Heating up Moreno Valley, Desert Daze returns for its annual festival and this psych-rock convention promises to be one of the highlights of the year. Set in the picturesque surroundings of Moreno Beach at Lake Perris, this is a festival that is not to be missed.
Mind-blowing art, immersive performances, and a wide variety of acts that will keep you entertained all night long. There are two outdoor stages, two indoor stages, and a stage in the campground itself. Campgrounds are also equipped with clean restrooms, hot showers, and electric and water hookups for your RV.
Head to the Mystic Bazaar for extracurricular entertainment, including movies, workshops, yoga, and more. Relax and unwind with a massage or recalibrate your vibrations with a crystal bowl sound bath. Installation artists and performances are available at The Outer Space. Boutique stalls selling all sorts of artisan crafts and delights are located in the Marketplace.
With a unique vibe that promises a transcendent experience designed to relax and rejuvenate, excellent onsite facilities and RV accessibility, guests can get immersed in the Desert Daze experience.
Weekend passes start around $250, but this does not include camping or parking. Camping is sold per individual, so each person in your party must have a camping pass to access the campgrounds. However, you will only need one RV Camping Vehicle Pass per vehicle, and this includes your water and power hookups. Upgrade your stay with the Azurite Experience or VIP package, with a huge array of benefits and priority deals. Check out the Desert Daze website to choose your camping preferences and purchase tickets.
The Desert Daze festival is well situated near CA-60 and I-215. It works out to be around an hour and a half from Los Angeles, same from San Diego and around two and a half hours from Las Vegas. Due to possible heavy traffic, as you get closer to the site, it is recommended that you set off around two hours earlier than expected.
In the past, parking has been known to be a bit of an issue at Desert Daze. Try to arrive early to ensure that you get the right spot. Traffic is expected to be a little crazy and parking is limited, and as a result, organizers encourage guests to carpool as much as possible. Motorists will also want to check Riverside County’s road alert system before planning a trip and traveling to the area.
If you are flying in and renting an RV when you arrive, the nearest airport is Ontario, but you do have Palm Springs Airport, John Wayne Airport, LAX and several others close by in California. Guests can also look into a shuttle bus that may take people to and from the festival with details varying by the year. Desert Daze organizers seek to provide the best scenario every year, so some change is expected. Alternately, you may also be able to utilize rideshare services to the festival, with drop off and pick up points released as the event approaches.
The best way to enjoy Desert Daze is undoubtedly by camping on site, with all the facilities needed to bring the comfort of home to the outdoor experience. Get a big group of friends together, and enjoy fun in the sun with an RV rental. AYou will need to purchase an RV camping Vehicle Pass is needed, and there is a limit of 10 campers, per RV. If you have a camp pass for the weekend, you can choose to arrive as early as Thursday. RV spots are given on a first come, first served basis.
RV camping spots have both power and water hookups, and there is a designated grey water dumping station. The campground has free restrooms with hot showers and flushing toilets located throughout the grounds. There are also shared BBQs and grill, and several bars, coffee shops, and restaurants in the camping village.
If you would prefer to camp off-site, there are several campgrounds within a 10 to 30-minute drive, with a variety of parks to suit your needs. The surrounding area is beautiful, with stunning hiking trails around the Lake. Whether you are into water sports, horseback riding, or exploring museums and local culture, there is much to be discovered at Lake Perris and its local communities.
The Desert Daze festival is fairly close to everything that you could need, with most conveniences being within walking distance. The area is fully accessible, although there are some slight inclines and declines. Desert Daze does not offer wheelchair or motorized scooter rentals, but they do provide an area where you will be able to charge personal motorized devices.
When it comes to clothing, think layers. It can be hot and sunny during the day but turn fairly chilly in the evening. Wearing comfortable shoes is advisable, as you are likely to be on your feet for a long duration. Some guests may prefer closed-toe shoes for safety reasons. Desert Daze has been affected by adverse weather conditions in the past, and an umbrella, raincoat, and boots are also good items to have in your camper for easy retrieval.
Other than your usual camping gear, a small backpack or bag is recommended to carry your ID and cash. Bags are subject to being searched by security, and guests are not allowed to take any food or drink into the festival area. You can, however, take food and beverages into the campsite. Don't worry if you forget anything; there is a small store on site that sells the basics.
Heavy duty bug spray is essential if you do not want to be bitten. As always, sun protection is also at the top of the list, and it is important to apply it regularly in order to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful UV rays. A hat or bandana will help keep the sun from your head. Any medication that you need to bring with you must be in its original bottle with your name on it, and if you have any allergies, ensure that you bring your medication.
One of the best things about RV camping is the freedom to eat what you like when you like. You can take your own food into the campground, and there is a store on site to purchase essentials. Shared fire pits, BBQs and picnic tables are also located throughout the campgrounds, with plenty of spots for a cookout with friends.
Perris, California sits about 20 to 25 minutes southwest of the lake area and offers multiple options for enjoying a good meal with your crew. Keep in mind that once your rig is parked, you will not be allowed to move it until the end of Desert Daze, so you may want to enjoy any restaurant meals on your way to or from the event. From San Bernardino to the north and Temecula to the south, you are sure to find plenty of unique and diverse places to savor a meal.
Desert Daze promises to have a wide selection of vendors in the Canteen and Marketplace. Festival-goers from years gone by have been spoilt for choice. Bring your appetite and be ready to enjoy a variety of earth-friendly foods and delicious delights. Textile vendors also welcome guests to enjoy their newest designs and creations.
There are also bars serving alcoholic beverages near all the stages, in the VIP area and in the campground itself. Having some cash available will be helpful in case a vendor does not accept cards.
Security will be on hand to ensure that the festival is a success and that everyone is following the rules. Before you head to Desert Daze, it is advised that you check to see what items are prohibited for a smooth security check upon entry. Organizers request that attendees respect the hours set for quiet in the campgrounds.
Highs in the 80s and lows in the 50s are often expected but remember, even in South Cali, it can get a little cold in the evening. The weather can be a little unpredictable, and Desert Daze has experienced storms in the past. Remember to check the windows in your rig if wet weather does approach the area. Check road and weather alerts for Moreno Beach, Lake Perris, or Riverside County when preparing for your trip.
Medical tents will be located in both the concert area and at the campground, providing first aid and medical support. Golf carts may also help provide emergency services. There are also several hospitals and medical centers located nearby within a 10 to 15-minute drive. All are welcome to rock at Desert Daze, and this is a fully accessible event. However, if you will need ADA accessible camping, it is recommended that you register and let the organizers know your requirements before arriving.