Hempfest is kinda like Disneyland for stoners. The “Protestival” spans three days, during which weed-lovers are given ample opportunity to shop, educate themselves, party, and connect with thousands of other cannabis fans. If you have never attended Hempfest during its 25-year run, I strongly recommend you do. There really isn’t anything else like it in the world, and it’s free! Here are a few tips for getting the most out of our annual ganja gala.
Do not drive. Obviously, don’t drive under the influence, but moreover, just don’t drive here. It’s just a huge hassle. Seriously, more than a dozen bus lines come within three blocks of the three waterfront parks where the festival takes place. Take advantage of the public-transit system we’re spending so much money on.
Bring a bag. Pack it with a bottle of water, a hat, sunscreen, and a handful of lighters. I’m also a fan of having a nice cooling spray with a mix of peppermint, sage, and sandalwood—a refreshing and earthy mix to counter the sun and sweat. Do not bring glass or ceramic bottles or jars of any kind. This goes for nug jars and water bottles.
Be prepared. It’s a pain in the ass to have to stop in the middle of 10,000 jostling people to roll a joint or change the battery in your vape pen. Plus it is a proven fact that anyone who busts out a tin full of prerolled joints looks like a badass. So clean out your pipes, pregrind your flowers, or twist up a few for the adventure.
Pace yourself. You could potentially be rockin’ out in the heat all day and into the evening. Make sure to eat some real food to ground yourself. Drink lots of water. If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed or you’ve just straight-up gotten too damn high, give yourself a time-out. Go hang out by the water, under a tree, or in one of the many “chill” zones throughout the Fest.
Lastly, bring cash. Support local artists who are creating beautiful glass pieces or amazing hemp clothing, but most important, support Hempfest. Many of the cannabis rights we have today were born directly out the activism of this longstanding festival. They’ve been throwing a free party for all of us stoners for 25 years. Let’s show ’em some love.