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The Largest Tiki Event in the World is Back in SD

Tiki Oasis returns August 2-6, bringing lovers of Island lifestyle and Polynesian Pop to Mission Valley
Photo Credit: Sonia Clerc
Tiki Oasis

Tiki Oasis

Photo Credit: Sonia Clerc

Hawaiian shirts, tropical plants, hand-carved Tiki gods, overly-sweet-and-super-colorful drinks, tiny umbrellas—things are about to get funky in Mission Valley. The world’s largest Tiki event is back in San Diego, transforming Town and Country Resort into a Polynesian paradise.

For more than two decades, the von Stroheim family has been bringing Tiki Oasis to the masses, making it their mission to concoct the ultimate Tiki celebration. This year’s event takes place August 2-6 and features four days of tropical cocktails, pool lounging, dancing, live music, dancing, sunset dinners, educational seminars and a marketplace with more than 150 artists, mixologists, art exhibits, and book signing opportunities.

Tiki Oasis

Tiki Oasis

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The art exhibit and Tiki marketplace are free and open to the public on Saturday and Sunday, however, weekend tickets are required to attend the Friday preview night. The marketplace will feature vendors showcasing everything from one-of-a-kind handmade mugs to bar mats.

Among some of the week’s highlights is the Enchanted Sea pop-up art show with 50 artists on display, running daily until Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A private opening will be held Wednesday night from 7 to 9 p.m.

This year’s seminars include: Our Own Paradise – the History of Black-Owned American Resorts; Beach Bohemians of the 20th Century – The History of Beachcomber Style; The Marriage of Tiki and Surfing – Unlocking the courtship through sport, music, and media; and the History of Swimwear; and more.

Tiki Oasis, San Diego

Tiki Oasis, San Diego

Photo Credit: Tim Hardy Photography

And of course, no Tiki festival is complete without some great jams. Closing out the weekend’s events will be Mediterranean psychedelic rock band Mohama Saz with a performance Sunday night in the Pacific Ballroom. Tickets are available for $45. Other artists rockin’ out at this year’s affair are The New Les Baxter Orchestra, The Tikiyaki Orchestra, and Tom Kenny and the Hi-Seas.

So pack your shades, plenty of sunscreen, and an appetite for all things fruity and soaked in rum—time to get weird.

By William Riddell

Will Riddell is an editorial intern at San Diego Magazine. He is currently studying multimedia journalism at Taylor University, and he is planning on graduating this fall. Will has served as both a staff writer and an editor at his school's newspaper, The Echo.

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