April 20. For some, just another day. For Boulderites who like to relax with a little weed, it can be one of the biggest celebrations of the year.
Colorado has always had a strong culture surrounding this controversial plant, and as one of the first states to legalize its use, it holds a special place in our hearts. This is why we take one day each year to celebrate the plant and the culture.
Here are the best events in Boulder and Denver to celebrate 4/20.
CU-Boulder: While this is not an official event and is not supported by the university, it is a tradition for students to meet on Norlin Quad to light up at 4:20 p.m. on 4/20. This has been going on for years, and it became so big that campus started fully closing, pre-legalization. The campus has started staying open on 4/20 now, and if you need a casual place to celebrate the day, this is a great spot.
AFK + Svdden Death: AFK and Svdden Death are putting on a 4/20 show at the Fox Theatre. Note that this event was originally scheduled at the Boulder Theater but was moved. If you bought tickets for the Boulder Theater show, hang on to them. They will be honored at the new venue. If you want to get high and dance, this is your place.
Cigarettes After Sex: Cigarettes After Sex swapped venues with AFK, so it will now be at the Boulder Theater. Keep your tickets and they’ll be honored. If dub isn’t really your music but you’re more into ambient pop, this will be a better show for you.
Stonerteer’s Present A 4/20 Celebration: Stonerteer’s 4/20 celebration revolves around electronic music, headlined by Breathead. The night will be made of “Psychedelic Trance and great vibes.” The event is taking place at Alchemy of Movement, which will be set up with a UV and blacklight environment. Glow sticks and UV clothing are highly recommended.
World Cannabis Week: World Cannabis Week in Denver is a big deal and it culminates in 420 on the Block, a three-day music and cannabis culture festival. Musical acts include Matisyahu; Action Bronson; Michael Menert, Supervision and Chris Karns, presented by Pretty Lights Movement and more. Food trucks, bars and art installations are scattered throughout the venue, making this a full cultural festival.
World Cannabis Week also offers a 420 challenge, with one grand prize winner walking away with an all-inclusive cannabis vacation, $1,000 prize pack and $420 cash. This is part of the 420 Bazaar, where vendors will be offering paraphernalia, CBD products and other weed-related products for purchase.
Mile High 420 Festival: The Mile High 420 Festival, located at the Civic Center Park in Denver, is a full-day event, running from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. on 4/20. The event offers musical acts including Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, The Original Wailers, Inner Circle, Taylor Alexander and bluegrass band WhiteWater Ramble. There are also multiple time slots that are focused on yoga, fitness and comedy. Multiple food, craft and cannabis vendors round out this event, making it the biggest 4/20-themed, one-day festival in Denver. The best part? The festival is completely free to attend.