The very best 4/20 occasions of North America in 2021

OK, this is probably the second craziest 4/20 ever.

What started as an inside joke between friends in the 1970s has become the most ubiquitous idiom for cannabis users around the world. But what does that look like in 2021? It’s been 13 months since the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, also known as Covid-19, brought almost every traditional 4/20 event, gathering and Sesh in the country to a standstill. Stoners itch after a real party. It has also been a year of fires and loud demands for industrial justice and restorative justice and much waiting.

Fortunately, a year indoors and online has given operators the time to hone their Zoom calls and Google Hangouts, and improve in ways they may never have thought of. One company, Glass House Farms, launched its version of Cannabis Coachella as Berner prepares to become a media mogul.

“After more than a year of pandemic, we really missed live music. We figured others were in the same boat and nothing goes better with music than cannabis, ”said Graham Farrar, President and Chief Cannabis Officer of the Glass House Group. “We found a partner who has successfully hosted COVID-safe events in the past and has come up with something great: the first (and not the last), hybrid, digital and personal version of Glass House Fest.”

Beloved traditions like San Francisco’s Hippie Hill are still effectively off the table, but check out these virtual and / or detached events, each one year in the making. And if you and your loved ones get the trick, feel free to host your own secret, CDC-compliant 4/20. the Waldos would agree.

Northern California’s best 4/20 events

Berner presents Couch Locked By Cookies – 420 Comedy Special Event

(Courtesy Couch Locked)Live comedy show meets pay-per-view in San Francisco. (Courtesy Couch Locked)

The annual gathering of the stoned crowds in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Hippie Hill failed to get an annual 4/20 permit last year. So, Bay Area CEO of Cookies cannabis company and rapper Berner turned to an online concert and fundraiser for those in the industry struggling in the early days of the pandemic.

A year later, it gets bigger and better with the launch of the Couch Lock Network, a digital media platform for music, comedy, and cannabis culture content. The network’s debut event is Couch Locked by Cookies – 420 Comedy Special – a livestream event at the BEI Hotel in San Francisco. The matinee-style show includes comedy by Bob Saget, Michael Blackson and Donnell Rawlings from Chappelle Show with musical performances and mysterious guests hosted by Berner himself.

  • Date: April 20, 1 p.m.
  • Where: San Francisco, CA and via livestream
  • Tickets: $ 25 +

MLB: Oakland Athletics versus Minnesota Twins

With the small chance you stopped using cannabis during the pandemic, maybe you’d prefer to watch a sport? Enjoy a few soda skis and perhaps a discreet vape pen while watching America’s favorite pastime live at the Oakland Arena.

  • Date: April 20, 6:40 p.m.
  • Where: Oakland, CA.
  • Tickets: $ 15- $ 77

Southern California’s best 4/20 events

Glass house festival with a flying lotus

(Courtesy Glasshouse)

Glass House Farms and the mobile recording studio Jam in a Van are teaming up to offer a select few a private festival experience, with the musical act Flying Lotus and comedian Mike E. Winfield.

  • Date: April 20, 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: Secret Location in Los Angeles, CA; and free livestream
  • Tickets: $ 100 +

No cap presented: Cypress Hill at The Roxy

Roll your blunts in advance for this mixed virtual and in-person concert event featuring some of the best ever. Cypress Hill presents a number of their greatest hits at the Roxy Theater; VIPs can take part in the pre-show Smoke Sesh.

  • Date: 20th of April; 4:20 pm
  • Where: The Roxy Theater, Los Angeles, CA.
  • Tickets: $ 17.50 to $ 25

4/20 Pineapple Express @ Electric Dusk Drive-In

Maybe bring a specific driver to this drive-in event.  (Courtesy Sony)Maybe bring a specific driver to this drive-in event. (Courtesy Sony)

Head to Glendale and watch the weed-induced antics of trial server Dale Denton in one of the greatest Stoner films of all time.

  • Date: April 20, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Glendale Sears Parking Lot, Glendale, CA.
  • Tickets: $ 23 +

The 4/20 420 comedy Extravanganja

Zoom comedy shows give feedback to the audience and after that there are no more DUIs.  (Courtesy of the 4/20 $ 20 Comedy Extravanganja)Zoom comedy shows give feedback to the audience and after that there are no more DUIs. (Courtesy of the 4/20 420 Comedy Extravanganja)

The monthly 420 Comedy Extravanganja by Hella, the funny comedian Ngaio Bealum, finally arrives in its ideal month. Also with Brian Posehn, Maggie Maye, Serena Gamboa, Wendy Lewis and Cory Showtime Robinson. The entire show takes place on Zoom, which gives the performers the feedback they need to see a live audience. However, you can stay at home once you get AF and no longer need to use Uber afterwards.

  • Date: April 20, 6 p.m.
  • Where: Via zoom (pre-download)
  • Tickets: $ 10- $ 30

Washington’s best 4/20 events

SPLIFF Film Festival

Stream Arty, Stoney Weed Video Shorts while not wearing these 4/20 pants.  (Courtesy of SPLIFF)Stream Arty, Stoney Weed Video Shorts while not wearing these 4/20 pants. (Courtesy of SPLIFF)

The SPLIFFFilm Festival is available on demand again this year. You can stream this year’s lineup, which includes movies about Buds as Strippers, Nancy Reagan, and Aliens.

  • Date: April 16-24 with a special virtual smokeout on April 20 at 9 p.m. PST
  • Where: Practically anywhere
  • Tickets: $ 20

Colorado’s best 4/20 events

Edu-tainment ™ Earth Expo

Celebrate Mother Earth and all of her horticultural joys all day. Choose from or all three scheduled sessions that combine cannabis with education, self-care, and indulgence, including a yoga brunch and a hip-hop musical dinner.

  • Date: April 20, 11 a.m.
  • Where: Lakewood, CO
  • Tickets: $ 22- $ 82

New York’s best 4/20 events

David Peel 420 memorial

Honor the legacy of underground musician David Peel on site at The Bowery Electric or from the comfort of your living room. Other musical guests are SOULCAKE and Sea Monster.

  • Date: April 20, 4 p.m.
  • Where: Manhattan, New York and online
  • Tickets: $ 10-15

More 4/20 events in the US

Dazed and amused drive-in party

RFK Campus will be illuminated.  (Courtesy of the National Cannabis Festival)RFK Campus will be illuminated. (Courtesy of the National Cannabis Festival)

Washington DC’s National Cannabis Festival revolves around a dual drive-in feature of How High and The Big Lebowski.

  • Date: April 17, 8 p.m.
  • Where: RFK Campus, Washington DC
  • Tickets: $ 45- $ 165

Ganjalina and the Weed Fairies Burlesque

Did you miss the current 4/20? The weekend after, sit back on the couch and enjoy a series of magical burlesque performers who “blow and play with their pies”.

  • Date: April 24, 8 p.m.
  • Where: Everywhere with wifi
  • Tickets: $ 4.20

Are we missing a cool concert, livestream or drive-in party? Let us know in the comments and we’ll update our list.

Amelia Williams

Freelance cannabis journalist Amelia Williams is a longtime budget tenderer and a graduate of San Francisco State University’s journalism program. Williams has contributed to the San Francisco Chronicle’s GreenState, MG Magazine, Culture Magazine, and Cannabis Now, and is the author of the Barbary Coast Pharmacy’s Bud Blog.

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