Festivals & Concerts, Sip & Grub, Travel Tips

Stagecoach Festival | 2017

By now you probably know that Stagecoach is one of the Country Clones’ favorite country music festivals. You can’t beat the beautiful venue, warm sun, and great music at this three-day desert festival. From the dance halls, to the boutiques, artwork and food tents, there’s more to see than the live music. Be sure to make time to take it all in!

Highlights from Stagecoach 2017 

    • Kelsea Ballerini & Nick Jonas guest appearances during Shania Twain
    • Favorite performers – Kenny Chesney, Brett Eldredge, Shania Twain, Willie Nelson, Travis Tritt, Cam, Luke Combs, Cody Johnson Band and Cole Swindell, just to name a few.
    • Half Pint Hootenanny – Attending the festival with kids? This is great place to entertain them.
    • Honky Tonk Dance Hall – Cool off and make friends while you learn to line dance.
    • Toyota Tent – Free stuff! Stop by to pick up a water bottle, a cold Stagecoach bandana, a festival poster, and more… all for free! However, there is a catch. You have to sign up to receive information from Toyota about their vehicles in order to take advantage of all of the free goodies. You can even go off-roading in some of their vehicles!
    • Ferris Wheel – This has quickly become the symbol of Coachella and Stagecoach. Be sure to take a ride around the time the sun sets, the view is beautiful!
    • Craft Beer – Calling all beer lovers! This year, Stagecoach has its very own craft beer tent packed full of some of your favorite Southern California brews.
    • Vendors – The festival grounds are packed full of country boutiques that are selling great western style stuff! You can’t forget about the festival the food. You’ve got to visit Spicy Pie for a slice of pizza. It has quickly one of our favorite places to eat at Stagecoach!
    • Photo Ops – The Empire Polo Club has set up a variety of great places to snap a photo for your Stagecoach scrapbook. Make sure you plan some time in your busy day to explore the festival grounds for great photo ops.

Tips: Bring a bandana to cover your face, the desert can be very dusty! You’ll thank us when you don’t have a sore throat days after the festival ends. Don’t forget your portable charger too!

Over the years, we have learned there are three ways to ‘do’ Stagecoach Festival with your friends – it just depends on what you’re looking for.

Option 1 | RV Resort. This is by far, the rowdiest option of all, but arguably the most fun. You’re living on the festival grounds from Thursday afternoon through Monday morning, along with hundreds of other festival junkies. Those in the RV Resort are the only festival attendees that have re-entry privileges. The RV Resort has everything you need onsite including showers (with hot water), a general store, and portable toilets. These amenities allow you to only worry about having a great time. Trucks even roam the premises if you need water for your motor home or ice for your coolers. Although RV spaces are expensive, you will save yourself from high Uber fares, long shuttle lines, and extensive walking. Just a friendly reminder that there are rules, so be sure to review them before you head to the festival for a wild time. Don’t forget your festival must-have beauty products!

Tips: Wake up early to avoid long lines at the showers. Explore! There is so much to see in the RV resort. It’s truly creative to see how people decorate their campsites and the activities they have to pass the time before the festival begins. Be prepared to make friends! This is one of the best things about being in the RV Resort, you never know who you will meet!

Option 2 | Hotel. This is a great option for those who like to party during the day, but get a good night’s rest at night. Be sure to find a hotel with breakfast to save on time and costs. Before you head out to the desert, purchase an RV Resort wristband so you can take advantage of the tailgating before the festival begins! Each RV is given 8 wristbands, so you can typically find someone selling them on social media leading up to Stagecoach weekend. You can typically purchase an RV wristband for $50 – $120.

Tips: Use Hotels.com to book your room. Every 10th booking is free! Traveling by Uber to and from the festival? The fares on the way to the festival are affordable, but be prepared for high fares on the way home. This year, we spent $80 on an Uber to go 8 miles. The ride share location is organized, but more than a mile away from the entrance gates.

Option 3 | House with Friends. Create memories of a lifetime during Stagecoach weekend in Indio, California! The Coachella Valley is packed full of gorgeous vacation homes with beautiful pools and accommodations. This is perhaps the most luxurious option of all. Lounge by the pool with a cocktail or throw a house party with your closest friends before (and after) the festival!

Tips: Find a house on VRBO or Airbnb, but make sure you book early because places get reserved pretty easily! Plan ahead – make sure you have plenty of time to get transpiration to and from the festival because the walks are long! Don’t forget to wear comfortable shoes for those long walks through the Empire Polo Fields!

Some of our favorite memories from Stagecoach 2017!