As cannabis legalization steps into the limelight nationwide, cannabis-focused festivals have increased in popularity at home and abroad. What is the mission and purpose of a cannabis festival, you ask? To celebrate the legitimization of cannabis as a community, of course. If you want to check out one of these festivals soon, here’s our list of the best cannabis festivals and events from around the world.
This free, Denver-based festival, formerly known as the 420 rally, is held in Civic Center Park on April 20th (of course). Mile High 420 Festival has evolved over the last few years into a blockbuster event with gourmet food trucks, yoga, stand-up comedians, and an enviable lineup. This past 420 event featured: Lil Wayne, Lil Jon (DJ Set), The Original Wailers, Inner Circle, Whitewater Ramble, Taylor Alexander, Pink Hawks, and Deca, to name a few. If you’re around town in April, don’t miss it!
The Seattle Hempfest is held in Myrtle Edwards Park in Seattle, Washington. It is considered to be one of the largest and longest-running cannabis events in the world. Unlike other cannabis events, Hempfest is foremost a political rally, and one of the main reasons why the state of Washington was able to legalize cannabis before any other state. The event will have 5 stages, a multitude of guest speakers, live music, arts, crafts, vendors, and gourmet food.
Cannafest is an international trade show for cannabis tech and horticulture, held in Prague at the Expo Prague-Letnany. In its 9th year of operation, Cannafest is the largest cannabis trade show in the world. Exhibit visitors can learn about the latest in cannabis innovations, fertilization techniques, smoking accessories, popular hemp products, and more.
If you’re looking for an epic rally and celebration, look no further than Ann Arbor’s Hash Bash! The event is held on the first Sunday of April on the Diag in University of Michigan since its inception in 1972. Hash Bash is a gathering of activists, artists, politicians, celebrities, and cannabis culture enthusiasts. This year’s event was particularly critical, as Michigan residents will have the opportunity to vote to legalize recreational marijuana in November.
Another international event, Hanfparade is a pro-cannabis march in Germany held annually in the month of August. The goal for the march is to galvanize and gather support for the legalization of cannabis. This year’s march theme is “education instead of prohibition”, and the event aims to push cannabis as more than just a recreational drug, but as medicine and a sustainable material.
Cannabis Liberation Day is an event held in Flevopark Amsterdam every June. The event is free, and celebrates cannabis culture and education. The festival’s mission calls for tolerance and widespread use of cannabis as a medicine and as a resource. Cannabis Liberation Day will have live music, a hemp market, and speaking panels with some of the brightest minds in the pro-cannabis world.
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