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The Ultimate Guide to Coachella 2016's Coolest Parties, Weekend One

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For the past four years, we've been hooking you up with the definitive list of Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival parties—from public to exclusive—before anyone else. Today we're back at it with 2016's stellar roster to ensure that you have your agenda and outfits on lock way ahead of time.

See below for Weekend One's fun so far, and check back often for new additions. Don't be intimidated by those invite only events; we know your savvy self is dialed-in enough to gain access. See you in the desert!

Friday, April 15th

H&M

H&M

WhatH&M is sponsoring Coachella for its seventh year, and is celebrating the partnership with an H&M installation on the festival grounds. This year's "Reborn" experience will take a journey through a colorful desert landscape where guests will interact with immersive video sets, creating dreamy imagery to share on social media. Empire Polo Club (81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, 92201), 11am to 7pm daily. Public.

What: Amuse Society's first-ever poolside party will feature a make-your-own-mimosa station with Moet champs, celebratory cocktails courtesy of Svedka, a Joico hair bar, and model/deejay-of-the-moment Sam Black and Jamieson Hill spinning tunes. Private residence in Palm Springs, 12pm to 4pm. Invite only.

WhatCleobellaD'Blanc, and Vanessa Mooney are kicking off the weekend with beer, babes, bites, bikinis, and music. Private residence in Palm Springs, 10am to 3pm. Invite only.

WhatVestal Village returns with two outdoor stages featuring live music and DJs, hosted daytime bars, free shuttles, campfires, hiking, horseback riding (BYOH—bring your own horse), a fishing lake, welcome gifts, showers, horseshoe pits, pop-up restaurants (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and more. Pets are also welcomed. Private property, 10am to sunset daily. Invite only.

WhatBase Camp's three-day beach party features curated DJ sets, a cocktail bar, a pool and lake, hot air balloon rides, and more. Lago Vista Ranch (82950 61st Avenue, Thermal, 92274), 12pm to 6pm. Invite only.

WhatPerverse Sunglasses is Coachella's exclusive eyewear sponsor this year, and the LA-based brand is celebrating the partnership with a circus-themed on the festival grounds. Guests are invited to shop their sunglasses at the Perverse Cirque Tent. Empire Polo Club (81-800 Avenue 51, Indio, 92201), 11am to 7pm daily. Public.

Liebeskind

Liebeskind

WhatLiebeskind Berlin is hosting a private poolside BBQ with a celebrity DJ and more surprises. Private residence, 2pm to 5pm. Invite only.

WhatPared Eyewear invites Ace Hotel visitors to experience its Kiosk Collective, featuring a curated mix of stylish items from Artesano (hats), The Upside (activewear), Retromarine (swim), and more. Pared's cult-favorite frames will also be in the house, including the Australian brand's festival-ready collab with model Rocky Barnes. Guests can visit the Foxtales photobooth to capture a memory. Ace Hotel & Swim Club (701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 92264), 10am to 8pm. Public.

WhatPopsugar's Friday Sunset Kick-off party will feature music by the inspiring Hannah Bronfman—DJ, model, fitness enthusiast, and Popsugar brand ambassador. Hosted by actress/model Emily Ratajkowski. Avalon Hotel (415 South Belardo Road, Palm Springs, 92262), 4:30pm to 7pm. Invite only.

WhatNylon returns for its wildly popular Midnight Garden Party and is teaming up with the soon-to-open Dream Hollywood hotel to provide an ultra-exclusive VIP cabana experience within the party. Expect tons of celeb cameos (Katy Perry and Justin Bieber were spotted at last year's rager) and surprise performances. Private estate, 10pm. Invite only.

WhatForay Collective—a stylish girl gang that consists of influencers like Rocky Barnes, Evelina, Kaitlynn Carter, Jill Wallace, Paola Alberdi, Jessi Malay, Cara Santana, and more—will host the Foray Oasis, an ultra-exclusive poolside bash within walking distance to the polo grounds with DJ sets by blogger Amy Pham and Brody Jenner. Private estate in Indio, 12pm to 4pm. Invite only.

WhatTheFareTrade is providing a culinary experience at The Retreat, a three-day hospitality experience. Drinks provided by Silver Lake's Tenants of Trees, facials and massages provided by Caudalie Paris, makeup by GLAMSQUAD, and mani/pedis by the Vanity Project. Vanity Fair will also have their portrait studio on-site and Amazon will host a screening room. Korakia Pensione (257 S Patencio Rd, Palm Springs, 92262), 12pm to 5pm. Invite only.

WhatMiansai and its traveling Airstream is back for its fourth year and making stops throughout the weekend. The shop, built inside a refurbished 1958 Airstream, will have the brand's full collection of nautical inspired jewelry available for purchase. Cheeky's (622 N Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262), 8am to 2pm and Mr. Lyons (233 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264), 5pm to 8pm. Public.

