Finding the right 4/20 event to attend can be a real pain. Your friend’s rec-room shatter klatch could get sketchy when her mom drops down and hogs all the dab. That Downtown nightclub might have a horrible lout who doesn’t recognize your transcendent style guarding the door, and a shitty DJ anyway. Whatever. Do not be daunted.
The potential for THC-based celebratory happiness exists on a grand scale in an onslaught of parties, festivals, and events happening around the world for April 20—referred to hereon out as 4/20.
Check out these 30 events happening nationwide in America and around the globe. If nothing here is in your region, maybe you can still glean some ideas of how to make the best of 2016’s highest Wednesday with your friend, and her mom.
America Midwest Events
Leafly Comedy Tour
Leafly Comedy Tour—Chicago, Illinois
Leafly is hosting a free comedy show at the Vic Theater in Chicago featuring Chris D’Elia, Ron Funches, and Brandon Wardell. Also expect locals Ali Clayton and DJ Heaven Malone. Just RSVP, get blazed and enjoy a few laughs.
Party to Legalize 420—Detroit, Michigan
Held at the Russell industrial center, this fundraiser features speeches from cannabis advocates and entertainment. Professional NHL player and four-time Stanley Cup winner Darren McCarty will be speaking at the event. All proceeds will aid in funding marijuana awareness for the Michigan Legalize foundation.
2nd Annual 420 Rally—Omaha, Nebraska
This is rally will begin at Green Bridge and head toward Memorial Park, starting at 3:00 p.m. sharp. This is just before the primary election, and all pro-marijuana candidates are invited to attend. The Marijuana Party of Nebraska is hosting, with plenty of sign holding and $5 t-shirts available for sale.
4th Annual Madison 420 Fest—Madison, Wisconsin
When: 4/22 – 4/24
This event is presented by Madison NORML and Madison Hempfest and will run through the entire weekend following 4/20. Enjoy vendors, sponsors, talks by activists, various treats, and a slew of bands performing at the Brink Lounge, all to raise marijuana awareness.
Standing Together Against Prohibition—Saint Paul, Minnesota
A lineup of speakers at this free march will be talking on the importance of legalization marijuana worldwide. The rally is held at the state capital in Saint Paul and starts at 1:00 p.m. with guest speakers. At 4:00 p.m., Minnesota Marijuana will host a social hour on the front lawn of the capitol. Come rally.
America Eastern Events
Cannafree NYC—Manhattan, New York City
This is probably the biggest weed event in New York for 4/20, with numerous sponsors aiding in the festival’s lineup and vendors. Donnell Rawlings ofChappelle Show fame and Slink Johnson of Adult Swim’s Black Jesus will appear, alongside members of the Wu-Tang Clan and Killah Priest. And 10 percent of all ticket sales will directly go into legalization efforts in New York.
New England Cannabis Convention—Boston, Massachusetts
When: 4/23 — 4/24
This event is promised to be the essential business and education convention for the New England region. Medical marijuana enthusiasts and recreational users are encouraged to attend and get involved in the community. There will be more than 100 exhibitors in attendance over the two-day event. This is a must for those up in the northeast of the nation.
Cannijuana Friends 4/20—Washington, District of Columbia
March peacefully and protest on the White House lawn with a slew of pot supports and partakers this 4/20. The efforts are in support of medical marijuana and legalizing this safe herb nation wide.
America Southern Events
SweetWater 420 Fest
Four20 Cannafest—El Paso, Texas
Food trucks, live music, hookah, and vendors will attend Four20 Cannafest. With a donation of only $5 at the door, this BYOB event promises chill vibes, with all proceeds collected at the door going directly to El Paso NORML.
4/20 Market and Party—San Antonio, Texas
A 4/20 market will be open for anyone who steps into the Brick at Blue Star Arts Complex anywhere from 12:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. The market will be selling various crafts, arts, and goods all day. The event itself is also a potluck (heh, pot) with attendees encouraged to bring their own foods. Food venders will also be present.
4/20 Sixteen—Houston, Texas
The Generators Playground is hosting a pop-up shop for 4/20 in Houston, sponsored by Houston NORML. There’s plenty of food trucks, bands, performances, and artists attending this 18+ event. Get your tickets and smoke out at the Eastdown Warehouse.
SweetWater 420 Fest & 5K Road Race—Atlanta, Georgia
When: Festival, 4/22 – 4/24, Race, 4/23
Price: $60 – $375
Beer brewery SweetWater 420 hosts the SweetWater 420 Fest every year around 4/20 weekend. The festival hosts vendors, musicians, beer tastings, and a 5k race all in honor of Mother Earth. Watch acts like The Roots, Kid Rock, and Cypress Hill tear the festival weekend apart and get lifted with this celebration of all things natural. Price range depends on dates attending. This is a beloved Atlanta festival.
Miami 420 Music Festival—Miami, Florida
Miami is throwing a small festival with a slew of local musicians, including Afro Monk, Guavatron, and Nag Champayons. The festival is presented by Massive Ideas and Churchill’s Pub, promising glass, vaporizers, and sundry cannabis-related vendors.
4/20 In the Park, San Francisco
Cannabis Film Festival—Garberville, California
When: 4/23 — 4/24
Celebrate film and cannabis by attending Garberville, California’s second annual Cannabis Film Festival! This fest will show some of filmdom’s best movies ever involving cannabis usage; so mark your calendars and clear some hours to devour these bits of cinema.
