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If you’re not already familiar, Electric Daisy Carnival, more commonly known as EDC, is the largest electronic dance music festival in North America.
This 3-day festival hosts some of the world’s most iconic electronic dance DJs, including Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Deadmau5, and Alesso, just to name a few.
And not only is it a hub for these incredible DJs, but it’s also the home to esthetically pleasing stages, multidimensional art structures, neon lights & LED displays, fire throwers, and fun carnival rides.
During the 3-day festival, over 400,000 people come to EDC to dance and have fun under the electric sky.
This year, EDC will be held on Friday, May 20, Saturday, May 21 & Sunday, May 22.
The Opening Ceremony happens between 5:00 pm and 7:00 pm. The full festival grounds are open between 7:00 pm and 5:30 am.
Come prepared for all types of weather, and definitely dress for comfort. Wear lightweight, breathable clothes that make you feel good.
Comfortable, close-toed shoes are the best way to go, especially if you plan to tear up the dancefloor. Sandals and flip-flops can make your feet incredibly sore, so I recommend against them.
For more inspiration on fun festival looks, check out my other posts!
The evenings in the Las Vegas desert get pretty chilly, so bring a jacket, blanket, or something else to cover up when the winds start to pick up.
The most comfortable weather is between 7 pm and 2 am. After two, the festival grounds will begin to get cold as the desert winds pick up.
I made the mistake of not preparing for the winds the first night of EDC. Let’s just say I was miserably cold while waiting for our Uber at three in the morning!
Electric Daisy Carnival is more than just a concert. Besides listening to the DJs, there are many other things to do at the festival. These include:
The stages at Electric Daisy Carnival are iconic! Each stage is unique and follows its own theme, so be sure to explore and check them out! The EDC stages are:
Kandi are bracelets made of colorful beads that people trade at music festivals and raves. Some people like to participate in this festival tradition as it’s an excellent way to make new friends!
There are many different transportation methods to get to and from the festival grounds.
If you are not camping at Electric Daisy Carnival, prepare to shovel out quite a bit of money on transportation. Also, be very strategic on when you decide to head to the grounds and when you decide to leave.
Transportation is the one thing I wish we would have planned better on our first night. On our first day to the grounds, we waited for OVER AN HOUR to get an Uber to come to pick us up.
Las Vegas doesn’t have enough drivers to accommodate all the festival-goers, so prepare to wait if you’re planning on leaving during prime time!
Leaving EDC, the first night was even worse. By the time we decided to go (around 3:30 am), there were massive lines of people waiting for Ubers!
And because there were so many people requesting rides, none of the rideshare apps allowed anyone who didn’t already have a booking to purchase one! It was an utter mess!
After waiting around for over an hour (and remember, I was freezing!), we decided to bribe a driver to cancel his ride on the app for under-the-table cash instead. We paid him $200 cash for a one-way drive back to the Las Vegas Strip. My apologies to whoever’s ride that was!
The subsequent nights we just drove ourselves. Parking is free, and as long as we decided to stop drinking after a certain hour of the night, we were good!
Other options include booking a shuttle pass or even a helicopter ride to and from the grounds!
16 miles. With all that music festival traffic, you’re looking at a 30-45 minute journey.
Based on our experience, the best time to get to Electric Daisy Carnival to avoid the large influx of crowds is as early as possible!
Consider getting there early, giving yourself plenty of time to get to the Speedway, so you don’t miss the opening ceremonies. If you’re driving yourself, you’ll want to get there early to ensure a parking spot.
And though you’ll be super tempted to stay until sunrise, I’d recommend leaving before 3 am to beat the crowd leaving the festival grounds.
If you wait longer than that, you’ll end up like us- waiting for hours for a ride back to the Strip. Feel free to leave whenever you want if you drive yourself- just make sure you’re sober to drive.
You can find the list of what is acceptable to bring to Electric Daisy Carnival in 2022 and what’s prohibited, here.
Some essentials that we thought were a MUST HAVE during the festival are:
You will need to provide proof of vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test within 72 hours of entering the festival grounds. You don’t have to bring your physical card- a picture on your phone will work just fine. Also, face masks are not required.
Unfortunately, not everyone at EDC is looking to have a good time. Some have ill intentions, including pickpocketing the attendees.
To keep your belongings safe from theft, consider wearing a fanny pack for your important belongings and keep it in front of you. You’re also able to rent lockers during the event.
Experiencing EDC is nothing short of extraordinary. You’ll have a 3-day “rush” of positive energy, good vibes, epic music, and intense partying. It’s sensory overload, and post-festival depression is all too real when the neon lights start to fade.
Electric Daisy Carnival consists of abundant physical activity, hardly any nourishing calories, dehydration, and mental overstimulation. That is why after this event, self-care is crucial. Here are a couple of helpful tips for recovery:
I first want to point out that drug use is strictly prohibited throughout the event. However, this blog exists to help people be healthy and ultimately safe in whatever decisions they decide to make.
Party favors are not what they used to be. As a registered nurse, I have seen one too many people come into the hospital with fentanyl overdose or severe reactions due to their “favors” being cut with various other dangerous substances.
Cutting “favors” with other chemicals (like fentanyl) make the substance cheaper for sellers, but can be EXTREMELY unsafe to whoever takes it. And unfortunately, this practice has become extremely popular.
That is why I have partnered with Test Kit Plus+ the leading provider of quality test kits for MDMA, cocaine, LSD, amphetamine, ketamine, DMT, cannabis, and more.
Stay safe & healthy by getting your test kit here.
On top of testing your substances, make sure you’re staying safe by:
And of course, if you see anyone at the event that needs help, don’t hesitate to stop and ask if they need assistance or point them out to an EDC employee. There are medical tents with RNs such as myself all throughout the festival grounds ready to help – no questions asked.
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