Posted on April 16,2016
Nearly everyone in the cannabis community knows April 20th serves as our global holiday. No matter where you are, you’ll likely come across wisps of smoke and wafts of that familiar scent.
Maybe your plan is to celebrate at home with friends and family, put on some Netflix and, you know, chill. While that’s a totally acceptable way to spend your day, we think you might have more fun out and about mingling with other like-minded aficionados.
420 Goody Box scoured the web, our colleagues, and local hangouts across the cannabis community to highlight some of the best events happening on 4/20. Have fun, be safe, and make some new friends!
420 Rally (April 16th)
One of the most well know 420 rallies will take place on Saturday April 16th in Denver at the Civic Center Park. This year’s event will feature a free concert preformance by Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne. Organizers estimate that over 100,000 cannabis enthusiasts and 250 vendors will converge “to celebrate the wonders of cannabis, enjoy performances from world-class artists, and raise awareness of critical issues facing Colorado and the nation as a whole.”
Flosstradamus announces HDYFEST April 20 at the Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison Colorado. The trap duo will be joined by their friends Snails, Valentino Khan and Chill Harris.
Method Man & Redman x Ghostface Killah & Raekwon w/ 8Ball & MJG and Special Guests
Bandsintown puts it best: The last time weed icons Method Man and Redman played Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom (2637 Welton St Denver, CO) , they turned the venue into a backyard house party as the MCs delighted the crowd with classic hits and an energetic stage show that showcased their timeless music.
The 3rd Annual MERRY JANE Wellness Retreat ft. Snoop Dogg
Famed rapper and celebrity stoner Snoop Dogg will headline the MERRY JANE Wellness Retreat in Greenwood Village. In late 2015, Snoop launched MERRY JANE, a media platform which sits at the crossroads of pop culture, business, politics, health, and the new generation of mainstream cannabis culture.
Hempcon (April 15-17)
Hempcon is located just outside San Francisco and bills itself as the nations largest medical marijuana festival. The show has over 200 cannabis industry companies representing their products and services included on-site MMJ evaluations from licensed doctors, state-of-the-art grow products, and tons of glass, vapes, and accessories. The show also features seminars lead by industry experts. But perhaps the most intriguing draw to the event is Hempcon’s Prestige Cup competition award ceremony where winners will be crowned for best flower, edibles, concentrates & extracts, CBD, vaporizer, glass & New Product Of The Year.
Doug Benson’s Countdown to 420 in San Francisco
Doug Benson has been on an album-a-year schedule since 2008, has several popular podcasts, does the occasional film (“The Greatest Movie Ever Rolled,” “Chronic-Con”) and makes regular appearances on “@midnight” on Comedy Central. He has such a busy schedule for High Times’ 2009 Stoner of the Year. Nonetheless, this is a great opportunity to see one of America’s goofiest comedians.
If you’re not familiar with Mr. Benson, here’s a great introduction.
420 in the Park
There’s no permits issued; it’s not really legal, but usually the city tends to turn a blind eye when thousands turn up on Hippie Hill in Golden Gate Park on April 20th each year for a giant smoke out. While there is the slight chance you might get arrested, on 420 you might have higher odds of getting struck by lightning. Cops are around but they tend not to ticket or arrest participants -as long as you’re not making a fool of yourself. Read more about it here.
Warehouse420 ft Snoop Dogg (April 19)
Snoop Dogg is back in Bellingham, Washington and he’ll spinning his Snoopadelic set. Attendees can bounce around in the adult bouncy house, ride the mechanical bull, check out vendors and mingle with celebrity guests and the biggest names in the cannabis industry! This is your chance to get up close and personal with high culture icon and overall music legend, Snoop Dogg, in one of the biggest events this year.
Leafly presents: A Night of Higher Entertainment
From the 420 enthusiasts to the cannabis-curious, Leafly welcomes you to join author & performer David Schmader as he reads from and signs his new book “Weed: The User’s Guide,” followed by the mind-blowing video collage art of Collide-O-Scope, who will fill the Egyptian’s giant screen, amaze your eyes, and quite possibly blow your mind with their indelible oddities culled from the oddest corners of the pop culture world. Plus: Special Guests! Cannabis-Friendly Gift Giveaways! And more!
420 Bus Tour – History of Marijuana in Oregon
Have you ever wondered about the history of cannabis in Oregon? Well now’s your chance to find out! ORHistory is pleased to host another 420 bus tour, examining the history of marijuana in Oregon. Highlights include a trip to a dispensary, tours of hippie-favorite locations in Portland, and some other awesome giveaways!
Puff, Pass, & Paint
Puff, Pass, & Paint started in Denver but has since branched out across the legal cannabis world. Similar to “cocktail and canvass” parties, PP&P allows participants to engage in an instructional art class aided by the relaxation that comes with cannabis. Attendees will join Sam (the owner) and her crew for a casual and creative 2-hour smoking session, while you follow along with her step-by-step instructions to create your own mind-altered masterpiece (or get inspired and completely follow your own whims – up to you!). Classes only hold up to 24 students to allow for individual attention, an easy-going, relaxed atmosphere, and joint-passing ease.