Sativa Stadium ~ Plantem Park

4:20 am to Dawn

Mahawana Sunrise Meditation

10.30 am Legal Advice with Steve Bolt

Cannabis is a “prohibited drug” under NSW law. Any activity involving cannabis is illegal – possession, use, supply or cultivation. It is also an offence to drive with THC present in your saliva. Local solicitor, Steve Bolt, will present general advice and guidance regarding cannabis laws.

11:30 am Hemp Olympix

Register at Sativa Stadium for the 2017 Hemp Olympix! $2 Entry into all HEMP Olympix Events.

12 pm : Tug O’ Drug Peace

Recreational Versus Medical Pot Users

With the Big Hemp Rope!

Sadly, in 2017 police don’t want to compete in this famous event. Well, it is a bit embarrassing to keep losing to the stoners! Maybe they’ll change their mind, but if not, we’ll do the Hillsong Skip to celebrate outlasting the recently retired NSW Police Commissioner. He did his best to make out life difficult! Last man, or woman, standing wins gold!

The tug is followed by the Hemp Olympix First Heats of the Bong Throw and Yell and then the Growers Ironperson Event.  Hosted by S Sorrensen and Alan Glover.

Followed by the Fringe Hemp Olympix with Nic the Hippy, Bigbong, Gary the Plumber, Dr Smooth, and Baldenstoned all assisting in this fast growing event. This begins with the Beard and Dread Stash. How much can you hide in your hair anywhere? Followed by Correct Weight where contestants attempt to fill a baggie with as close to an ounce as possible, 28.349 grams.  Seed Sorting, and the wheelchair obstacle course where contestants will attempt to score a Licence To Care*.

* Extremely rare and impossible to get in Australia!

5 – 11 pm Music @ Hash Bowl Stage

5 pm David Spry

6 pm Guthrie

7 pm Senivoda

8 pm The Bent Bullets

9 pm All Strings Attached

10 pm Monster Zoku Onsomb

11 pm Funmaker Silent Disco @ Sativa Stadium


Nimbin Town Hall

MardiGrass Info Booth, chill zone, medical Cannabis meeting place, forums, with advice and education in the garden. The Greek Street Food Cafe in the Town Hall is open all weekend serving healthy meals, local coffee and homemade hempseed cakes.

11 am – 4 pm: Hemposium Conference
Talks, workshops, demos and forums on cannabis law reform, medicine, culture, and history.

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

We are pleased to present some mind-bending action at the 25th MardiGrass Hemposium. There is an impressive line-up of speakers who will share their medical cannabis expertise and experiences, and reveal the campaigns and gains made in other cannabis loving communities around the planet.

5 pm : HEMP Olympix Joint Rolling First Heats

Must burn from one end to another!

6 pm : Hemposium Pot Politix Forum

How do we get politicians to take cannabis law reform seriously? Is it time for an Australian Charter of Rights?

Hosted by Steve Bolt and speakers include: Greg Chipp [Drug Policy Australia], Glenn Druery [Political Strategist], Derryn Hinch [Justice Party Senator Victoria], Andrew Kavasilas [HEMP Party], Fiona Patten [Sex Party MLC Victoria], David Shoebridge [Greens MLC NSW]

7 pm : HEMP Fashion Show

Industrial hemp textiles are growing in acceptance with a new following among designers and consumers in Australia. Hemp fibre fell out of mainstream use by the 1950s, replaced by more ‘modern’ fabrics like polyester and nylon. Manufacturers of today’s hemp garments claim the fibres are strong and wear better than other natural or synthetic fibres.

7.30 pm : Stand Up Comedy Show

MardiGrass comedy in the Town Hall Saturday night at 7.30. Hosted by SSorrensen and Alan Glover, with special guests Steady Eddy and Jonathan Atherton.

10 pm MUSIC

10 pm Wandering Eyes

11 pm Golden Zephyr


Indica Arena ~ Disco Sista’s Tent

12 – 4 pm: Hemposium Conference

Talks, workshops, demos and forums on cannabis law reform, medicine, culture, and history.

