After a complete wipeout in 2020 due to Covid-19, cannabis-industry conferences and festivals have been making a comeback in 2021.
However, people have begun to test positive for Covid after attending events. Many people openly shared joints as if the Delta variant was not spreading like a Western wildfire.
The events listed below are subject to change. When the first in-person events began happening in March and as more Americans were vaccinated, a plethora of events were and continue to be announced. It’s unclear how many events have acted as spreaders. CHAMPS in Las Vegas (July 27-29) boasted 19k attendance, and some who were there have since tested positive. The same goes for several attendees of the Chem Comp in New York on July 31.
Jerry Szycer tells CelebStoner: "Plenty of my friends are fighting the rona after CHAMPS. My friend who put on the big afterparty event with Afroman caught a bad case. Bongs and joints were being passed around freely."
Susan Soares says about her The State of Cannabis event in November: "I have a clause that I get my money back if things go south with Covid. I’m watching the trends. It may be that people have to be vaccinated, but I'm not sure yet."
With new indoor regulations going into effect in various states and cities, planners and producers may need to reconsider the size and scope of their events, making further safety precautions or even postponing once again and taking events back online.
Here's a list of scheduled events and events that have already occurred in 2021:
Weedstock Cannabis Community Festival - Townsend, DE 9/17-18
Delaware NORML continues their push for adult use in the medical-marijuana state with this traditonal rally-style fest featuring speakers, vendors and bands.
Boston Freedom Rally - Boston 9/18
The Freedom Rally dates back to the early '90s when all cannabis use was illegal in Massachusetts. Thanks to activist events like this one, the laws have changed dramatically in the Bay State over the years. Back to a one-day event on the Boston Common rather three days a few years, expect a large crowd with plenty of vendors as well as speakers and bands performing on several stages.
High Times Cannabis Cup - Oklahoma (online) 9/19; Massachusetts 10/24
High Times' live Cup event returned in Arizona in August. The newest wrinkle is People's Choice awards where consumers purchase judge's kits or competing products at participarting stores.
Farm Aid 2021 - Hartford, CT 9/25
Founded in 1985 by Willie Nelson, Farm Aid is back after year off. Hartford's Xfinity Theatre will host the longrunning event that benefits America's small farmers. The usual cast - Nelson, Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellancamp - will be joined by Sturgill Simpson, Margo Price, Nathaniel Rateliff, Lukas Nelson and more.
CHAMPS Trade Show - Denver 9/28-29
From Las Vegas to Atlantic City, CHAMPS is one of the top cannabis B2Bs. They returned to Orlando in March, Las Vegas in July and Atlantic City in August. Their next shows is in Denver in September. The AC show was impacted by Hurricane Ida. The show required attendees to wear masks.
Cannabis Science Conference - Baltimore 9/13-15; Long Beach, CA 2/2-4/2002
Specializing in analytical science, medical cannabis, cultivation and hemp, this event has expanded from its original Portland, Oregon base to Baltimore (September) and Long Beach (February 2002)..
Cannabis Business Summit & Expo - Detroit 9/22-23; Baltimore 12/7-8; San Francisco 12/15-17
NCIA's 2021 conference scuedule is as follows: Detroit (September), Baltimore (December) and their flagship San Francisco event (also December).
Hall of Flowers - Santa Rosa, CA 9/22-23; Palm Springs, CA 12/8-9
After taking place in San Francisco and Santa Rosa, this California event expanded to Palm Springs for 2020, but that event was canceled. The Santa Rosa event has been rescheduled for September and Palm Springs for December.
The New York Cannabis Arts & Music Festival - New Lisbon, NY 9/24-26
This Upstate New York camping event has a full slate of local bands, plus the New York State Growers Cup and plenty of vendors.
Women in Cannabis Expo - Reno, NV 9/27-29
This canna-women event has been rescheduled to Reno, Nevada in September.
The Business of Cannabis - New York, NY 9/29
Prohibition Partners is teaming up with The Business of Cannabis on this exclusive New York for upcoming players in the new legal market.
Meadowlands - Navarro, CA 9/30-10/3
This outdoor NorCal retreat in Mendocino County went digital last year but is back in person at Camp Navarro in September/October.
