Americans with Disabilities Act

At the South Entrance, there is an ADA/Member’s Entrance next to the fountain on the waterside of the path into the HEMPFEST® Protestival.  It’s best to enter off Alaskan as Broad/Elliott are fenced off with bike racks to create the chutes for the line into the Seattle HEMPFEST® Protestival event.  Be sure to bypass this line and tell anyone who asks that your heading to the ADA/Member’s Entrance.

The North Entrance at W Prospect & Elliott Ave W has an elevator at the Amgen Bridge.  This entrance lets you into the north end of the park and to our north stage, the Seeley Black stage at your fingertips.

Seattle HEMPFEST® Protestival has a limited number of manual wheelchairs available for medical emergencies.  These are not loaners or rentals. If you need a wheelchair, you should bring your own or rent one from Access Medical 206-365-7700. For those who use power chairs, we will have a battery charging station available at the Main Staff Check-In and North Staff Check-In- be sure to bring your charger/cord.

Seattle HEMPFEST® Protestival’s entrances and paths are ADA accessible, and we offer ADA restrooms. When possible, our stages feature volunteer ASL interpreters.  The Bridge at 3rd & Harrison Streets has a steep incline and we do not recommend it for wheelchairs.

We have volunteer doctors, nurses and other medical professionals on hand who are trained in helping people who need ADA access. We can provide shade, water, rest for any ADA attendee who needs it. Any attendee who asks any staff member for assistance with any ADA issues will be directed to First Aid and will be kept safe until their access issues can be resolved.

For people perhaps stuck in a crowded part of the park, we can dispatch a team to assist them back to the First Aid tent where again we can resolve any needs they have.

A disabled person requiring assistance can also inform the Seattle HEMPFEST® event staff person at the North or South entrances that they require assistance, and our First Aid team will dispatch someone to assist that person. Keep in mind that it may take a while for a response, as our staff also must negotiate the crowds and long paths to get to that person.

Service animals welcomed, but otherwise please keep pets at home. Although not required, a vest that identifies your animal as a Service animal will make questions less likely!

ADA passenger drop-off and pick up

Alaskan Way, south of Broad Street (using Pay Station spaces OA-28-07/15TY) for ADA passenger drop-off and pick up on event Friday from 6:00 a.m to after-event Monday,  12:00 a.m.

Note:  Some of the ADA serviced previously offered by Seattle HEMPFEST® Protestival changed in 2015.

Service Animals

Hempfest does not allow pets. Service animals will be permitted under laws allowing service animals. This includes the Washington Law Against Discrimination and the Americans With Disabilities Act.

Those who have disabilities should be able to describe the service that the animal performs and the training that the animal has received. (No one will be asked about the nature of their disability or medical condition.)

Service animals that are disruptive, that engage others in unsolicited contact, or that exhibit threatening behaviors may be excluded.

Owners or someone accompanying the service animal are responsible for bagging and removing solid waste.

The person accompanying the service animal is responsible to keep the animal on a leash or under other appropriate restraint.