Events Calendar: The Tiki Times

The Tiki Times

Check out our calendar for all the major events across the world of Tiki culture, updated continually throughout the year.

Social media: News and updates on Facebook and Twitter
Photos and announcements on Instagram and Pinterest

Updated Feb. 17, 2019

See below: See photos, recaps of past 2019 events NEW
2018 in review: Photos, video, recaps of all the top events
* More past news and events from 2015-2017
* 2015-2016 special features: Artists | Bands/music | Bars | Websites | Rum | Cocktails

Feb. 14-24 – Modernism Week in Palm Springs, Calif.
Blind Curve by Shag Modernism Week saw the official release of Shag‘s latest large print, Blind Curve.

Feb. 22 – Taste of Aloha and Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami Beach.

Feb. 23-24 – Polynesian Cultural Festival in Oakland Park, Fla.
Polynesian Cultural Festival 2019

March 2 – Exotica Moderne #3 release party hosted by House of Tabu at The Devil’s Reef in Tacoma, Wash.
Exotica Moderne #3 release party

March 2 – Taste of Rum in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

March 3 – Adventureland Day at Disneyland in Anaheim, Calif.

March 9-10 – Arizona Aloha Festival at Tempe Beach Park.

March 9-10 – Jamaica Rum Festival in Kingston.

March 10 – Adventureland Day at the Magic Kingdom in Walt Disney World, Orlando.

March 31 – Forbidden Island’s 13th Anniversary Celebration in Alameda, Calif.

April 5-6 – Magical Tiki Meet-Up at Walt Disney World, Orlando.

April 7 – Lowbrow Aloha at Hala Kahiki in Chicago. Lowbrow Aloha

April 12-14 – Arizona Tiki Oasis in Scottsdale.
Arizona Tiki Oasis

April 12-14 – Chicago Area Tiki Tour
Chicago Area Tiki Tour

April 13-14 – Rhum Fest Paris.

April 18-21 – Viva Las Vegas rockabilly weekend.
Viva Las Vegas

April 27 – Chicago Rum Festival.

May 16-19 – Tiki Caliente in Palm Springs, Calif.
Tiki Caliente

May 17-18 – Rum Renaissance Festival in Coral Gables, Fla. [Atomic Grog past coverage]
Rum Renaissance Festival

May 18 – Czech RumFest in Prague, Czechoslovakia.

May 23-26 – Nashville Boogie vintage weekender and car show.

May 25 – Club Rum in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

May 27-30 – International Rum Conference and Madrid Rum Festival in Spain.

June 5-9 – The Hukilau in Fort Lauderdale. [Atomic Grog past coverage]
The Hukilau 2019
Atomic Grog coverage
The Hukilau 2019 tickets on sale now
The Hukilau has announced an impressive lineup of bands, bars and booze experts
as it launched a new website with tickets now on sale for the 18th annual Tiki weekender in Fort Lauderdale. Guests can also book rooms at two hotels: the host Pier 66 and the nearby B Ocean Resort. New for 2019: Women take over the Tiki Tower Takeover, plus 10 new Tiki bars!
* Hotel room parties are back, plus preview events, more
* First official announcement promises enhancements, same vintage experience

June 7-8 – Rum Love Festival in Wroclaw, Poland.

June 8 – Manchester Rum Festival in the UK.

June 10 – Wild O’ Fest in Mexico.
Wild O' Fest

June 15 – New York Rum Festival in New York City.

June 27-30 – Ohana: Luau At The Lake at The Tiki Resort, Lake George, N.Y.
Ohana: Luau At The Lake

July 5-7 – Tiki Kon in Portland, Ore.

July 16-21 – Tales of the Cocktail in New Orleans, La.

Aug. 3 – Surf Guitar 101 Convention in Torrance, Calif.

Aug. 7-11 – Tiki Oasis in San Diego, Calif.
Tiki Oasis 2019

Aug. 16-18 – Hi-Tide Summer Holiday: Asbury Park in New Jersey.
Hi-Tide Summer Holiday: Asbury Park

Aug. 31-Sept. 1 – German Rum Festival in Berlin.

Sept. 7 – California Rum Festival in San Francisco.

Sept. 20-21 – Southern Surf StompFest in Atlanta.

