Greetings from KAABOO Del Mar
What to know before you go…
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Whoever said, “All music festivals are created equal,” clearly never experienced the luxurious side of KAABOO Del Mar. As summer winds down and we feel the Santa Anas move across the Southland, SoCal residents know that can only mean one thing: It’s KAABOO time! What makes KAABOO so special you ask? Besides the entertainment, it’s the access to coveted experiences like a front row center VIP viewing area for all the performances, private backstage lounge, and artist meet and greets, made available to those ready, willing, and able to break out the plastic.
Fans travel far and wide to be a part of the festivities every year as the annual event brings the biggest names in rock, indie, hip hop, comedy and food to the people across several stages. We are now just days away from San Diego’s coolest event, and don’t wait one more second, because this weekend is your last chance to get tickets! That’s right, as of press time, tickets are only available online and not available on-site the day of the shows at the Box Office, but more on that later.
Just showing up at KAABOO 2018 is not an option, so let’s get planning!
So what makes KAABOO Del Mar such an incredible weekend? The experiences are everything! At KAABOO, all guests are treated to a completely “immersive, multifaceted and hospitality-driven adventures and escapades that engages all five senses.” In addition to musical heroes up on stage, and world-class artists everywhere you turn, KAABOO guests enjoy an indoor HUMOR ME comedy club; an on-site Contemporary Art Fair in ARTWORK, plus a display of outdoor murals and installations; PALATE gourmet food and craft libations tastings; a Las Vegas-style day club called BASK, plus spa and relaxation services at INDULGENCES which without a doubt makes this the most luxurious festival on the West Coast.
Where is KAABOO Del Mar?
KAABOO Del Mar
Del Mar Racetrack + Fairgrounds
2260 Jimmy Durante Boulevard
Del Mar (San Diego), CA 92014.
When is KAABOO?
Friday, September 14 – Sunday, September 16, 2018
- Friday: 1:30pm – 12:30am
- Saturday: Noon – 12:30am
- Sunday: 11:30am – 9:00pm
KAABOO Lineup for 2018
Press Play: The Headliners
Foo Fighters (a.k.a. The Official Band of The JetSet Family)
This year, KAABOO Del Mar is bringing to the Rolling Stone Sunset Cliffs stage one of the all-time greats on Friday night. Foo Fighters will headline night one on both weekends in support of their Concrete and Gold tour. This band was made for large crowds, and while you can expect to hear a few new songs, you can bet you will be rocking out to favorites spanning the last two decades like “Monkey Wrench,” “The Pretender” “All My Life,” and “Everlong.” If we are lucky, we may even get treated to some deep cuts for the real “Foo Nerds” to enjoy like they did a few weeks ago in Hollywood.
We’ve written about the Foo Fighters so many times on this blog that they rightfully deserve their own tab or category by now. And guess what, we have no intentions of stopping. Kiddo has seen them 5 or 6 times since her days in the womb, and I’m somewhere in the 30-40 show range. For those who may not be familiar with Dave Grohl and his merry band of pranksters, trust when I say you know more than you realize.
You can’t turn the radio dial without passing an Imagine Dragons tune which promises to draw huge crowds. This American pop rock band reigning from Las Vegas, led by frontman, Dan Reynolds, first gained exposure with the release of single “It’s Time,” followed by their award-winning debut studio album Night Visions which resulted in the chart-topping singles “Radioactive” and “Demons.”
Start your week out right with a dose of the one and only, Ms. Katy Perry. KAABOO attendees are about to ROAR with delight as they are treated to an amazing performance. Singing hit after hit, anyone lucky enough to see Katy Perry perform live and in person will drop their jaw in amazement of her set. Get ready to dance and have a great night. Katy Perry also announced an exciting partnership with MusiCares® to launch the official Katy Perry Cares Pass program. Katy Perry fans can purchase a Katy Perry Cares Pass which allows entry into the festival starting at 6pm Sunday night to exclusively see Katy Perry perform. Katy Perry Cares Passes are available for $89 exclusively at www.kaaboodelmar.com/katycares.
Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters
If you know me, you know that there is only one other band I love more than the Foo Fighters, and that’s Led Zeppelin. I’ll admit, I think they are the best band in the history of the world. However, since I have no chance in this lifetime to see them perform live, I’ll take the next best thing, Mr. Robert Plant. One day remind me to tell you about the time, many moons ago, that I ran into Robert Plant while at the legendary CBGB’s in New York City. I’m pretty sure he was my first major celebrity run-in and one I will never, ever forget.
Notable KAABOO Performances
Must-Catch KAABOO Performances By Day
- Friday: Halsey, Post Malone, Incubus, Gucci Mane, Blondie, Jimmy Eat World, Nelly, and Everclear.
- Saturday: N.E.R.D, Billy Idol, Cake, Stone Temple Pilots, Melissa Etheridge, Better Than Ezra, The Wailers, Soul Asylum, Craig Robinson, Whitney Cummings, and more.
- Sunday: Wiz Khalifa, Slash, Alice In Chains, Jewel, TLC, The All-American Rejects, Candlebox, Judd Apatow & Friends, Kevin Nealon, Pauly Shore, and many others.
Amazing Art Installations
Taste: What to eat at KAABOO Del Mar?
One of the very best attractions of KAABOO Del Mar has nothing to do with the live music performances it’s all about your palate. Do not miss out on the opportunity to experience sips + bites from the biggest names in the culinary world like JetSetFam’s fave, Ludo Lefebvre. And a little bird told us that Hendrick’s Gin 3-story bar and the Monkey Shoulder Monkey Mixer is going to be the place to be.
Friday Night Eats
• Tom Papa, Baked, Bub and Grandmas
• Richard Blais,Trail Blais, Juniper & Ivy, Crack Shack, Top Chef Franchise
• Ryan Gilbert, Lafayette Hotel, Swim Club & Bungalows
• Joe Sasto III, Cal Mare, Top Chef” Season 15
• Troy Johnson, San Diego Magazine, Guy’s Grocery Games, Campus Eats
• Marc Forgione, Restaurant Marc Forgione, American Cut, Lobster Press, Khe-Yo, Food Network’s “The Next Iron Chef”
• Evan Estrada, Masterchef Junior Season 6
• Jessica Koslow, Sqirl
• Brian Malarkey, Herb & Wood, Herb & Sea, Green Acre, Farmer & The Seahorse
• Daniela Soto-Innes, ATLA, Cosme
• Ludo Lefebvre, Trois Mec, Petit Trois, LudoBird
When, Where, and Getting There
Getting To KAABOOM
KAABOO Del Mar held at the Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds in San Diego is 70 miles south of Orange County and 100 miles south of LAX International Airport. Palm Springs is a two-hour drive from Los Angeles (144 miles) or San Diego (133 miles). The drive to Del Mar from Phoenix is 400 miles and Las Vegas is 350 miles making it easy to get to.
For directions to Del Mar Racetrack and Fairgrounds, please visithttps://www.kaaboodelmar.com/
Parking will be extremely limited, I encourage you to carpool, call Uber, or use public transportation. Parking passes cost anywhere from $40 – $240 and must be purchased in advance if you plan on driving to KAABOO. Parking passes may be purchased here.
The North County Transit District (NCTD) and Metro Transportation System (MTD) are available. KAABOO recommends the REGIONPLUS DAY PASS – offering riders unlimited rides on that calendar day for just $12. This pass is valid on NCTD COASTER, SPRINTER, BREEZE, and all MTS Trolley Lines and buses (except Rural routes and Access services) including Rapid Express buses. All NCTD and MTS transit service will operate on regular schedules. Please visit GoNCTD.com or sdmts.com for schedule information.
This year, KAABOO has created a dedicated UBER RIDESHARE ZONE – accessed from the Solana Gate on Via de la Valle. Keep the fun going while you wait for a text with a designated stall for pickup. This area will have delicious late night bites + beverages and restrooms. “For the love of safety and all things traffic-control, you will not be able to pick-up/drop-off outside of the designated UBER RIDESHARE ZONE (map).
New to Uber? Use Uber discount promo code KAABOO18 for $15 off your first ride.
