How to Prepare for Electric Daisy Carnival

Electric Daisy Carnival
Tony Nungaray

Electric Daisy Carnival (EDC) has grown from a small underground party for electronic dance music lovers to a stimulating festival of music and lights that draws hundreds of thousands of people to the Motor Speedway each June just outside of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Somehow managing to outshine and out rock even the Vegas strip, EDC is an electrified three-day extravaganza sure to scratch even the deepest musical and dance itch. A well-produced, dazzling display of light-up art and music, it’s the largest electronic dance festival outside of Europe and has even earned the nickname, American Ibiza.

Full of the top DJs of the moment and talented performers in impressive costumes and complete with carnival rides, this three-day festival in the desert offers up quite an experience.

Where to Stay

Most people stay on the Las Vegas strip. There are a few hotels near the venue, but they are low in quality, book up quickly, and would require that you drive yourself to the venue.

Book your hotel room far in advance as good hotel deals are harder to come by as it gets closer to Electric Daisy Carnival weekend. With crowds topping 100,000, it’s no wonder that rooms tend to book up quickly. The sooner you get your tickets and book your room, the less you’ll end up paying.

It’s also a great idea to stay at a hotel where the shuttles are running regularly and to buy a shuttle ticket. Cabs are expensive and difficult to find and driving your own car means driving it back after the fun is over for the night, as there is no camping at the venue and sleeping in the parking lot is prohibited.

What to Bring

Though items like eye drops and alcoholic beverages can only be purchased inside the venue, be sure to bring plenty of sealed chapstick, cough drops, and sealed gum, all of which are allowed. Hand sanitizer and tissues are also a good idea for the bathrooms. Check out EDC's website for more guidelines on the dos and don'ts. 

Official Insomniac water bottles, which can be purchased inside, as well as camel packs, can be refilled for free at the water stations. Be sure to keep hydrated!

What to Wear

There are all kinds of amazing, glowing, bright costumes at EDC, many of which are, predictably, covered in daisies. The performers are without a doubt spectacular, but the attendees can often be just as impressive. Tutus, bright tights, light-up shirts, and neon accessories are all great additions to any costume. The brighter the better!

Closed-toed shoes are also fairly essential. Given the crowds and dancing atmosphere, protect your toes by wearing flat shoes that are comfortable and easy to walk around and dance in.