Craving a tropical getaway? Even in San Diego, with all of our palm trees, we need to add a little extra tropics and glam now and again — with a dash of mid-century modern thrown in — and the best way to do that is this year’s Tiki Oasis, the largest Tiki event in the world. This year, Tiki Oasis returns to the glorious, and retro, Town and Country Resort in Mission Valley, where you will be able to enjoy five nights and four days of live music, pool lounging, fashion shows (pack your caftan!), swanky suites, sunset dinners, disc jockeys, art exhibits, educational seminars, bustling Tiki Marketplace, and tropical cocktails curated by top mixologists and much more.
Full 5-day passes are available in advance at TikiOasis.com starting at $165, or at the door for $185. The seminars are also available for purchase on Eventbrite. Some are even free! And you do not need a weekend pass to attend a seminar!
Just need a little tiki in your life? The curated Tiki Oasis Art Show is open to the public from Thursday through Sunday, 10am-4pm. See the artist list here. The amazing Marketplace, with over 150 vendors, is a sight to behold and will also be open to all on Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
What? TIKI OASIS – Trip to the Tropics – www.tikioasis.com
When? August 3 – 7, 2022
Where? Town and Country Resort, 500 Hotel Circle North, San Diego, California
More About Tiki Oasis
This year, Tiki Oasis celebrates the Caribbean Islands and their influence on Tiki subculture with Tiki Oasis: A Trip to the Tropics. When we think of Tiki subculture, we think of Polynesia, but the influence of the Caribbean — from its tropical flavors, rum, dance, and Mid-Century upbeat music — has also shaped the Polynesian Pop scene we know today. This year’s theme will be explored through educational seminars, literature, movies, and entertainment from live bands, dancers, and disc jockeys.
Tiki Oasis will explore the flavors of the Caribbean islands with seminars, tastings, and cocktail sampling. Agriculture from the Bahamas to Trinidad includes sugarcane, bananas, coffee, tobacco, citrus, and cacao. These flavors influenced the creation of classic tropical cocktails such as the Puerto Rican Piña Colada, Panama’s Bird of Paradise Fizz, and the Jamaican Planter’s Punch, all of which influenced what we now call “Tiki Drinks.”
Tiki Oasis will also celebrate the music and dance of the region. The original Afro-Caribbean music of Trinidad known as Calypso is authentic island music and was an early influence on Jamaican Rocksteady, Ska, and early Reggae. The dance styles are often described as fluid, sensual, and rhythmic. Popular vibrant dances included the mambo, rumba, and merengue that borrow and riff from mixing African, European, and indigenous cultures.
Tiki Oasis is being held at Town and Country Resort. Family-owned since it was built as a 40-room roadside lodge in 1953, Town and Country, Mission Valley’s first hotel, underwent major expansions in 1968 and 1969. In honor of Town and Country’s history and mid-century roots, the hotel completed a $70 million dollar renovation in 2020 and has been re-imagined into a modern retreat unlike any other hotel in San Diego!
Bovver Street Scorchas, Hale’iwa Island Trio, IXTAHUELE, Jackie Mendez band, Los Pakalolos, Martini Kings, Messer Chups, Par Avion, Surfer Joe, The Aggrolites, The Amalgamated with guest Sugar Brown, The Bomboras, The Capsouls with guest Tony Greene, The Go-Go Gorillas, The Intoxicats, The Surfrajettes, The Volcanics, The Wyld Gooms, Thea Triffid
After School Special, Astro 138, Bubblegum OD, CK Smart, DJ Nuria, Domenic Priore, Elizabeth Mix it Up, Eric Musick, Great Gallaspy, Junor Francis, Lee Joseph, Lucky Ritz Eric Reedy, Madame X, Mahalo Matt, Marv Mack, Mike & Anja Stax, Samoa Boy, Shangri-La, The Garage Volcano with DJ Dirt Chylde, Tony Sanchez, Trojan Lounge, Tropicana Joe, Zombierella
Learn more about Tiki oasis and their Core Values on their About Page.