Dana Point Ohana Festival has been temporarily closed after lightning, thunder, and heavy rain pounded the crowds – Orange County Register


  • Annual Ohana Festival attendees take selfies in the rain during the first day of the annual Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Kristen Kunysz and Lauren Davis protect themselves from the rain with garbage bags on the first day of the annual Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo: Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, Caleb Jomaa protects Chloe Hamilton from the rain on the first day of the annual Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • Participants in the annual Ohana Festival are requested to temporarily leave Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Friday, September 24, 2021 due to weather conditions. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • From left, David and Melody Zamora cover themselves with a blanket from the rain on the first day of the annual Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

  • A sudden downpour ended the Ohana Festival on Doheny State Beach in Dana Point just hours after the event on September 24, 2021. (Photo Kelli Skye Fadroski)

  • Tim Germer reacts to the rain on the first day of the annual Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo: Drew A. Kelley, contributing photographer)

  • Marie Veloz tries to escape the rain on the first day of the annual Ohana Festival at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Friday, September 24, 2021. (Photo by Drew A. Kelley, Contributing Photographer)

Halfway through a performance by the OC rock band Greer, a sudden downpour ended the Ohana Festival on Doheny State Beach in Dana Point just hours after the event began.

As thunder rumbled and lightning flashed across the sky, the venue was evacuated out of caution.

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Thousands of fans had to crawl, however – many had parked in a secondary location and brought the shuttle to the event.

Promoters inform fans that they will be informed of re-admission to the venue via social media channels.

On the Twitter of the event, read a message: “Due to lightning in the area, we are evacuating the venue and pausing the show. We expect to fully open shortly as the storm is passing quickly. Please keep following social media and we will let you know when it is safe to re-enter. “

After a little less than an hour of waiting, the crowd was finally allowed back into the venue.

The festival’s Twitter announced the reopening shortly before 5 pm with the words: “We are pleased to inform you that it is safe to re-enter the festival area. In the spirit of Ohana, please remember to be safe and respectful of your fellow travelers. Welcome back!”

Durand Jones & The Indications greeted the audience with some soulful melodies and a cover of Fleetwood Mac’s “Dreams” with the audience singing the line “Thunder only happens when it rains”.

In the middle of the song, the sun peeked through the clouds again while people danced and sang along. Ohana Fest seems to be back on track as guests who were once dressed in summer clothes are now wearing festival hoodies and lining up for drinks to make up for the lost hour.


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