Blast from the Past: 12th Annual Tiki Oasis

The annual tribute to Tiki culture heads to town August 16-19


If you notice more Hawaiian shirts and tropical cocktails than usual in San Diego this weekend, you’re not dreaming. You’re just in a temporary Tiki time warp.

The 12th Annual Tiki Oasis, a celebration of retro Polynesian culture and all things Tiki, is heading to San Diego August 16-19.

The summer event -- held at the Bali Hai Restaurant on Shelter Island Thursday and at The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Hotel Circle Friday, Saturday and Sunday – is a throwback to the 1950s and 1960s when exotica music, pin-up girls and Tiki parties ruled all.

The quirky four-day event features live music, DJs and art throughout the weekend, as well as performances by burlesque dancers.

The schedule also boasts music workshops, including a guitar lesson, a ukulele jam session and a demonstration on how to recreate pin-up style hair and makeup.

On Saturday, a car show will cruise into The Crowne Plaza Hotel parking lot from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. featuring classic cars and hot rods from the past. An art show at the Crowne Plaza’s Lahaina Room will also be open to the public throughout the weekend.

And, if that’s not enough, late-night attendees can enjoy dance party from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. Friday and Saturday. On Saturday, the dance party will be emceed by a sizzling, fire-eating performer known as “Marina the Fire Eating Mermaid.”

What more could a Tiki-lover want?

Tickets to Tiki Oasis cost $70-$85 for the basic weekend pass. There are also VIP packages available. For more information, visit the event website.

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