Coachella 2014: Where to Party in Palm Springs Area

There are plenty of alternatives to enjoy the influence of Coachella

While the focus will be on what happens at Coachella Music and Arts festival starting April 11, there are plenty of parties going on in the Palm Springs area.

Photos by Michele McManmon


From world famous DJs at the Hard Rock Hotel and LA’s finest indie music groups at the Riviera Palm Springs, to pool parties at the Ace Hotel and Saguaro, the Coachella Music and Arts Festival’s second home has become Palm Springs. 

Crash the Harpers Bazaar Party and dance all night with the hottest underground party, Taking Shapes.

Even if you didn’t get a ticket to Coachella, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the festival in other ways:


Hard Rock Hotel, 150 S Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

When: April 11-13, April 18-20.

Who: Ticket holder or private cabana reservation. For tickets:

Cost: $40 to $60

What: DJ appearances by Dirty South, A-Trak, Disclosure, David Guetta, Skrillex, Martin Garrix, Tiesto and Showtek.


Riviera Palm Springs, 1600 N. Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

When:  April 11-20.

Who:  Riviera guests and general public.

What: 1950’s styled Palm Springs pool parties with DJs and live music from KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad, Tori Roze, Lindsey Harper Band, DJ Shasta, Indian Summer, The Heavy Guilt, Zulluu.

Full Event Schedule:


Making Shapes

When: 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., April 12

Where: Warehouse location two miles from Coachella

Cost: $30 per person. To purchase, visit

What: LA’s hot underground party comes to the desert for an all-night event. DJ sets by Francois K, Tensnake, Split Secs and Modernluv.


Ace Hotel & Swim Club, 701 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

What: Tilly’s-Dickies Party - DJ performances by Thee Mike B, Jayceeoh, DJ Equal and more.

When: 5 p.m. to midnight, April 10; 11 a.m. to 5 pm. April 11.



The Do-Over

Where: ACE Hotel & Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.

When: Noon to 6 p.m., April 13 and 20.

Who: Open to the public (21+).


WHAT: Returning for it’s fourth year in a row, the Do-Over partners with Adidas to host this classic Coachella pool party.


Desert Gold

When:  April 10-21.

Where:  Ace Hotel & Swim Club, 701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs.

Cost: Free

Who:  Open to the general public and all ages, but priority is given to hotel guests. Arrive before noon. Events in the Amigo Room are 21+.


What: Festival NRMAL runs at the Swim Club pool from noon to 6 p.m. and the Amigo Room from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.


The Saguaro, 1800 E Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs

When: April 11-13, April 18-20.


What: Desert Weekender is a Coachella weekend staple. Weekend One includes FKA Twigs, Kingdom, Total Freedom, Price William and P. Morris, 3-9 p.m. April 11; Rhonda Queen of the Desert, April 12 & 19; DJ Harvey's "Cool in the Pool" from 1-7 p.m. Apri 13. Weekend Two lineup to be announced.


Harper's Bazaar Party

When:  11 a.m. to 6 p.m., April 12-13.

Where:  Gene Autry Pool at The Parker, 4200 E. Palm Canyon Drive Palm Springs.

How to get in: This is a private party, but if you book a styling session you can get in:

What:  DJ Mia Moretti spins while Harper’s Bazaar editors and actress Julianne Hough host.

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