In early 2015, a small group of cannabis enthusiasts joined together around the idea to create The National Cannabis Festival (NCF), an event celebrating progress on marijuana legalization in DC and across the nation. The founders envisioned a festival recognizing the spirit of the cannabis movement and the non-profit groups that have fought for so long to end marijuana prohibition.
On April 23, 2016, 5,000 attendees representing 30 states and the District of Columbia gathered at the Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium for the inaugural National Cannabis Festival. Attendees enjoyed a full-day concert headlined by hip-hop legends De La Soul, remarks from members of congress, education sessions, yoga, games, contests, food and drinks.
Over the past three years, the Festival founder and executive producer, Caroline Phillips, who is also a Capitol Hill resident, has been a strong partner with the local community. She has gone out of her way to attend ANC meetings, informing the RFK Campus neighbors about what the event is and is not about, extending complimentary tickets to those interested in attending. Caroline founded National Cannabis Festival to celebrate progress on cannabis legalization through music, art, education, and exhibitions. Now in its fourth year, NCF is the largest ticketed cannabis-themed event on the east coast.
The National Cannabis Festival will be held on Saturday, April 20, 2019, at the Festival Grounds at RFK Stadium. Tickets and information can be found by visiting https://nationalcannabisfestival.com.