During the third weekend in August, three connected parks north of Seattle’s waterfront transform into a friendly, fragrant celebration. Hempfest, now in its 28th year, is widely regarded as America’s biggest and longest-running cannabis festival.
After the roar of Seafair, Hempfest feels like a relatively laid-back gathering. It’s open to everyone. Speakers at the main stage usually talk for five minutes or so, and musical sets run about half an hour apiece. Come hungry, as there are copious food options, from funnel cakes to far-flung cuisines. And consider bringing a little extra cash for that pipe or carb cap that might catch your eye—Hempfest is one of the best opportunities to shop local glass. There are chances to learn, to get more involved in the cannabis community, and to talk to some of the farmers actually growing your weed. It’s also just a great place