It’s Coachella season again, and ticket holders are preparing to dance in the desert at the iconic two-weekend music festival in Coachella Valley, California. While the festival itself has its own attractions driving music lovers to envy its attendees, the parties surrounding the festival have become a popular draw for those just looking to celebrate the newly warm weather with some fun in the sun. With photo booths, swag bags, complimentary drinks and celeb sightings to offer, here are some of the best parties to attend (if you’re lucky enough to get on the list).
Neon Carnival presented by Don Julio and Levi’s
The wristband everyone has their eye on for the perfect Coachella partying experience is that of the Neon Carnival in Thermal on April 15th. Arguably the most sought-after (and exclusive) invites of the weekend, attaining a wristband involves being a VIP or hoping that you know someone who is. Guests are welcomed to the ultimate outdoor after-party featuring carnival rides, a dancefloor, complimentary drinks, and live DJ sets from some of the best in the business. Brent Bolthouse, the nightlife aficionado behind Santa Monica’s The Bungalow, created the iconic Bolthouse Productions event that’s now in its eleventh year. With a new location set for 2018, this year’s festivities at the Jacqueline Cochran Regional Airport will be sure to create plenty of memories to last a lifetime.
Desert Oasis by Foray & Vamped
The revelry-filled weekend will kick off with the Desert Oasis party on Friday the 14th at a private estate in Indian Wells. Nightlife veteran Brody Jenner and it-girl actress and model Emily Ratajkowski are sure to keep the energy flowing as hosts of the exclusive event. Those lucky enough to snag an invite will get to witness DJ sets by Madds, Devin Lucien, and Brody Jenner himself, with L’Oreal and new NastyGal owners Boohoo sponsoring the day’s festivities.
Bumble Presents Winter Bumbleland
This two-day pool party on April 15th and 16th is bringing a blast of winter to the desert in Rancho Mirage. Taking over an unnamed mansion, the blowout promises an ice bar, glacier pool, interactive igloo and snow tubing to make sure guests can “chill” while enjoying tunes by Simihaze or DJ Hannah Bronfman. Both Kendall and Kylie Jenner will be hosting on Saturday, while model Ashley Graham will take over for Sunday’s festivities. Some private invitations have been sent, but for those not on the official guest list, they’ll have to get to swiping. Beginning on April 10th Bumble will be releasing RSVP invitations available on the app based on users having an LA geo-location.
The Do-Over Desert Sundays
One of the longest-running annual parties of the weekend, the Do-Over & Adidas Originals presents their seventh venture into the desert party scene in Palm Springs. The Ace Hotel & Swim Club’s Commune event space will be filled with those looking for a lazy Sunday accompanied by a pool, bar, DJ and dancefloor. Attendees of The Do-Over LA are promised a similar vibe with a lively crowd ready to party. One of the few open RSVP events, both the 16th and 23rd are sure to have a long line of hopefuls out front waiting to dive into the celebration.
Bootsy Bellows Pool Party Presented by McDonald’s
One of the few major happenings during weekend two of Coachella, the fifth annual Bootsy Bellows party will continue its run in Rancho Mirage on Saturday April 22nd . Reflecting h.wood Group’s West Hollywood nightclub, this highly coveted event always attracts VIPs as they take a dip before heading to the festival. The event will feature music by DJ Yung Taco along with an unnamed special guest performance. Guests can also enjoy a burger by the pool with McDonald’s sponsoring and letting attendees in on a taste of their new Signature Crafted Recipes sandwiches, unavailable to the public until May.
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