This weekend marks the start of Dana Point’s busiest season, summer. Here are a few happenings around town to check out.
A Mile for Maddie
When: Saturday, May 18
Where: Start: Strand Beach parking lot (Selva Road, just south of Pacific Coast Highway), End: Ocean Institute, 24200 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Registration for “A Mile for Maddie” is closed, but day-of registration is available and welcomed for this 1.2-mile walk over Dana Point’s headlands.
This year the Maddie James Foundation hopes to raise $100,000 to continue funding educational programming at the Ocean Institute and the new Maddie James Seaside Learning Center. Participants will be the first to explore the floating center and get up close to marine life in the Biodiversity Lab and hoist sails aboard the Historic Maritime Pier.
Check-in opens at 7 a.m. in the Strand Beach parking lot (end of Selva Road, just south of Pacific Coast Highway) and closes at 9 a.m.
The official start time of the 1.2-mile walk to the Ocean Institute begins at 8 a.m. with waves of walkers being released every five to 10 minutes. In celebration of the Maddie James Seaside Learning Center opening, the Ocean Institute will host an open house from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. for all participants. And a special ceremony welcoming guests to the new center begins at 10 a.m.
For more information on the walk, visit www.amileformaddie.com. And to hear more of Maddie’s story, visit the Maddie James Foundation at www.maddiejamesfoundation.org. For additional information on the Ocean Institute and upcoming educational programs, go to www.ocean-institute.org.
Yacht Clubs Opening Day
When: Saturday, May 18
Where: Dana Point Harbor with events at the Dana Point Yacht Club, 24399 Dana Dr., and Dana West Yacht Club, 24601 Dana Dr.
Kicking off the summer season, Dana Point’s two yacht clubs welcome the public to their opening day ceremonies and joint boat parade, beginning at 10 a.m.
This year marks the Dana Point Yacht Club’s 61st season, and Dana West Yacht Club’s 35th.
Doheny Blues Festival
When: Saturday, May 18 and Sunday, May 19. Doors open at 10 a.m. for Gold ticketholders, at 10:15 a.m. for VIP and at 11 a.m. for general admission ticketholders
Where: Doheny State Beach, 25300 Dana Point Harbor Dr.
Tickets: General admission tickets are still available by visiting, www.dohenybluesfestival.com. Single-day for $60 and Two-day for $110, add $10 for day-of purchases.
The Doheny Blues Festival continues its Southern California summer kick-off tradition, May 18 and 19, at Doheny State Park in Dana Point—just a stone’s throw from where the waves meet the sand.
This year’s event—produced by Omega Events—marks the festival’s 16th year of blues on the beach. As palm trees sway in the ocean breeze, the world-class lineup of artists and festival atmosphere transform the park into a blues enthusiast’s paradise by the Pacific.
A centrally located grassy field invites fans to stake out a spot in classic “beach blanket” style or wander the venue for a more diverse experience as 20 artists perform atop three stages.
The largest of the three, the Doheny Stage, provides the classic main stage concert experience. A huge screen showcases a front-row view to those who choose a more mellow experience, enjoying music farther from the action.
The Sailor Jerry Stage—a slightly smaller, second main stage—is situated at the opposite end of the field.
The smallest of the three, the Backporch Stage, offers unplugged blues and craft brews. The Backporch is the festival’s up-close acoustic venue where fans can enjoy a more intimate concert setting along with microbrew tastings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
An international food court, vendor village and wine lounge combined with great tunes—from gritty blues-rock to harmonica driven classics and more—round out the Doheny Blues Music Festival’s enduring reputation as a feast for all the senses.—Andrea Swayne
Lynwood Slim and Friends—Noon to 1 p.m., Doheny Stage
Red Lotus Revue—Noon to 1 p.m., The Backporch
Joanne Shaw Taylor—1 p.m. to 2 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage
Jimmie Vaughan and the Tilt-A-Whirl Band—2 p.m. to 3:10 p.m., Doheny Stage
Harry Manx—2 p.m. to 3:10 p.m., The Backporch
J.D. McPherson—3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage
Tedeschi Trucks Band—4:30 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., Doheny Stage
Mark Hummel’s Blues Harp Blowout—4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., The Backporch
James Hunter Six—6:15 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage
Blues & Brews Jam (artist TBA)—7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Backporch
Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite—7:45 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Doheny Stage
Gino Matteo—11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., Doheny Stage
Guitar Shorty—11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The Backporch
Steve Lucky and the Rhumba Bums—12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage
Toast of the Coast—1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., Doheny Stage
Nick Moss Band—1:30 p.m. to 2:45 p.m., The Backporch
Shemekia Copeland—3 p.m. to 4:10 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage
Joe Bonamassa—4:15 p.m. to 5:45 p.m., Doheny Stage
Janiva Magness with Kid Ramos—4:15 p.m. to 5:45, The Backporch
Robert Randolph and the Family Band—6 p.m. to 7:15 p.m., Sailor Jerry Stage
George Thorogood and The Destroyers—7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m., Doheny Stage
Leave these items at home, as they will NOT be permitted:
- Illegal substances and alcohol
- Outside food or drink
- Oversized bags
- Knives or weapons of any kind
- Videoor professional cameras
- High-back chairs (chairs must be 32″ or lower)
- Glass containers
- CamelBaks and drink packs
- Flags, stickers or Flyers
- Tents and lawn furniture
- Picnic baskets and coolers
- Pets (except service dogs with proper paperwork)
- Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, etc.
For more information visit, www.dohenybluesfestival.com.