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The Seattle HEMPFEST® is scheduled for August 14-15-16, 2020. More info can be found on our Attendee Page found listed under Festival.

Our volunteer media crew is happy to take inquiries from working journalists about this 28th year of the Seattle HEMPFEST protestival event, our 420 boutique called HEMPFEST Central, regional or national cannabis policy, local politics and more. You may reach us at [email protected] Established in 1991, the Seattle HEMPFEST rally features 100 music acts on four stages and an equal number of renowned guest speakers. As many as 400 arts, crafts, food, and political vendors dot the long expanse of both parks. The Seattle HEMPFEST event has a “Hemposium” circus tent replete with panel discussions and presentations, keynote speakers, displays, and workshops. The HEMPFEST “protestival” requires over 118  crews staffed by volunteers. The largest cannabis policy reform event in the world, the Seattle Hempfest event always happens the third weekend in the month of August.

24Are you going to come to check out the greatest Protestival in person? Awesome! Sign up below to let us know you are coming and we will make sure to have your press credentials (and press packet if you choose ‘yes’ below) ready for when you come check-in at the Media Check-In/Hospitality Booth located just east of the Hemposium tent (A15 on the map). We can also arrange interviews with invited speakers and offer photos of the event. Just let us know in the comments section of the form.

“Drone” Unmanned Aerial Vehicles are not given permission to fly over the HEMPFEST event site during event operations for public safety reasons. Aerial drones are not permitted to fly over Seattle parks.

Photographs are available for publishing at the galleries on this site. The names of photographers are embedded in the file titles and must be credited. The file size can be changed for higher resolution using the Gallery’s widget controls on the bottom right corner of the page.

main media 2The Seattle HEMPFEST is the world’s largest annual cannabis-related event and America’s largest annual free speech event. As many as 100,000 people are expected to attend the 2020 Seattle HEMPFEST “protestival.” Available from this page is information about the history of the event, an economic impact study we commissioned in 2014, our platform agenda (which explains why we are not finished and why HEMPFEST is as needed as ever), our annual poster design, community values distinctions that make HEMPFEST unique to other, similar events, a brief history of the event and information on proper use of the HEMPFEST trademarked trade-name.

Past guest speakers and entertainers have included actor Woody Harrelson, Travel Guru Rick Steves, Seattle musician/author Krist Novoselic, U.S. Congressman Dana Rohrbacher, former US Congressman Dennis Kucinich, former U.S. Senator Mike Gravel, Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, Seattle Mayor Ed Murray (as a candidate), former Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn, Seattle City Atty Pete Holmes, Seattle City Council Member Lisa Herbold, Seattle State Rep. Roger Goodman, State Senator Jeanne Kohl-Welles (currently King County Council member), former Seattle Police Chief Norm Stamper, Seattle Police Department Spokesperson Sean Whitcomb, poet and community activist Nate Howard, former Dallas Cowboys center Mark Stepnoski, former Drug Policy Alliance director Ethan Nadelman, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein, former Libertarian vice presidential nominee Judge Mike Gray,  David Bronner (of Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps), comedian Rick Overton, Law Enforcement Against Prohibition founder Jack Cole, & performing acts such as Kotton Mouth Kings, Everlast, Rehab, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Hed PE, The Accused, Cypress Hill’s DJ Muggs, Lucero, 7 Year Bitch, Donald Glaude, and over 1,000 other music acts over the last quarter century.

























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