National Cannabis Festival at RFK Saturday

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National Cannabis Festival (NCF, pictured here in 2018) returns to RFK Campus this Saturday. Image: Courtesy NCF

The fifth annual National Cannabis Festival (NCF) will take place from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday, August 28 in RFK Lots 6 and 7.

After a nearly 18-month hiatus due to restrictions brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, this June NCF organizers announced they would move forward with the fifth anniversary celebration.

“We are thrilled to bring the National Cannabis Festival back to DC, the community, and fans who’ve been waiting since 2019 to celebrate in-person again,” said Caroline Phillips, founder of the National Cannabis Festival and Hill East resident. “The cannabis community is ready to listen to good music, with good friends, while raising awareness of federal cannabis legislation and the work that activists are engaged in to advocate for greater equity, accessibility and comprehensive reform for the cannabis community.”

The event features musical performances by hip-hop artists Method Man and Red Man, Young M.A, Backyard Band, Antibalas, The Archives, Lee, Blackwood & Graham and DJ Farrah Flosscett.

In addition to the concert, the festival will include four educational pavilions: Wellness, Policy, Culture, and the Grow School, where attendees can participate in discussions on the medicinal benefits of cannabis, speak with medical professionals and dispensary owners, and focus their minds with free yoga sessions. NCF will also host a wide range of exhibitors offering the best cannabis accessories and lifestyle brands. Marijuana is not sold at the festival.

New to the festival this year is a special Seniors Lounge, a place for “golden buds” to gather. Returning this year is the Veterans Pavilion hosted by Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA). The veterans’ lounge serves as a retreat from the hustle and bustle of festivities and a place where those who have served our country can connect over shared experiences.

In accordance with current local and federal public health guidance, fully vaccinated patrons are not required to wear masks. Guests who are partially vaccinated or unvaccinated should wear masks; unvaccinated people are required to submit proof of a negative test taken within 72 hours of attendence.

General admission tickets for the 2021 event are available for $55. Admission bundles start at $70. VIP CannaCabanas are also available for groups of up to 10 attendees. For more information about tickets and the festival including the Ultimate Weed Wedding, Community Changemaker Award and Cannatank Entrepreneur Contest, visit nationalcannabisfestival.com.

Visit https://nationalcannabisfestival.com/ for more information.