Coachella wasn't always a music festival. The first edition in 1999 was actually a showcase for independent films.
The festival was inspired by the 1993 Lollapalooza tour, which was a traveling festival that featured alternative rock acts.
Coachella has its own microbrewery called the Craft Beer Barn, featuring beers from local breweries in the surrounding area.
The festival's art installations are just as important as the music acts. They have become a major draw for attendees and are often the subject of social media posts.
Coachella's founder, Paul Tollett, has a background in real estate and started the festival as a way to bring more tourism to the area.
The festival's name comes from the city of Coachella, which is located in the southern California desert near the festival grounds.
Coachella has a recycling program that encourages attendees to bring in their empty water bottles and earn rewards points.
In 2010, LCD Soundsystem played a surprise show in a tent that wasn't even on the official festival map.
In 2015, a man was arrested for stealing over 100 smartphones from festival-goers. He was caught after one of the victims tracked him down using the "Find My Phone" app.
The festival's iconic ferris wheel was actually a last-minute addition in 2006, and has since become one of the festival's most popular attractions