Budtender Awards - Las Vegas 9/30-10/2
This dispensary event returned to Las Vegas in May. The next Budtender Awards is in September-October.
ExpoWeed - Mexico City 10/1-3
It's a good time for this Mexico City event at Expo Reformer. Mexico is on the verge of regulating and taxing marijuana. There will be much to discuss.
Pennsylvania Cannabis Festival - Kutztown, PA 10/2-3
Held at Renninger's Farmers Market in Kutztown, this two-day outdoor event takes place twice year. Their April event drew than 20,000 people, including Lt. Gov. John Fetterman.
NECANN - Atlantic City 10/2-3; Portland, ME 10/16-17; Chicago 12/4-5; Tulsa, OK 4/23-24/22; Brooklyn, NY 5/14-15; Burlington, VT 6/11-12/2022
What NECANN started in Boston has expanded to events all over the country. They returned to Boston in September at Hynes Center. Their next events are in Atlantic City and Portland in October. Other upcoming events include Chicago, Tulsa and Burlington, Vermont. They also hosted BeanCon in Orange, MA in June.
International Cannabis Business Conference - Barcelona 10/7
ICBC returned to Europe in 2021, first to Berlin and Zurich and then to Barcelona in October. Their first-time ICBC Austin took place on May 6.
The Jack Herer 2nd Annual Golf Tournament - Littleton, CO 10/8
Who knew that the tireless hemp activist Jack Herer was into golf too. But it's true. The tourney fees at Arrowehead Golf Club is a fundraiser for the Jack Herer Foundation.
Spannabis - Barcelona 10/8-10
Europe's largest marijuana event attracts 35,000 attendees. It's a seed buyer's paradise. Smokers have congregated in Barcelona each March for Spannabis since 2002. The 2021 event has been moved to October.
NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair - Afton, NY 10/8-10
New York's long-running cannabis fest is returning in 2021. The event, which includes bands, vendors and a judging contest, will take place at the Echo Lake Resort in Upstate New York.
CannaHemp Festival - Wrightsville, PA 10/9
Hempzels is sponsoring this day-long event in Southeastern Pennslyvania that will culminate with awards for best products.
MJBizCon - Las Vegas 10/19-22
The cannabis industry's biggest convention draws 30,000 attendees and more than a thousand exhibitors. Their 2020 event was postponed and moved to a virtual format. MJBizCon is returning to the Las Vegas Convention Center in October.
MJ Unpacked - Las Vegas 10/21-22
This first-event at the Mandaley Bay Resort & Casino. According to the website, "Attendance is exclusive to cannabis retailk and brand executives with the title manager and accredited investors." On October 21, the Blues Brothers will perform at the House of Blues, which is part of the resort.
The State of Cannabis - Los Angeles-area 11/4-5
This California event is returning in November. Cannabis will be the focus on the opening day and psychedelics on the second. Attendees take a field trip to West Hollywood on the final day. There will also be a masquerade ball.
Cannabis World Congress & Business Expo - New York 11/4-6
The CWCBE's flagship event at New York's Javits Convention Center is scheduled for November 4-6. CWC's other events in Boston and Los Angeles have yet to be rescheduled.
Lucky Leaf Expo - Houston 11/5-6; Albuquerque 2/25-26/22; Detroit 3/25-26/22; Richmond, VA 11/11-12/22
The Texas-based event is exanding to neighboring states like Oklahoma (September) and New Mexico (February 2022). They were in Oklahoma City in September and will in Houston in November.
Wonderland - Miami 11/8-9
Top experts, researchers and industry leaders will discuss the latest developments and innovations in the psychedelics industry at the Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts.
Hemp Grower Conference - Orlando, FL 11/8-10
This hemp/CBD event will take place at the Rosen Center Hotel in Orlando in November.
RAD Expo - Seattle 11/9-10
RAD is back. This Retail and Dispensary Expo produce by Marijuana Venture magazine will take place at the Seattle Airport Marriott.
