FAQs

WHAT IS THE EMERALD CUP?

Originally held as a friendly, yet mostly anonymous, contest in an undisclosed location somewhere in the infamous Emerald Triangle, today the Emerald Cup openly and proudly continues an 19-year tradition of celebrating the cannabis plant, the culture surrounding it, and the farmers and producers who ethically bring it to market.

Featuring chart-topping live musical acts, organic food and beverage options, intriguing panel discussions, indoor and outdoor activations and VIP experiences, and an incredibly diverse direct-to-consumer cannabis marketplace, the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball and the Emerald Cup Awards are more than a celebration, also presenting the world’s premiere cannabis competition featuring over 700 entries in 50+ categories encompassing all aspects of consumption.

WHAT IS THE EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL?

A 2-day celebration at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball 2022 will have the same welcoming, grassroots vibe from past Emerald Cup events, without the Competition and Awards phase. That will be held separately, at a later date).

Think of it as a fall harvest “afterparty”, and the 19th Annual Competition kickoff celebration. With a focus on further expanding our unrivaled direct-to-consumer cannabis marketplace – the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball  is the perfect venue to meet up with old friends and make some new ones, to stock up on fresh flowers from the fall harvest, to replenish your seed stash, and just to shake off the social cobwebs of the past year!

Industry trendsetters will feature in our EC Sessions, great live music, great food, and of course great cannabis in our world famous marketplace will all be abundant at the ECHB.

 

WHEN IS THE EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL?

EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL ’22 HOURS OF OPERATION:

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10th

11:00am – Emerald VIP / Super Emerald VIP Doors
12:00pm – General Admission Doors
*1-hour early entry for VIP Pass holders

Exhibitor Halls Open – 11:00am – 9:00pm
Main Stage Curfew – 9:00pm
Sara Lee Curfew – 10:00pm

SUNDAY DECEMBER 11th

11:00am – Emerald VIP / Super Emerald VIP Doors
12:00pm – General Admission Doors
*1-hour early entry for VIP Pass holders

Exhibitor Halls Open – 11:00am – 8:00pm
Main Stage Curfew – 8:00pm
Sara Lee Curfew – 9:00pm

EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL ’22 HOURS OF OPERATION:

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10th

11:00am – Emerald VIP / Super Emerald VIP Doors
12:00pm – General Admission Doors
*1-hour early entry for VIP Pass holders

Exhibitor Halls Open – 11:00am – 9:00pm
Main Stage Curfew – 9:00pm
Sara Lee Curfew – 10:00pm

SUNDAY DECEMBER 11th

11:00am – Emerald VIP / Super Emerald VIP Doors
12:00pm – General Admission Doors
*1-hour early entry for VIP Pass holders

Exhibitor Halls Open – 11:00am – 8:00pm
Main Stage Curfew – 8:00pm
Sara Lee Curfew – 9:00pm

WHERE DOES THE EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL TAKE PLACE?

Close to our spiritual home in the Emerald Triangle. We host the event at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404

IS THERE AN AGE REQUIREMENT TO ATTEND THE EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL?

Yes, you must be 21+ with legally recognized identification, including a valid state issued driver’s license, passport, or military identification.

I'M FROM OUT-OF-STATE, CAN I ATTEND THE EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL?

Yes, all are welcome to attend!

WILL RE-ENTRY INTO THE FESTIVAL GROUNDS BE ALLOWED THIS YEAR?

Yes and no. Re-entry (in-and-out privileges) is determined by ticket type. General Admission passes do not allow re-entry, while VIP level passes do allow re-entry.

Re-entry is allowed for:
– Emerald pass holders
– Super Emerald pass holders

Re-entry is not allowed for:
– Single Day GA pass holders
– Weekend GA pass holders

We recommend that you plan accordingly for your comfort and convenience. Dress or the weather, and know we will have lockers available to rent.

WHAT ARE THE EMERALD CUP AWARDS (THE ANNUAL COMPETITION)?

The Emerald Cup Awards are a foundational aspect of our annual events offering a transparent and trusted chance for California’s best cultivators, extractors, movers, shakers, and cool-product-makers to put their best head-to-head against the rest. Hundreds of products will be entered into dozens of categories and then scrutinized by certified testing labs and a roster of judges selected for their vast individual and collective experience with the plant.

Awards are presented across 50+ categories including flowers, concentrates, edibles, topicals, and more. In 2021 we had over 700+ entries!

The recognition from peers and consumers alike that comes along with an Emerald Cup achievement can be transformational for a brand as it highlights their commitment to the culture by crafting clean cannabis.

The California cannabis market is stronger when united and the 2023 Emerald Cup Awards will bridge the gap between the NorCal and SoCal markets, providing more opportunities for farmers and brands and new options for consumers.

 

WHEN WILL THE EMERALD CUP AWARD SHOW TAKE PLACE?

The Emerald Cup Award show will take place in May 2023, in Los Angeles, California.

HOW CAN I SUPPORT THE EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL IN MY OWN COMMUNITY?

Let us know if you want to help spread the word about the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball, or other endeavors like the Emerald Cup Competition, or the Emerald Cup Awards in Los Angeles. We always love to work with our community members – it’s about strength in numbers!

