Check out our calendar for all the major events across the world of Tiki culture.
Social media: Follow our Facebook page for news updates | Pinterest 2018 EVENTS CALENDAR Updated April 14, 2018 April 14 – . Chicago Rum Festival April 19-22 – rockabilly weekend. Viva Las Vegas [Atomic Grog coverage] May 17-20 – in Palm Springs, Calif. Tiki Caliente [Atomic Grog coverage] June 2 – Rum Festival Amsterdam. May 28-31 – in Madrid, Spain. International Rum Conference June 6-10 – in Fort Lauderdale. The Hukilau [Atomic Grog coverage] Latest news: The Hukilau 2018 tickets on sale now: More bands, more bars, more Tiki! The Hukilau 2018 symposiums to include Disney imagineer, Tiki on TV June 9-10 – in Fort Lauderdale. Rum Renaissance Festival [Atomic Grog coverage] Latest news: Rum Renaissance Festival moves next door to The Hukilau, creating ultimate rum and Tiki weekend June 21-24 – in Livorno, Italy. Surfer Joe Summer Festival [Atomic Grog coverage] June 28-July 1 – at The Tiki Resort, Lake George, N.Y. Ohana: Luau At The Lake [Atomic Grog coverage] July 13-15 – in Portland, Ore. Tiki Kon [Atomic Grog coverage] July 17-22 – in New Orleans, La. Tales of the Cocktail [Atomic Grog coverage] Aug. 3-5 – in Torrance, Calif. Surf Guitar 101 Convention [Atomic Grog coverage] Aug. 8-12 – in San Diego, Calif. Tiki Oasis [Atomic Grog coverage] Aug. 18 – on the New Jersey shore. Asbury Park Surf Music Festival [Atomic Grog coverage] Sept. 6-9 – in Las Vegas. Huka Pele Tiki Weekender Sept. 8 – in San Francisco. California Rum Festival Sept. 15 – in Indianapolis, Ind. Makahiki: A Night of Tiki Sept 29 – in New York City. New York Rum Festival Sept. 30 – Tiki Day at Disneyland. Oct. 13-14 – in Berlin. German Rum Festival Oct. 18-21 – Barbados Food and Rum Festival. Oct. 20-21 – in London. UK RumFest [Atomic Grog coverage] Nov. 19-30 – departing from Fort Lauderdale. Rum Renaissance Caribbean Cruise NOTE: Due to time constraints, the 2018 calendar will be limited and include only major, special events. It’s a good thing that the Tiki scene has become so robust, it’s nearly impossible to follow every event in every town. We urge you to continue to support your local Tiki events and establishments, and we’ll continue to cover the highlights while focusing more intensely on South Florida, The Mai-Kai and The Hukilau. Okole maluna! 2018 PAST EVENTS Feb. 15-25 – in Palm Springs, Calif. Modernism Week Feb. 23 – at the South Beach Wine & Food Festival in Miami Beach. Taste of Aloha and Art of Tiki Cocktail Showdown [Atomic Grog coverage] Feb. 24 – Inuhele: Atlanta Tiki Homebar Tour. Feb. 24-25 – in Oakland Park, Fla. Polynesian Cultural Festival March 4 – at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Adventureland Day March 31 – in Houston. Bamboo on The Bayou’s Bamboo Bash April 7 – at the Magic Kingdom in Disney World. Magical Tiki Meet Up April 7-8 – . Rhum Fest Paris 2019 EVENTS CALENDAR Feb. 14-24 – in Palm Springs, Calif. Modernism Week [Atomic Grog coverage] Make our calendar better Feel free to share events via email or Facebook message (special events only, no regular band gigs or general bar promotions). 2017 EVENTS ARCHIVE
In 2017, we listed many of the major Tiki events across the country, featuring photos and social media coverage. Check back to see the highlights of an action-packed year.
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 2015 NEWS ARCHIVE
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 Legends lost, but revival becomes renaissance with new bars, music, art and more REGULAR FEATURES 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 *************************************** ARTIST May 2016 * Mark Ryden April 2016 * Paul Roe * Clee Sobieski
March 2016 * Von Franco * Milan Guanko February 2016 * Michelle Bickford * Tom Fowner January 2016 * Robert Williams * Sam Gambino
Big Toe, aka Tom Laura
December 2015 * Edgar Leeteg November 2015 * Big Toe (Tom Laura) * Scott “Flounder” Scheidly * Munktiki October 2015 * Gecko * Pooch
September 2015 * Wayne Coombs * Eekum Bookum August 2015 * Christine Benjamin * The Pizz July 2015 * Ken Ruzic * PopTiki
June 2015 * Barney West * Squid * VanTiki May 2015 * Brad “Tiki Shark” Parker * Miss Fluff (Claudette Barjoud) * Mookie Sato * Bamboo Ben
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 *************************************** BAND/MUSIC May 2016 * “The Sound of Tiki” April 2016 * Voodoo Organist * Korla Pandit
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?
December 2015 * Ding Dong Devils November 2015 * The Disasternauts * Laramie Dean * The Ventures October 2015 * The Jimmy Psycho Experiment * Slip and the Spinouts
September 2015 * Cutback Surfband * 9th Wave August 2015 * Tikiyaki Orchestra * The Revomatics July 2015 * Davie Allan and the Arrows * Man or Astro-man?
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
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.
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 *************************************** BAR May 2016 * Tonga Hut (Palm Springs) April 2016 * Trader Vic’s (Emeryville, Calif.) * (Chicago) Don the Beachcomber
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 * (Miami Beach) The Rum Line * Fort Defiance (Brooklyn)
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)
September 2015 * Bootlegger Tiki (Palm Springs, Calif.) * (Fort Lauderdale) Kreepy Tiki Lounge 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
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)
April 2015 * Kon Tiki (Tucson) * Lost Lake (Chicago) * The Broken Shaker (Miami Beach) * (Oakland) Longitude March 2015 * (Miami Beach) The Castaways * Smuggler’s Cove (San Francisco) * Tambu Lounge (Disney’s Polynesian Village Resort) * Three Dots and a Dash (Chicago) * Tonga Room (San Francisco)
February 2015 * Aku Aku (Orlando) * (New York City) Trader Vic’s * Frankie’s Tiki Room (Las Vegas) * Hale Pele (Portland) January 2015 * Latitude 29 (New Orleans) * (Columbus, Ohio) The Kahiki * Hala Kahiki (Chicago) *************************************** WEBSITE May 2016 * Modern Tiki Lounge April 2016 * The Rum Trader * Mai-Kai: History & Mystery
March 2016 * RumJourney.com * Rum Minute February 2016 * Ooga-Mooga * Surf Guitar 101 January 2016 * Imbibe magazine * Poly Hai
December 2015 * Cocktail Wonk November 2015 * Tales of the Cocktail * Vintage Roadside * Professor Cocktail October 2015 * Rated R Cocktails * Shag the Store
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
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
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
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 *************************************** RUM May 2016 * Santeria April 2016 * Clément V.S.O.P. * Ron Diplomático Reserva
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
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
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
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 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.
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) *************************************** COCKTAIL May 2016 * Koko Kahuna April 2016 * Broken Storm * La Guildive
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
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
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
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
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.
February 2015 * Jungle Bird * Restless Native * Shark’s Tooth * Zacapa Hurricane January 2015 * Daiquiri (classic) * La Floridita Daiquiri * Lost Lake