This year’s Emerald Cup couldn’t come at a better time.
After weeks of suffering from some of the worst wildfires in US history, Californians from Arcata to San Diego will congregate on the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif., for the self-described “largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, cannabis competition in the world.”
This year marks the Cup’s 15th anniversary, and its first foray under Proposition 64’s legal framework. What should the 26,000 expected attendees attendees do at the million-dollar event? Read on for Leafly’s picks.
Emerald Cup 2018 Key Details: When: Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15-16. Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, CA. (90 minutes north of San Francisco) Cost: Tickets start at $80.00 per day (plus taxes and fees). Ages: 21+ Headliners: Gogol Bordello, Big Gigantic, STS9, Doug Benson, Jay & Silent Bob Attractions: adult-use cannabis sales and samples; product expo; panels; food; art Contact: theemeraldcup.com Emerald Cup 2018 Must-Sees About 400 entries in the statewide competition span 27 categories. Celebrities and industry do the judging. (Courtesy Emerald Cup) Willie Nelson
First things first: Willie Nelson. After years of invitations, the outlaw country legend Nelson will make an off-season appearance at this year’s Emerald Cup as the recipient of a newly-renamed lifetime achievement award. Willie Nelson will receive the Willie Nelson Award as part of the Cup’s awards ceremony on Sunday, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Emerald music stage. Nelson has made huge strides in both cannabis activism and music throughout the 20th century, so after half a decade of asking he is finally showing his face at a large-scale cannabis event. Bob Snodgrass, a progenitor of modern borosilicate glass pipes and bongs, will also be honored with his own namesake award.
Director Kevin Smith
If you can’t make it Sunday, or don’t want to