Seattle Hempfest: 2018 Schedule & Insider’s Guide

Seattle Hempfest: 2018 Schedule & Insider’s Guide

It wouldn’t be August in Seattle without Hempfest. The annual celebration of cannabis, legalization, and marijuana culture parks its fragrant, fun-loving self down on Seattle’s waterfront this weekend and lets rip with one of the greatest parties of the summer.

For those hitting this year’s event, we have the full schedule plus some pro tips to help make your visit the smoothest, coolest, and happiest day of the season.

Know Before You Go

When: Friday, Aug 17, 12 noon to 8 pm

Saturday, Aug 18, 10 am to 8 pm

Sunday, Aug 19, 10 am to 8 pm

Where: Hempfest sprawls over three parks—Centennial, Myrtle Edwards, and Olympic Sculpture Parks, which connect along the Seattle waterfront, about one mile north of the Great Wheel.

Cost: Free, but it’d be cool if you ponied up the suggested $10 donation.

Age limit: None

Weather forecast: Partly cloudy with a high of 77°F on Friday, full sun with highs in the upper 70s/low 80s on Saturday and Sunday.

Ticket required: None

Can I bring my own food & bev? Sure, but alcohol is not allowed in the parks. Pro tip: Bring water and a blanket. You’re going to want to stretch out.

Find the Dispensary Near You Right Now

Leafly Has Them All

What about, um, you know: Buy your cannabis before arriving. None will be sold onsite. This is an all-ages cannabis festival, not an onsite consumption event like the Cannabis Cup.

What dispensaries are near the event? You’ve got Have a Heart’s Belltown location; further south there’s Green Fire Cannabis; Dockside Sodo; Diego Pellicer; and Ganja Goddess. If you’re staying near Capitol Hill, check out Ruckus on East Republican. If you’re crashing in North Seattle, The Joint‘s University District dispensary is your go-to store. Find the one nearest you with Leafly’s Dispensary Finder.

Won’t they be crowded this weekend? Yes. May we, ahem, suggest using Leafly Pickup to place your order online. Budtenders will have your package ready when you arrive, and you’ll fly past all the customers waiting in line.

Any special Hempfest deals? Diego Pellicer has some amazing deals for Hempfest: 65% off Str8fire Kief, 40% off Viva Cannabis & Odo Concentrates, 25% off Journeyman 10mg cookies, and 67% (!) off Herb’s Oil Ounces. Supplies are limited, so get there early. Order via Leafly Pickup and the Diego staff will have it ready for you at a special express station.

Any strain recommendations?

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Of course. Our cannabis expert Dante Jordan suggests stocking up on Orange Cookies. “It’s going to provide a heavy-hitting high that also gives you a little boost of ‘I need to get outside’ energy,” he says. “It leaves you stoned for hours, so you can leave the house without worrying about when you’re going to smoke again. This is great for Hempfest since you have to get stoned before getting there, and you aren’t quite sure how long it’ll be until you leave.”

What if the crowd’s a little much for me? Our strain editor Bailey Rahn recommends something higher in CBD. “Hempfest can be a very overstimulating environment, especially for people who have never been or don’t smoke tons and tons of weed,” she says. Calm your head with high-CBD classics like ACDC or Harlequin, or look into a new high-CBD strain, CBD Lilly.

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Getting There

Best Entry Point: There are three entry points (north, central, and south). The easiest and best is central, via the West Thomas Street pedestrian overpass accessed at the intersection of 3rd Ave W and W Harris St in lower Queen Anne, four blocks west of Key Arena. More information on entry points here.

Where do I park the car? Don’t park on the street. Most spaces are limited to two hours, rates are expensive, and nobody wants to trek back to feed the meter. Find a cheap lot. The Mercer Street Garage, ($15/day), north of Key Arena, is always a good option. Park there and rideshare or bikeshare to the West Thomas Street overpass. Or enjoy a lovely stroll through Seattle Center.

