We love everything tiki at Supercall. And while we have plenty of expert recipes for mixing tropical libations at home, there’s something special about joining fellow tiki fanatics for a weekend of rum and swizzle sticks. If you’re as into the scene as we are, check out of these five tiki festivals across the United States.
May 17-20, 2018
Tiki Caliente is a small but mighty tiki fest, which takes place in gorgeous Palm Springs over a four day weekend. There are all kinds of events to enjoy, whether you want to catch a surf rock band, try your luck at the Zen Tiki Casino or simply sip an elaborately garnished tropical drink. There are even vendors present to gear-up guests with everything from tiki mugs to vintage aloha wear. While the main event is currently sold out, Tiki Caliente’s shopping area is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday, so you can get your fix even if you can’t participate in all the festivities.
June 6-10, 2018
This East Coast tiki fest is about to celebrate it’s 16th year, and the 2018 celebration sounds like it’s going to be the best ever. Think pool parties, cocktail classes, awesome bands and performances from dancers, fire breathers, and the like. Hukilau’s home base is the legendary Mai-Kai, which is one of the best tiki bars in America, but some of our other favorites like Tonga Hut and Death or Glory are also on the roster. You can buy an all-inclusive weekend pass, but single event tickets and day passes are also available.
July 13-15, 2018
Also in it’s 16th year, Tiki Kon brings together tropical drink fanatics from around the Pacific Northwest and the entire country for a weekend of Polynesian nostalgia. Attendees can expect exciting tiki activities like symposiums, cocktail classes, a fashion show, a luau-style banquet and the Tiki Kon home bar tour finale, which is the longest-running bar crawl of its kind. Expect big names like Hale Pele, Smuggler’s Cove and House Spirits Distillery, along with smaller brands and newcomers fresh on the scene. Passes and show tickets are currently sold out, but the website encourages you to keep an eye out for cancellations, which sometimes occur.
August 8-12, 2018
This year’s Tiki Oasis website has yet to launch an event schedule, but they’re dropping hints on their Instagram, and it looks like it’s going to be another fun-filled weekend. Attendees come out in full tropical gear, including plenty of matching couples, rockabilly hairdos and vintage swimwear galore. The Bali Hali Meet & Mingle and late night burlesque shows will also delight and entertain. Ticket sales will open April 29, so check back soon to snag your weekend pass.
While this southern California festival only spans two days in August, it’s open to the public and admission is free, so everyone can get into the tiki spirit. Satiate your cravings at the Taste of Aloha food court, or try your hand at tiki carving. There are even chances to get active with canoe rides and Tahitian Cardio if you want to get your sweat on. This year’s lineup has yet to be announced, but you can get a good idea of what’s to come if you check out the schedule from last year on the official website.