If you’re a regular Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival attendee, you’re probably well aware by now that there’s much more to it than just the festival. The dozens of unofficial parties that occur each April have pretty much become their own unique culture. These parties give festivalgoers yet another good reason to flock to the Coachella Valley and experience the range of live performances, brand activations, mini festivals, and more.
Many also attend the events without even having a ticket to the festival. (My friends and I were once interviewed by MTV about the burgeoning trend of ticket-less, party hopping… lol.) Needless to say, there’s a lot to experience outside of the polo fields. And each year the parties get bigger, better, and wristbands become harder to snag.
How to Get into Coachella Weekend Parties?
Some of these Coachella weekend party invites are nearly impossible to get, while other events are open to the public. So what’s the secret to maximizing your chances of attending these desert festivities?
- RSVP to get your name on the list for events you’d like to attend
- Set your socials to public as some organizers review them for approval
- Arrive early since they often reach capacity quickly
- Dress to impress to fit in with the desert glam vibes
- Bring good energy and be nice!
As the season rapidly approaches, here’s a look at our guide for the best parties in the Coachella Valley to give you an idea of what to expect for 2024. Information on 2024 events will be updated as soon as it becomes available.
Note: Events listed are operated by independent organizers and have no affiliation with or connection to the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival.
Check out a recap of the 2023 Coachella Valley events. 🎉
One of the biggest parties of the weekend, Neon Carnival is pretty much its own mini festival squeezed into the wee hours of the night. You’ll find carnival rides, games, brand activations, and most importantly, an open bar. At last year’s event, Levi’s returned as a headlining brand with Tequila Don Julio sponsoring the bar. Neon Carnival always has a solid lineup of local Los Angeles DJs entertaining the trendsetting crowd of influencers, industry professionals, and celebs.
Revolve Festival is known for its coveted guest list of fashion-forward attendees. This highly exclusive mini festival is a daytime playground of photo-worthy backdrops along with their signature floral carousel. Partygoers are also treated to live music performances from some of the world’s biggest artists. The 2023 event featured sets by Ice Spice, Coi Leray, PinkPantheress, and 21 Savage.
STURDY. Oasis Hydrated by Liquid I.V.
In 2023, Liquid I.V. joined with creative studio STURDY. for a multi-day event. The invite only party in Thermal included unique experiences with Latin DJs on Friday night, Afro Beats DJs on Saturday night, and an exclusive daytime brunch on Sunday afternoon. Guests got to experience brand activations, food tastings, and plenty of PATRÓN Tequila to go around.
Desert Gold at The Ace Hotel
One of the best things about Desert Gold is that it goes for both weekends and it’s open to the public. The Ace Hotel Palm Springs becomes the site of an ongoing pool party with swimming, DJs and pop-up shops. It’s the perfect way to chill while sipping a cocktail or grabbing lunch from their Amigo Room bar.
Soho Desert House
Much like the Soho House locations worldwide, the Soho Desert House party is an exclusive haven for Soho House members to shmooze under the sun. With plenty of space to lounge, drink, and eat, it makes for the perfect kickoff spot before heading to the festival. The multi-weekend lounge is also available to anyone willing to purchase a pass. Sponsors in 2023 included CÎROC, Nike, La Croix, Cecconi’s, and more.
This music-centric event thrown by media publication Remezcla brings Latin music to the desert. The spacious warehouse party is open to the public and features live DJ sets in front of an expansive dancefloor, along with a variety of photo-worthy backdrops.
The Do-Over Palm Springs
Any fans of The Do-Over Los Angeles will enjoy the Palm Springs outpost of this classic party. Held at The Ace Hotel Palm Springs, The Do-Over party is open to the public and draws a lively crowd. With a dancefloor, pool, and live DJ sets, you’ll have an ideal escape before heading off to the festival.
Fashion icon Rachel Zoe has held her annual ZOEasis party for years. This invite-only affair is known for its easy, breezy atmosphere in a garden-esque Coachella Valley desert estate. The day is always filled with florals, fashion, and a guest list of stylish tastemakers. 2023’s event brought a range of brand activations with the sounds of a live DJ performance under the sun.
Day Club Palm Springs
This pool party series happens at The Hilton Palm Springs at the same time as the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, so you may have to choose which one fits your vibe. The four-day lineup consists of dance music DJs that perform in front of the hotel’s Vegas-like pool layout. Book a cabana or daybed to maximize the fun at the spirited daytime event. Last year’s 2023 lineup included performances from Vintage Culture, Two Friends, and SG Lewis.
TAO Desert Nights Presented by Jeeter
Anyone familiar with TAO Hospitality Group knows that they’re the masterminds behind buzzworthy nightlife venues all over the world. So of course, their invite-only parties are top tier. They usually do events partnered with brands like Galore Magazine and Gala Music, with sponsors like Casamigos and PrettyLittleThing. Celebs, influencers, and socialites enjoy live performances in an alluring day party or nightclub environment. In 2023, TAO Desert Nights returned for both festival weekends with live music, a glam bar, photo booth, food, specialty cocktails, and a solid night of dancing in the desert.
Framework in the Desert
Framework in the Desert is a series of afterparty-style events that occur late in the night from Friday to Sunday. After the nearby Coachella Festival has ended, Coachella Valley visitors can get tickets to witness Framework’s lineup of talented house, EDM, dance, and hip hop artists. Last year’s lineup included a guest performance by Channel Tres as well as a number of B2B performances.
