Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California the weekend after the Coachella Music & Arts Festival, the Stagecoach Country Music Festival is the best attended and highest grossing outdoor country music festival in America. The now three-day event features both big name country stars as well as promising newcomers.
The first Stagecoach Country Music Festival was held May 5-6, 2007 and the headliners at this inaugural event included George Strait and Kenny Chesney. Attendance at the first festival was 27,500 over the two days. The following year, with headliners including the Eagles, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Carrie Underwood, and The Judds, the event was expanded to three days attendance increased to 40,000.
In 2009, year three of the festival, country music fans cheered to the music of Brad Paisley, Reba McEntire, Miranda Lambert, Kid Rock, Lady Antebellum, and many more.
2015 Stagecoach Country Music Festival attracted a three-day attendance of 210,000 fans and grossed $21.9 million, making it the third-highest grossing festival of any kind in the world. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Stagecoach did not take place in 2020 and 2021, but returned to wildly enthusiastic crowds in 2022.
Concertgoers at the 2022 Stagecoach Country Music were treated to three days of great weather and performances by Thomas Rhett, Brandi Carlisle, Carrie Underwood, Luke Combs, Smokey Robinson, The Black Crowes, Brothers Osborne, Tanya Tucker, and many more. Three-day passes started at $379.
In addition to country music, Stagecoach Country Music Festival also offers an extensive assortment of lounges, booths, art installations, watering holes, shops, t-shirt stands, and food stands. Barbeque fanatics have a choice of many vendors including TV host Guy Fieri’s Stagecoach Smokehouse. There is also no shortage of vendors selling beer, wine, and spirits.
The 14th annual Stagecoach Country Music Festival wrapped up on May 1, 2022 and the 2023 festival will be held April 28-30, 2023.