What: Suki Waterhouse hosts Amazon's Style Code Live soireé. The poolside party ushers in the festival's first weekend with sunset cocktails, bites, and tunes and the guest list will be filled with a stylish set of bloggers and influencers. Korakia Pensione (257 S. Patencio Rd. Palm Springs, CA 92262), 4:30pm to 7:30pm. Public.

What: Calvin Klein's CK Desert Sessions will boast live performances by Alesso, Brodinksi, Virgil Abloh, Eclair Fifi, and more. Cathedral City, 11pm. Email ck@brand-allies.com for details and confirmation.

What: 1 OAK and Up & Down will be hosting a celeb-filled fete (last year's attendees included Leo DiCaprio and Kendall Jenner). Guests will score swag from Aussie brand Nana Judy. Private Estate, 2pm to 6pm. Invite only.

What: Revolve and Moet will host a "Welcome to the Desert" bash in which fashionable babes including Alessandra Ambrosio and Chiara Ferragni will get to shop the retailer's best boho styles and sample the champagne brand's latest drink, Moet Ice. V Hotel (333 E Palm Canyon Dr. Palm Springs, CA 92264), 5pm to 7pm. Invite only.

Saturday, April 16th

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Wildfox

WhatWildfox is back with a must-stop party filled with live performances, DJ sets, and on-site art installations. Merv Griffin Estate in La Quinta, 12pm to 6pm. Invite only.

WhatRebecca Minkoff is teaming up with Smashbox to host an exclusive lunch for VIP influencers. The event will featured music by superstar stylist Johnny Wujek. Private property in Palm Springs, 11am to 2pm. Invite only.

WhatPopsugar and the CFDA are hosting a brunch in honor of CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Winner Jonathan Simkhai. Also marking the return of the CFDA Popular "Must Have" box, the event will feature Brooklyn-based string duo Chargaux. Avalon Hotel  (415 South Belardo Road, Palm Springs, 92262), 11am to 12:30pm. Invite only.

WhatBase Camp's three-day beach party features curated DJ sets, a cocktail bar, a pool and lake, hot air balloon rides, and more. Lago Vista Ranch (82950 61st Avenue, Thermal, 92274), 12pm to 6pm. Invite only.

WhatRevolve is hosting a two-day VIP party in the desert with special performances, DJ sets, food trucks, and festival games. Birchbox will also host a beauty bar on site. Private residence, 1pm to 6pm. Invite only.

What: The Zoe Report is pleased to present its second-annual music festival retreat, ZOEasis. Hosted by TZR and Rachel Zoe, the exclusive event will highlight the iconic styles of festival season and will feature a DIY denim bar by GUESS, spin-art by Superga, a braid bar hosted by Batiste, and more. Private property, 1pm. Invite only.

bootsy-bellows

Bootsy Bellows

What: Bootsy Bellows is bringing back its annual estate party, hosted by John Terzian and The h.wood Group, and presented by McDonald's. Private property, 2pm to 6pm. Invite only.

WhatPopsugar's Cabana Club Pool Party will feature a lineup of stylish DJs, surprise musical performance, specialty cocktails, multiple poolside villas with hair and beauty styling, fashion DIY stations and gifting. Popsugar Studios will also host a pop-up installation where guests can select custom art backdrops to create a video for social media. Avalon Hotel (415 South Belardo Road, Palm Springs, 92262), 1pm to 5pm. Invite only.

What: VIP guests of The Music Lounge will enjoy highly curated Las Vegas experiences coming to Palm Springs for one weekend only.  Guests will enjoy the best in emerging artists—including G-Easy—while sipping ice-cold beverages, getting pampered at a pop up Beauty Bar, and being gifted with goodies from Related Garments. Ingleside Inn (200 W Ramon Rd, Palm Springs, 92264), 12pm to 6pm. Invite only.

WhatVestal Village returns with two outdoor stages featuring live music and DJs, hosted daytime bars, free shuttles, campfires, hiking, horseback riding (BYOH—bring your own horse), a fishing lake, welcome gifts, showers, horseshoe pits, pop-up restaurants (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and more. Pets are also welcomed. Private property, 10am to sunset daily. Invite only.

WhatPared Eyewear invites Ace Hotel visitors to experience its Kiosk Collective, featuring a curated mix of stylish items from Artesano (hats), The Upside (activewear), Retromarine (swim), and more. Pared's cult-favorite frames will also be in the house, including the Australian brand's festival-ready collab with model Rocky Barnes. Guests can visit the Foxtales photobooth to capture a memory. Ace Hotel & Swim Club (701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 92264), 10am to 8pm. Public.

