With River City Wine Week happening now, and enough craft beer events to keep the beer nerds happy, it’s high time the cannabis geeks got their own event. Now, the Tree Harvest Festival at Cal Expo (1600 Exposition Blvd.), Sacramento’s first cannabis fete, answers that need. Self-described as “kinda like going to the county fair, except the theme is different,” the festival provides everything from vendors of cannabis and cannabis-related accoutrements to live entertainment from local bands and comedians. They’ve even got a petting zoo, carnival rides and munchies-perfect faire food.

It’s not all activities, though. There are three shaded “chill areas” for you to take a break from the midsummer heat and cool off while you light up. If you get restless, you can always check out the BMX and half-pipe shows. For the true weed nerds, California growers will be pitted against one another in the Tree Harvest Championship, where one edible, concentrate and flower will be taking home a blue ribbon. There’s even free classes from local cannabis experts. Times vary by day. Passes cost $29 for one-day, and $42 for two-day. Visit Treeharvestfestival.com for more deets.

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 10 of issue #298 (Aug. 14 – 28, 2019)**