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Stars light up the desert at Coachella

We’ve got the scoop on the best star-studded parties and events from the 2013 Coachella music festival.

Julianne Hough at the Neon Carnival, Coachella 2013

Hollywood’s hottest young stars headed to the desert over the weekend for the 2013 Coachella Valley Music Festival.

While there were plenty of celeb sightings in the VIP section at the fields, it was the pool parties and evening events that attracted most of the action.

The festivities kicked off Friday at the Hard Rock Music Lounge at Hotel Zoso in Palm Springs, where guests like The Bachelor‘s Catherine Giudici and Lesley Murphy enjoyed drinks from Barefoot Refresh and Owls Brew and took pictures in the District Clothing photobooth. Hotel Zoso is soon to be the new Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs!

Catherine Guidici and Lesley Murphy at the Hard Rock Music Lounge

Over at the Guess Hotel pool party at the Viceroy, Smash star Katharine McPhee showed off her beach bod, sipped cocktails, lounged in the pool and danced with her friends. Pretty Little Liars star Ashley Benson also joined in the fun at Guess, starting a squirt gun fight with co-star Troian Bellisario.

Ashley Benson at the Guess Hotel party in Coachella

Friday night, guests at the Hennessy V.S Presents Details @ Midnight were treated to a surprise performance by the party’s host, Nas.

Nas performing at the Details party at Coachella 2013

On Saturday, the place to be was Lacoste L!ve’s pool party, walking distance of the Empire Polo Club. Katy Perry was spotted posing with the fashionable gator and sporting a hip crop top, while Chris Pine was seen hanging out with Victoria’s Secret model Alessandra Ambrosio.

Katy Perry at the Lacoste L!ve party at Coachella 2013

The rival party of the day was going down at Chevrolet’s Volt Valley powered by Bagatelle, where Lucy Hale was seen riding a zipline and screaming the whole way down.

Lucy Hale at Chevy Volt, Coachella 2013

As night fell, swimsuits were replaced with neon getups as the celebs headed to Armani Exchange’s Neon Carnival, by far the most popular event of the weekend.

Guests including Vanessa HudgensJulianne HoughAlexander SkarsgardLeonardo DiCaprio, Clint EastwoodEmma Roberts, Alex Pettyfer, Kirsten Dunst and beau Garrett Hedlund previewed the new Armani Exchange Color Flash collection, rode bumper cars, sipped SVEDA cocktails, looked over the valley from the huge ferris wheel and tried their luck at a variety of carnival games.

Vanessa Hudgens, Neon Carnival

Things in the Valley began to wind down on Sunday as the last night of the festival saw stars like Aziz Ansari hanging out in the concert’s VIP area, trying to avoid the massive dust storm that occured that evening.

All in all, Coachella turned out to be quite the Hollywood who’s who over the weekend!

Photo credits: Doug Hav, Wire Image/Doug Scriulli, Seth Browamik/, Alexander Wyman/AP Wire/Invision Agency

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