4/20 in the Park—San Francisco, California
4/20 in the Park is the epitome of cannabis activism. Every year, cannabis consumers and supporters hang out at Hippie Hill near the Golden Gate Park and smoke a ton of weed. It’s not officially sponsored by a single organization, but rather a traditional meeting spot for users to meet and mingle. The event kicks off at 10:30 a.m. and lasts until dusk. Expect thousands to show up and many vendors to open up shop. Also expect more smoke in the air than you’ve ever seen at exactly 4:20 p.m.
Herb N Baked #420Smokeout—Los Angeles, California
This is the first Herb N Baked #420Smokeout, promising 4/20 friendly tunes, vibes, and smokes. Medical cards are not required for entry, and G Extravagant will be hosting the event. $45 for tickets, which covers entry and an open bar. Smoke something, drink something.
Getting Doug With High Live—Glendale, California
Watch comedian Doug Benson get high at the Alex Theatre with a bunch of his comedian friends. This will be the biggest live taping of Getting Doug With Highyet, with a cast of unannounced comedians joining in the mAyhem.
3rd Annual Merry Jane Wellness Retreat—Greenwood Village, Colorado
Two of hip hop’s biggest names are joining together for a fun-filled cannabis-infused concert. Watch Snoop Dogg and Future perform in Colorado and smoke yourself stupid for 4/20. Also catch Kevin Gates, Tory Lanez, and Raven Felix do their rap thing through clouds of smoke.
420 Eve on the Rocks—Morrison, Colorado
Price: $35 – $150
Some of hip hop’s biggest stoners have teamed for a strong lineup of rappers to watch while puffing herb. Method Man, Redman, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon, Collie Buddz, Joey Bad$ss, and many others will smoke bales of weed and rock their biggest hits. The best part about it all? It’s only the day before 4/20!
High Times Colorado Cannabis Cup—Broomfield, Colorado
Price: Starting at $65
Get stoned and attend High Times‘ Cannabis Cup awards ceremony this 4/19. Watch Cypress Hill perform on stage, along with George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Action Bronson, and Chronixx for a lit evening in Colorado.
First Official Colorado Cup on 420—Denver, Colorado
The Colorado Cup’s Facebook page describes this event as a “competition for Colorado growers, caregivers, and recreational and medical shops.” All are free to attend, but to judge it’s $35, with $40 fees to enter. Plenty of booths will be available to purchase product and dab various materials.
Oregon Marijuana Business Conference—Eugene, Oregon
Attending a business conference on marijuana might not be your cup of tea, but it is an option. Tommy Chong is speaking at this Oregon event, touching on the topic of pot and its usage around the nation. Expect lawyers, growers, policymakers, experts, and industry heads to attend this conference.
420 Party at Refuge—Portland, Oregon
The 420 Party at Refuge will be a peaceful party with the cannabis lovers of Portland. For $20, you get access to a festival that includes a joint-rolling competition, 420-infused beverages, a performance by Talib Kweli, and a pot-ton of dank.
420 Fest—Seattle, Washington
Price: Free for members, $15 otherwise
From 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., enjoy pure weed smoking, fun, and food alongside the official runners at Hemp Fest. Funds collected for the event will go directly into supporting prisoners who are currently locked up for cannabis-related crimes. Hang out and support the cause for equality and freedom for all!
FORE20 Disc Golf Tournament—Las Vegas, Nevada
Price: Free, $20 for those entering tournament
Chill out at a picnic potluck and spread the good word of the herb at this year’s Fore20 Disc Golf Tournament, presented by Las Vegas NORML. A non-medicated dish is recommended for all that choose to join in this free, family-friendly potluck.
420 Vancouver—Vancouver, British Columbia
Smoke Out Vancouver, also known as 420 Vancouver, is held at Sunset Beach to protest the prohibition of cannabis and celebrate love of the herb. Thanks to the organization in charge of running the venue this year, cannabis smoking will be allowed on site, despite marijuana still being illegal in Canada.
Free Cannabis 420 Rally—Melbourne, Austrailia
This event is held from 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. in Flagstaff Gardens to celebrate this harmless plant through a mass “civil disobedience.” Smoke up with glass enthusiasts, medical cannabis users, musicians, old weed heads, and young recreational users during this lively public protest.
Free Juana 420 Rally—San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fundación Free Juana will be hosting a protest march from the Luis Muñoz Rivera Park in San Juan to the city’s capital to ask for legal marijuana in Puerto Rico. The march will gather protesters at 2:00 p.m. and begin sharply at 4:00 p.m.
Amsterdam 420—Amsterdam, Netherlands
Amsterdam is super okay with marijuana, and the city celebrates this wonderful herb on the day of cannabis, 4/20. There are no scheduled speakers on this day, but activists and supporters are still welcome to bring megaphones and speak on the importance of this movement, hopefully persuading other areas to regulate a cannabis market for their governments.
Global Marijuana March—Munich, Germany
This marijuana march will be held at the capital of Deutschland, supporting the push for legalization of cannabis in Germany. The event will feature both speakers who advocate marijuana and those who oppose it, including a speech from Juvenile Judge Andreas Muller. This will be more of an informative event to communicate on the topic of weed. “Participants unite to discuss, promote, entertain, and educate both consumers and non-consumers alike.”
Hempstock will be held at Glasgow Green this year, providing a platform for speakers to talk about cannabis prohibition in the UK. Supporters will come together for giveaways, raffles, speeches, and entertainments. The event is put together by United Kingdom Cannabis Social Clubs and Glasgow Cannabis Social Club. Bring bud and some blankets.
(via The Kind)