Oct. 19-20 – The UK RumFest in London.

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Jan. 12 – The Original Tiki Market Place 7th Anniversary in Garden Grove, Calif.
* Atomic Grog event preview
The Original Tiki Market Place 7th Anniversary print by Clee Sobieski

Jan. 17 – Tiki Bingo at The Mai-Kai in Fort Lauderdale.
* Atomic Grog event preview
Tiki Bingo at The Mai-Kai

Jan. 19 – The Mai-Kai Takeover in Fort Lauderdale.
Special event: ‘Demerara Rum – The Mai-Kai’s Secret Weapon’
Demerara Rum: The Mai-Kai's Secret Weapon on Jan. 19, 2019, at The Mai-Kai The Atomic Grog was pleased to present a special happy-hour talk during The Mai-Kai Takeover event on Jan. 19, presented by the Magical Tiki Meet-Up and Retro Rekindled. Click here to check out our full event recap, including photos and highlights of our Demerara rum discussion.

Jan. 25 – Book signing and spirited discussion with Jeff “Beachbum” Berry at Trader Vic’s in Emeryville, Calif.
Book signing and spirited discussion at Trader Vic's with Beachbum Berry

Jan 26 – Winter Surf Fest in Huntington Beach, Calif.

Feb. 8-9 – Miami Rum Congress in Miami Beach.
Miami Rum Congress 2019
First annual event lines up top industry experts
Some of the biggest names in the spirits world flocked to South Florida on Feb. 8-9 for the first annual Miami Rum Congress, a two-day event featuring tastings and educational seminars dedicated to the burgeoning booze that may finally have outgrown its “party like a pirate” image.
* Full preview and live coverage from The Atomic Grog

Feb. 15-17 – Inuhele: Atlanta’s Tiki Weekend.
Inuhele: Atlanta's Tiki Weekend

NEW: Inuhele celebrates Atlanta’s meteoric rise as Tiki destination Inuhele 2019
Now, in just its second year, the Tiki weekender known as Inuhele has greatly expanded to include three days of bar-hopping, panels, vendors, bands, demos and more geared to the area’s burgeoning scene.
* Full preview and live coverage
* Previous: Iron TikiTender goes on tour


The Tiki Times: The Year in Tiki 2018


In 2018, The Atomic Grog consolidated previous news and events coverage into a comprehensive 12-month calendar that offers dates, links and previews of all the major Tiki and rum events, plus a touch of modernism, surf music, Disney and other happenings of interest to the Tiki community. We’ve archived the official artwork and links to the official sites. Following events, the calendar was updated to include images and videos culled from social media, along with some of our own photos and relevant press coverage. We’ve archived this full year of coverage for posterity.


The Tiki Times: Tiki Oasis 2017


In 2017, we listed many of the major Tiki events across the country, featuring photos and social media coverage.

December 2017: Spirited holiday happenings in California and beyond

November 2017: Rum fests, bar tours and art shows across the globe

October 2017: Historic art show in L.A., world’s biggest rumfest in London, Circa Caliente in Palm Springs, Halloween happenings

September 2017: Texas goes Tiki, Deep South surf rock, rum fests from coast to coast

August 2017: Tiki Oasis, surf guitar and hot summer events

July 2017: Tales of the Cocktail takes over

June 2017: Summer season heats up with The Hukilau, Ohana: Luau At The Lake, Tiki Kon and more

May 2017: Tiki Caliente and lots more summer kickoff parties

April 2017: Surf and rockabilly, Miami Rum Festival, Chicago Area Tiki Tour

March 2017: Shag art shows, Tiki bars and festivals, surf rock and more

February 2017: Bar openings and closings, cocktail competitions, Modernism Week



Thoroughout 2015, The Atomic Grog spotlighted the latest news and information on the Polynesian Pop revival and the wide world of retro-themed entertainment. We reviewed and recapped events held every week of the year. This feature, originally known as The Week in Tiki, covered all the major happenings across the world, with a focus on our home base, Florida and the U.S. East Coast.
Past coverage: See all the Week in Tiki blogs

The Year in Tiki 2015

The Year in Tiki 2015
Legends lost, but revival becomes renaissance with new bars, music, art and more


