The Seattle Hempfest is one of the biggest cannabis events in the world and it’s coming up fast on August 18th, 19th, and 20th. Now in its 26th year, the ‘protestival’ is expected to draw a crowd of 100,000 over three days.
Featuring four stages filled with music and both kinds of speakers, the Seattle Hempfest also includes hundreds of food, arts and crafts vendors. Even better- no entry fee.
It’s worth noting that although cannabis has been legal in Washington since 2012, it’s still illegal to sell it and smoke it in parks, so we recommend legally grabbing beforehand if you plan on indulging. Also, expect to see police there but don’t worry, they’re not there to bust you for smoking weed in Myrtle Edwards Park. As long as there’s no weapons, pets, alcohol, driving under the influence, or genital nudity (among other rules), it’s all good. Please just enjoy your joints responsibly.
Speaking of responsibility, it’s the social kind that’s always been the driving force behind Seattle Hempfest, and throughout its three decade history, it has helped spark political change at both the state and federal levels. Despite that, it’s still illegal in many parts of the U.S., making their mission far from complete.