Get ready for Willie Nelson, 250 cannabis vendors, 26,000 cannabis fans and one heck of a hootenanny. The Emerald Cup 2018 has arrived.
Below, our insiders give the most pro tips on getting there, getting in, getting great cannabis and seeing the best shows. Read on for the Emerald Cup 2018 Schedule and Pro Tips.
When: December 15 and December 16, general admission begins at 10 a.m. both days and music performances are scheduled until 1 a.m. Saturday and 10 p.m. Sunday
Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennet Valley Road, Santa Rosa, CA, 95404
Cost: $80 plus tax for a single day pass, between $150 and $500 plus tax for a full weekend pass.
Age limit: 21+ no exceptions
Weather forecast / dress: Mild to moderate rain is expected on both days, with temperatures at 58ºF. Wear warm, dry, water-proof shoes and layers of your best weed wardrobe.
Ticket required: Yes. Sales end the day before the intended date. Advance single day, advance weekend and weekend VIP passes are still available on the Emerald Cup website.
Can I bring my own food and bev?: No, you cannot.
What about my own cannabis? Bringing in cannabis is fine as long as it is compliant with state law or doctor’s recommendation limits. Keep it under one ounce. No turkey bags if you’re a recreational user.
Can I share my cannabis when I’m in there? Yes, that would be appreciated. Cannabis can be shared and consumed only within designated consumption areas.
Best entry: There is one General Entrance.
Automobile: The best way to get to the Emerald Cup is by car, by far. If traveling by car, here are the Cup’s recommendations:
From Highway 101, take exit 7B to Highway 12 East towards Sonoma. Take the first exit of the right (South E Street Downtown) onto Bennett Valley Road and continue through the first stoplight. Just in front of you on your right will be the Sonoma County Event Center at the Fairgrounds.
If you are coming in from Highway 12, Westbound, take the Downtown exit, and turn left at the stop light onto Brookwood Avenue. The Fairgrounds will be ahead on your right after the stoplight.
Parking: You can park across the street from the fairgrounds, usually for $10 per day. Lock your car. Leave nothing of value in it. Auto burglars love big events.
You can also park in downtown Santa Rosa at Self Pay parking location and take a free Emerald Cup shuttle. Shuttle Pickups are:
7th St. Garage, 521 7th St.,
1st St. Garage, 555 1st St.,
2nd St. Garage, 97 D St. (2nd & D St.),
Smoking: The left half of the fairgrounds is almost all smoking-sanctioned past Finley Hall.
Lockers: There will be self-serve lockers for guests during the day or overnight. Anything left overnight in a day use locker will be thrown out. Lockers can be reserved for $20 a day or $35 for the weekend here
Shopping: There are five main shopping areas, PacEx Pavillion, Elyon Market, Flow Kana Market, FIELDZ and Cookies Village, and Emerald Cup Merch. The pavillion alone hosts over 100 booths, so check the map for your favorite brands’ placement.
Food: Over 30 munchies options organized around the Shade Park beer garden. There’s vegan food, noodles, chicken, pizza, barbeque, and three chefs performing live cooking demos.
Nearby Dinner: In N Out; Willie Bird’s Restaurant (American and cocktails); Pupuseria Salvadorena; Ca’Bianca (Italian); Yeti Indian Restaurant; Shogun | Japanese Restaurant; Bird & The Bottle
Nearby Attractions: Russian River Brewing Company; Third Street Aleworks; Railroad Square Historic District; Juilliard Park; Jack & Tony’s; The Lounge at La Rosa