Cannabis Drinks Expo - San Franciso 11/11; Chicago 11/15
Hosted by the Beverage Trade Network, this expo shines a spotlight on the skyrocketing legal cannabis market with a major focus on beverages. Their NorCal event will take place at South San Francisco Conference Center. The Illinois event is at Midwest Conference Center in Northlake,
Black CannaConference & Expo - New Orleans 11/18-20
Sponsored by Black CannaBusiness magazine, this event will feature keynote speakers, panel discussions and breakout sessions with industry experts discussing cannabis business opportunities, innovative industry solutions, social equity and professional development for those seeking a career in cannabis.
Lift & Co. Expo - Toronto 11/18-21
This Canadian event in Toronto has been moved from July to November.
CannaCon - Virgina Beach 11/19-20; ; New York 1/7-8/2022
Based in Seattle, CannaCon is expanding East and South. They're already held shows thie year in Oklahoma City (May 27-28), Detroit (June 25-26) and Chicago (August 6-7). Next CannaCons are scheduled for Virgina Beach (November) and New York (January 2022).
Emerald Cup - Los Angeles 12/11-12
The popular Northern California judging contest is going South to Los Angeles in December. In April, awards were handed out by B-Real, Ziggy Marley, Melissa Etheridge, Michael Franti, Abdullah Saeed and many more. Check out the winners here.
Completed 2021 Events
SXSW - online 3/16-20
In 2019, 280,000 people attended South by Southwest (SXSW), the annual music, film and interaactive industry event that takes over Austin every March. SXSW started as a music conference/festival in 1986. Over the last few years, many panel discussions have focused on cannabis. SXSW Online '21 took place on March 16-20.
NOCO Hemp Expo - Denver 3/25-27
Concerned about the health and safety of 400 vendors and 20,000 potential attendees, the 2020 event was postponed twice and rescheduled to March at the National Western Complex in Denver.
Georgia World Cannabis Conference - Atlanta 3/27
This first-time event took place on March 27 at Loudermilk Conference Center in Atlanta.
Hash Bash - Ann Arbor, MI/hybrid 4/3
Since 1971, marijuana advocates have protested on the Diag at the University of Michigan on the first Saturday in April. The rally as well the Monroe Street Fair that follows Hash Bash was canceled and replaced by an online event in 2020. The 2021 in-person event took place April 3 on the Diag.
In addition, an online Hash Bash happened later on Twitch and featured Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Attorney General Dana Nessel, Rep. Debbie Dingell, State Sen. Jeff Irwin, former Detroit Red Wing Darren McCarty, former Detroit Lion Calvin Johnson, U.S. and activist John Sinclair.
One year after 13-year-old Charlotte Figi passed away, the cannabis community came together to remember the brave girl featured by CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta as the face of CBD. Presented by Realm of Caring, the Rock the Roc line-up included Jason Mraz, Michael Franti, Avett Brothers, Graham Nash, Sarah Jarosz and more.
Cannabis Real Estate Summit - online 4/8
The same folks who brought you the Cannabis Media Summit turned their attention to real estate in April.
The Great American Sesh In - San Francisco/hybrid 4/20
This 4/20 benefit for Last Prisoner Project (LPP) took place at The Midway in San Francisco and also online. The event featured DJ sets by Dr. Shortcut and Rob Garza.
Even Higher Together - online 4/20
Weedmaps was back with their annual 4/20 livestream. This year the host was none other than Snoop Dogg. The lineup included Wiz Khalifa, Berner, Talib Kweli, A$AP Rocky, Eric Rachmany, Jaleel White, Corvain Cooper and more. It was also a benefit for LPP.
More 4/20 Events here.
Hempdemic - Atlanta 4/23-24
This first-time event took place at the Hapeville Maker Space in Atlanta in April.
National Cannabis Unity Conference - online 4/29-30
Produced by Americans for Safe Access, the 2021 online event that caters to medical-marijuana patients, doctors, scientists and activists took place in April.
SSDP Policy Conference - online 4/29-5/2
The student activist organization's annual conference took place online at the end of April and start of May.
NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally - New York 5/1
Since 1973, New York marijuana activists have gathered in a park on the first Saturday in May. What was originally called the Smoke-In is now known as the NYC Cannabis Parade & Rally. The 2021 event took place despite strict Covid-19 regulations. After the traditional parade, people assembled in Union Square Park for a rally featuring Sen. Chuck Schumer and other public officials.
Delic: A Psychedelic Wellness Summit - Los Angeles 5/1-2
This first-time Los Angeles event took place in May.
Natural Products Expo West - online 5/24-27
Many CBD and hemp companies exhibit at this event, which took place online in May.
Benzinga Cannabis Capital Conference - online 6/3-4; online 10/13-14
An extensive two-day line-up of keynotes, panels and pitches featuring leaders of the cannabis industry.
NORML Legal Seminar - Aspen, CO 6/3-5
Every year, NORML's attorneys meet in Aspen, Colorado to swap drug-war stories at the Gant Hotel and Hunter Thompson's Owl Ranch.
OK Cannapalooza - Oklahoma City 6/3-6
Dubbed Oklahoma's "premiere cannabis music festival," this camping event featured bands, vendors, swimming and more. The band lineup has yet to be announced.
Flower of Power Festival - Austin 6/12
Presented by KM420RADIO at The Music Ranch, this Texas event featured live music, speakers and vendors. The entry fee was $4.20.
Chi Cannabis Expo - Chicago 6/24-25
Advertised as a "Business of Cannabis No-Smoking Event," this B2B took place at Odeum Expo Center in Villa Park, Illinois.
Cannabis Extraction Conference - online 6/29
This event offered a deep dive into cannabis and hemp extraction, supercritical CO2 extraction, post-processing, risk management, hazards and controls, optimization, closed loop hydrocarbon extraction, machine learning algorithms and more.
Kushstock - Adelanto, CA 7/3
Kushstock returned to Adelanto Stadium & Events Center in SoCal with an expo featuring vendors, glass blowing, skating, wrestling and live music.
National Dab Day - 7/10
See 7/10 events schedule here.
CanX Psychedelics Summit - Montego Bay, JA 7/15-16
Marley One partner Silo Wellness organized this event at the Jewel Grand Resort in Jamaica. Cedella Marley, Bruce Linton and Keiko Beatie were among the speakers.
Oregon Hempfest - Oakland, OR 7/17-18
Since 2015, this camping fest has replaced Hempstalk in Portland as the state's premierie cannabis event. Ngaio Bealum was the emcee. It was licensed by Seattle Hempest.
The Happy Camp - Brooklyn, NY 7/21
The first of two THC summer events produced by Humble Bloom at Vale Park in Brooklyn. This one featured comedians and infused food,
DFW Marijuana March & Freedom Festival - Fort Worth, TX 7/24
Attendees gathered at Burnett Park before marching to the courthouse at 4:20 pm and then back. This event was sponsored by DFW NORML.
Niles Cannabis Festival - Niles, MI 7/31
Michigan's top cannabis companies showed off their goods at this music event near the Indiana border.
Higher Health Retreat - Willow Camp, CA 7/30-8/1
Set in the heart of Humboldt County, this infused event featured hiking, rafting, yoga, meditation, vegetarian food and, of course, the best Northern California cannabis.
Full Spectrum Festival - Vandalia, MI 8/5
There was little info so far about this Michigan event.
Camp Ruderalis - Lilliwaup, WA 8/6-8
This Washington camping event included the Autoflowering Cup (TAC 2021).
MOCANN BizCon - St. Louis 8/11-12
This two-day Midwest trade show returned to St. Louis at the Union Standard Hotel. Attendees were required to wear masks.
Hempstock - North Stonington, CT 8/13-15
This first-time event took place on a working farm is a fundraiser for Better Connecticut CT.
Boise Hempfest - Boise, ID 8/14
This fifth-annual event, licensed. by Seattle Hempfest, featured speakers and bands, vendor village and munchies market, and Enchanted Forest and Kid Land.
Terptown Throwdown - Spencer, MA 8/20-21
Bands like Collie Buddz and the Home Grown Cannabis Awards were among the highlights at this indoor event.
Cannapalooza - Bentley, MI 8/20-22
This camping event in Upper Michigan at the "Enchanted Forest" featured music, arts and educational seminars.