WhatNeon Carnival, the desert's most sought-after late night event, returns for its seventh consecutive year with new rides, a new setup, star appearances (Leonardo DiCaprio was spotted last year) and sounds provided by DJs Kayper, Politik, Jesse Marco, and Ruckus. Re/Done and Levi’s are the title sponsors while Tequila Don Julio is back to provide the specialty drink experience. Tradition Aviation (56850 Higgins Drive, Thermal, 92274), 10pm. Learn more here.

WhatJeremy Scott is hosting his annual, super-exclusive, celebrity-packed Coachella party. Undisclosed location, 11am to 4am. Invite only.

WhatSolid & Striped is toasting its collaboration with Poppy Delevingne at a VIP pool party with music by Chelsea Leyland. Private property in Rancho Mirage, 12pm to 4pm. Invite only.

WhatPandora is headed back to the desert for the third installment of Indio Invasion featuring live DJ sets by the chart-topping band Walk The Moon, and Prince Fox. Cree Estate (67698 Carey Rd, Cathedral City, 92234), 1pm. Free with RSVP.

WhatTheFareTrade is providing a culinary experience at The Retreat, a three-day hospitality experience. Drinks provided by Silver Lake's Tenants of Trees, facials and massages provided by Caudalie Paris, makeup by GLAMSQUAD, and mani/pedis by the Vanity Project. Vanity Fair will also have their portrait studio on-site and Amazon will host a screening room. Korakia Pensione (257 S Patencio Rd, Palm Springs, 92262), 12pm to 5pm. Invite only.

WhatLevi's is having a pool party hosted by Suki Waterhouse with a DJ set by Hannah Bronfman. Avalon Hotel and Bungalows (415 S Belardo Rd, Palm Springs, CA 92262), 12pm to 3pm. Invite only.

What: Pitchfork will host a High Tide Pool Party in which their popular P4K Radio will be broadcasting live from the resort's Bikini Bar, and acts including LCD Soundsystem and No Age will be dropping in for live performances. The Riviera Palm Springs, a Tribute Portfolio Resort (1600 N Indian Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92262), 1pm to 5pm. RVSP only.

WhatThe Sweat Shoppe is hosting a special indoor cycling pop-up for those who want to squeeze in a little fitness before the fest. Riviera Palm Springs (1600 N Indian Canyon Drive Palm Springs, CA 92262), 9am and 10:30am classes. Public; book here.

WhatBarry's Bootcamp is doing a two-day festival fitness pop-up so guests can experience "the best workout in the world," set to a live DJ. The Saguaro (1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264), 10am. Public; email Niki@BarrysBootcamp.com to reserve your spot and a special Barry's Bootcamp Festival Necessities kit.

What: DVF cohosts an intimate #ChillChella brunch alongside Dannijo and Same Swimwear that will feature the brands's signature styles plus Bai beverages, bites by Off the Menu, and cocktails by Casamigos. This super exclusive event is expected to receive visits from the likes of Caroline Vreeland and Emily Ratajkowski among others. Private residence, 12pm to 4pm. Invite only.

Sunday, April 17th

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What: Yup, we're having a party! Learn more here. Private residence in Palm Springs, 11am to 3pm. Invite only.

WhatRevolve is hosting a two-day VIP party in the desert with special performances, DJ sets, food trucks, and festival games. Birchbox will also host a beauty bar on site. Private residence, 1pm to 6pm. Invite only.

WhatBase Camp's three-day beach party features curated DJ sets, a cocktail bar, a pool and lake, hot air balloon rides, and more. Lago Vista Ranch (82950 61st Avenue, Thermal, 92274), 12pm to 6pm. Invite only.

What#WHHSH presents The Music Lounge, a two-day experience produced by BMF Media, where VIP guests will enjoy the best in emerging artists—including DNCE and Jamieson Hill—while sipping ice-cold beverages and getting pampered at a beauty bar styled by Priv. Related Garments will be providing attendees with matching undies/socks sets. Ingleside Inn (200 W Ramon Rd, Palm Springs, 92264), 11am to 4pm.

WhatNylon is hosting a pool party and brunch with music, food, specialty cocktails, and gift bags. Private estate, 12pm. Invite only.

WhatThe Do-Over's popular hip hop party returns with performances to be announced. Ace Hotel & Swim Club (701 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, 92264), 12-6pm. Free with RSVP.

WhatVestal Village returns with two outdoor stages featuring live music and DJs, hosted daytime bars, free shuttles, campfires, hiking, horseback riding (BYOH—bring your own horse), a fishing lake, welcome gifts, showers, horseshoe pits, pop-up restaurants (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and more. Pets are also welcomed. Private property, 10am to sunset daily. Invite only.

WhatBarry's Bootcamp is doing a two-day festival fitness pop-up so guests can experience "the best workout in the world," set to a live DJ. The Saguaro (1800 E Palm Canyon Dr, Palm Springs, CA 92264), 10am. Public; email Niki@BarrysBootcamp.com to reserve your spot and a special Barry's Bootcamp Festival Necessities kit.