While it’s a bit of a bummer that 420 falls on a Wednesday this year (#WeedWednesday), the midweek date actually makes it possible for numerous events to take place the weekend before, week of, and weekend after what many consider National Pot Smokers Day on April 20. As legalization efforts across the country continue to succeed, advocates, patients, and users in towns and cities across the United States are getting out to enjoy a day of marijuana imbibing. Beginning this weekend, experience cannabis culture as its finest as marijuana enthusiasts show their support for their favorite plant.
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U.S. Cannabis Cup
An annual marijuana tradition dating back to 1988 when the first one was hosted in Amsterdam, High Times brought the Cannabis Cup to the United States in six years ago. This year’s three-day festival in So-Cal begins today, Friday, April 15 at the Nos Event Center in San Bernardino. From live performances by artists such as 311 to educational seminars, attendees can also peruse cannabis industry booths and relax in the medicating area. An excellent way to start your 420 celebrations early, the U.S. Cannabis Cup in San Bernardino, California is the place to be this weekend.
Colorado Cannabis Cup Awards and Concert Series
In previous years, Colorado hosted the largest Cannabis Cup event in the nation. While that is not the case in 2016, High Times is hosting the Colorado Cannabis Cup Awards and Concert Series at the Ogden Theater in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, April 19. Headlining the festivities is musical performances from Cypress Hill and George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic.
Sweetwater 420 Fest
Hosted in Atlanta, Georgia by Sweetwater Brewing Company, this three-day event boasts live music, comedians, art, and much more. Sweetwater 420 Fest’s headliners include Kid Rock, Bastille, and Ben Harper & the Innocent Criminals, not to mention performances by dozens of other bands and musicians. A 5K Run is held on Saturday, April 23. While only medical marijuana is legalized in Georgia currently, Sweetwater claims the festival is in honor of Earth Day. However, Earth Day falls on April 22 every year so clearly these brewing folks want to enjoy a cold ale along with some edibles or a joint, otherwise the festival would be called Sweetwater 422 Fest.
Mile High City
Sure, Denver is one mile above sea level but the Mile High City takes on a whole different meaning leading up to 420. This year, festivities begin on Friday, April 15 when World Cannabis Week gets things going with it’s launch party in Denver. Then, on Saturday, April 16, head to Civic Center Park in downtown Denver for the 420 Rally with Wiz Khalifa and Lil Wayne. On Tuesday, April 19, experience the glory of Red Rocks Amphitheater at 420 Eve on the Rocks, with a concert headlined by Method Man and Redman.
The Greenest Day of the Year
While there are numerous marijuana events in the coming week or so, Wednesday, April 20 is every cannabis user’s favorite day on the calendar. Around the nation, fellow marijuana aficionados get together to appreciate and celebrate the wide world of weed. From Miami to Seattle, find an event near you for 420 2016:
- 420 Music Festival in Miami, Florida
- Crizzly: A 420 Event in Lawrence, Kansas
- 420 Sixteen in Houston, Texas
- Third Annual Merry Jane Wellness Retreat in Englewood, Colorado
- 420 in the Park in San Francisco, California
- Herb N Baked #420Smokeout in Los Angeles, California
- Portland 4/20 in Portland, Oregon
- 420Fest in Seattle, Washington
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