We recently published a list of our favourite cannabis events, conferences and trade shows taking place in Canada in 2023, and as the cannabis industry continues to grow worldwide, we wanted to pull together a similar list of the international cannabis events, trade shows and conferences taking place this year.
This covers cannabis conferences in Europe, cannabis events in Australia, cannabis trade shows in South Africa, and other areas including Thailand, Mexico and Colombia.
While the below list focuses on cannabis events outside of North America (it would be way too long otherwise), you can find our list of cannabis conferences and tradeshows in Canada here.
There are hundreds of cannabis events in the USA of varying quality. The biggest is MJ Biz Con which takes place in Vegas in November every year. We’re also big fans of the Benzinga cannabis events and Hall of Flowers, which take place throughout the year. Here’s a list of the top 15 cannabis trade shows to attend in the USA in 2023 and another of cannabis conferences taking place across the States.
International cannabis events, conferences and trade shows outside Canada & the USA in 2023
We’ll update and add to this cannabis conference & trade show list throughout 2023 as more dates are announced, but in the meantime, if you think there’s anything missing that we should add to the list, or attend in 2023, drop us a message at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Instagram.
Date: 25-26 January 2023 | Location: London, UK
The Future Cannabis Strategy Conference brings together key opinion leaders from some of the biggest brands in the industry with an exciting mix of large–mid-small sized disruptive companies that have shaken up the category with new offerings and methods.
Date: 28 February - 1 March 2023 | Location: Bangkok, Thailand
Cannabis Business Asia Pacific is the leading event on the development of the Asian Medical Cannabis and Hemp Market. The conference will showcase in-depth educational programming completely focused on legalization, cultivation, production processes, business development & manufacturing.
Date: 9 March 2023 | Location: Barcelona, Spain
The rich cannabis history and culture in Barcelona make it the perfect backdrop to the International Cannabis Business Conference, which is being held on March 9, 2023. ICBC has partnered with Spannabis (see below), Europe's top cannabis expo, to form a super-conference that is a must-attend for anyone that is serious about succeeding in the emerging cannabis industry.
Date: 10-12 March 2023 | Location: Barcelona, Spain
Spannabis is the reference trade show for the cannabis sector worldwide. Seventeen years of culture, innovation, and the cannabis industry, hand in hand with the most outstanding brands of the moment. Three days where exhibitors, professionals, and visitors from the cannabis sector will be able to exchange opinions and have the opportunity to create new contacts and search for potential clients.
Date: 14-15 March 2023 | Location: Melbourne, Australia
ACannabis has established itself as a professional, credible industry event on the Australian medicinal cannabis calendar. Speakers, partners and delegates continue to rate the conference highly for format, content and organisation.
Date: 21-23 March 2023 | Location: Querétaro, Mexico
In March, the third edition of GreenTech Americas will take place. The event's three action-packed days provide the ideal platform to make profitable business relationships, exchange ideas and learn all about opportunities in this specific region for horticulture technology.
Date: 24-26 March 2023 | Location: Cape Town, South Africa
Taking place annually in major business hubs across South Africa, The Cannabis Expo is the largest trade and consumer expo of its kind on the African continent. It includes an Exhibition Hall, networking and entertainment spaces, The Cannabis Food Market as well as The Cannabis Convention that hosts moderated panel discussions and presentations from global industry leaders.
Date: 31 March - 2 April 2023 | Location: Milan, Italy
4.20 Hemp Fest is the first and official European fair born around the 4:20 code, the ultimate symbol of cannabis culture. The event takes place in Milan: the center of the Cannabis market in Italy, giving the opportunity to national and international exhibitors to meet and create new business opportunities in a constantly expanding market.
Date: 4-6 April 2023 | Location: Koln, Germany
THE BODY is an international CBD Expo that presents the full range of legally available Cannabinoid products, provides all information and network needed to establish a brand in the German-speaking market and provides transparency as well as information for the consumer. Leading national and international brands will present the latest CBD trends and innovative products on the market.
Date: 2-3 May 2023 | Location: London, UK
Cannabis Europa will once again be holding a boutique industry expo, showcasing more than 50 leading businesses as the cream of the European cannabis crop, acting as a jumping-off point for growing your business in Europe and beyond.
Date: 12-14 May 2023 | Location: Zurich, Switzerland
More than 150 exhibitors from all over the world will be presenting tried-and-tested products, new products and innovations. CannaTrade aims to provide information about the wide range of applications of the hemp plant.
Date: 20-21 May 2023 | Location: Medellín, Columbia
The city of eternal spring is opening the floodgates of cannabis investment. With a surprisingly robust legislative framework, Medellín prepares to host an event that will bridge American markets and jumpstart canna-business opportunities in the region.
Date: 22-23 May 2023 | Location: London, UK
The dates for the second CBD Show edition have been announced. The one-of-a-kind CBD supplies and services trade show will take place at its original venue Olympia London. Exhibitors and visitors will gather for two days of unmatched networking B2B, B2C and B2G opportunities set forward by the varied audience in attendance featuring members of the public, authorities and trade professionals.
Date: 25-16 May 2023 | Location: Frankfurt, Germany
The Cannabis Business Europe conference features a mix of case-study presentations, interactive roundtable discussions, Q&A sessions and hands-on workshops.
Date: 29-30 June 2023 | Location: Berlin, Germany
The networking opportunities at the International Cannabis Business Conference are unique, fresh, and abundant. With world-class locations and venues, and attendees from over 80 countries, the ICBC stands alone as planet earth's preeminent international cannabis conference and tradeshow.
Date: 13-15 June 2023 | Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
GreenTech puts a spotlight on subjects such as medicinal cannabis, robotics and AI in greenhouses, precision horticulture, organic, biological and vertical farming, climate control, water & energy solutions and much more!
Date: 28-30 July 2023 | Location: Durban, South Africa
The Cannabis Expo is the global marketplace for education and innovative products and businesses serving the cannabis industry and its medicinal, agricultural, financial and lifestyle aspects. The expo hall at The Cannabis Expo features over 100 exhibitors representing the full spectrum of the cannabis industry.
Why you should go to cannabis trade shows, events and conferences in 2023
Trade shows, events and conferences are the perfect place to meet other people from the cannabis community, for business networking and engaging with others who are passionate about the plant. Cannabis events are a great way to connect with industry professionals, potential investors, and other like-minded entrepreneurs.
As well as networking, cannabis conferences provide attendees with valuable learning opportunities. More often than not, there will be a range of panels and keynote speakers sharing insights into the industry, advice and thought leadership. Expos provide the opportunity to see the latest cannabis innovations in real life, from machinery, through to lighting, nutrients, packaging and cannabis software (to name a few!)
Finally, they are great fun and you usually get loads of free stuff. The swag game in the cannabis industry is strong!
We hope to see you at some of these events over the course of the year!