of Monsters And Men, and CHVRCHES are all on the lineup.

$25-$60 | Get Tickets



DJ Quik Live
April 19, 7 PM – 2 AM
Zelda’s Nightclub

Extend the long weekend with this live performance by DJ Quik, hip-hop recording artist and producer, for Coachella Tuesdays at one of Palm Spring’s local nightclubs, Zelda’s.

$25 | Get Tickets



Culture Collide’s Not a Pool Party
April 14
Hard Rock Palm Springs

This year’s installation of Culture Collide’s annual festival kick-off event will be held April 14, and while details are TBD we’re betting it’ll be a fun-filled night of music, entertainment, and friendly faces. Live bands and DJs will be announced soon, but we suggest RSVP’ing ASAP.

Free | RSVP



NYLON Midnight Garden Party
April 15, 10 PM
Private Estate

The second annual Midnight Garden Party, this party quickly earned a reputation for pulling out all the stops in terms of musical talent, guest list, and VIP experiences. Last year’s lineup included performances from The Misshapes, The Dolls, Mia Moretti, and Chelsea Leyland, and attracted celebrities including Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, and Katy Perry. We can’t wait to see what they come up with this year. The party is notoriously invite-only, but we trust you all to make the connections needed to snag a spot on the guest list—and if you do, make sure to check out Dream Hollywood’s VIP party experiences, which includes cabana service and luxury transportation.

Invite-Only | Learn More


Nile Cappello is obsessed with: words, cotton candy, Southern California and eating her way across the world. She’s an online and offline over-sharer, screenwriter, only child and total klutz. She’s an expert in LA coffee shops, iced tea varieties and uncovering compelling and unique true stories.

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