NYLON House, Presented by Samsung Galaxy
One of the best Coachella Valley events during festival weekend is NYLON House, put on each year by fashion magazine NYLON. It’s known to draw in fashion, music, and pop culture tastemakers to experience a late-night party underneath the desert stars. Attendees also get to see live performances from a variety of artists, with last year’s 2023 lineup including Alesso, Carlita, and Diplo.
Clinique Hydration House
The first ever Clinique Hydration House joined the festivities last year with a weekend of rejuvenation. Taking place at a luxurious private estate in Indio, the daytime event had a pool party vibe with skincare-inspired installations, a glow bar, photo booth opportunities, and live music.
Sonic Desert by Coca-Cola Creations
This event presented by Coca-Cola Creations made for a mystical oasis at a private estate in Thermal, CA. Brand partners offered unique installations along with boozy drinks, pizza, and of course, plenty of Coca-Cola products. Guests could cool off in the pool, jump in the bounce house, or mix and mingle with attendees at the event that made a splash during festival weekend.
Pitchfork Live in Palm Springs
Music publication Pitchfork joined with White Claw to go live during the 2023 festival weekend. Broadcasting from The Ace Hotel Palm Springs, guests were able to visit onsite to watch interviews, performances, and DJ sets from a variety of talented artists. Those who couldn’t attend were able to tune in online for the livestreamed event.
If you’ve ever wished you could start festival weekend at breakfast time, this event may just be for you. Cap’n Crunch cereal hosted the Cap’n’s Cove pool party last year at Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs to celebrate the 60th birthday of Captain’s Crunch cereal. The 10am start time meant people were up bright and early to enjoy free cereal, drinks, and music from Anderson .Paak, Reneé Rapp, and DJ Jazzy Jeff.
Kourtney Kardashian Barker’s brand Poosh throws an exclusive a summer camp-style experience in Palm Desert each year. A small group of influencers get selected to stay over during the festival weekend, while a larger bash happens on Saturday afternoon. Last year’s party was bigger than ever with dozens of brand partners and activations creating memorable experiences for the invite-only guest list.
The 818 Outpost
Kendall Jenner’s 818 Tequila brand hosted a daytime pop-up for its second year in a row. The event gave away free festival essentials from a variety of brands, and also sold its own exclusive merch. The 818 Outpost is open to the public with an RSVP and is a great way to kick off your weekend festival adventure.
The Oasis Celsius Vibe House
Energy drink Celsius launched their newest flavor “Oasis Vibe” during festival weekend last year. The daytime launch party took place at a private, Coachella Valley estate with an invite-only guest list. Attendees were able to enjoy Celsius Essential Vibes flavors along with cocktails and bites, while taking in live performances in the desert escape.
The Racquet Club: Flying Embers
Hard kombucha brand Flying Embers didn’t host just any old party. The Racquet Club was a pickleball-themed event in 2023 with plenty of game play and tournament-style competitions that gave guests a dose of fun under the sun. With a pool, live DJ set, and refreshments from Flying Embers, the inaugural day party was one for the books.
Lucky Brand Desert Mirage
The Lucky Brand party is one of the longest running festival weekend events. It usually involves a pool party, an open bar, live music, and brand activations with merch giveaways. Last year’s event took place in Indio and featured surprise special guests taking the stage to entertain the crowd.
The Trading Post
For festival fashion, The Trading Post by Vince Camuto and FYRE is a high end gifting lounge that offers a destination for relaxation. The artist retreat has live music performances and DJ sets for the selection of lucky guests on Saturday of weekend one.
Interscope Party Palm Springs
The Interscope Records party is known to be an exclusive event with music industry professionals and performers gathering to celebrate at a private estate. The intimate event has been attended by big name artists like Lana Del Rey, Jared Leto, Zedd, Tame Impala, and dozens of others. The party returned in 2023 for its 7th year of mixing and mingling in the desert.
Ketel One Botanical Spritz Oasis
Vodka lovers will appreciate an invite to the Ketel One Botanical party in Palm Desert. The invite-only event is held at a spacious, private Palm Desert estate with live music and plenty of cocktails to go around. It’s the perfect place for a refresher before heading to the festival on Saturday of weekend one.
London Alley Presents Playboy After Dark
This kickoff event is an invite-only bash with last year’s party celebrating Playboy’s 70th anniversary. The private Indio estate features brand activations, drinks, and food, along with live DJ sets to keep the party going. Guests who are able to snag an invite have a sultry night in store as the Playboy party is known to be a memorable event.
Bella Thorne’s Area 51 Party
What’s a weekend in the desert without a UFO sighting? Bella Thorne’s Area 51 party revved up in 2022 with an indoor-outdoor location fit for an alien invasion. Performances included Diplo and Big Sean along with an open bar and plenty of spacey photo backdrops throughout the stunning Coachella Valley estate.
Deep in the Desert
Deep in the Desert is put on by Los Angeles’ Deep Space Productions, who are known to throw a solid party. The event centers around deep house music of course, so the festive crowd shows up ready to dance. The pool, cabanas and spacious dancefloor make it a go-to party event held at an impressive estate in Coachella Valley.
Bootsy Bellows Party
There’s always a beautiful estate on reserve for the Bootsy Bellows party. With big name sponsors and plenty of opportunities for photos, the experience doesn’t disappoint. In 2022, they partnered with Revolve for an after party and Travis Scott dropped by for a surprise performance.
Liquid I.V. House of Hydration
Where some events go big or go home, the 2022 Liquid IV party kept things more limited at an exclusive desert estate. There was plenty of swag to go around along with unique, signature cocktails inspired by the hangover hydration supplement. Saweetie and Jack Harlow both took the stage for intimate performances in front of a vibrant crowd.