Hampton Cannabis Expo - East Hampton, NY 8/22
It doesn't get much swankier than a cannabis event at The Clubhouse in East Hampton. Intended for investors and industry leaders, the expo featured drinks, dinner and discussion.
Cannabis Conference - Las Vegas 8/24-26
This event at Paris Las Vegas Resort & Casino was held scheduled in August.
CBD Expo Southeast - Orlando, FL 8/27-28
The Delta 8 Conference is now part of this Southeast two-day event at the Double Tree at Sea World in Orlando in August.
National Cannabis Festival - Washington, DC 8/28
Holyoke Cannabis Cup - Holyoke, MA 8/28
This first-time event will featured rapper Styles P and plenty of fine Bay State cannabis.
White Label CBD & Hemp Expo - Las Vegas 9/1-2
This two-day event at the Las Vegas Convention Center is the "biggest gathering of CBD products sellers and hemp-related resellers," accroding to the website.
The Southern Hemp Expo - Raleigh, NC 9/2-4
The same people who produce the NoCo Hemp Expo in Denver also have a Southern event. This year it will take place in Raleigh.
Cultivators Cup - Somerset, MA 9/3-4
This judging contest/music festival is co-produced by Solar Cannabis, the Massachusetts retailor and cultivator that recently drew the ire of Sacha Baron Cohen for using his Borat image on a billboard. The second day will feature a Cypress Hill/Method Man & Redman doubleheader.
Canceled 2021 Events
Sweetwater 420 Fest - Atlanta, GA
Since being founded in 2014 by Atlanta's Sweetwater Brewing Company, which features a number of hemp beers, this became the largest commerical 4/20 event in the country. The festival has been canceled for last two years.
420 Hippie Hill - 4/20 San Francisco, CA
The original tradition of 420 on 4/20 is upheld in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park, where a horde of stoners gather and light up together every April 20. The 4/20 Hippie Hill gathering has been canceled the last two years.
FlyHi 420 Music Festival - 4/20 Denver, CO
Denver is home base for 420 events. The FlyHi 420 Music Festival (formerly Mile High 420 Festival) in Civic Center Park was canceled the last two years.
420 Vancouver - 4/20 Vancouver, BC
One of the largest 4/20 events featured Cypress Hill (pictured above) in 2019. The event was canceled the last two years.
Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival - Indio, CA
This popular California music festival, founded in 1999, takes place over consecutive weekends in April. The 2020 event was postponed, rescheduled and then canceled again. There will not be a Coachella Festival in 2021.
Seattle Hempfest - Seattle, 8/20-22
Along with Boston Freedom Rally, this is one of the longest running cannabis events in the U.S. However, it's been canceled the last two years.
New Jersey Cannabis Festival - Atlantic City, NJ 8/21-22
This first-time event in the Garden State was schedule to take place at the Showboat Resort, but the venue canceled at the last minute, citing complaints from customers and Atlantic City officials. In a letter to organizer Jeff Zick, Showboat contended the event wasn't a goo fit for the "family-friendly resort."
Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival - Manchester, TN 9/3-5
The great jamband fest was expected to return to Tennessee in September, but then Hurricane Ida came roaring up throught Tennesse. This followed recent flooding west of Nashville in Waverly, just two hours away from Manchester, where Bonnaroo takes place. The line-up included Foo Fighters and Tame Impala.
Karma Cup Festival - Toronto 9/11-12
The 7th Karma Cup was expected to feature "live music and DJ’s, exhibit booths, speakers, an awards ceremony, plus notable Canadian cannabis legends as surprise guests," according to the website.
Ultra Music Festival - Miami 3/25-27
In 2019, 190,000 people attended this DJ/EDM event in Miami's Bayfront Park. It dates back to 1999. The event was canceled the last two years.
Austin Reggae Festival - 4/22-24
This ganja-friendly event was canceled the last two years. It's been rescheduled to April 22-24, 2022.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - 10/8-17
Due to the spread of the Delta variant, America's greatest music festival was postponed again in 2021, even after it was moved to October from the spring. Jazzfest will return in 2022 from April 29-May 8 after two years off.