Seattle HEMPFEST / August 19 to 21 / Entereance on 3rd Ave. between Harrison St. & W Thomas St. / Free (Donations Appreciated)
Seattle HEMPFEST, the premier flagship event of the global cannabis culture, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Hempfest’s crown jewels of achievement include its designation as the largest annual cannabis policy reform event in the world. That could change with a single event. What is less likely to change is the fact that the Seattle HEMPFEST is the most sophisticated and socially responsible cannabis rally in history, and perhaps the largest annual free speech event in the nation. Seattle HEMPFEST protestival is held the third weekend in August each year. It’s open to the public on Friday from 12 Noon to 8 pm, and on Saturday and Sunday from 10 am to 8 pm.
The Seattle HEMPFEST protestival started out as a humble little gathering of stoners and has grown into one of the most sophisticated cannabis policy reform events in the world. Originally billed in 1991 as the “Washington Hemp Expo”, the first Hempfest started in Volunteer Park where it would stay for three years. With a meager attendance of only 500 people, and a staff that consisted of 20 members of the Seattle Peace Heathens Community Action Group, there was no way to know that we were sowing the seeds that would someday make Pacific Northwest history.