Once You’re In

Stash your stuff: Hempfest offers on-site locker storage for $15 per day, which includes free all-day phone charging at the Phone Charging Valet station.

Cool to light up? Technically, no. It is legal for adults 21 and older to possess up to an ounce of cannabis in Washington State. It is not legal to consume in public, and Hempfest is definitely in public. But there’s also a tradition of respect and discretion at Hempfest. If you practice discretion, the local authorities will generally look the other way. Rule of thumb: Don’t be a scene-making jerk and ruin it for everyone.

If I can’t buy weed what can I buy? Hempfest is a great place to purchase a new glass bong or dab rig. Pro tip from Leafly’s Will Hyde: “Many vendors have special event pricing. Vendors are eager to make their first sale of the day, so try to barter with them and really capture that value, or wait to purchase until Sunday afternoon when vendors would much rather give you a discount than pack their items back out at the end of the event.”

I’m suddenly hungry. Go figure. Is there food onsite? Hell yeah. Hempfest’s Munchie Market has everything from Athena’s Greek gyros to Mar Y Tierra’s Mexican plates to the fryapalooza known as Poutine Your Mouth.

Anything offsite but nearby? Absolutely. South along the waterfront there’s Anthony’s on Pier 66 and Elliott’s Oyster House on Pier 56. In lower Queen Anne there’s Ozzie’s, Pagliacci, Racha Noodles, and Dick’s Drive-In (with air-conditioned indoor seating). There’s also a Safeway at 1st Ave W and Republican.

If you need to get away and chill for an hour: Head over the West Thomas Street overpass to Seattle Center. You can lounge near (or in) the International Fountain or grab some grub from more than a dozen options in the Armory. Pro tip from Leafly’s Bruce Barcott: “My favorite spot in Seattle Center–and maybe the entire city–is La Marzocco, the coffee house that’s located in the KEXP Gathering Space. Grab a sofa, enjoy some brew, and listen to the KEXP DJs create a soundtrack for your day.”

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Friday Schedule

Leafly’s Daily Pick: Get yourself a dose of righteous information and inspiration at the Share Parker Main Stage late this afternoon between 4:40 and 5:00.

Danica Noble

First up: Kevin Jodrey, owner of NorCal’s Wonderland Nursery and an internationally respected expert on cannabis seeds and growing. He’s followed by Seattle City Attorney Pete Holmes, who co-sponsored Washington’s Initiative 502 and is now working to expunge cannabis convictions in Seattle. Then comes Seattle attorney Danica Noble, director of NORML Women of Washington and a fierce warrior for cannabis rights.

Cup winner: Gelato

Strain of the Day: Gelato. “Straight-up fire,” says Leafly’s Dante Jordan. “It’ll give you a bit of an energy boost, but in a way that makes you want to go somewhere and just chill for a bit.” Order it through Leafly Pickup at Ruckus on Capitol Hill.

Share Parker Main Stage

Note: Later events are hidden for space reasons. Click “Show entries” or “Next” to see more. 

Time Speaker
12:00 Noon Festival Opens; Sacred Water Ceremony
12:35pm Seth Cunnigan
12:40pm Shawn DeNae
12:45pm Doug McVay
12:50pm Elvy Musikka
1:00pm Free the Jester
1:35pm Dr. Sunil Aggarwal
1:40pm Liz Blaz
1:45pm Farmer Tom Lauerman
1:50pm Sage Amdahl
2:00pm Girls Love Rockets
2:35pm Michael Krawitz
2:40pm Cat Jeter
2:45pm Leland Berger
2:50pm Jerry Whiting
3:00pm Suntonio Bandanez
3:35pm Derek Smith
3:40pm Jamie Shaw
3:45pm Nicolle Callier
3:50pm Announcements
4:00pm Tall Paul
4:40pm Kevin Jodry
4:45pm Pete Holmes
4:50pm Danica Noble
5:00pm Dharma Kings
5:35pm Danielle Rosellison
5:40pm Kristin Nevedal
5:45pm Beth Schechter
5:50pm Rachael Brower
6:00pm Wild Planes
6:35pm Alex Cooley
6:40pm Danielle Muggli
6:45pm Aaron Pelley
6:50pm Don E. Wirtshafter
7:00pm DJ Brooklyn

