It's Friday, April 20, and though you may or may not have a job, we're going to get you high today. Okay, maybe not. But we are going to tell you where people in Denver will be celebrating getting high, medicated and everything in between. Below, we've compiled a list of some of the biggest events and parties going on this 4/20 weekend in celebration of our love, Mary Jane.
4/20 Rally April 20-21, Civic Center Park
Event organizer Miguel Lopez has been touting this year's 4/20 event in Civic Center Park as being one of the largest to date. Spanning two days, Friday's festivities kick off at 9 a.m. according to the event's facebook page. Things will go until 6 p.m. on Friday, then pick right back up again at 9 a.m. Saturday morning. Rapper Too $hort is also set to perform on Friday.
But it's not just a party out there. Over the last few years, the Denver rally has taken on an air of protest and politics, and Lopez says this year won't be any different. "This is a political assembly," he told our Michael Roberts back in March. "Nowhere else in the world is there one like this of its size."
Herman's Hideaway 420 Celebration April 20, Herman's Hideaway, 1578 South Broadway
Looking for something cannabis-related to do early in the day without heading out to Civic Center Park during the midday heat? Just head south down Broadway and Herman's Hideaway has got you covered. Starting at 1 p.m. the venerable club is hosting a speaker session with Joseph Pietri, activist and author of The 15-Ounce Pound: Big Pharma's Plan to Patent Pot; Zam from Origin Organics, and Bill Carrington, known for his tissue cultivation of cannabis plants (and you thought cloning was cool). The speakers end at 3:30 p.m., giving you enough time to get back to Civic Center for the 4:20 p.m. celebration/liftoff. Conference tickets are $20, and a red card isn't needed to get in the door.
Later that night, Herman's turns back into a concert venue with shows by Umconscious, Apex Vibe, P-Nuckle and reggae artist Squidly Cole of the Stephen Marley Band. Concert tickets are $12, available at the venue.
Page down to read about more 4/20 in Denver events. 4/20 Rally "Smoke Out Show" afterparty April 20, Casselman's bar and Venue, 2620 Walnut Street
Didn't get enough THC during the day? Still going strong, with no need for a pot nap? Good. Then get your happily stoned ass over to the official after-party for the rally over at Casselmans Bar and Venue. Appropriately priced at $4.20 (and ladies in free before 10 p.m.), the event showcases underground hip hop, with local badasses No 1 Left Standing headlining the show.
Doors are at 7 p.m. which is perfect, because Casselman's also serves some damn good pub food to curb your munchies.
420 Extravaganja April 20, City Hall Amphitheatre, 1144 Broadway
Incredibowl, High Times, The Clinic, Day in the Lyfe Magazine and Cliff House Lodge are throwing a massive reggae party at City Hall to celebrate 4/20 and to kick off the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup.
Billed as a "Festival of Comedy, Art, Music and Film," the event spills onto three different stages as well as offering film screenings of the documentaries Day in the Lyfe, California 90420 and Marley -- the latter, a documentary on the life of Bob Marley, premiered to rave reviews at South by Southwest last month. Reggae superstar Barrington Levy headlines, with musician/funnyman Reggie Watts and the East Coast's Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad also on the bill.
The festival starts at 3 p.m., with general admission tickets going for $30. Tickets can be picked up at the event's page over at Ticketfly. Page down to read about more 4/20 in Denver events. Chess Pieces Book Release Party April 20, Illuzion Glass Gallery, 238 Broadway
For those of you functional-glass-art aficionados, Hitman Glassworks from California debuts its newest project. The team's members got some of the best glass artists in the nation to help them put together a book, Chess Pieces, featuring hand-blown glass art styled with a chess theme in mind. Hitman is usually up-front with what is going on in its labs, posting updates and photos online of pipe progression in real-time. But with this project, the staff has been tight-lipped about the content and pieces, choosing Denver as the site to launch it all. High Times Medical Cannabis Cup April 21-22, Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th Street
Back again for the second year in a row, the High Times Medical Cannabis Cup takes over Exdo for the weekend. Tickets are $40 for single day tickets or $60 for the two-day package that comes with a gift bag and T-shirt, re-entry to the cup is allowed. Speakers and topics range from cultivation seminars to political talks and even a hash discussion in which yours truly will be participating (fully disguised, of course).
You don't need to be a medical marijuana patient to attend this event/convention, though you may need a card to access a more private and patient-friendly area not attached to Exdo in any way, shape or form (hint-hint, nudge-nudge). Awards for best indica, sativa, hybrid, edible and several other categories will be given out at 7 p.m. Sunday. Page down to read about more 4/20 in Denver events. High Times Medical Cannabis Cup VIP party April 21, City Hall Amphitheatre, 1144 Broadway. Cannabis Cup VIP badge holders are invited back over to City Hall Amphitheatre for a more private concert on Saturday night with members of Odd Future, Marlon "Ganja Farmer" Asher and Selecta Nikka T, who we have featured before in our hashmaking guide, "Highly concentrated: Tips for better hash from Colorado's best."
And while we are at it... Headshops and glass galleries around town have been posting about their "holidaze" sales. If you're in the market for a new glass piece it's probably safe to say just about any headshop will be looking to cut you a deal today, but here are a few sure things:
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• 25 percent off at High Society, 608 9th Avenue in Longmont • Buy one, get a second for half price at Purple Haze, 1951 South Broadway • 20 percent off all week long at Myxed Up Kreations, 5800 East Colfax • Buy one, get one for $4.20 at Illuzion Glass Galleries -238 Broadway
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More from our Marijuana archive: "4/20 at CU-Boulder: University closure okayed, judge rejects Rob Corry complaint."