There will be plenty o’ parties and music events happening across the Valley this weekend in honor of St. Patrick’s Day. None, however, will be as big as this year’s Pot of Gold music festival.
And everything about the three-day event – which runs from Friday, March 16, to Sunday, March 18 – is big. It will take place out at the sprawling Rawhide Event Center in Chandler and feature two stages and close to three dozen bands, acts, and artists on its lineup. And the crowds in attendance likely will be huge as well.
Just like other Pot of Gold festivals in recent years, the lineup will vary each day.
Friday will be all about hip-hop and rap with artists like Russ, Dej Loaf, PNB Rock, They., Pouya, and Ski Mask the Slump God scheduled to perform. Saturday, however, will be a mix of jam acts (Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band, Midnight North), country (Cody Jinks), bluegrass (The Infamous Stringdusters), and soul (St. Paul and the Broken Bones).
Sunday will wrap up with different takes on rock, including reggae-influenced sounds of Dirty Heads and Pepper, the bluesy stuff of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, and the surf grooves of Donavon Frankenreiter.
If you’re going to be one of the thousands following the rainbow to Pot of Gold 2018, we’ve got a guide to the festival that’s filled with useful and relevant info.
Tickets: Single-day general admission is $75 on either Friday or Sunday while attending on Saturday only is $100. Two-day GA tickets are also available for $135 to $155, depending on which combination of days you'd like to attend. Weekend-long passes covering all three days are $220 each.
VIP experience packages – which include catered dinners at the Rawhide Steakhouse, access to VIP bars and viewing areas, quicker entry, souvenir lanyards, a gift bag, and other perks – are also available, depending on how many days you’d like to attend.
Single-day VIP tickets are $230 each for either Friday or Sunday and $345 for Saturday only. Two-day packages are $430 to $545 (again, you pick the days) and the weekend-long experience is $699.
Age Limits: It’s an all-ages event. Those younger than 12 must have adult supervision and every person must have their own ticket. Younger ears might need protection from both loud music, so consider earplugs or noise-canceling earphones.
Weather: It will be partly sunny all weekend. Temps will be either in the low 70s or high 60s during the daytime and even cooler at night. There's also a chance of rain on Saturday.
Getting There: Rawhide is located in the southeast Valley next to the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler. If you're driving, take Interstate 10 to Exit 162 for Wild Horse Pass/
Parking: It's $10 per day, per vehicle.
Getting Inside: You can either pick up your tickets at will call or choose to print 'em at home. Security will do pat-downs,
Friday, March 16
(Gates open at noon)
1:45 to 2:30 p.m.: Reo Cragun
3 to 3:45 p.m.: Ezri
4:15 to 5 p.m.: Taylor Bennett
5:30 to 6:15 p.m.: They.
6:45 to 7:15 p.m.: DeJ Loaf
7:45 to 8:30 p.m.: Lil Skies
9 to 10 p.m.: Pouya
3:55 to 4:25 p.m.: Pardison Fontaine
4:55 to 5:40 p.m.: Bugus
6:15 to 6:40 p.m.: Shek Wes
7:15 to 8 p.m.: Ski Mask the Slump God
8:30 to 9:30 p.m.: PNB Rock
10:15 to 11:45 p.m.: Russ
Saturday, March 17:
(Gates open at noon)
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.: The Infamous Stringdusters
4:30 to 5:30 p.m.: St. Paul and Broken Bones
6:45 to 8 p.m.: Cody Jinks
12:15 to 1:45 a.m.: Boombox
1:30 to 2:30 p.m.: Kalu and Electric Joint
3:30 to 4:30 p.m.: Midnight North
5:30 to 6:45 p.m.: Big Head Todd and the Monsters
8 to 11:45 p.m.: Phil Lesh and the Terrapin Family Band
(Gates open at noon)
2 to 3 p.m.: Con Brio
3:20 to 4:20 p.m.: Tauk
4:40 to 5:40 p.m.: Donavon Frankenreiter
6 to 7 p.m.: G. Love and Special Sauce
7:20 to 8:35 p.m.: Chris Robinson Brotherhood
9 to 10:15 p.m.: Magic!
12:40 to 1:15 p.m.: Ballyhoo!
1:25 to 2:10 p.m.: OMI
2:25 to 3:10 p.m.: Fortunate Youth
3:25 to 4:25 p.m.: O.T. Genasis
4:45 to 5:45 p.m.: Felly
10:15 to 11:45 p.m.: Rebelution
8 to 9:15 p.m.: Dirty Heads
6:15 to 7:30 p.m.: Pepper
Lockers: Banks of lockers will be available for rental during the festival, should you need somewhere to stash your stuff. Each one is 11 inches wide, 13.5 inches high, and 18 inches deep. They include access to phone charging cords (Android and iPhone). It's $15 per day, per locker, or $40 for the entire weekend.
Water: Staying hydrated is a must at any festival, especially if you'll be drinking alcohol or spending the day on your feet. Each patron can bring two sealed one-liter bottles of water into the festival. CamelBak-style water packs and empty water bottles are also allowed, and there will be a free refill station. Sealed bottles of water can also be purchased at the event.
Food and Drink: A collection of vendors and food trucks will have vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available for purchase, as well as soda, energy drinks, and water. If you’d like something harder, they’ll also sell beer and mixed cocktails.
Vendors: Pot of Gold will have a “Vendor Village” with a variety of products and apparel for sale. There will also be a merch booth with
Attractions: According to the Pot of Gold website, there will be a few themed areas throughout the festival
What to Bring
Fanny packs, blankets, flags, small bags and purses, lighters, and personal misters are also allowed, as are sealed packs of smokes, tampons, cosmetics, and ChapStick. When it comes to e-cigs and vaping devices, only ones that are disposable or don’t have a refillable juice chamber will make it past security.
You can also bring festival-friendly items like glow toys, flow toys, and illuminated costuming and jewelry. Totems are okay (but only if they’re less than 10 feet in height and made from softer materials like foam or lighter woods) and so are inflatables (provided they’re deflated upon entry).
What Not to Bring: Spiked jewelry, chain wallets, weapons, laser pens, air horns, fireworks, drugs, pepper spray, drugs, drug paraphernalia, or anything else dangerous or disruptive.
What else should you leave at home? Chairs, drones, gang attire, Native American headdresses, large bags, tents, or any outside food or drink.