FAQs

WHAT IS THE EMERALD CUP?

The Emerald Cup is California’s longest-running, most authentic celebration of cannabis culture and quality.

Each year, The Emerald Cup Competition evaluates hundreds of entries spanning more than four dozen unique categories. Over 100 thoughtfully selected official Emerald Cup Judges spend over a month analyzing entries and lab tests to determine who grew the best flower, and produced the high quality edibles, drinks, vape carts, topicals, concentrates and more.

After the judging concludes, we tally those results and present all of the winners at the Emerald Cup Awards, a live in-person stage event rightfully dubbed as “The Academy Awards of Cannabis.”

The Awards are accompanied by a two-day celebration which includes music, community, education, food and of course, great cannabis! The world-renowned Emerald Cup Craft Cannabis Marketplace is always a bustling attraction and Emerald Cup Sessions speaker panels fill the room with curious connoisseurs. We dance the night away with friends new and old!

What are the Emerald Cup Awards?

The Emerald Cup Awards is the foundational aspect of our annual event, offering a transparent and trusted chance for California’s best cultivators, extractors, movers, shakers, and cool-product-makers to compete against the rest.

The world-renowned Emerald Cup Awards is excited to announce that our highly anticipated 2024 awards ceremony will be held in the historic Henry J. Kaiser Center for the Arts on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California on Aug 17th & 18th, 2024.

Now in our 20th year, the Emerald Cup continues to create a memorable and unique entheogenic experience for our competitors, judges, speakers, and guests.

When do the 2024 Emerald Cup Awards take place?

The 20th Annual Emerald Cup Awards show will take place on Aug 17th & 18th, 2024​, at the Henry J. Kaiser Center for the Arts in Oakland, California.

WHAT HAPPENED TO THE EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL?

For the 20th Anniversary edition of the Emerald Cup Awards, we decided to recombine the awards show with the celebratory event that had previously been split off into the “Harvest Ball” event, usually held in mid-December at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa.

The Emerald Cup Awards show has been pushed back to April of 2024 in order to allow for proper curing and processing of the 2023 cannabis harvest, as well as to give judges ample time to experience every entry with the in-depth attention that they deserve.

Our reasons for changing up the December tradition for the competition include:

1. By pushing the intake date and the competition itself back on the calendar, farmers had more time to properly harvest their outdoor cannabis crops, dry and cure their samples before entering them. This is a direct result of feedback in action – we hear you.

2. Since the Emerald Cup’s roots run so deeply in the cannabis culture, everyone from CEOs to connoisseurs are keeping a close eye on which brands and products take home Emerald Cup Awards. With the stakes higher than ever, this new timeline allows us to be more deliberative in the testing and judging processes, ensuring a fair and accurate competition.

3. The 20th Anniversary of The Emerald Cup calls for a bigger, better party! In April, we’ll have warmer weather, along with an urban setting in the East Bay that makes it easier for more of the community to attend the event.

Why do I keep hearing about Terpenes in regards to the Emerald Cup Competition?

Cannabinoids like CBD and THC certainly matter, but ongoing research has revealed that robust terpene content along with cannabinoid content is the real winning combination. In fact, the Flower entry with the highest level of THC has never won the Emerald Cup!

We have long known that proper flavor and aroma are required to achieve desired effects, but now we have the science to prove it. Beginning in 2022, The Emerald Cup joined forces with PhytoFacts® and SC Labs which resulted in the Emerald Cup Cannabis Classification System based on PhytoFacts® powered by SC Labs. Learn more about it here.

Where do the Emerald Cup Awards take place?

The 20th Annual Emerald Cup Awards will take place at the historic Henry J. Kaiser Center for the Arts on the shores of Lake Merritt in Oakland, California on Aug 17th & 18th, 2024.

The venue address is:
Henry J Kaiser Event Center, 10 10th St, Oakland, CA 94607

Can I purchase tickets to the Emerald Cup Awards?

​Yes! This event is open to the public. Please visit TICKET LINK TBD

Be aware that the ticket pricing changes, with prices rising as we get closer to the event date. Get your tickets early for the best price!

GETTING TO THE VENUE, PARKING OPTIONS, HOTEL INFO, AND GROUND TRANSPORTATION NEAR THE HENRY J. KAISER Center for the Arts

Parking and logistics information to come later

What are the Competition Categories that are represented at the 20th Annual Emerald Cup Awards?

A full list of Emerald Cup Competition Categories can be found here, along with definitions.

Age Restrictions? How old do I have to be to get into the Emerald Cup Awards?

You need to be 21 & over with a valid state issued ID and/or passport to gain entry to the Emerald Cup Awards show.