History is a big part of today’s Tiki scene. Legends of the past inspire and provide a template for a new generation of creative individuals. Included in our weekly/monthly profiles are artists, musicians and Tiki locations no longer with us (noted in italics).
Artist | Band/music | Bar | Website | Rum | Cocktail



May 2016

* Mark Ryden

April 2016

* Paul Roe

* Clee Sobieski

Von Franco

Von Franco

March 2016

* Von Franco

* Milan Guanko

February 2016

* Michelle Bickford

* Tom Fowner

January 2016

* Robert Williams

* Sam Gambino

Big Toe, aka Tom Laura

Big Toe, aka Tom Laura

December 2015

* Edgar Leeteg

November 2015

* Big Toe (Tom Laura)

* Scott “Flounder” Scheidly

* Munktiki

October 2015

* Gecko

* Pooch

Wayne Coombs

Wayne Coombs

September 2015

* Wayne Coombs

* Eekum Bookum

August 2015

* Christine Benjamin

* The Pizz

July 2015

* Ken Ruzic

* PopTiki

Bamboo Ben poses with one of the iconic moai that his grandfather, Eli Hedley, carved for the Aku Aku at the Stardust hotel in Las Vegas

Bamboo Ben

June 2015

* Barney West

* Squid

* VanTiki

May 2015

* Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker

* Miss Fluff (Claudette Barjoud)

* Mookie Sato

* Bamboo Ben

Crazy Al Evans

Crazy Al Evans

April 2015

* Thor

* Doug Horne

* Dawn Frasier

* Basement Kahuna

March 2015

* Robert Jimenez

* Crazy Al Evans

* Eric October

* N! Satterfield

* Tiki Tony


Josh Agle, aka Shag.

February 2015

* Eli Hedley

* Shag

* Tiki Diablo

* LeRoy Schmaltz of Oceanic Arts

January 2015

* Surf Soul Tiki (Jeff Chouinard)

* Bosko

* Derek Yaniger



May 2016

* “The Sound of Tiki”

April 2016

* Voodoo Organist

* Korla Pandit

Ding Dong Devils

Ding Dong Devils

March 2016

* Jason Lee and the R.I.P. Tides

* King Kukulele

February 2016

* The Exotics

* Arthur Lyman

January 2016

* The Madeira

* Mr. Ho’s Orchestrotica

Man or Astro-man?

Man or Astro-man?

December 2015

* Ding Dong Devils

November 2015

* The Disasternauts

* Laramie Dean

* The Ventures

October 2015

* The Jimmy Psycho Experiment

* Slip and the Spinouts

Los Straitjackets

Los Straitjackets

September 2015

* Cutback Surfband

* 9th Wave

August 2015

* Tikiyaki Orchestra

* The Revomatics

July 2015

* Davie Allan and the Arrows

* Man or Astro-man?

Dick Dale at Respectable Street in West Palm Beach, April 21, 2012.

Dick Dale

June 2015

* Skinny Jimmy Stingray

* The Waitiki 7 and Waitiki

* The Hula Girls

May 2015

* Martini Kings

* El Capitan & the Band with No Name

* Los Straitjackets

* Surf Rock Radio

The Intoxicators at The Mai-Kai during The Hukilau in June 2013

The Intoxicators

April 2015

* Martin Denny

* Dick Dale

* Kinky Waikiki

* Tiki Joe’s Ocean

March 2015

* Ìxtahuele

* Gene Rains

* Gold Dust Lounge

* The Intoxicators

* Kenny Sasaki & The Tiki Boys

The Alika Lyman Group

The Alika Lyman Group.

February 2015

* Elliot Easton’s Tiki Gods

* The Crazed Mugs

* Koop Kooper’s Cocktail Nation

* Double Crown Records

January 2015

* Stolen Idols

* The Tiki Delights

* Alika Lyman Group



May 2016

* Tonga Hut (Palm Springs)

April 2016

* Trader Vic’s (Emeryville, Calif.)

