Laughing Squid Paradise Lost Special Update

Flora Grubb Gardens & Ritual Coffee

Laughing Squid: Paradise Lost, our special tropical, tiki, jungle themed summer event, takes place this Saturday, July 28th from 6pm to 12 midnight at Flora Grubb Gardens in San Francisco.

Things are really starting to shape up for the event. Here are some of the details:


This is not your typical event venue. Paradise Lost takes place at the beautiful new Flora Grubb Gardens, which is also home to the new Ritual Coffee Roasters (their second location). Here are some photos I shot of the location right after they opened for business.


DJ Otto von Stroheim of Tiki News will kick things off starting at 6pm (this is an earlier event). Then we have the amazing theremin lounge band Project:Pimento followed by Chicken John and Hal Robins, who are going to take us on a safari adventure. Zero Boy is in town from New York and will do a special performance and then Jarico Reese will wind out the night with his Dead Man’s Records Show.

Art & Installations

In the gardens and surrounding area we will have Cyclecide Bike Rodeo with their glorious Ferris Wheel and the fire feather sculptures by the Flaming Lotus Girls [canceled by the City of San Francisco and SFPD]. Jon Sarriugarte is bringing his SS Alpha Fox and Fire Gardens [canceled by the City of San Francisco and SFPD] and the legendary Neverwas Runabout will be on the scene. You’ll also be able to get your photo taken in the Photoboof and check out the Art Cars. On The Fly Films will be providing wonderful visuals throughout the night and of course, what Laughing Squid event would be complete without the infamous Doggie Diner Dog Heads.

Black Rock Arts Foundation Bar & Fundraiser

Black Rock Arts Foundation (BRAF) will be running the bars. This event is also a fundraiser for their organization which helps to support and promote community-based interactive art around the country. In addition to the main BRAF bar, there will be a special pirate bar as well. Due to permit restrictions, this event is 21 and over.


Tickets are $10 and only available at the door. It is possible that this event will sell out, so show up early.


The theme is tropical, tiki, jungle, safari, pirate, nautical etc. and you are encouraged to dress accordingly if you so desire.


Hugh D’Andrade created an amazing poster that we will be giving out at the event.

T-Shirts, Stickers & Buttons

Noonaco! will be selling our Laughing Squid t-shirts at the event, as well as giving away our stickers and buttons.


Parking is on the street and it is unsecured. The best areas to park are on Innes Street and Jerrold Street near the event. Do not leave anything in your vehicle. The neighborhood can be a bit tricky at night. Here’s a map of the area.

Public Transportation

Flora Grub Gardens is accessible via the new T-Third light rail.

No Dogs Allowed

Please do not bring any dogs or other animals to the event.

Social Media

Here’s the event on Upcoming and Facebook. Feel free to tag your photos and video “Laughing Squid” and “Paradise Lost”. Lifecasting and event streaming is encouraged.

photo credit: Scott Beale
Scott Beale
Scott Beale

Scott Beale is the founder of Laughing Squid and is based in New York City. When not running the blog, Scott can be found posting on Threads and sharing photos on Instagram.