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers

5 pm : Comedy at the Laugh Grass Tent!

Hosted by the Laugh Mob. Weed love to make you laugh with our comedy ! And we sure need it to handle these ridiculous, discriminatory, inhuman, archaic, ludicrous and laughable cannabis laws.



7 pm : Druglawed – Film screening and Q&A with film maker, Arik Reiss

DRUGLAWED is the explosive documentary exposing how New Zealand has been co-opted by the US into fighting the failed War On Drugs. Over the last 100 years the US government has forced its drug control policies on almost every country on earth. 40 years since Richard Nixon declared the War On Drugs in 1972, 22 million Americans have been arrested for marijuana. Only one country in the world has higher arrest and conviction rates: New Zealand. DRUGLAWED examines how New Zealand fell in lockstep with US policies, and shows how smaller countries can break out.

9 pm Spin, Fire & Flow

The dance of Shiva sets the rhythm of life and death that orders the universe … The ring of fire represents the eternal cyclical nature of existence.

9 – 11 pm : Green Light Party

Hosted by Disco Sista & Laugh Mob

Nimbin DJ Club presents Open DJ Sets / Fire Dancers / Lights / Videos / Fx… dance in the largest rainproof tent…. Featuring: Vicious System, Salubrious Something’s, and Video DJ Disco Sista


Indica Arena ~ IMF Hemp Tent

10 am – 4 pm: Hemposium Conference
Talks, workshops, demos, forum and expo on industrial hemp

This year’s Mardigrass Hemp IMF Tent will promote hemp solutions for Industry, Medical and Food use. Our highly experienced Hempies have had many years of experience in developing hemp for new clean green hemp/bamboo farming and renewable raw materials to replace mining and petrochemicals.

Link to Program ~ Link to Speakers


Indica Arena ~ Mullaways Camp

10 am – 4 pm : All day Gardener’s Breakfast with Mullaway and friends. All gardeners and wanna-be green thumbs welcome!

Get a flying start to the day. MULLAWAY MEDICAL CANNABIS MEETING. Tony Bower will be here. Originally helping MS, HIV, cancer and chronic pain sufferers in Australia’s first medical cannabis dispensary trial, Tony was arrested and imprisoned for growing the 200 tagged medical cannabis he needed to keep his commitment to his patients. A few months and expensive legal fees later Tony was freed by a higher court. Forced by the threat of jail to reduce his effort, Tony has since been focusing on genetic child epilepsy patients where some outstanding results have been seen and publicised by the media. “My culture prohibits me from not helping someone if I can.”


Town Hall Garden

Open all weekend: Medical Cannabis meeting place, advice and education from local and visiting experts, as well as herbal extraction and cooking demonstrations.

10 am – 4 pm : Medical Cannabis Advice, Information, Education and Demonstrations. Please drop in any time to share with local and visiting experts.

Advisors: Dave, Heather, Francis, Kendra, Gary, Zane, Radic Al, Brooke
Demos: Radic Al, Nick the Hippy


Community Market Stage

Family Friendly space featuring a chill-out chai tent, markets, and the best of music from the Rainbow region all weekend.

10 am – 10 pm: Music

10 am Joel Sweetman

11 am Josh Halverson

12 pm Will Massey

1 pm Brommers

2 pm Rob Cass

3 pm Johnny Ganja

5 pm Drift

6 pm Doug & Biskit

7 pm Mecca Mecca

8 pm Neil Pike & The Pagan Love Cult

9 pm Matt Stillert & Matt Turner


Birth & Beyond

This year at Nimbin Mardigrass, the Birth and Beyond room (next to the Apothecary) will be alive with harmonious Yogic vibrations. Please join us for one of our scheduled classes or pop in to soak up the energy.

