The Year in Tiki 2020: Recap the top virtual and in-person events

The Tiki Times

This past year was unlike any other. As the deadly coronavirus pandemic swept the world, events were postponed and canceled while the hospitality and entertainment industries suffered economic disaster. New and rescheduled events became fundraisers and calls to action to help struggling businesses. As social gatherings moved online to a virtual format, so did many events and a new lineup of symposiums and learning experiences. The Atomic Grog documented many of these happenings and participated in a few over the past tumultuous 12 months. The Tiki Times continues to follow the top events of interest to retro-minded enthusiasts of Tiki, mid-century modern, surf and rockabilly music, rum and spirits, plus more. Below you’ll find the cream of the crop of 2020 events, along with artwork and links to official sites. Under many events, you’ll also find images and videos from social media plus links to news articles. We hope everyone remains healthy and safe as we find out what 2021 has to offer.
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THE TIKI TIMES: 2020 EVENTS RECAP

Jan. 3-5 – The Rhythm Collision Weekend #7 in Riverside, Calif.
The Rhythm Collision Weekend #7

Jan. 11 – Tiki Central 20th Anniversary Celebration at Forbidden Island in Alameda, Tonga Hut in Los Angeles, Frankie’s Tiki Room in Las Vegas, and Tiki Cat in Kansas City.
Tiki Central 20th Anniversary Celebration

Jan. 12 – The Original Tiki Market Place 8th Anniversary in Garden Grove, Calif.
The Original Tiki Market Place 8th Anniversary

Jan 19-20 – Exotica VIII in The Raines Law Room at the William Hotel in New York City.

Jan. 25 – Central Florida Rum and Food Experience in Lakeland.

Jan 25 – Winter Surf Fest in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Feb. 7-8 – Miami Rum Congress in Miami Beach.
Miami Rum Congress


Feb. 21 – Taste of Aloha and Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami Beach.
* Press coverage: Burger Bash and Art of Tiki’s big winners
* Past Atomic Grog coverage

Feb. 13-23 – Modernism Week in Palm Springs, Calif.
* Press coverage: Mad for Midcentury

Feb. 21-23 – Hi-Tide Winter Holiday: Pittsburgh.
Hi-Tide Winter Holiday: Pittsburgh

Feb. 22-23 – Polynesian Cultural Festival in Oakland Park, Fla.

Feb. 27 – Tiki Night at The Adventurers’ Club of Los Angeles



Feb 29-March 1 – Jamaica Rum Festival in Kingston.
* Press coverage: Bartlett promises to build on Jamaica Rum Festival

March 1 – Adventureland Day at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.
* Photos: Adventureland Day rises again at Disneyland

March 6-8 – Inuhele: Atlanta’s Tiki Weekend.

March 7 – Puerto Rico National Rum Festival in San Juan.

March 8 – Adventureland Day at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando.
* Photos: Magic Kingdom goes khaki for 3rd annual Adventureland Day

April 28 – The Trader Brandon Transmissions hosted by Brandon Kleyla on his Instagram page.
Recap: The Atomic Grog joins The Trader Brandon Transmissions
Watch the live interview, see Hurricane Hayward mix up the new Barrel O’ Rum tribute, see the recipe.
The Atomic Grog joins The Trader Brandon Transmissions
* The Trader Brandon Transmissions on YouTube: See more past shows

June 1-7: A week of virtual events honoring The Hukilau

The Hukilau 2020: A week of virtual events honor 19th annual Tiki weekender, help those in need
Online events pay homage to the canceled Tiki weekender with educational symposiums, a special virtual event at The Mai-Kai, plus more.

June 18-21 – Ohana: Luau At The Lake online fundraiser
Covhana 2020: Luau-In-Place

July 19 – Lowbrow Aloha art show and sale at Hala Kahiki in Chicago.
Lowbrow Aloha

July 25 – Big Kahuna Bash at Grumpy’s Bar & Grill in Roseville, Minn.
Big Kahuna Bash

Aug. 1 – HardCore Tiki MarketPlace at The Bamboo Club in Long Beach, Calif.

Aug. 12-16 – Tiki Oasis Takeover at Paradise Point in San Diego, Calif.
Tiki Oasis Takeover at Paradise Point

Sept. 12 – The Original Tiki Market Place End of Summer Bash in Garden Grove, Calif.

Sept. 21-24 – Tales of the Cocktail and Spirted Awards virtual events

Sept. 22 – Tiki Trail Live on Zoom.
Recap: The Atomic Grog serves the Jet Pilot on Tiki Trail Live

Sept. 26 – Third Anniversary Celebration at Tiki Underground in Hudson, Ohio.
Third Anniversary Celebration at Tiki Underground

Oct. 15-21 – The UK RumFest in London.

Oct. 18 – Hawaiian Slack Key Guitar Festival.

Oct. 25 – Boos! Brews & Barbecue in Pittsburgh.

Oct. 30 – Hulaween Drive-In Movie at The Mai-Kai featuring a screening of Beast of Blood, costume contest and prizes, food and drink specials, plus more.

Safe and scary fun: Hulaween Drive-In Movie at The Mai-Kai on Oct. 30
The Mai-Kai celebrates Hulaween 2020 with drive-in movie party after closing for renovations
The historic Polynesian restaurant transported revelers to a socially-distanced celebration like no other, including an appearance by Appleton Rum’s Joy Spence. FULL EVENT RECAP
Photos: Hulaweeen Drive-In Movie scene, costumes

Oct. 30-Nov. 1 – Hotel Valley Ho Tiki Weekend in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Nov. 10-15 – St Barth Rum Festival and Caribbean Rum Awards
* Martinique, Puerto Rico top winners at 2020 Caribbean Rum Awards in St Barth
Caribbean Rum Awards

Nov. 11-15 – Rums of Puerto Rico Pop-Up Tour
Rums of Puerto Rico Pop-Up Tour

Dec. 1-7 – New York City Cocktail Expo featuring webinars and online cocktail classes, People’s Choice Best Cocktail Awards, plus tropical cocktail competition, TiKi “TO-GO” Down, featuring Fuchsia Tiki Bar.
New York City Cocktail Expo

Dec. 5 – The Original Tiki Market Place Happy Hula Days Show & Mele KaTIKImaka Toy Drive in Garden Grove, Calif.
The Original Tiki Market Place Happy Hula Days Show & Mele KaTIKImaka Toy Drive

Dec. 28 – Under The Mai-Kai Moon – 64th anniversary Customer “Mahalo” Appreciation Party in Fort Lauderdale.

The Mai-Kai celebrates 64th anniversary under the moon as challenges loom
The Mai-Kai celebrates 64th anniversary under the moon as challenges loom
Check out all the details on The Mai-Kai’s sold-out 64th anniversary party on Dec. 28. FULL STORY
Photos: The Mai-Kai’s Polynesian Islander Revue
News: Extent of flooding damage, closing detailed

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