Being 5, 280 ft. above sea level earned Denver its nickname of the Mile High City. Being the hub of legal weed gave the name a whole new meaning that made it stick for good. With cannabis legalization booming, Denver and many other cities across the nation are gearing up to make this 420 the greenest holiday in history.
If you’re wondering what to do for 420, here are some of the best events to get your blaze on.
1. Mile High 420 Festival
First and foremost, we all know Denver is the place to be for all things cannabis. So celebrate 420 the right way at the Mile Hi 420 Festival, an all-day downtown affair that features performances from T.I and Jermaine Dupri. You can even meet the Vangst team! If you’re part of a cannabis company, let us help you grow your team. If you’re looking for part-time work, Vangst GIGS will connect you with the best gigs in cannabis. See you there! April 20, Civic Center Park, 144 W Colfax Ave. Denver, CO, milehigh420festival.com, free
2. ‘420 Wellness Retreat’ with Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube
Get your holidaze started early, Red Rocks style. Legends Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube are coming to town for their “420 Wellness Retreat” along with Warren G and hip hop duo Tha Dogg Pound. April 18, 18300 W. Alameda Pkwy. Morrison, CO, redrocksonline.com, $75 & up
Turn up the heat for a 420 celebration to remember in Miami at the Kaya Music and Awareness Festival. Founded in honor of the late Bob Marley, the dynamic all-day festival includes a morning yoga session, craft village, and more Marleys than you’ve ever seen in one place (seriously). Bonus: a performance by Mr. 305 himself, Pitbull. April 20, Front Park Amphitheater, 301 Biscayne Blvd. Miami, FL, kayafestivals.com, $50 & up
4. National Cannabis Festival
Be a part of change in the cannabis industry on this year’s holiday. Join the ranks of cannabis enthusiasts and advocates at the National Cannabis Festival in Washington D.C. that includes musical performances and tons of educational sessions and engaging activities throughout the weekend. You might even get to light one up with Ludacris and Action Bronson. April 20, RFK Festival Grounds, Washington D.C., nationalcannabisfestival.com, $55 & up
5. A Night with Cheech and Chong
Spend an evening ‘up in smoke’ (har har) with weed’s favorite comedy legends Cheech and Chong in Tacoma. April 20, Emerald Queen Casino, 2024 E 29th St, Tacoma, WA, emeraldqueen.com/cheechandchong
6. Exploratorium After Dark: Cannabis
San Francisco, CA
Remember going to the science museum on a class trip in 5th grade? Now imagine doing that as an adult – this time expanding your mind about cannabis. Browse over 650 interactive exhibits exploring perception, art, and science as it relates to our favorite plant at the Exploratorium’s After Dark: Cannabis Edition. April 18, Pier 15, The Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA, exploratorium.edu, free for members, $15 & up for non-members
7. 420 Dinner Party
Consume cannabis in every bite at the 420 Dinner Party in Anaheim. Book a dinner for 4 with a fully cannabis-infused menu. Baked mac and cheese, anyone? April 20, private venue, Anaheim, CA, potguide.com/california, $200 for party of 4
8. SPLIFF Film Festival
Denver, Seattle, Portland
Who doesn’t love getting high and zoning out to a good movie? The SPLIFF organization created an entire film festival around this revered activity. This traveling stoner film festival welcomes all creatives to submit short films (with a maximum length of 4:20, naturally) or simply enjoy them while surrounded by like-minded consumers. Upcoming events in Denver, Seattle, and Portland, splifffilmfest.com
Oklahoma City, OK
Be a part of the most cutting-edge industry in Oklahoma at CannaCon. Check out the latest technology and share your passion with other professionals and pioneers at this two-day trade show. April 18 & 19, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, OK, cannacon.org
10. NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally
New York, NY
Keep the spirit of 420 alive well past the holiday at the NYC Cannabis Parade and Rally, one of the longest-running marijuana legalization events in the world. Enjoy the parade then rally for the cause of legalization and decriminalization. All in a day’s work. May 4, parade starts at Union Square Station, New York, NY, cannabisparade.org
So whether you’re a part of the industry or simply a consumer and advocate for the plant,
we hope you enjoy your 420 holiday safely and hazily.
How do you celebrate 420? Let us know in the comments!