NY Harvest Fest is a Northeast Classic featuring multiple stages, diverse musical lineup, huge shakedown street vendor village, fine art gallery, public and celebrity cannabis cup, edible cup, workshops, activist & educational speakers, kids / family area, drum circle, farmers market, onsite camping, great people, good vibes and SO much more...
Harvest Fest is a celebration of our cannabis culture. A place where the culture could always feel free, despite prohibition. Now that cannabis is legal and its potential is starting to be realized, we are excited to bring this event, this culture, back into the light.
We host the longest running cannabis competition in AMERICA!
Prior to the last two years, Harvest Festival and Freedom Fair was celebrated as a "protestival". We have worked long and hard to earn the respect of the cannabis community in New York (and beyond)!
Damn Sam Productions was conceived in the early 1990s in Beacon, NY (the home of environmental activism as we know it) and was further developed at the famous Arrowhead Ranch in Parksville, NY. DSP was founded to raise money for pro-freedom activism in NY and beyond. The money raised at Harvest Fest and other Damn Sam ventures goes to fund select organizations that focus on a variety of issues, mostly regarding the hemp/marijuana laws, the War on Drugs and its impact on our physical and social environments. Our main focus has been and continues to be full cannabis legalization and a release of all cannabis prisoners. No one is free, until all of us are free!
Past Damn Sam Events include: NYC 420 Celebration, The HempSplash Festivals, AT40 (The 40th Anniversary of the Acid Tests - production and promotion with the Kesey family and others), The High Times WHEE Festival, Spring Planting Festivals, Drive-In Laser Shows (Yasgur Farm, Bethel, NY), Rock Against Racism Concerts (SUNY New Paltz), Salvation Army Toy Drives, and many local concerts to support rallies, lobby days and other political efforts from candidates' campaigns to the NYC Pot Parade concert stage.
Past Damn Sam Speakers and Entertainment include Pete Seeger. Jack Herer, Ask Ed Rosenthal, George Clinton & the 420 Funk Mob, Richie Havens, Hamilton Morris, Immortal Technique, dead prez, Alex & Alison Grey, Rhoney Stanley, Steven and Ina Mae Gaskin, The Wailers, Cabinet, Bluestar Radiation, Melvin Seals & JGB, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Dead Milkmen, Levon Helm, Particle, High Times Cannabis Cup Band, Col. Bruce Hampton, Fishbone, Rev. Kenny Glassco, Judge James Grey, John Kadlecik, Dana Beal, Timothy Tyler, Ike Willis, Ed Mann, Napoleon Murphy Brock, Murphy's Law, The Persuasions, DJ Logic, The Real Radio Rahim, Frankie Bones, DANK, Queen Mother (wife of Baba Olatunji), Max Creek, Rev. Larry Ellis, ecoustic hookah, Moonalice, The David Nelson Band, Tony Vacca & World Rhythms with Massamba Diop, Garth Hudson & The Dharma Bums, Vassar Clements, Buddy Cage, Steve Hagar, Mayor Jason West, Grandpa Al, Dogs in a Pile, Deep Banana Blackout and many, many more.
Damn Sam would LIKE to Congratulate our winner of the NYC: 4/20 Celebration Cannabis Cup: BLUEBERRY MUFFIN! Blueberry Muffin was brought to us by North Thomson of Northern Heights! This decision was one that was UNANAMOUS with our judging panel, undisputed! Congrats North, cannot wait to see what you got for us in October (25th NY Harvest Festival & Freedom Fair)! Coming in at 2nd place was Doorstep Into The Sky! 3rd Place was NYC Diesel! Both Doorstep & the NYC Diesel were brought to us by Ry Dogz Genetix and we are also super excited to see what they come up with for NY Harvest Festival! All the entries for NYC were: Sour Diesel, Doorstep Into The Sky, NYC Diesel, 1984 Candy Store, Blueberry Muffin, 20 Week Haze, Lemon Diesel! Special THANK YOU to all the growers for the amazing entries and all the judges for making our 1st NYC Cannabis Cup so cool!