Eddie Vedder Once Again Brings A Family Vibe To Dana Point With The Ohana Fest The Ohana Fest Brings good music, strong performances, special moments to Orange County
DANA POINT, CA — Set in a beautiful backdrop, just steps away from the sands of Orange County’s stunning Doheny State Beach, the Ohana Festival came back for its third year in a row to Dana Point — and was a true celebration.
The event, which brought in more than 25,000 fans over the three-day music festival, felt like the true end to summer, as the sun was shining, the weather was beautiful, and the event brought in some of the top singers, songwriters and musicians under one sky.
The event, organized by Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, brought in such talents as Eric Church, Norah Jones, Eddie Vedder, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Mumford & Sons, Beck, and Young The Giant, among others, over the weekend, which benefitted the Doheny State Beach Interpretive Association and the San Onofre Foundation, a California non-profit that cooperatively works with the California State Parks to “develop, preserve and enhance the recreation and experience of California’s unique and beautiful coastal parks. You can learn more about the organization on their website which is available HERE.
In the spirit of “Ohana” tradition meaning family, the gorgeous grassy festival site was adorned with blankets, hammocks, food and drink tents as fans lazed under the late summer sky or strolled around visiting the number of sponsors, vendors and booths. There was a true sense of community on the festival grounds, and groups of friends and family lounged around on the grassy lawns on picnic blankets throughout the park. With the two stages adjacent to each other, those who were lucky enough to arrive early and snag the desirous hammocks drawn across the tall palm trees were treated to some prime real estate for true relaxation for the entirety of the day.
Alcoholic libations were provided by Pacifico beer, JaM Cellars wine, Angry Orchard cider, Tito’s vodka, Aperol aperitif, and Truly spiked sparkling water in the craft wine and beer garden; non-alcoholic offerings and samples were endlessly given over the entire weekend by Califia cold brew coffee, Bai coffee fruit drinks, KIND bars and Boulder Canyon kettle chips (and I’d be lying if I didn’t say I fueled myself up on Bai and KIND bars all weekend, as the volunteers set up stations all around the festival grounds with buckets to grab). The free samples were truly appreciated, and definitely helped keep Blurred Culture’s budget on target for the weekend.
Besides the music, a special music and art installation was featured with special collector’s signed goodies up for auction, such as an Eddie Vedder signed guitar, ukulele, Norah Jones signed album, Blink-182 signed guitar, special locally-made surfboard and art pieces, among others. A live speaker series also occurred by the craft and beer garden for fans to spectate or lounge under colorful tapestry and plush blankets and couches.
But the energy over the three-day music extravaganza was a standout. With country superstar Eric Church closing out day one with an impressive all-acoustic set, to Eddie Vedder’s iconic collaborative music showcase Saturday night with Johnny Marr and Liz Phair, to Switchfoot having a moment of grace and calling all to show love and light as the San Diego natives felt at home in Orange County’s beautiful beach town, the Ohana Fest really felt like a true family.
A celebration of good music, strong performances, special moments shared with performers expressing their love for the “ohana” felt throughout, guests were happy to enjoy a weekend for the beaches under the beautiful hazy Orange County sky.
2018’s Ohana Fest was definitely a memorable one. And we cannot wait for next year’s.
Be sure to click through the individual day links to see all of the of the acts that we were able to catch this year at Ohana Fest!