* Don the Beachcomber (Chicago)

Foundation Tiki Bar

Foundation Tiki Bar

March 2016

* Luau (Miami Beach)

* La Mariana Sailing Club (Honolulu)

February 2016

* The Happiest Hour and Slowly Shirley (New York City)

* Lei Low (Houston)

January 2016

* The Rum Line (Miami Beach)

* Fort Defiance (Brooklyn)

Otto's Shrunken Head

Otto’s Shrunken Head

December 2015

* Trader Sam’s Enchanted Tiki Bar (Anaheim)

November 2015

* Foundation Tiki Bar (Milwaukee)

* Porco Lounge & Tiki Room (Cleveland)

* The Golden Tiki (Las Vegas)

October 2015

* Otto’s Shrunken Head (New York City)

* The Shameful Tiki Room (Vancouver)

Bali Hai

Bali Hai

September 2015

* Bootlegger Tiki (Palm Springs, Calif.)

* Kreepy Tiki Lounge (Fort Lauderdale)

August 2015

* Tonga Hut (Los Angeles)

* Chef Shangri-La (Chicago)

July 2015

* Grass Skirt Tiki Room (Columbus, Ohio)

* Bali Hai (San Diego)

The Tiki Ti

The Tiki Ti

June 2015

* The Molokai lounge at The Mai-Kai (Fort Lauderdale)

* Tiki-Ti (Los Angeles)

* Don the Beachcomber (Huntington Beach)

May 2015

* Trader Vic’s (Atlanta)

* Forbidden Island (Alameda, Calif.)

* Psycho Suzi’s Motor Lounge (Minneapolis)

* The Wreck Bar (Fort Lauderdale)

Smugger's Cove

Smugger’s Cove

April 2015

* Kon Tiki (Tucson)

* Lost Lake (Chicago)

* The Broken Shaker (Miami Beach)

* Longitude (Oakland)

March 2015

* The Castaways (Miami Beach)

* Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco)

* Tambu Lounge (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort)

* Three Dots and a Dash (Chicago)

* Tonga Room (San Francisco)

Latitude 29, New Orleans

Latitude 29

February 2015

* Aku Aku (Orlando)

* Trader Vic’s (New York City)

* Frankie’s Tiki Room (Las Vegas)

* Hale Pele (Portland)

January 2015

* Latitude 29 (New Orleans)

* The Kahiki (Columbus, Ohio)

* Hala Kahiki (Chicago)



May 2016

* Modern Tiki Lounge

April 2016

* The Rum Trader

* Mai-Kai: History & Mystery



March 2016


* Rum Minute

February 2016

* Ooga-Mooga

* Surf Guitar 101

January 2016

* Imbibe magazine

* Poly Hai

Cocktail Kingdom

Cocktail Kingdom

December 2015

* Cocktail Wonk

November 2015

* Tales of the Cocktail

* Vintage Roadside

* Professor Cocktail

October 2015

* Rated R Cocktails

* Shag the Store

Beachbum Berry

Beachbum Berry

September 2015

* Ministry of Rum

* Cocktail Kingdom

August 2015

* Luxuria Music

* Punch

July 2015

* Dionysus Records Empire

* Charles Phoenix

The Mai-Kai's Mystery Drink bowl by Tiki Farm

The Mai-Kai’s Mystery Drink bowl by Tiki Farm

June 2015

* Beachbum Berry

* Fraternal Order Of Moai

* B.G. Reynolds

May 2015

* A. Panda’s Tiki Lounge

* Retro Roadmap

* Southern Surf Stomp!

* Tiki Farm

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid

Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid

April 2015

* The Floating Rum Shack

* Inu a Kena

* Bahama Bob’s Rumstyles

* Exotic Tiki Island

March 2015

* Digitiki and The Quiet Village

* The Tiki Chick

* Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid

* Tikiman’s Polynesian Village Resort Pages

* Robert Burr’s Rum Guide

Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily

Kevin Kidney & Jody Daily

February 2015

* Kevin Kidney’s Miehana blog

* Zen Tiki Lounge

* Critiki

* The Pegu Blog

January 2015

* 5 Minutes of Rum

* A Mountain of Crushed Ice

* Tiki Central



May 2016

* Santeria

April 2016

* Clément V.S.O.P.

