7 Can’t-Miss Canadian Cannabis Festivals of 2017


Now that the federal government has officially announced legislation to legalize recreational cannabis by July 1, 2018, cannabis expos, trade shows, and cannabis cups are all gearing up for their biggest events to date. Here are top events worth traveling for, from now until the end of 2017.

1. Okanagan Cannabis Cup (May 20 at Durali Villa in Vernon, BC)


It so happens that we sponsored the next up-coming event, and it’s this weekend. From 2-10pm on May 20th, the Okanagan Festival invites YOU to be the judge of flower, concentrates, edibles, and topicals. The only hitch is that you must have a valid medical license or prescription card. Tickets are still available for $175 and include the judge’s pack, swag bag, entertainment, food, and beverage.

2. Lift Expo (May 27-28 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre)


Lift is Canada’s premier online source for discovering and buying cannabis. The Lift Expo is an inclusive event that encompasses many aspects of the consumer experience—the faithful, the athletes, the creative minds—to eschew that whole “smoky basements and back-alley” stigma marijuana gained over the course of its prohibition years. At the expo, expect nearly 200 exhibitors from around the world who are hoping to make an impact the soon-to-expand Canadian cannabis economy. Single day tickets are $30, and two-day tickets are only $5 more.

3. Cannabis Life Conference 2017 (July 7-8 at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, BC)


The event will be Vancouver’s largest gathering of cannabis business and consumers, there to listen to the industry leaders talk on a variety of subjects, from health (therapy and medicine) to wealth (investing), to opportunity (business and careers).

Tickets are $15 online and $20 at the door.

4. Great Canadian Glass Gathering (July 7-9 in Birken, BC)


Three days of glass blowing, bands and a whole lot of bong rips in the woods with chill peeps.

Pick up a “Visit, Watch & Camp” ticket for $75 or become a judge for $250.

5. Legends Valley Music Festival (Lake Cowichan, BC


Get lost in the woods for a week at the legendary festival of music, camping, and glorious ganja. This year, you can see Body Count, House of Pain, and Magic! Weekend passes start at $139.

6. The Karma Cup (September 9-10 in Toronto)


Discover what “elite cannabis products” are from our country’s top producers. Karma Cup judges evaluate 15 product categories based on hard work, craftsmanship, and overall success: Indica Bud, Hybrid Bud, Sativa Bud, Bio and Organic Bud, CBD Bud, Indica Shatter, Hybrid Shatter, Sativa Shatter, Budder, Solventless Hash, Disposable Vape Pens, THC Distillate, Edibles, Topicals, and Glass.

7. Hempfest Cannabis Expo Calgary (Sept 30-October 1 at BMO Centre, Stampede Park in Calgary, AB)


The Hempfest Cannabis Expo is a consumer trade show with exhibitors, speakers, and entertainment. This all-inclusive show is for patients, consumers, entrepreneurs, industry workers, local government, job seekers and all other canna-curious individuals. You don’t need a medical license, but you do need to be 18+ to attend. Tickets are $15.47.

May 16, 2017

by Alana Armstrong

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Alana seeks to see cannabis from the perspective of politicians, advocates, entrepreneurs, and consumers. She got her start with a byline in the arts and culture section and crossed over into cannabis after using it medicinally. Current projects include investigations into cannabis and wellness; entrepreneurs of the Green Rush; cannabis for athletes; and the evolution of cannabis laws and culture in Canada.


  • Darryl J.Nelson

    Hey Alana,

    Thank you for the article brief.
    Much appreciated.

    Have a good one.

  • Monique

    Hey is there a 2018 must attend show/expo/judging event list coming out? All were great for 2017 can’t wait to attend any for this year. Just having trouble finding dates/info about any

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