Los Angeles’ cup runneth over with Cannabis Cups, marijuana festivals, and some absolutely dab-ulous large events in 2018.
The dawn of the era of recreational marijuana is here. California’s legal cannabis market will open for business on Jan. 1, 2018. Southern California is gearing up with a series of marijuana festivals and events to toke it in all year long, and we’ve put together a list or the biggest and best events.
Last week we told you about some cool events coming up in December. Check that article out here.
And, now, here’s our list of some of the excellent events coming up in 2018:
The End of Prohibition NYE Soirée (Dec. 31, 2017)
Ring in the beginning of the end of Prohibition, while raising money for a great cause — relief for the marijuana farmers who lost their crops in the recent, tragic NorCal wildfires. The countdown to midnight has never been more significant, so celebrate with live music, high-end edibles, craft cocktails, dab bars and bud bars, multiple VIP lounge areas, and luxury cannabis brands sampling a range of California’s finest. The soirée begins at 8 p.m. and continues until 1:30 a.m. at the Grand Event Center in Long Beach, California, with proceeds going to the California Growers Association’s special fund to relieve cultivators affected by the North Bay wildfires.
THC Fair (Bakersfield: Feb. 10-11, Ventura, Feb. 17-18)
Watch the Super ‘Bowl’ with your 420 football fan family, as this year’s big game falls on the Sunday of the THC Fair’s weekend-long fair and expo in Bakersfield. The traveling THC festival rolls through Bakersfield’s Kern County Fairgrounds the weekend of Feb. 10-11, with a vast hall of cannabis, products, tools, and accessories. Leading authorities will hold seminars and conversations too, and you’d better believe the game will be played on a big screen Sunday.
Closer to the coast, the THC Fair comes to the Ventura County Fairgrounds the following weekend (Feb. 17-18) with a similar top-shelf lineup of vendors, speakers, and exhibitions.
Los Angeles 420 Games (March 31)
Fresh off winning the Best Consumer Event award at the recent MJBiz conference, the 420 Games has become a nationwide phenomenon for those who like to imbibe while exercising. Returning to the Santa Monica Pier for their signature 4.20-mile Fun Run, the 420 Games will kick off at 8 a.m. with morning yoga, followed by the footrace, and afterwards hosting a beer garden from Lagunitas Brewery.
This year’s 420 Games after party will feature conversations and seminars with pro athletes who advocate for cannabis use, performances by XGames skaters, and more than 100 leading cannabis industry exhibitors.
KushStock Festival 5 (March 31)
San Bernardino’s notorious and absolutely free KushStock Festival returns for its fifth straight year on March 31 at San Bernadino’s National Orange Show Event Center. Billing itself as “the nation’s largest free cannabis event,” KushStock is huge music and marijuana event that has traditionally drawn as many as 25,000 attendees. And yes, admission is absolutely free — for the most basic ticket, which is available to anyone ages 18 and up. The VIP ticket, on the other hand, comes with a swag bag full of goodies from your favorite companies, an opportunity to be a judge in the competitions, and access to the VIP domes that come equipped with their own lounges and restrooms.
U.S. Cannabis Cup So-Cal (April)
The granddaddy of them all, the High Times Cannabis Cup, has spread its roots all across the world and has announced 2018 events for Jamaica and Spain in 2018. The High Times Cannabis Cup has not yet announced the dates for its Cannabis Cup So-Cal event, but the 2017 event was held on 4/20 weekend and featured 50 Cent, Damian Marley, Method Man and Redman, Nas, and the Wu-Tang Clan.
If you’re down for a drive to Las Vegas, High Times’ Las Vegas Cannabis Cup 2018 is likely to be held in March 2018. The 2017 Las Vegas Cannabis Cup was March 4-5 at the Moapa Paiute Travel Plaza.
Abracadabs Festival (April 20-22)
With 4/20 falling on a Friday this year, Angelenos will be looking to celebrate the entire weekend-long. The Abracadabs Festival at Heritage Field in Adelanto dabs up that demand with a weekend-long cannabis-infused bacchanalia committed to “unifying our community through music, art and concentrates.”
Despite the dab-centric name, the Abracadabs Festival caters to cannabis imbibers of every variety. Prizes will be awarded at the Abracadabs Festival for Best Concentrate, Best Flower, Best Cannabis-Infused Food, and Best Product.
Los Angeles will not have its recreational cannabis rules in effect by January 1, so buyers will still need to get a medical marijuana card in order to buy cannabis online or get marijuana delivery. Many of these Los Angeles marijuana events may also require a medical marijuana ID card for entry, depending on local laws and event policy.