High on horror: Friday the 13th Cannabis & Music Bash at Hazy LA

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When witches, ghosts, and stoners dance under the stars together, it can only mean one thing: Friday the 13th bash at Hazy.LA! With it being their last party of the year, all the stops were pulled out for this ghoulish gathering. This included cannabis brand activations, retail vendors, food trucks, free tattoos, tooth gems, plus a killer music lineup. 

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Based out of Los Angeles, Hazy is an independent event production company that specializes in creating dynamic live and digital experiences that captivate and engage audiences. Hosting events like Turntables and Terpenes, Hazy 420 Arts and Music Festival, and, of course, the annual Halloween bash which brought me here again tonight. Each event is always unique and combines the love of cannabis, community, and music together.

Hidden in the arts district in DTLA, amongst a set of black buildings, is the location you are looking for. Follow your nose to the smells of connoisseur-grade weed being puffed and your ears to the live music emanating from their venue. Just outside, two men who were not associated with the venue casually shouted, “Looking for the weed event?” and pointed, showing how cannabis unites us all, even on Friday the 13th.

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The Hazy LA Halloween event featured plenty of tricks and treats. Photo: Josh Freeman

Brand activations offer tricks and treats

Entering this exclusive space, you feel immediately part of the mix as a row of cannabis brands, vendors, and other activities lead you to the stage where live performances headline the events. Mary Jones soda was present, making sure the crowd stayed hydrated with Jones Soda free for the taking, as well as shots mixed with their medicated syrups. To match the season, I chose orange cream soda and syrup to enhance my evening. Look for a full review of Mary Jones soda coming soon.

With Halloween quickly approaching and thoughts of sweet treats on my mind, I was immediately drawn to the Fruit Slabs booth with its neon glowing in the night. Enticed by the snacks on offer, a blend of exotic fruits and cannabis distillate, I can say this was one of the best edibles I have encountered. Speaking with the guy behind the beard, Brandon Dorsky, I got a bit more insight into the Fruit Slabs journey and what really sets them apart from the medicated gummies and candies.

Coast 2 Coast cannabis brought the killer fun with an ax-throwing activation, where if you got a bullseye, you received a free pre-roll. Also on scene was Paradiso, a female-owned cannabis brand that was showing off products like the strain Glitter Bomb. They even gave me a behind-the-scenes look at their indoor open-air facility and how they are changing the game as far as quality is concerned.

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A Mary Jones soda infused toast to Hazy LA. Photo: Josh Freeman

Music and munchies round out the experience

When the munchies hit, this event had you covered with an onsite food truck, Wings and Waffles on Wheels. Need a cottonmouth cure? Alfredo’s Fruits was ready to deliver with all kinds of fresh fruit options in a mega cup for only ten bucks. Or if the evening was feeling a bit brisk as fall is upon us here on the West Coast, Puro Pinche Cafe had just the right options to keep you warm and caffeinated on this haunting evening.

When 3LH hit the main stage, the night really began to electrify. Keeping it classy in their milkman motif, the band played a hard spooktacular set just right for Friday the 13th, amping up the crowd for the final act, Slaughterhouse. As the band performed, they warned if the mosh pit didn’t start going, then there would be consequences. So when the new lead singer, Meriel, jumped into the crowd to mosh and sing, the entire venue cranked it up to another degree.

When you go to a Hazy event, you can be assured of a couple of things: an engaged cannabis community with brands and activations to help guide the ever-evolving cannabis connoisseur, combined with music and art that exemplifies the community and local area like no other. While this was the last event of theirs for the year, be sure to follow and keep an eye on the big things planned for 2024.

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Josh Freeman