The annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival will soon re-open its swingin' doors to country fans from across the globe ready to saddle up and hoe-down. Each year, the sprawling Southern California desert country music festival brings the biggest names in country to fans over three days of non-stop hootenanny. Although the star-studded line-up gets most of the attention, the festival also boasts amazing facilities, food, on-site activities and surprises. Get to know a little bit more about the 2017 Stagecoach Country Music Festival below.
Where is this thing? Nashville?
No, the Stagecoach Festival is located in the gorgeous city of Indio in Southern California's Colorado Desert region. More specifically, it's at the Empire Polo Club, about two and a half hours east of LA.
And it's when?
The three-day fest takes place over the weekend of April 28-30.
Who are the headliners?
Whoa. Those are huge names. Anyone else?
Why yes, the lineup boasts nearly 70 country artists, ranging from new stars like Brett Eldredge and Maren Morris, legacy legends including Willie Nelson and Jerry Lee Lewis and rising talent like Margo Price and Nikki Lane. See the whole line-up here.
How do I get there?
I mean, however you like, horse, stagecoach, plane, car. We personally suggest grabbing four (or more) pals and participating in Stagecoach Festival Carpool Convoy, which gives you the chance save the environment and win many prizes, including a general admission pass for life. For your daily commute to the site, there are multiple free shuttles, as well as buses, taxis and ride shares. Get more transportation scoop here.
Where do I park?
There are several (free!) parking lots around the event. Parking lots open at 9 AM on all three days.
Where should I sleep?
For the full Stagecoach experience, we suggest bringing your own hotel (on wheels) and setting up shop at the RV Resort, where tailgate dreams come true. Located on a plot adjacent to the festival, the camp provides toilets, hand-washing stations, showers, food vendors and medical and security personnel. The RV Resort offers activities for all ages, like life-size foosball, giant snookball, a pie eating contest, dance party and more. The Resort opens Thursday, April 27 at 8 AM. Check-out is on Monday, May 1 at 10 AM. Get more scoop here.
RV life not your thing? The local area has numerous hotels and home rentals; get that info here.
Are there things I can do if I get tired of live music?
While we highly doubt that, we do recommend adding to your country repertoire by checking out the fest's numerous on-site activities. From the Honky Tonk Dance Hall to the Half-Point Hootenanny to Clydesdales and a ferris wheel, the Stagecoach experience sometimes feels more like a country wonderland than a festival.
Is BBQ the only dish served?
While there is plenty of BBQ (including the annual Stagecoach BBQ Championships), hungry attendees will also enjoy a variety of cuisines with multiple vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options available.