* Ron Diplomático Reserva

Kilauea Iki featuring Plantation Pineapple Stiggins' Fancy. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, February 2016)

Kilauea Iki featuring Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy

March 2016

* Don Q Cristal

* Sailor Jerry

February 2016

* Plantation Pineapple Stiggins’ Fancy

* Flor de Caña Grand Reserve 7

January 2016

* R.L. Seale’s 10-year-old

* Ron Matusalem Gran Reserva 15

Unisphere featuring Koloa Gold rum

Unisphere featuring Koloa Gold rum

December 2015

* El Dorado 5

November 2015

* Clément Select Barrel

* Koloa Gold

* Seven Tiki spiced

October 2015

* Hamilton 86 (Guyana)

* Appleton Estate 12

Allspicy Daiquiri featuring Plantation 3 Stars

Allspicy Daiquiri featuring Plantation 3 Stars

September 2015

* Coruba Original (aka Dark)

* Cockspur Fine Rum

August 2015

* Koloa Dark

* Plantation 3 Stars

July 2015

* Denizen Merchant’s Reserve

* Angostura 5

Vicious Virgin #3 featuring The Real McCoy 3

Vicious Virgin #3 featuring The Real McCoy 3

June 2015

* Rhum Barbancourt 3 Star

* Rhum Barbancourt 5 Star

* El Dorado 8

May 2015

* The Real McCoy 3

* Gubba Silver and Gold

* Wicked Dolphin Silver

* Wicked Dolphin Florida Spiced

Rebel With a Cause

Rebel With a Cause featuring Denizen aged white rum

April 2015

* Flor de Caña white

* Plantation Original Dark

* Pusser’s British Navy

* Plantation Barbados 5-year-old Grande Reserve

March 2015

* Denizen white

* Plantation Jamaican

* Mount Gay Eclipse

* El Dorado 12

* Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum

La Floridita Daiquiri featuring The Real McCoy 5 rum

La Floridita Daiquiri featuring The Real McCoy 5 rum.

February 2015

* Angostura 7

* Koloa Coconut

* Tanduay

* Ron Zacapa 23

January 2015

* Havana Club Anejo 3 Años

* The Real McCoy 5

* Appleton Estate V/X (aka Signature Blend)



May 2016

* Koko Kahuna

April 2016

* Broken Storm

* La Guildive

Demerara Flip. (Photo by Hurricane Hayward, December 2015)

Demerara Flip

March 2016

* Val’s Daiquiri

* Wicked Wahine

February 2016

* Kilauea Iki

* Hotel Nacional Special

January 2016

* Winter Daiquiri

* Pineapple Express

Guyanese Zombie featuring Hamilton 86 and 151 rum from Guyana

Guyanese Zombie featuring Hamilton 86 and 151 rum from Guyana

December 2015

* Demerara Flip

November 2015

* Three Dots and a Dash

* Unisphere

* Devil’s Island Daiquiri

* Hapa Holidaze

October 2015

* Guyanese Zombie

* Pampanito

Planter's Punch featuring Coruba Original dark Jamaican rum

Planter’s Punch featuring Coruba Original dark Jamaican rum

September 2015

* Planter’s Punch

* Moonkist Coconut

August 2015

* Escape Pod

* Blue Ricardo

* Allspicy Daiquiri

July 2015

* Merchant’s Mai Tai

* The Morning After

1862 Rhum Punch

1862 Rhum Punch

June 2015

* Tahitian

* 1862 Rhum Punch

* Demerara 80 Swizzle

May 2015

* Vicious Virgin #2 and #3

* Molokai Mike

* Piña Colada

* Henry & John

Captain's Blood featuring Smith & Cross Traditional Jamaica Rum

Captain’s Blood featuring Smith & Cross

April 2015

* Pieces of Eight

* Tutu Rum Punch

* Painkiller

* Plantation Mai Tai

March 2015

* Rebel With a Cause

* Red Tide

* The Monaco

* El Dorado Mai Tai

* Captain’s Blood

Lost Lake featuring Appleton V/X rum

Lost Lake featuring Appleton V/X rum.

February 2015

* Jungle Bird

* Restless Native

* Shark’s Tooth

* Zacapa Hurricane

January 2015

* Daiquiri (classic)

* La Floridita Daiquiri

* Lost Lake

2 Responses to Events Calendar: The Tiki Times

  1. Aloha… In your calendar I didn’t see the Original Tiki market Place listed? Our next event is this Saturday September 8th and also happens to be the 54th Tiki Market Place since we started in January of 2012.

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