8 am – 9.30 Stoned Yoga

CONFRONTING STEREOTYPES …. YOGA IN ACTION: Inhale …. hold …. exhale…..relax. Are you pulling a morning bong, inhaling deeply on a mother gunja spliff supreme, yoga breathing or a combination of all three simultaneously? Stoners, hippies, yogis….it’s time to confront tired stereotypes. All stoners aren’t lazy and dirty; all hippies don’t wear rainbows and dreadlocks and all yogis aren’t super athletes in tight lycra.. All you need to be able to do is breathe. Yoga and cannabis are ancient tools to enlightenment or simply put a more peaceful joyful experience of your life. Stoned Yoga will provide a quiet morning space amidst the chaos to breath, stretch and re-connect. Some mats supplied but please bring your own!!!!!

10 am – 11.30 Sativa Salutations

2 pm – 3.30 Yoga on the Grass


Mingle Park

Solar powered DRY CAMP in the middle of the village, includes chilled chai tent, hemp education and demonstrations on using hemp seed for nutrition, music, workshops, Stoned Chess, and movies after dark

11 am: Register for the MWSCC (MardiGrass World Stoned Chess Championship) on the old Museum site next to Daizy’s by 12:00 pm Saturday.

Midday: World Stoned Chess Championship

Winner decided by sunset. Drug testing will be compulsory, but not after every move.

After Sunset : Moving pictures showing 25 years of MardiGrass

Projectionists: Doug and Old Steve

12 – 10 pm: Music and workshop

12 pm Hip Hop Workshop – Freestyle Friday’s Showcase

5 pm Beats

6 pm Kelly Gang

6.30 pm Eph n Treats

7 pm Teddy Lewis King

7.30 pm Rates

8 pm Native Bonez

8.30 pm Master Wolf

9 pm Jacquie Lomas

9.30 pm Ty Mason



Arrives in Nimbin, having wended its way from Byron Bay via Lismore. Sponsored by Rvbyesque.


4:20 pm * Global Marijuana March*

Meet for a world record attempt at the most joints ever lit at once in the one place……. Everyone is encouraged to roll a joint so that when the Konvoy has passed,  at the call of the Nimbin time 4:20, we can light up simultaneously and please blow as much smoke as possible for the cameras.

Well over 1 million cannabis law reform activists in nearly 300 cities around the globe will be protesting. In Nimbin we will once again aim to break our record for the most joints ever lit at once in the same place at the same time. This is a big call now because weed is now legal – for those who enjoy it – in 8 American states.

Be smart and bring a “joint”! After the last Kombi has passed, wait for the call and we will light up,and produce as much smoke as possible for the cameras recording the event. Viva la Fume!


Hemp [Party] Bar @ the Embassy

6 pm : HEMP Party members meet here every evening from 6pm. Join the HEMP Party here. And if you live in Victoria or NSW, please sign up and help us register state HEMP Parties. 

8.30 pm till late The HEMP Bar and Polite Bureau on the Embassy verandah will be hosting a W.A.N party, where the focus is to be on uploading images and other information to YouTube, Facebook and other networks, bring your laptop, mobile phone and camera.

Don’t forget to check out the POT ART EXHIBITION featuring Cannabis inspired art. Meet old hippies here and long time cannabis law reform activists. Coffees, teas, healers and archival Mardigrass footage. The Bar hosts Ghosts of MardiGrass Past!  Armband entry only.


Djanbung Gardens

8 am – 4 pm Cafe & DJ Lounge    Brekky, lunch and yummy munchies
11 am Special guided tour of our permaculture gardens with the designer to celebrate International Permaculture Day – free with armband (others:  $10)

Bush Theatre

Enjoy a superb chill zone in a beautiful setting by Mulgum Creek, featuring:

Nimbin’s Bush Theatre: Screening pot movies all weekend.

Phoenix Rising Café: Delicious food daily with many of the menu’s ingredients grown on-site or provided by local producers.

9 am – 8 pm Saturday & Sunday : Live music all weekend!

3 pm Saturday : A Dead Set presented by the Grateful Dead Appreciation Society


Other Roadside Attractions