The first annual Happy Place Festival kicked off Friday at the High Desert Events Center in Victorville, marking the first local cannabis-themed event since Californians legalized recreational marijuana with Proposition 64 on Nov. 8.

The two-day concert and visual arts festival features hundreds of vendors, live glass blowing, food trucks and a cannabis competition, with awards handed out for the best in the flower, solvent, non-solvent, edible and vape cartridge categories.

Friday night’s marijuana-loving performers were scheduled to include reggae alt-rock band the Dirty Heads and rapper The Alchemist.

The festival — put on by Chalice California — starts up again at noon Saturday, with a celebration to mark the New Year at midnight and fun continuing until 2 a.m.

Saturday performers scheduled include producer and DJ 12th Planet and Rae Sremmurd. Tickets for Saturday start at $60. For more information, visit

But first, check out our slideshow of photos from the first day of the festival.

  • Vanessa Sahagun sets out merchandise at the 420 Nurses booth during the Happy Place Festival, held at the High Desert Event Center in Victorville. (Sarah Alvarado for The Sun/SCNG)