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Venue & History

In 1998, Omega Events launched an annual blues festival in the harbor town of Dana Point, CA and nearly twenty years later, The Doheny Blues Festival has grown into one of the nation’s top blues music festivals, known for the stellar mix of artists and the incredible location of Doheny State Beach. Omega has been recognized by the blues music industry, being named “Best Promoter” by The Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN.

From GRAMMY winners to music legends, Doheny Blues has been host to many of the top names in rock, soul & blues music, including B.B. King, The Black Crowes, Bonnie Raitt, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Crosby, Stills & Nash, John Fogerty, Ben Harper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Brian Setzer, Al Green, Gregg Allman, Etta James, and Los Lobos, amongst others.

The layout of the festival offers something for everyone, as two main stages are placed at opposite ends of a large grass field, both within 100 yards of the Pacific Ocean. An intimate, third stage, known as The Backporch, is a great venue to get up-close to your favorite artists. There is also an International Food Court, Microbrew tastings and large Vendor Village. The grass field at the north end of the park (where the festival is held) includes 170 picnic tables, volleyball courts and ample parking.

Doheny State Beach, a 62-acre state park in scenic Dana Point Harbor, features one mile of whitewashed sandy beach. The City of Dana Point is named after Richard Henry Dana Jr. (1815-1882), a Harvard-trained lawyer, seaman, and author of the notable sea journal, “Two Years Before the Mast” (1840). In his journal, Dana documents his voyage from Boston to California on the merchant ship, Pilgrim, describing the area once known as Capistrano Bay as “the most romantic spot on the California coast.”

Vendor Village

Doheny’s Vendor Village is strewn throughout the entire lawn at Doheny State Beach and consists of 50+ different “storefronts”. Peruse everything from hand-crafted art to hats and merchandise. Many of our event partners are on-site to spread the word about their companies. Make sure you stop by the Official Merchandise Booth – where you can take home some cool swag from the 20th Annual Doheny Blues Festival. But, get there early… almost everything sells out!

The International Food Court at Doheny Blues will have a variety of authentic vendors sampling everything from BBQ Ribs to Cajun Sausage to Vegetarian Pitas. Beverages of all types will be available, including beer, wine, cocktails, water and non-alcoholic beverages.

Interested in being a Vendor at the Doheny Blues Festival 2017? Spots are still available, but they are filling up fast! 

IN ORDER TO BE CONSIDERED: You must e-mail us pictures of your booth, a list of other festivals you have worked at and your potential menu.

Please email vendor@omegaevents.com for more info and to submit a request.

formation. All food, beverage and Official Doheny Merchandise will be purchased with an EventCard. Similar to a debit card, EventCards can be loaded with any amount of value, using cash or credit cards. Load as much value as you would like, spend all weekend, and receive a refund for any unused portion. It’s that easy!

To improve efficiency, EventCards will be sold each morning at the Front Gate booth prior to the gates opening. EventCards will also be available at any of the six EventCard location within the grounds. The main refund booth will be directly inside the Front Gate. If you have any questions on the EventCard system, feel free contact us at info@omegaevents.com.

Hotel/Lodging

Stay the weekend in Dana Point during the festival – hotel accommodations can be found at our partner hotels listed below:

DoubleTree Suites by Hilton

The newly renovated DoubleTree Suites by Hilton, Doheny Beach is only steps from the blues festival – the DoubleTree is so close, some rooms overlook the concert venue! Call the DoubleTree at (949) 661-1100 to book your room today.

Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa

Perched atop the cliffs of Dana Point, the Laguna Cliffs Marriott Resort & Spa, provides an oceanside escape like no other. From deeply romantic retreats to highly-successful business conferences, you’ll discover rare luxuries and services to suit all of your needs. Enjoy exquisite dining, first-class accommodations, and a myriad of ocean activities at this exclusive AAA four-diamond resort. Call Laguna Cliffs Marriott at (949) 661-5000 to make your reservation.

Getting There

Doheny State Beach
25300 Dana Point Harbor Drive
Dana Point, CA 92629

Corner of Pacific Coast Highway & Dana Point Harbor Drive

Directions from Irvine

Travel south on the 5 Freeway, exit at the Pacific Coast Highway/Highway 1/Beach Cities exit and travel north on Pacific Coast Highway. Turn left on Dana Point Harbor Drive, left into Doheny State Beach.

Directions from San Diego

Travel north on the 5 Freeway, exit the 5 Freeway at the Pacific Coast Highway/Camino Las Ramblas exit and travel north on Pacific Coast Highway. Turn left on Dana Point Harbor Drive, left into Doheny State Beach.

Directions to Secondary Parking Lot (Dana Hills High School)

Once the main Doheny lot is full, additional parking is available at Dana Hills High School with shuttle service running continuously through the day. Parking is free at Dana Hills High School and the shuttle is $5 per person round-trip.

Directions to Dana Hills High School (only 1.5 miles from Doheny): take the 5 Freeway to P.C.H. North, go past Doheny Stage Beach, turn right on Golden Lantern, left on Acapulco. For a map to Dana Hills High School, click here.

Parking

Doheny State Beach Parking

Parking is available at Doheny State Park for a daily fee of $15.00 per car. Courtesy shuttle service runs from 8:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. between the North and South parking lots at Doheny State Beach. Arrive early, since the Doheny State Beach lot fills up early.

We are committed to ensuring that all music lovers have access to the Doheny Blues experience. Limited ADA parking will be available at Doheny State Park. A state-issued accessible parking license plate, placard, or hangtag is required to park in this area. For more ADA access information check out the Doheny Blues ADA Page.

Secondary Parking Lot & Shuttle

Once the main Doheny lot is full, additional Parking is available at Dana Hills High School with shuttle service running continuously through the day. Parking is free at Dana Hills High School, but the shuttle is $5 per person round-trip. Shuttle service begins at 7:00 a.m. and runs until 10:00 p.m.

Directions to Dana Hills High School (only 1.5 miles from Doheny): take the 5 Freeway to P.C.H. North, go past Doheny Stage Beach, turn right on Golden Lantern, left on Acapulco. For a map to Dana Hills High School, click here.

Bike Valet

Avoid the cost and hassle of driving your car to the festival and use the FREE Bike Valet, courtesy of our friends at the IRVINE LAKE MUD RUN. Just ride down to Doheny Beach, leave your bike at the secure Bike Valet, and walk right into the event.
Note: bikes are not allowed to be locked to any gates/fences/trees at Doheny State Beach.

Volunteer

Note: The Volunteer Application Page will be available soon!

Doheny Blues would not happen if not for the enormous amount of help donated by its hundreds of volunteers.  We are always looking for music fans to become part of our team, so “why should I volunteer?”

  • Join the team of one of the best music festivals in the USA…Doheny Blues!
  • Receive FREE admission
  • Receive a FREE meal and commemorative t-shirt
  • Meet other like-minded blues fans
  • Learn about event production from a new perspective — behind the scenes
  • Be part of a local community event
  • Have a day of fun at the picturesque Doheny State Beach
  • Enjoy the best soundtrack any volunteer job ever had!

PLEASE NOTE: you MUST be 18 years of age or older to volunteer with us. Only those 21 and over will be able to work at locations that are serving alcohol.

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