Dubbed “the biggest party of the year”, Stagecoach is California’s country music festival. Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, this year’s festivities take place from April 28 until the 30th.
The lineup includes some of the biggest names in country music, including Dierks Bentley on Friday, Shania Twain on Saturday and Kenny Chesney on Sunday. But that’s not it. There will also be performances throughout the weekend from:
• Thomas Rhett
• Travis Tritt
• The Cadillac Three
• Luke Combs
• Dan Layus
• Brett Eldredge
• Willie Nelson and Family
• Maren Morris
• Margo Price
• Bobby Bones and the Raging Idiots
• Brooke Eden
• Black Pistol Fire
• Cole Swindell
• Jerry Lee Lewis
• 38 Special
• Randy Rogers Band
• Dylan Scott
• Bailey Bryan
• So many more…
Besides the music, there is so much more at Stagecoach. Want some honkytonk dance lessons? Dance to live bands in the Honkytonk Dance Hall. The Energy Playground is where you can give back and ride the Energy SeeSaws in order to charge your phone! If you want to learn how to cook like a Cowboy, check out the Smokey Barrel Stage where you’ll find demonstrations and lessons, including some by Kent Rollins – a Food Network chef who beat Bobby Flay on his show. There will also be great acoustic performances from local country performers. Check out the Oasis, where you can pose with live mermaids and make custom jewellery.
As if that isn’t enough to do, you can also visit the Budweiser Country Club for some shade, backyard games and of course, cold beer. Visit the Budweiser Clydesdales there every afternoon. You can ride the Ferris Wheel or go for an off-road Toyota Thrill Ride. Or, head over the Barefoot Spritzers Lounge for some hair chalk and to take some photos in the photo booth. If you want a break from the action, the Monster Energy Lounge has a shaded area to relax with a free Monster Energy drink.
For the kids, the Half-Pint Hootenanny includes games, arts and crafts, face painting, tattoos, singing and dancing and cool surprise performances. The Little Red Wagon Family Band will perform and the kids will be amazed with a performance by Leapin’ Louie’s Wild West Spectacular. There will also be a number of teen performers and a musical instrument petting zoo!
The food is going to be amazing at this year’s Stagecoach Festival and there is so much to choose from. The Cantina Restaurant is air conditioned, but there will be a number of outdoor food vendors, including many local restaurants. The Stagecoach BBQ Championship is a treat not to be missed and where you can enjoy whole smoked hog, chicken, ribs, brisket and even pig candy. There will also be a number of full bars with beer and spirits available.
There are still passes left, although the C1 Corral reserved seating and the Corral Standing Pit are sold out. For $329 you can get a general admission pass, which gives you access for all three days of the festival. You can enjoy everything that the festival has to offer, including all the different performances at each of the stages. For $899 you can get a C2 Corral Reserved Seating pass, which entitles you to all of the above, plus reserved seating in front of the Mane Stage (behind the pit), a commemorative souvenir seat to take home and a commemorative laminate. You’ll have access to the Saloon, which is a special area adjacent to the Mane stage where you can lounge on couches, in shaded areas and at picnic tables. There are extra restrooms and food and beverage vendors plus a full cash bar. Only buy your passes from the website as there have been cases of counterfeit passes sold by third parties and they won’t be accepted.
Travel packages are available at a number of neighboring hotels, offering shuttles to and from the event. Off-site camping is also an option, with all-inclusive packages available, some with daily pool parties, snacks and other great features.
Day parking is free at the event, but if you wish to keep your vehicle overnight (after 2am), the cost is $60. A 3-day VIP pass is available for $100, which entitles the holder to an alternate venue entrance point. Carpooling is recommended to help preserve the environment and for your chance to win general admission passes to the festival for life! The Stagecoach Festival Carpool Convoy lets you show off your Stagecoach pride while carpooling. Basically, you’ll pimp out your ride letting other festival goers you are part of the Stagecoach carpool convoy and secret spotters will reward you with prizes like food and merchandise vouchers, artist meet and greet passes, corral passes and more.
Taxis and rideshares are also available, or better yet, take a bus or rent a bike! Festicycle is a cool organization that allows you to rent bikes to use at festivals.
Every person over the age of 10 needs a festival pass to access the festival and the parking lot. There is no re-entry allowed and this event will happen rain or shine. Kids 10 and under are free in the general admission area, but must have a ticket for any reserved seating areas. Kids 2 and under don’t need a ticket and may sit on a ticket holder’s lap.
There are a number of items that aren’t allowed in the festival and you should check the list before trying to gain entry and being denied. These include (among many):
• Audio recording devices
• Hover boards
• Outside food and beverage
• Hula hoops
• Unauthorized solicitations