Photo: Adi Adinayev for Insomniac
The Electric Daisy Carnival returns to Las Vegas June 16-18 at the Motor Speedway. More than 400,000 people are expected to walk through the gates during the three-day festival to check out the futuristic designs, carnival rides and electronic dance music from some of the biggest performers in the world. To make the most of the event, plan ahead and learn how to get around.
Getting to Las Vegas
Step one is making sure you're in Las Vegas in time for EDC. Cirrus Aviation Services will offer direct flights to Las Vegas that can be booked anytime 24/7, with "wheels up" within 90 minutes if needed. Traveling by private jet is the best way to enjoy luxury and convenience while avoiding the hassle, long lines and burdensome security checks that come with commercial air travel. For those looking to save a few dollars, "empty leg" flights are often available at the last minute. These are flights that are already scheduled with no passengers on board (to pick up another party out of town, for example). Hitch a ride on an empty leg and secure a major discount.
Getting to the Speedway
The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is about 15 miles northeast of the Strip. It's usually an easy drive on Interstate 15, but traffic becomes heavily congested as more than 140,000 ticket holders make their way to EDC each night. The best way to save time is by booking a reservation with Maverick Helicopters. You'll board a EC130/H130 ECO-star aircraft at the company's terminal just off Las Vegas Boulevard and arrive at the Speedway in about 15 minutes. Along the way, you'll see the neon sights of Las Vegas and listen to some electronic dance music in your headset. You may also find yourself sitting next to one of the DJs performing at the big event.
If driving to the Speedway, a worry-free alternative is ordering a car from a ride-sharing service. Lyft is offering a discount for EDC customers. The first 2,000 new and existing users can use the code "RIDEEDC" for 50 percent off two rides, up to $8 off per ride to and from the Speedway. It's a lot less expensive than a taxi and avoids the hassle of driving yourself and dealing with parking.
Getting Around EDC
Parking lots open at 5 p.m. each night with the first DJs hitting the stage at 7 p.m. The Las Vegas Motor Speedway is a big place, so get familiar with Carnival Square. Located in the middle of the festival grounds, it's the perfect meet-up spot for tracking down friends. Carnival Square is also a great place to take a break and recharge from the chaos of EDC. You'll find a bean bag lounge area, Chill Zone, free high-speed WiFi, phone charging stations, a general store and ATMs.
Need more advice for getting to (and around) the Electronic Daisy Carnival? VegasGiant is your EDC authority. Call 702-476-0001 today to make plans for a wild and wonderful weekend in Las Vegas!
By Rob Kachelriess