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Cannifest emerged from an annual event called Humboldt Green Week, which celebrated all things green, including environmental cleanups, sustainable businesses, music, gardening, and cannabis.

During this week, over 50 events took place across the county, providing local businesses and organizations with networking opportunities while having a good time. The event evolved over time, starting with Humboldt Garden Expo (2012-2015), which transformed into Cannifest in 2016, creating a platform for the community to proudly showcase their products and heritage.

A significant milestone was the First Cannabis Farmers Workshop in 2014, focusing on Best Management Practices. State agencies were invited to educate local farmers, setting the stage for future state licensure processes.

Cannifest became a standalone event in Humboldt from 2015-2017, offering a more focused approach to address community needs. The Yes We Cann Parade kicked off the festivities, uniting the community and drawing attention to the event.

In 2016, the first Humboldt Green Jobs Fair was introduced to help cannabis businesses fill local positions and stimulate the economy. Interactive experiences like competitive games, the Cannifest Bowl, Ganja Games, and Community Choice Awards enhanced the event’s engagement.

The following years brought more excitement, such as the Humboldt Grow Games, the Yes We Cann Parade, and Hullabaloo in 2017, showcasing community expression and unity.

Regulations changed in 2018, prompting the event to travel to emerging markets like St. Louis, Chicago, and Oklahoma City. These events facilitated networking, education, and culture celebration.

In 2023, Cannifest returns to Halvorsen Park in Eureka, CA, celebrating Humboldt County and neighboring communities. The event embraces local farming initiatives and aims to bring people together, fostering conversation, joy, and unity.

Join Cannifest to learn about local farming stories, connect with neighbors, ask questions, and have fun. There are various ways to get involved and be a part of this uplifting experience.


DEAD PREZ: This politically conscious US hip-hop duo comprises M-1 (Lavon Alfred, 1973, Jamaica, West Indies) and (b. Clayton Gavin, 1975, Shadeville, Florida, USA), who met in 1990 while both were attending Florida A&M University. Dead Prez differs from many politicized rap groups in that they came to activism first and music second. Alfred, who has since adopted the African name Mutulu Olugbala, grew up in Brooklyn’s Albany housing projects. Expelled from Erasmus Hall high school for delinquent behaviour, he temporarily relocated to North Carolina to complete his diploma but afterwards returned to New York where he supported himself by selling crack cocaine. He eventually applied to university, was accepted and met Gavin. A year later, his mother was apprehended on a drug-possession charge. Gavin had witnessed the effects of the crack epidemic on his own family growing up in Florida and the arrest strengthened the political convictions of both, inspiring them to become involved with Tallahassee’s Black Survival Movement. Their activism eventually brought them to New York, where they were discovered by Lord Jamar of Brand Nubian in 1995 at a block party in Brooklyn. By the following year Jamar had brokered them a recording contract with Steve Rifkind’s Loud Records.

KABAKA PYRAMID: Kabaka Pyramid is a conscious revolutionary lyricist with a unique musical style; blending the power, energy and melody of Reggae with the lyricism of Hip hop. Hailing from Kingston, Jamaica this Bebble Rock Music artist uses his liquid and hypnotizing delivery to spread positive messages of spiritual evolution that forces you to listen. The name “Kabaka” is Ugandan for “King” and the long lasting survival of the Pyramids of ancient Africa represent his desire for longevity in the music and deep connection to Kemetic roots; leaving messages for generations to come.

DON CARLOS: Don Carlos (born Euvin Spencer) Legendary Reggae Artist was born and raised in one of the most deprived regions of Western Kingston, Jamaica, in a district notoriously known as Waterhouse, which incidentally is also a musical spawning ground for many of Reggae’s greatest ever talents, such as King Tubby, Black Uhuru, The Jays, Junior Reid and King Jammy, to name but a few. Don Carlos started his singing career in 1973 as one of the original members of Black Uhuru, alongside other founding members, Garth Dennis who later went on to joining the Wailing Souls, and Derrick Ducky Simpson.

BALKAN BUMP: Balkan Bump is the global electronic music project orchestrated by trumpet player, producer and ethnomusicologist Will Magid. Balkan Bump’s music fuses heavy electronic production with global music influences including traditional Balkan brass melodies, Middle Eastern sounds and American hip hop. The Balkan Bump live show highlights Magid’s expertise as an orchestrator, ranging in size from a solo performer to a 12-piece band featuring a menagerie of global instruments including sitar, saz, oud, clarinet and trumpet. The live performance’s popularity has brought the project to global renown with performances at the world’s biggest music stages including Coachella, Bonnaroo and Lightning In A Bottle, as well as beloved jazz, blues and world music festivals including Harvest Music Festival and CA WorldFest, and numerous appearances at Colorado’s famed Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

THINK X: A TRIBUTE TO PINK FLOYD: Featuring: Scott Page (Pink Floyd, Toto), Roberta Freeman (Pink Floyd, Guns N Roses), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction, Porno For Pyros), Norwood Fisher (Fishbone), Kenny Olsen (Hendrix Experience, Kid Rock), Derek Day (Classless Act), Will Champlin (Kill Will)

NAIVE MELODIES: This band plays Talking Heads music. We like to make you dance. We’re coming to your town.

OBJECT HEAVY: A unique fusion of vintage style hard hitting soul with modern funk, gospel and neo-soul influence.

SUN HOP FAT: For years Sun Hop Fat has been at the forefront of introducing the unique sounds of Ethiopian Jazz. Their music blends the rhythms of traditional American funk and jazz with harmonies and melodies from East Africa.

ASHA NAN: The music of Asha Nan pulses out a soulful blend of Brazilian, African, reggae, funk, and hip-hop grooves. Their music supports positive lyrics of peace, unity, and spiritual transformation.


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