The closest Amtrak/Coaster stop to KAABOO is the Solana Beach Station, which is only about 1 mile from the venue. Upon arrival, you may choose to ride a shuttle for $7 each way (cash only), which will drop you off at the main gates of KAABOO. Please do not park in the surrounding neighborhoods or Solana Beach Station lots.
GPS Address: Solana Beach Station, Solana Beach, CA 92015
Shuttle Hours of Operation:
Friday: 12:00 PM – 1:30 AM
Saturday: 10:30 AM – 1:30 AM
Sunday: 10:30 AM – 10:00 PM
What Will The Weather Be Like for KAABOO Weekend?
Sunshine! Sunshine! And more sunshine! So don’t forget the SPF. You can expect at least a high of 80 and a low of 60. If the daytime heat gets a bit too much, consider heading over to BASK or INDULGENCE.
Perfect for a mid-afternoon break, the cabanas at BASK accommodate six guests and are situated around the pool with unobstructed views of the Grandview Stage. Bottle service is available and your first bottle and mixers are included, with cocktail service and light bites available for purchase. BASK also provides you with towel service, restrooms, showers, a personal locker, and phone charging stations.
Recharge yourself! Get pampered with a massage, hair blow-out, fashion consultation, or a gentlemen’s hot shave, among other traditional spa services for men and women. Discover a new level of spa indulgences with fun treatments like IV nutrient therapy (a.k.a the ultimate hangover cure) and derma skin treatment.
Massages: Traveling Hands are on-site to provide therapeutic massages using only organic oils that have been infused with THC and CBD. The massages are customized to the guest and their specific needs, and cannabis-infused oils are used to help soothe, relax, and heal. Since officially launching in San Diego 2016, Traveling Hands has quickly grown to become Southern California’s largest and most celebrated provider of cannabis-infused massage.
IV vitamin therapy: PointInfusion is a healthcare provider that help the community enjoy the life they deserve. Whether you are combating a chronic condition, need to recuperate from a busy event or simply feel like you are missing some vital vitamins and minerals, PointInfusion has the solution.
Ticket Information + VIP Status
So what exactly does Hang Ten VIP status get you? Well, front row viewing areas and access to an on-stage viewing platform for starters. But it doesn’t stop there, personal concierge pre-event & access to on-site hosts, entry to KAABOO Artist Lounge, exclusive Meet & Greet opportunities with select KAABOO talent, complimentary food prepared by a private chef and beverages in designated areas. Complimentary valet parking, including Thursday Night event, and golf cart access around the venue.
But you want more you say? OK, KAABOO has an even better VIP package if you can believe it. Introducing The Ultimate Hang. In addition to everything made available with the Hang Ten pass, The Ultimate Hang includes: bottomless alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages throughout the entire venue, front of stage cocktail service, exclusive priority access to meet and greets with KAABOO talent, complimentary massages, complimentary access to BASK Day Club, access to your private backstage lounge area complete with decked out rockstar tour bus, access to Artist Lounge, private entrance to venue, two curated meals per day by a celebrity chef prepared exclusively for you, luxury on-demand car service to and from venue, and special commemorative KAABOO swag.
Please click here for a description of all the passes available. Already have a pass to KAABOO and would like to upgrade to VIP status? Call 855-798-5995 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to get the process started.
Special Discounts and Promotions
Military discounts are available for Active or Veteran service members and Student Discounts are available for College Students. Receive $20 off the current price level for HANG LOOSE GA 3-DAY PASSES or $10 off the current price level for HANG LOOSE 1-DAY PASSES. Payment plans are also available for everyone.
With that many fans descending upon this seaside oasis, I highly suggest nailing down a plan and all the details prior to arriving. From where you’re staying, and how to get there, to where you’re going to park, and familiarizing yourself with the set-schedule, stage times, and even the food options.
We checked in with KAABOO alums and fellow festival goers and came up with these tips for making the most of your weekend:
- Plan Ahead – Some things you can bring with you are: Blankets or beach towels, bags (under 18” x 12” x 8”), empty water bottles, strollers, Go Pros (no poles or extenders), wheelchairs or medical scooters. Don’t even think about entering with: Abusive, foul or disruptive language, chairs, tents, stools or other seating devices, coolers,fighting, taunting, or threatening remarks or gestures, fireworks, firearms and weapons of any kind (including parking lots), illegal substances, drugs, and drug paraphernalia, laser Pointers, outside alcohol or food, professional cameras with lens longer than 2” (detachable or non-detachable) and professional recording (photos, video, audio) equipment, this includes any stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks, selfie-sticks, or commercial equipment, signs, and flags on sticks or poles are just a few.