Ric Smith Hemposium Stage

Time Title Featuring
12:30pm Saving Children With Cannabis Meagan Holt
Sierra Riddle
Trey Brown
Cat Jeter
Jerry Whiting
1:35pm Sustainability: Responsible Cultivation Derek Smith
Juddy Rosellinson
Kristin Nevedal
Jeremy Moberg
2:25pm Consumers Rights: Today’s Legal Market, and Expunging the Past Dominic Corva
Bonnie Fong
Aaron Pelley
Mitzi Vaughn
Pete Holmes
3:15pm Genetics: Breeding Best Practices & How To Preserve Genetics Beth Schechter
Kevin Jodry
DJ Short

Seeley Black Stage

Time Performer
12:35 pm Martin Martinez
12:40 pm Magic Black
12:45 pm Carl Prothman
1:00 pm Tim-Me
1:35 pm Colt DeMorris
1:40 pm Kevin Jodrey
1:45 pm Robert Prentice
1:50 pm Dr. Jade Stefano
2:00 pm Cristos and Company
2:35 pm Patrick Seifert
2:40 pm Twenty22Many
3:00 pm The Boleys
3:35 pm Neil Lequia
3:40 pm Nick Mosely
3:45 pm Mac MacGregor
3:50 pm Shawn DeNae
4:00 pm Speak Easy
4:35 pm Wes Abney
4:40 pm Rashaan Everett
4:45 pm Joy Beckerman
4:50 pm George Martorano
5:00 pm Mendo Dope
5:35 pm Jeffrey Steinborn
5:40 pm Greta Carter
5:45 pm Chris Conrad
5:50 pm Mikki Norris
6:00 pm Simple Minded Symphony
6:35 pm Joelle Puccio
6:45 pm Omar Figueroa
6:50 pm Jared Allaway
7:00 pm Raincity Blue

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Saturday Schedule

Pick of the Day: DOPE Awards, Seeley Black Stage, 6 pm. The state’s top growers, processors, and retailers compete for the DOPE crown, awarded each year by DOPE Magazine. The best of the best will be named in more than 30 categories. Hang out and help the winners celebrate, and meet the makers of some of your favorite products. Remember: We’re all winners tonight.

To help you ride on.

Strain of the Day: Good old ACDC . It’s probably not your start-up strain for Saturday, but you’d be wise to pack some of this high-CBD, low-THC cannabis for yourself or a friend. When the sights, sounds, smells, and crowds become a little too much, ye olde AckerDacker will help mellow you out.

Share Parker Main Stage

Time Performer
12:00 Noon Christina Holmes
12:35 pm Boris Budd
12:40 pm Stacy Bloch
12:45 pm Amanda Mac
12:50 pm Dr. David Bearman
1:00 pm Jaded Mary
1:35 pm Yvonne Snyder
1:40 pm Sierra Riddle
1:45 pm John Conroy
1:50 pm Madeline Martinez
2:00 pm Deal
2:35 pm Kevin Oliver
2:40 pm Crystal Oliver
2:45 pm AC Braddock
2:50 pm Greta Carter
3:00 pm Ellen Bukstel
3:35 pm Omar Figueroa
3:40 pm Tiara Darnell
4:00 pm Danny Boy
4:40 pm Meagan Holt
4:45 pm Bonnie Fong
4:50 pm Wes Abney
5:00 pm Climax Blues Band
5:35 pm Nurse Heather Manus
5:40 pm Kyle Kushman
5:45 pm Chris Conrad
5:50 pm Mikki Norris
6:00 pm Harrison B
6:35 pm Patrick Seifert
6:40 pm Twenty22Many
7:00 pm Rocky Kramer

