(SACRAMENTO, Calif) – Cal Expo wrapped up a busy and historic weekend. Four events took place on Cal Expo’s grounds including the first-ever, fully licensed recreational cannabis event held on state property. The result was a calm, successful, and well attended weekend.

“More than 25,000 people enjoyed a memorable time at a variety of events at Cal Expo,” said CEO and General Manager, Rick Pickering. “It was a well-coordinated effort with our event partners to make sure that the events had a safe environment for all attendees.”

The busy weekend began on Friday, May 4 with the first day of the High Times Cannabis Cup. There were no arrests from the event, and minor medical issues were heat related.

Saturday started early with a special viewing party for the 144th Kentucky Derby at the Miller Lite Racetrack Grandstand. Almost 2,000 people came to enjoy a special Derby buffet which began at 9:00 a.m. At the same time, nearly 2,000 athletes attended the Northern California Volleyball Association’s indoor matches on Saturday and Sunday. After placing their bets on the “Greatest Two Minutes in Sports,” horseracing fans were able to watch the final night of Harness Racing for the season.

At the Cannabis Cup, the calm atmosphere continued into the event’s second and final day on Saturday, May 5. Once again, there were no arrests from the event, and any medical issues were heat related.

“The Central Valley Cannabis Cup at Cal Expo was a historic step,” said Adam Levin, CEO of High Times. “Never before has a state agency approved a cannabis consumption and sales event like this. Together, we just set the standard for a fun, clean, safe event and proven how economically beneficial and generally uplifting gatherings like this can be for the broader community.”

Cal Expo is already gearing up for an even busier weekend with over 40,000 people anticipated at five events taking place throughout the grounds. On Saturday, May 12: Susan G. Komen – More Than Pink Walk, music festival “Country in the Park,” a Sacramento Republic FC match, and the opening weekend of Raging Waters. Then on Mother’s Day, May 13, the music continues with “Slayer” playing at Papa Murphy’s Park.

Annually, Cal Expo hosts over 100 events with more than 2 million people in attendance.

There are more events happening throughout May. Visit Cal Expo’s Calendar of Events page for more information.


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