Joy Utterback |Staff Writer|
Music lovers gather once again in Indio, California for the Coachella Music Festival which will take place over the course of two weekends this April.
This year will feature a variety of artists including Grammy Award winning Lorde and Arcade Fire among others.
Coachella is one of the largest music festivals in Southern California.
In addition to the wide variety of artists, Coachella has to offer an array of food, activities, and parties that will cater to any festival seeker.
From meat lovers to those who practice veganism, there is something to cater to you.
According to the festivals website, “As in years past there will be something for everyone no matter what your dietary restriction might be. This year we are putting extra focus on this and making it even easier to find.
Vegan, Raw Vegan, Gluten Free and Kosher food vendors will be grouped together to give you more options.”
For those who have a more all natural/organic taste, there is a farmers market open from 7 a.m.-2 p.m. by the campgrounds.
According to Coachella.com, food at the farmers market will include, “Local, pesticide free and organic produce, kombucha and juices, farm fresh smoothies, baked goods, organic coffee and snacks.”
For those of you that do not have as many dietary restrictions, there are a large variety of food venders including Pinks Hot Dogs, Donut Friend, Grilled Cheese Truck, Silvio’s Brazilian BBQ, among many others.
Coachella also has many games and attractions.
Games include three-legged races, a bad dancing competition, dodge ball, hula hoops, Simon says, a hula hoop competition, a snowball fight, and a water balloon toss.
Activities offered include free yoga every day at 8 a.m., 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 12 p.m., and 2 p.m. and Pilates at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
A favorite activity among Coachella goers is the silent dance party that takes place Thursday through Sunday at 1 a.m. Because of noise pollution laws, the music of Coachella must be done by 1 a.m., but that does not stop this dance party from going.
The silent dance party takes place in the Camping Activities Dance Dome. Attendees each put on headphones and dance to music among hundreds of other music lovers.
Matthew Gaeta, a CSUSB student who has attended the festival for the last three years said, “The silent dance party is incredible. “It’s like going to [a] dance club completely deaf, then suddenly being able to hear what everyone is dancing to after putting their magical headphones on,”
Another attraction is Coachella’s iconic Ferris Wheel.
CSUSB student Joel Hanke, who attended the festival in 2013 said, “The views from the Ferris Wheel are amazing. You are looking at a real life picture of the Coachella festival, it’s surreal.”
To all the those attending Coachella these upcoming weekends, have fun, be safe, and make the most of all the games, activities, and variety of food the festival has to offer you.