Ever since the 70’s, cannabis rallies, festivals and parties have been around as a way to celebrate, educate, and protest for laws around the world. Typically set to happen around April 20th each year, 420 friendly events provide one day of freedom and fun with like-minded cannabis enthusiasts.
If you want to attend a cannabis event, but aren’t quite sure where to start, you’ve arrived at the right place. We’ve got you covered with the 10 best 420 events 2021.
1. 420 Hemp Fest
To start the list of 420 events 2021 off is the 420 Hemp Fest. Which offers three wonderful days of 420 friendly cannabis events. Partaking on an annual basis, over 15 countries, 200 exhibitors and 10,000 sq. feet of fun is included in the Hemp Fest experience.
The festival’s spotlight event, the Cannabis Light Cup competition, is open for growers and producers to show off their skills and passions and share industry knowledge with one another.
Date & Venue: 17 April 2021 at East End Studios, Milan, Italy
2. Hash Bash
In a direct response to the famous case that landed marijuana activist John Sinclair a 10-year prison sentence for carrying two joints – the very first Hash Bash was held in 1972. Today, Hash Bash has much more to celebrate.
Today, the Hash Bash is backed up by medical marijuana victories, reduced police involvement, greatness in numbers and solid support from famous activists and celebrities.
The year 2021 also marks the sixth year of the Hash Bash Cup: a cannabis growers’ competition.
Date & Venue: 3 April, 2021 at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
3. National Cannabis Festival
With amazing views of the Anacostia River, this festival is held on the green grass of the RFK Festival Grounds in the heart of Washington. In its 7th consecutive year, there is lots to look forward to. Indulge in a massive exhibitor fair with demos, swag, and gear.
Then there’s CannaTalk, that gives you a chance to pitch your own cannabis business idea such as weed weddings. Get to enjoy the mouth-watering munchies zone, live speaking sessions, and live music all day and night.
Date & Venue: April 17, 2021 at RFK Festival Grounds, Washington, DC, USA
4. 420 Toronto
The Toronto 420 Festival is an annual event with free access, with an inspiration panel of speakers, bands, performers, and comedians that aim to entertain.
In addition to showing off local talent and entertainment, this fest actions democratic principles cherished by many Torontonians – in support of Toronto’s pro-cannabis culture.
Date & Venue: April 20, 2021 at Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada
5. 420 Vancouver
Next on our list of best 420 events 2021 is 420 Vancouver, which is a favorite among many. The 420 Smoke Out is Vancouver’s most renowned 420 friendly event.
It started to celebrate the city’s cannabis culture since 1995, and has since grown from a small gathering to over 100,000 expected attendees at Sunset Beach this year. Look forward to live music, speakers and a giant cannabis farmers market.
Date & Venue: April 20, 2021 at Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada
6. Emerald Cup
The Emerald Cup is known as Northern California’s ultimate 420 event. Hailing as the largest organic and sun-grown cannabis competition in the world, the Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together experts and educators in the cannabis field to fellow farmers and patients.
Be sure to attend this 420-friendly festival for your share of crazy cool music, speakers, talks, sessions, live podcast recordings, and last but not least, the ultimate cannabis contest.
Date & Venue: TBD at Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California, USA
7. High Times Cannabis Cup
This one isn’t for amateurs – that’s for sure. The High Times Cannabis Cup is stapled as the world’s single largest cannabis experience and 420 friendly event, including a competition.
What started in Amsterdam in 1987 is now a world-wide spectacular event, with judges and constituents traveling the world over to attend.
High Times likes to intermingle with Vegas’ famous 24-hour drive-through, NuWu Cannabis, and may allow ticket holders to attend smoke sessions with professional athletes and celebs like Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson!
Beyond that, dig into delicious food trucks, and more.
Date & Venue: TBD
8. The Cannabis Expo
The Cannabis Expo is a global 420 friendly marketplace for education, innovation, products and businesses serving the cannabis industry in Pretoria, South Africa.
The 420 expo is open to all, with industry talks, a giant expo hall, and a signature Cannaberry Vape Lounge. Attendees can sit back, relax, and do a little product testing in a chill space.
Date & Venue: 11-14 November 2021, Cape Town, South Africa
9. Seattle Hempfest
Celebrating its 29th year, Hempfest Seattle is a free political rally and demonstration around the criminalization and imprisonment of folks who use cannabis.
While “freedom first and the cannabis plant second” is their motto, attendees can still expect exhibits, displays, and panel discussions at the Hemposium and live music that varies year to year.
Date & Venue: Myrtle Edwards & Centennial Parks, Seattle, Washington, USA
10. 45th Great Midwest Marijuana Festival
In concluding the 10 best 420 events 2021; this list wouldn’t be complete without mention of the Great Midwest Marijuana Festival.
This is the longest-running cannabis festival in the United States – according to our records! Culminating with a march up State Street to the Capitol, there’s a great lineup of music, speakers, and events to be enjoyed at this annual marijuana fest.
Date & Venue: TBD at Library Mall at the end of State Street in Madison