April 20 or 4/20 is the day to celebrate smoking pot and with so many states having legalized adult-use marijuana, the events are getting bigger and crazier. The day is no longer celebrated with a knowing wink and nod among cannabis consumers. Now there are official, corporate-sponsored parties to acknowledge the day.
420 comes from the urban lore that some California high school students met after school to smoke pot at 4:20 in the afternoon. From there it has grown into a full blown party especially in cities where adult use is legalized and even in cities where it will soon be legal. Here are some of the craziest 420 events.
In San Francisco, medical marijuana dispensary Green Rush is sponsoring a bud drop (think Times Square ball drop) at, you guessed, it 4:20. Even if you aren’t in San Francisco, you can participate online by registering your email. The event in San Francisco is at the Endup and features a full bar, dancing and a DJ. There is even some swag as High Society Socials will be giving out gift bags (while supplies last.) GreenRush is an on-demand cannabis marketplace that delivers medical marijuana and the event is free to all members. Non-members are welcome as well. Eddie Miller of Green Rush said he expects about 500 people to attend the event and is already planning for a party next year in Las Vegas. At that event, he expects to get 15,000 people.
Denver is the center for most of the big 420 events. There is a concert at Red Rocks Amphitheater on the 23rd with Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa, but on the 19th, Method Man & Redman will perform at the Eve on the Rocks.
On a budget? Head over to the 420 Rally with a free concert by 2 Chainz and a $4.20 Uber ride using promo code SAFE420. There’s also the 420 On The Block, a multi-venue event that includes comedy, dancing and over 35 visual artists, plus a glass blowing exhibit. There’s the Mile High Burlesque Fest with a ganja filled showcase.
Feeling artistic? There’s a Puff, Pass and Paint class. Keeping it real? How about taking a cannabis cooking class? If you’re a tourist, check out the 420 Bus Tours and visit a commercial grow facility.
Seattle is hosting a wide variety of events from “Cannabis & Sex for Beginners” at Babeland where you can attend a free mini-workshop on using cannabis to enhance your sex life. Looking for something a little fancier? There’s the 1st Annual Mansion Party at Club Manor Mansion.
If you’re in the mood for some giggles, there’s the Gateway show where four sober comedians perform, leave and get stoned and then perform a second set. If you’re feeling naughty, there the Bong & Thongs event that needs little description.
Oregon’s parties seem a little more sedate than the other states, but totally in step with the Northwest vibe. There is the 420 Fest music festival that takes place in a small ghost town near Friend, OR, that goes through April 22. The fest includes over 30 bands, games, glass blowing and camping.
Hungry? Head to the Potluck Cannabis Cookoff where growers and chefs will converge. If you’re feeling artsy, you can go to the Puff, Pass & POTery class to create your own cannabis accessory. There is also a 420 Fashion Week for the stylish cannabis consumer.
Viceland’s Weediquette television show’s Weed Week celebration began on April 17. Think Discovery Channel’s Shark Week, but more earthbound. The television series features Krishna Andavolu and chronicles the science, culture and economics of the legalization of marijuana. The celebratory week will feature all things cannabis from adult-use and medical to scientific and spiritual. The network believes it is on the right side of history by launching this campaign. Unfortunately, it is on the wrong side of being a good neighbor since it stole the name “Weed Week” from a newsletter by Alex Halperin that used to reference their stories. Hopefully, they can work out their differences and have a nice celebration.