Frequently Asked Questions

What is Bellingham Budfest?

Bellingham Budfest is a Whatcom County lifestyle tourism festival that celebrates all that Whatcom county has to offer including our blossoming cannabis culture. We invite everyone to participate in this one of a kind festival! Bellingham Budfest aims to promote tourism in Whatcom County. Most importantly, Bellingham Budfest is about education and normalization. Our line-up of educational panels being held in the Zuanich Point Park Boathouse will feature top notch speakers from all aspects of the Cannabis world. Learn firsthand the changes, challenges and breakthroughs in the world of Cannabis Policy Reform.

What does a Toward Zero Waste Festival mean?

Toward Zero Waste (TZW) aims to reduce the amount of waste generated while also increasing reuse, recycling, and composting waste that is generated. Key components of our TZW plan include: requiring food vendors to use compostable serving items, restricting the sale of single-use plastic water bottles, providing a filtered water refill station to encourage attendees to bring their own water bottle, discouraging vendors from utilizing single-use plastic for swag item packaging, and a dedicated Green Team to supervise waste disposal.

When is Bellingham Budfest?

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Where is Bellingham Budfest?

Zuanich Point Park
2600 N Harbor Loop Dr
Bellingham, WA 98225

What kinds of things will I experience at Bellingham Budfest?

2022 details coming soon...

What bands are playing at Bellingham Budfest?

2022 details coming soon...

Do I need to purchase tickets to Bellingham Budfest?

No, Bellingham Budfest is a FREE event for the whole community! There will be lots of vendor booths to purchase wares from artists and artisans, as well as food vendors. Be sure to support them any way you can. Bring your ID if you are 21+ to enter the Cannabis Corral (the area where cannabis companies will be hosting informational booths. No cannabis sales! Vertical IDs will not be accepted.)

Is Bellingham Budfest all ages/family friendly?

Yes! Bellingham Budfest welcomes any and all to join in our festivities. There will be live musical performances, vendors, speakers, and attendees from all around our community present, not just cannabis professionals and brands. In 2019, mothers were seen dancing with their little ones to the groovy tunes throughout the day. We also have lots to do and see, no matter the age.

What is the Cannabis Corral?

The Cannabis Corral is a designated area approved by the WSLCB that allows I-502 licensees the opportunity to educate the public in a private, 21+ only area monitored by professional security. Legal identification is required for each entry. Please note: No sales, display, or giveaways of cannabis products or brand merchandise. This area is for educational purposes only.

Do I need my identification?

For attendees 21+, you must bring a legal identification card in order to access the Cannabis Corral area. Vertical ID cards are okay.

How long can I expect to spend at the fest?

We hope for quite a while! We have various activities going throughout the day. You won't want to miss the amazing live music, panels, and even a silent disco yoga session! We are encouraging vendors to be interactive with attendees, much like a carnival. Plus, we have a filtered water refill station for an endless amount of water. Make sure you bring your own water bottle.

Are there food vendors at Bellingham Budfest?

Yes! There will be multiple food vendors at Budfest with a variety of food offerings to match the occasion. We encourage you to support the unique offerings available. There will be no cannabis infused items available, as this is currently illegal, including CBD. We have secured the parking lot to accomodate food trucks. Booths and other food vendor setups are welcome.

Why should I bring my water bottle to the event?

We have a generous sponsor that hosts a filtered water refill station. Bellingham Budfest is a Toward Zero Waste festival, which means we take large steps toward reduction of waste. One way we accomplish this goal is by not allowing vendors to sell or give away single-use plastics, including beverages. Bringing your own water bottle ensure you stay hydrated throughout the afternoon and you help the community and planet by doing so.

Who is allowed to host a booth at Bellingham Budfest?

Almost everyone! Our only restrictions are no alcohol, tobacco, or imported/mass produced glass companies or sales allowed. We'll have vendors ranging from cannabis farms and dispensaries to local non-profit organizations and artists. You won't want to miss the exclusive Whatcom Glass Gallery which features world-class glass artists that call Whatcom County home.

Is it going to be all cannabis companies hosting booths?

Absolutely not! Our goal of this festival is to showcase the cannabis industry and beyond, from the local plumber to hotel to non-profit organization. The only restrictions are no alcohol, tobacco, or imported/mass produced glass companies or sales.

I'm an artist/artisan. Any options to vend other than the booth option?

Yes! Please view the Art Bazaar vendor option. This is an option for artists and artisans producing homemade goods. It is a lower price point than hosting a 10 ft x 10 ft booth.

Can I bring my pet to Bellingham Budfest?

Sure can! Please keep all pets leashed and use appropriate means to dispose of their waste immediately and safely.

Can I bring my own food?

We greatly encourage attendees to patronize the food vendors present at the fest. We also encourage folks to bring their own water bottle, as there will be a filtered water station present and we will disallow the sale of single-use plastic bottles.

Is alcohol allowed? Will it be sold there?

We have a ZERO TOLERANCE policy for alcohol. Therefore, alcohol will not be available for purchase at the event. Our Safety Team reserves the right to remove you from the event if you are witnessed consuming unapproved beverages. This includes vendors. If caught consuming alcohol at your booth you will be banned from all future BBF's.

Will cannabis be sold at the event?

Cannabis sales (including edibles) are prohibited and this will be strictly enforced. Licensed recreational stores are the place you can legally procure product for your enjoyment if you are 21+. If you are witnessed selling cannabis products at the event, you will be asked to leave immediately by our Security Staff. Police will be contacted where appropriate.

Can we dab at the event?

There will be no open flames allowed at the park. Please no consumption set ups at booths. This is a strict rule and in the vendor contract. NO TORCHES!

Will it be safe at the event?

We have a highly experienced security staff that is trained in de-escalation and emergency response coordination. Every Department Coordinator volunteer is required to earn a Crowd Management Certificate. There will also be an aid station on site.

Can I sell imported or mass produced glass at the event?

Absolutely not. We will be strictly enforcing this rule. We protect the creative rights and hard work of glass artists producing unique pieces for their small business.