Tropical was founded in 1998 by Ben Annand with a vision to improve the image of electronic music events by creating a high-quality production for participants that also raised money and awareness for the less-fortunate. There have been over 60 Tropical events in Southern California since that time, over which time the nonprofit party has raised over $23,000 for charitable causes.
Tropical started in a warehouse on October 9, 1998, and moved around to different warehouses in its first 5 years. In 2004 things got experimental with the first-ever Tropical Boat Party, and other formats were later added including Tropical Campout (2007), Tropical Beach Party (2009), and Tropical Oasis Retreat (2011).
In 2017 Tropical is at its strongest point. Back on the water annually since 2015, last year’s Tropical Boat Party smashed the party’s record donation with a whopping $5,233 donated on just the one event. The annual Tropical Oasis Retreat is the highlight of the year for many participants who find the relaxed weekend of music, pool fun, and dancing just what they need.