Ric Smith Hemposium Stage

Time Title Participants
10am Opening Set Stacy Bloch
Amanda Mac
Chris Conrad
Mikki Norris
10:15am NORML: Fighting for Consumer Rights Colt DeMorris
Madeline Martinez
John Conroy
Danica Noble
Kevin Oliver
Joy Beckerman
11:05am Activism in the Legal Age: We Still Need You Bailey Hirschburg
Amber Iris Langston
Mac McGregor
Danielle Muggli
Seth Cunnigan
11:55am Hemp Revolution Joy Beckerman
Pamela Bosch
David Seber
Patricia Steward
Don E. Wirtshafter
12:45pm How’s Business? The Local, National, and Global Cannabis Industry Crystal Oliver
Shanita Penny
Jamie Shaw
Neil Juneja
Greta Carter
1:35pm Cultivating Best Practices: From Home Grows to Commercial Acres Stinkbud
Kyle Kushman
Danny Danko
Tyson Haworth
Farmer Tom
2:25pm Military Veterans: The Fight for Access Ellen Brown
Patrick Seifert
Michael Krawitz
3:15pm Motivational Speaker Robert Prentice
4:00pm The Lightweight Champs The Lightweight Champs
5:00pm Space Coyote Space Coyote
6:00pm Boris Budd Boris Budd
7:00pm Tim-Me Tim-Me

Seeley Black Stage

Time Performer
11 am Tribal Voices
12:00 Noon Satin Sirens
12:35 pm Trey Brown
12:40 pm Karyemaitre Aliffe
12:45 pm Kari Boiter
12:50 pm Alex Cooley
1:00 pm The Requisite
1:35 pm Leah Maurer
1:40 pm Grandma Cat Jeter
1:45 pm Casey Houlihan
1:50 pm Brian Stone
2:00 pm Pause for the Cause
2:35 pm Douglas Hiatt
2:40 pm Shanita Penny
2:45 pm Ah Warner
2:50 pm Liz Blaz
3:00 pm Lacy Gibbet
3:35 pm Nurse Heather Manus
3:40 pm Sage Amdahl
3:45 pm Giana Lampreda
3:50 pm Ngaio Bealum
4:00 pm Kings of Cavalier
4:35 pm Derek Smith
4:40 pm Jerry Whiting
4:45 pm Ben Livingston
4:50 pm Allison Bigelow
5:00 pm Ghosts of the Pacific
5:35 pm Leland Berger
5:40 pm DJ Short
5:45 pm Cheryl Shuman
5:50 pm Tara Darnell
6:00 pm DOPE Awards

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Sunday Schedule

Leafly’s Pick of the Day: The Ric Smith Hemposium Stage, 10 am to 3 pm.

This stage really hits its stride on Sunday, with six back-to-back panel discussions packed with some of the best cannabis minds in the nation. Highlights: Ngaio Bealum will set your morning with a smile (10 am) and bring on a panel All About the Cannabinoid System (10:15 am), followed by a panel about Cannabis POWs (11 am). Then it’s Tackling Cannabias: Normalizing Cannabis in an Alcohol-Friendly Society (11:50 am); Topicals, Tinctures, Extractions & Infusions (12:40 pm) with two of our faves, AC Braddock and Ah Warner; Diversity Plans and Social Equity (1:30 pm), featuring the East Coast powerhouse Shanita Penny, president of the Minority Cannabis Business Association; and CBD: What’s the Buzz? (2:20 pm) anchored by Project CBD founder Martin Lee.

Strain of the Day: Go for the deep relax today with Purple Punch, a strain that offers a one-two punch to the head and body, initially landing between the eyes before settling down into the limbs. Its effects may help with managing nausea, stress, minor body aches, and sleeplessness.

Let’s Make a Deal

Pro Tip: Sunday afternoon is a great time to bargain-hunt for some nice glass pieces. Vendors would rather sell to you than pack them home.