If you want us to ship you some flyers or posters, or you have other ideas on how you can help spread the word, contact us here.

HOW DO I BUY PASSES?

The General Presale begins Friday, August 26 at 12:00 noon PST. This presale is for Emerald Cup subscribers (our email list) only. The early bird General Presale will run up until we jump to our Public On Sale pricing. Prices do increase as we go closer to the festival.

If you were an Emerald Cup subscriber prior to the presale start time, you’ll be able to purchase passes here. Take note, you will need the password found in the email we sent to you on August 26.

If you didn’t receive an email for ECHB ‘22, be sure to subscribe to our mailing for updates and offers and access to these kinds of perks. If you really must have access to our bird presale, then FOLLOW US social media. Instagram, Facebook, Twitter. You never know, we may just say to hell with it and share the password, for all to see. Afterall, life is unpredictable like that!

HOW MUCH ARE PASSES TO THE EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL?

We are currently in the “presale” stage of the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball. Only 2-Day (weekend) passes are available at this time.

Our public on sale will start at higher pricing sometime in September, or we run out of presale passes first!

Passes will start at the following levels and go up as we get closer to the show.

Emerald Cup Loyalty Presale is exclusive to ECHB 2021 presale purchasers effective Thursday August 25 at 12 noon PST. The lowest level pricing will start at $99 for a 2-Day General Admission pass (fees on top). More info here.

Emerald Cup General Presale is open to all Emerald Cup subscribers as of Friday August 26 at noon PST. The lowest level pricing will start at $110 for a 2-Day General Admission pass (fees on top). More info here.

Prices and VIP offerings based in each presale are listed here on our passes page,

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 2 (TWO) VIP PASSES YOU ARE OFFERING?

We offer a 2-Day Emerald Pass and a 2-Day Super Emerald Pass

Both passes offer the same packages, however the 2-Day Super Emerald pass provides these additional perks:

  • One (1) Exclusive ECHB 2022 Limited Edition Poster (signed & numbered)
  • One (1) Storage Locker (1 per order)
  • Access to Exclusive, Invite-only, ECHB events
  • Access to VIP Meet and Greets (Hang time with EC Participants & Personalities)
  • Access to Exclusive Presale Access to the Emerald Cup Awards Show – Los Angeles (May ’23)


A full breakdown on what’s offered and not offered by pass level can be found here.

WHEN WILL SINGLE DAY PASSES GO ON-SALE?

Single Day Passes are currently not available. Always remember, our 2-Day Pass will always offer our community the best bang-for-your-buck!

IF I BUY TICKETS FROM A WEBSITE OR PERSON DIFFERENT FROM THE OFFICIAL EMERALD CUP TICKETING OUTLETS. HOW DO I KNOW IF MY TICKETS WILL BE VALID?

We cannot guarantee that your ticket will grant you entry into the event unless purchased from our website, our ticketing company (SEE TICKETS) or one of our other official ticketing partners.

CAN I UPGRADE MY GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET TO AN EMERALD PASS TICKET?

You can but it will take some effort on your part. Upgrades require a refund and a repurchase.

You will need to purchase the VIP level pass that you desire, and then email help@seetickets.us with BOTH order numbers requesting a refund for the GA order.

WHEN WILL THE 19TH ANNUAL EMERALD CUP COMPETITION BEGIN?

The 19th Annual Emerald Cup Competition will kick off this fall. We will update you with more information as it’s made available. We will have a special activation at the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball, promoting the launch of the 19th Annual Competition, and paying tribute to the previous years Award winners.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE WINNERS FROM THE 18TH ANNUAL EMERALD CUP COMPETITION & AWARDS?

This is really the essence of what the Emerald Cup is all about. This is our soul.

Check out our Competition Winners list, or even better, check out our Competition Almanac with way more details on the winners. Give yourself some time… it’s a fun journey!

WHAT IS THE EMERALD CUP HARVEST BALL’S WORLD FAMOUS MARKETPLACE ALL ABOUT?

A destination for cannabis connoisseurs worldwide, the Emerald Cup Marketplace is a direct-to-consumer “farmer’s market”-style shopping experience hosted at the Emerald Cup Harvest Ball.

The Emerald Cup Marketplace provides exclusive access to the fall’s fresh cannabis harvest, a wide array of top-shelf genetics for your home or commercial grow, an unrivaled collection of heritage and new-gen products, and face-to-face interaction with the folks behind the most highly sought-after cannabis brands in California.

This is how cannabis, and the appreciation of it, was meant to be exchanged!

MARKETPLACE HOURS OF OPERATION 2022:

SATURDAY DECEMBER 10th

11:00am – 9:00pm – Emerald VIP / Super Emerald VIP
12:00pm – 9:00pm – General Admission
*1-hour early entry for VIP Pass holders

SUNDAY DECEMBER 11th

11:00am – 8:00pm – Emerald VIP / Super Emerald VIP Doors
12:00pm – 8:00pm – General Admission
*1-hour early entry for VIP Pass holders

WHEN IS THE EMERALD CUP’S MARKETPLACE OPEN FOR BUSINESS?

Marketplace hours are TBA. Know that we guarantee that VIP Pass purchasers (both Emerald and Super Emerald) will get in 1 hour prior to General Admission pass holders. That is certain!