- Arrive Early – Beat the traffic and avoid lines or delays by getting to KAABOO earlier in the day.
- Pack light – If possible, leave your bags at home. It’ll get you through the security screening much more quickly.
- Dude, Where’s My Car? – Mark your car’s spot with the Map app or another app.
- H20 – Make sure you hydrate. Not alcohol, but plenty of water. And don’t forget sunscreen!
- Festival Fashion – Wear comfortable shoes and consider a hat. The days in the sun are long. While you may want to make a fashion statement, you most definitely want to wear comfortable shoes.
- Lock ’em Up – Keep your personal belongings safe and secure inside personal lockers available on-site. When you reserve a locker online, you will receive an email 24 hours before the fest containing your locker location, locker number, and lock combination so you can simply find and use your locker. You will have unlimited access to your locker.
- Download the KAABOO Del Mar official app – To access schedule online for Apple and for Android
KAABOO Del Mar gates will open at 1:30 PM PT on Friday (9/14), at 12:00 PM PT on Saturday (9/15), and at 11:30 AM PT on Sunday (9/16).
Sleep: Where To Stay
And the moment we’ve all been waiting for: hotels. There is nothing better than a big cozy, bozy, fluffy bed after a long festival day. The perfect place to feel human again, and rest so you can do it all over again the next day. Here at The JetSet Family, we take hotels rather seriously, and only recommend those we absolutely love. Here are a few we recommend for KAABOO weekend.
L’Auberge Del Mar
Del Mar, CA 92014
L’Auberge Del Mar overlooks the Pacific Ocean offering a resort experience reminiscent of a private seaside estate. Managed by Destination Hotels, this intimate hotel features 121 guest rooms and suites, refreshing dining options, a full service European-style 5,000-square-foot spa, a private path for easy beach access, tennis courts, a 24-hour fitness center and a peaceful pool area with leisure, lap, and whirlpools.
Fairmont Grand Del Mar
5300 Grand Del Mar Court
San Diego, CA 92130
Capturing the elegance and charm of an old-world Mediterranean estate, San Diego’s luxury Fairmont Grand Del Mar golf resort and spa welcome KAABOO guests to Southern California with two incredible packages where you can enjoy the property’s breathtaking architecture, acclaimed dining and impeccable service while not at the festival. Magnificently situated on 400-acres in a pristine coastal canyon five miles from the Pacific Ocean, Fairmont Grand Del Mar shines as the #1 Luxury Hotel in San Diego as voted by TripAdvisor travelers.
Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa
9700 N Torrey Pines Rd
La Jolla, CA 92037
Under Southern California’s golden rays, Estancia La Jolla Hotel & Spa, a hacienda-style resort, is nestled between San Diego’s seaside villages of La Jolla and Del Mar. Exuding warm service and the sun-drenched charm of its premier location, Estancia offers easy access to the top sights and recreational activities found in Southern California with complimentary shuttle service within 5 miles of the hotel, including Torrey Pines and several landmark beaches. Families can spend a day poolside in Estancia’s lush cabanas, hiking near ocean vistas, exploring San Diego beaches, or enjoying world-class attractions such as the San Diego Zoo, Seaworld, and pair it with a fun family dining experience at the on-property, Baja-inspired Mustangs, and Burros restaurant.
Can’t make it to San Diego? Stream KAABOO Live!
KAABOO’s supporting partner, Stingray Qello is live streaming all three days of music at KAABOO Del Mar from the Rolling Stone Sunset Cliffs, MGM Resorts Grandview, and BMW of Encinitas Trestles Stages. You can watch each day LIVE, as well as a 24-hour re-broadcast on any device. Watch on iOS, Android, AppleTV, Roku, Chromecast Amazon FireTV, Android TV, Vewd TV, and Qello.com.
KAABOO Del Mar on Social
Who Are You Most Excited To See At KAABOO?
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