Hempfest is the world’s largest annual cannabis policy reform and free speech event. It is a one and a half mile long cannabis rally with around 118 crews staffed with one thousand volunteers. The history of Hempfest dates back to 1991 when a group of friends (who called themselves the Seattle Peace Heathens Community Action Group) invited people to have a discussion about cannabis and its legalization.
In its first year, 500 people attended the festival, and it gradually gained popularity and transformed it into a three-day annual cannabis rally. Named initially as Washington Hemp Expo, it took the present name (Hempfest) the following year, i.e., 1992.
Starting with the basics:
Myrtle Edwards Park, Seattle, Washington
- Friday, August 17th – 19th (noon-08:00 pm)
- Saturday, August 18 (10:00 am to 08:00 pm)
- Sunday, August 19 (10:00 am to 08:00 pm)
- Friday, August 17- Partly Cloudy (24°13°)
- Saturday, August 18- Mostly Sunny (25°14°)
- Sunday, August 19- Sunny (26°16°)
(Weather conditions may vary)
What’s Special in the 2018 Hempfest Seattle Festival
This year, organizers have taken good care of safety and convenience for visitors. Here are some new facilities to watch out for:
Locker rentals are on top of the added features this year. The 11” wide, 13 ½” high, and 18” deep lockers will provide you enough space to store your valuable things, thus freeing up your hands to have more fun during the event. With your locker, you will get unlimited charging facility; thus you can charge your phone as many times during the festival. Locker rental details:
- One day locker rent (any day) – $15
- Three-day locker rent – $40
No wait entrance:
The new no wait entrance will be at the West Thomas Street Pedestrian and Bicycle Overpass, which will be accessible at 3rd Ave W and W Harris Streets. It will help you save a lot of time, and you can reach the Main Stage, by going across Elliot and Western Avenues.
More than 100 prominent speakers with a common motive of—educating people about MARIJUANA, the MOST MISUNDERSTOOD SUBSTANCE ON THE EARTH, and cannabis legalization.
Aaron Pelley, founder of Cultiva Law:
He is going to speak about the federal process and cannabis legalization. Over the last decade, he has been actively involved in the cannabis law.
Nick Mosley, scientific director at Confidence Analytics, Redmond:
This lab was amongst the first to start testing on cannabis. He will provide information about cannabinoids and terpenes.
She is a federally approved smoker who regularly speaks about cannabis laws. In 1988, she was arrested for cannabis cultivation, and she petitioned the NIDA, demanding to be included in IND program. She got approved and is receiving 300 joints since then. She also became the High Times 1992 Freedom Fighter of the year.
To get the complete list of speakers, click here.
The Seattle HEMPFEST®VIP Party
There is an exclusive night for the VIP members after the festival day closes (August 17, 2018, from 08:00 pm to 11.59 pm). Members can have fun, and there will be a chocolate fountain, music, baked potato bar and the usual Hempfest merriment. The year-round VIP membership fee is $200. The members will get the following benefits:
- Cut the line with three friends—no waiting
- Free events year round
- Friday night VIP party
- Backstage access to the Main Stage
- Hemp VIP member’s shirt
At the event, HempFest officials and attorneys will help visitors determine whether their cannabis convictions quality for expungement. They will provide expert advice to people on whether they qualify or not.
If you want to receive such help, you are requested to get your criminal records before the meeting, and you can obtain these at https://fortress.wa.gov/wsp/watch/
Attractions at the 27th Hempfest
At the 27th annual Hempfest, full attention has been paid towards the entertainment of the audience.
The event will feature 80 musical acts by renowned artists including Keith Murray, Dama Dilla, Rocky Kramer, Danny Boy, and The Climax Blues Band. Sacred Water Canoe Family will perform the opening and closing ceremony.
Who’s vending at Hempfest Seattle 2018?
420 Carpenter a recipient of The 2017 Olympian Best of South Sound – Best Recreational Marijuana store award. It is aimed at cultivating strong relationships in the cannabis community through education and exceptional services & products.
Operating since 1995, Cannabis Basics provides cannabis topicals. They use organic ingredients, essential oils and natural preservatives.
A New York-based corporation, which is founded by Michael O’Malley. It provides fine rolling papers and has stores in various US states.
A provider of vaporizers, dipper and replacement atomizers, attachments and other accessories.
Click here for more information about vendor directory.
Getting ready for 2018 Hempfest
Preparing for Hempfest 2018?
You should carefully pack all the things required to have ultimate fun at the festival.
If you are coming for the first time, you should increase your knowledge about marijuana laws in Washington, how to get there, and what are the rules and instructions for attendees.
Camping is not allowed in vehicles, parking lots, and streets. However, you can camp on the below-given campgrounds:
- KOA Seattle Tacoma Campground
- Snoqualmie River Campground
- Vasa Park Resort and Ballroom
- Yurt Village at Kayak Point
You can visit their official site, and book your accommodation online. There are many options to reach Myrtle Edwards Park, but it is recommended to go by bike because the roads will be busy, and parking will be limited there. Get more details about the best routes here.
- No pet policy—however service animals are allowed under the Washington Law Against Discrimination and the Americans with Disabilities Act
- No alcohol and narcotics
- No weapons
- Unauthorized vending is not permitted in the park
- No propane torches
- Drones are prohibited
Hempfest Seattle is a not only a festival that ends in three days, but a great platform for cannabis lovers to meet with the like-minded people.
The 26 year long history and participation of thousands of attendees from different corners of the world shows how rich the community of cannabis lovers is.
Hempfest is for all—people who want to share their ideas and thoughts or increase knowledge on cannabis consumption and cultivation—or those who need expert advice on 420 evaluations or medical marijuana card online.