Share Parker Main Stage

Time Performer
12 noon Zombie Jihad
12:35 pm Dr. Jake Felice
12:40 pm Courtney Moran
12:45 pm Patricia Steward
12:50 pm Ben Livingston
1:00 pm Tommy G
1:35 pm Joelle Puccio
1:40 pm Leah Maurer
1:45 pm Tyson Haworth
1:50 pm Martin Martinez
2:00 pm Paper Nova
2:35 pm Charlo Greene
2:40 pm Cheryl Shuman
2:45 pm Madeline Martinez
2:50 pm Douglas Hiatt
3:00 pm NOHC
3:35 pm Robert Prentice
3:40 pm Rashaan Everett
3:45 pm Joy Beckerman
4:00 pm Dame Dilla
4:40 pm Ah Warner
4:45 pm Diane Fornbacher
4:50 pm Shanita Penny
5:00 pm Fynnie’s Basement
5:35 pm Ngaio Bealum
5:40 pm Cyril Bouanna
5:45 pm Allison Bigelow
5:50 pm Kari Boiter
6:00 pm Withering Blooms
6:35 pm John Davis
6:40 pm Monte Levine
6:45 pm Sharon Whitson
6:50 pm George Martorano
7:00 pm Herbivores
7:45 pm Closing Ceremony

Ric Smith Hemposium Stage

Time Title Participants
10:00am Festival Opening Ngaio Bealum
Dominic Corva
10:15am The Endocannabinoid Systems: Maximizing the Benefits for Our Bodies Dr. Sunil Aggarwal
Dr. Karymaitre Aliffe
Dr. David Bearman
Dr. Jade Stefano
Dr. Jake Felice
11:00am Cannabis POWs Natalie DePriest
Kristin Flor
George Martorano
Kari Boiter
11:50am Tackling Cannabias: Normalizing Cannabis in an Alcohol Friendly Society Leah Maurer
Joelle Puccio
Diane Fornbacher
Tiara Darnell
12:40pm Topicals, Tinctures, Terpenes, Tokes and Tastes: Extractions and Infusions Ben Cassidy
AC Braddock
Amanda Mac
Unika Noiel
Ah Warner
1:30pm Diversity Plans and Social Equity: What Can Your Organization Do? Moderator: Jerry Whiting
Shanita Penny
Rashaan Everett
Neil Lequia
Rachael Brower
Nicolle Callier
2:20pm CBD: What’s the Buzz? Martin Lee
Giana Lampreda
Golan Vaknin
Courtney Moran
3:00pm Lessons from Around the Nation: Working toward Standardization for Future Interstate Commerce Rachel Kurtz
Casey Houlihan
Nick Mosely
Jim MacRae
Alex Cooley
4:00pm Kader Sundy Kader Sundy
5:00pm The PerSisters The PerSisters
6:00pm Tommy G. Tommy G.
7:00pm NOHC NOHC

Seeley Black Stage

Time Performer
11 am Tribal Voice
12 noon Victory Kid
12:35 pm Golan Vaknin
12:40 pm Jeremy Moberg
12:45 pm Ellen Brown
12:50 pm Elvy Musikka
1:35 pm Rachel Kurtz
1:40 pm Madeline Martinez
1:45 pm Amber Iris Langston
1:50 pm Bailey Hirschburg
2:00 pm Butt Dial
2:35 pm Amanda Mac
2:40 pm Stacy Bloch
2:45 pm Yvonne Snyder
2:50 pm Diane Fornbacher
3:35 pm Bech Schechter
3:40 pm Meagan Holt
3:45 pm AC Braddock
3:50 pm Martin Lee
4:00 pm Lakota
4:35 pm Michael Krawitz
4:40 pm Charlo Greene
4:45 pm Seth Cunnigan
4:50 pm Dawn Darington
5:00 pm Phake
5:35 pm Tea Lopez
5:40 pm Doug McVay
5:45 pm Nicolle Callier
5:50 pm Kristen Flor
6:00 pm Siren’s Rain
6:35 pm Unika Noiel
6:40 pm Sierra Riddle
7:00 pm Lou Era and CMak

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