I love Hempfest. I’ve been attending for the last 7 or 8 years, and each year I’m amazed by the cannabis community and how one plant can bring so many diverse groups of people together. People from all wakes of life flock to Myrtle Edwards Park located on Seattle’s beautiful waterfront for one weekend in August to celebrate our beloved plant. The Seattle Hempfest is the world’s largest protestival (protest + festival) dedicated to cannabis.
The police are there, but not to harass people about smoking–I’ve even seen them hand out bags of chips to people. It truly is a positive place where we are free to consume cannabis; This is the one time a year where it is acceptable to smoke in a public park.
The festival itself goes on for what feels like miles. There are two main pathways with vendor tents lined up with bongs, accessories, hemp apparel, the list goes on. There are food stalls for when the munchies kick in, and plenty of porta potties, and multiple stages for live music, speakers, and entertainment. Legally, you won’t find any weed for sale here, you must bring your own if you wish to smoke it.
If you haven’t yet had a chance to visit Seattle, Hempfest in August is the best time to visit. The weather is perfect this time of year, and the weed is dank. See you in 2019!