A major music festival is one of those things that everyone needs to experience in life at least once. While there are plenty of options to satisfy all music tastes around the world, Coachella, the three-day festival that takes place twice every April in the California desert, is arguably one of the most well known. Music-lovers flock to Indio, CA, to hear their favorite artists perform, bask in the heat, and bond with fellow enthusiasts. Between the nonstop noise and relentless sun, it's definitely a sensory overload, but in the best way possible. If this is your very first time heading to Coachella, we've rounded up a fun list of must-dos for you to experience — aside from the music, of course. You'll be exhausted, stressed out, overwhelmed, and probably severely dehydrated half the time, but trust us, it'll all be worth it. Keep reading for the eight things you should check off your bucket list to make the most of your time.
1. Pack smartly
OK, so maybe this isn't exactly a bucket list item, but believe us when we say that being strategic about your packing will only allow you to have more fun. An empty water bottle (that you can refill once inside the festival) is vital for staying hydrated in the intense climate, as is a portable phone charger, hand sanitizer, and a revitalizing day cream with SPF, like Clarin's Multi-Active cream, to protect, boost radiance, and de-stress. If you're properly equipped, you'll be going stronger for much longer — bring on the adventure!
2. Ride the Ferris wheel
The Ferris wheel, called La Grande Wheel, is the largest Ferris wheel in the country and one of the most iconic sights at Coachella. See it, take an Instagram of it, and don't forget to ride it, especially at sunset — the view is absolutely breathtaking, and you'll appreciate the calm and quiet, even if only for a few minutes.
3. Get street style snapped
Channel those #desertvibes and rock a cute getup that will attract the lens of a street style photographer. That doesn't mean you still can't be comfortable and practical — in fact, you're probably more likely to stand out and catch the eye of a seasoned photographer if you know how to dress well for the environment while still having fun.
4. Explore art installations
Aside from the music, Coachella is known for its large-scale art installations scattered across the festival grounds. They're interesting, they're unique, and some of them are even interactive. Check them out between music sets for some serious inspiration.
5. Make it to the front of the stage for your favorite artist
Make your entire experience — possibly existence — worthwhile and watch your favorite artist perform where it matters the most: right in front of the stage. Yes, it's a crowded, sweaty mess, and you probably will have to stake out your spot hours in advance, but you won't regret it. Here's a pro tip: instead of waiting for the artist or band before yours to finish playing, head to the stage during their set. That way you're not caught in the middle of the huge throng of people all making their way over to the same stage at once.
6. Visit the Do LaB
The Do LaB Stage is a wet and wild oasis (think water guns and misters) and one of the hallmarks of Coachella culture. There, you can find general good vibes all around as well as a lineup of emerging electronic artists who aren't a part of the official lineup.
7. Take a photo with a celebrity
It's no secret that Coachella is popular among celebrities — it is only three or so hours from Hollywood, after all. From supermodels to actors, you're bound to have several sightings throughout the weekend. Don't be shy, and ask them nicely for a selfie!
8. Attend the Silent Disco
At Coachella, the music doesn't stop when the last artist plays the closing set. Nope, you can keep going until sunrise, thanks to the Silent Disco. Hit the dance floor into the wee hours of the night in complete silence and just a pair of wireless headphones. You'll be surprised at how weirdly fun it is.
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