America’s best weed events of 420 ’22

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As a weed journalist who’s curated 4/20 events for Leafly through some dark years now—holy crap, I am so happy to report that 2022 is ON. And I mean ON like never before.

Adding New York, Arizona, Montana, New Jersey, Connecticut, and New Mexico to the recreational roster brings the tally to 18 states with legal adult-use access to cannabis, and they’ve been waiting for months to blow you away. Even medical states and totally illegal states are showing out and making their cases for ending prohibition. Seriously, I never thought Nebraska would be on my list, and yet there it is!

Coast to coast, industry OGs and bright-eyed rookies are hosting highly curated and (highly safe) homages to the best plant on the planet. The week of 4/20 is shaping up as the best in recent memory.

Best weed events for 4/20 in California

Smoker’s Club Festival

It’s like the Olympics of stoners! Every single rapper who’s espoused their love of weed will be there, so why wouldn’t you? If you can’t make it out to the 4/20 festivities on the day of, you can join Kid Cudi, A$ap Rocky, Berner, Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Chief Keef, Rico Nasty and (literally dozens) more at this all-day pot party in SoCal. (April 30, 2022; Glen Helen Amphitheater, 2575 Glen Helen Pkwy, San Bernardino, CA 92407; Tickets: $253+)

Hippie Hill

Hippie Hill is BACK, babyyyy. If you’re in the Bay for 4/20, you’d be remiss not to head to Golden Gate Park and light one on the Robin Williams Meadow in one of San Francisco’s most notorious holidaze. It’s always free, and this year, there will even be legal cannabis sales on-site. Expect the same dank opacity, with performances by Berner himself, Mike Tyson and Hannibal Burress. (April 20, 10 a.m.–5 p.m.; Robin Williams Meadow, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco: Free!)

Evergreen San Francisco

The city by the bay, the birthplace of America’s cannabis legalization movement, finally decided to sanction an entire week of activities for one of its most prominent legacies. Over a dozen dispensaries, with and without lounges are coordinating deals, and there will be panels, workshops, movie screenings, guided city tours, musical performances, scavenger hunts and a special kind of farmers’ market all week long to commemorate where cannabis has been, and where it’s going. (April 16 – April 24, all day; All over the city; pick a ‘hood, and there’s something going on; Tickets: Depends, but many events are free.)

Glass House Fest

Leading greenhouse brand Glass House Farms and mobile studio Jam in a Van follow up their 2021 music festival with a new venue and louder lineup. Duckwrth, Reggie Watts, Guapdad 4000 and Blackillac lead this SoCal social housed in a bunch of dope domes, with food, arts, vendors and lounges included. (April 20, 4:20 p.m.; Wisdome LA, 1147 Palmetto Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013; Tickets: Free, but please RSVP)

420 Weed & Wine Emerald Triangle Bus Tour

Circumvent the dispensary lines and festival crowds with a tour of Mendocino county and its abundance of both buds and bubbly. An all-day excursion to some of the Emerald Triangle’s dankest farms and bougiest vineyards will be a 4/20 for the books, if you remember it. (April 20, 8:30 a.m., Bus departs from Fisherman’s Wharf, 2801 Leavenworth Street San Francisco, CA 94133; Tickets: $239)

Best weed events for 4/20 in New York

Damn Sam & NY Harvest Fest

For 25 years now, Rob Robinson has been working towards his magnum opus of cannabis events and competitions. This year, he’s pulling an all-nighter in Queens with the likes of EDM godfather DJ Keoki, Immortal Technique, Bob Marley’s Wailers and you, hopefully. There will be laser shows, an art gallery, some educational fares, comedy and a full bar. And of course, a sanctioned outdoor smoking section. (April 20, 4:30 pm until late; Amazura Concert Hall 91-12 144th Place, Jamaica, NY 11435; Tickets $25, $10 after 11 p.m.)

Phish at Madison Square Garden

What could I say that hasn’t already been said before about one of the best bands in history to smoke weed to? It’s fucking Phish, you know the deal! (April 20 – 23; MSG; Tickets $230+)

Best weed events for 4/20 in Colorado

420 on the Rocks

Pepper, Method Man, Redman headline this stoney baloney outdoor concert.(April 20, 4:15 p.m.; Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Morrison, CO; Tickets $50+)

Mile High 420 Fest

The highest major city in the U.S. in the first state to legalize recreational cannabis is stepping it up yet again. Downtown Denver will be packed with an adult playground of food trucks, live music, comedy, and very high vendors. (April 20; Civic Center Park, Denver, CO; Tickets: free, $200 for the VIP experience)

Best weed events for 4/20 in Massachusetts

CARNIROLL

Frankly, you’d be a Masshole to miss this Earth Day weekend carnival festival hybrid that reeks of zaza. Join stoners-turned moguls Wiz Khalifa, Method Man, Redman, Waka Flocka Flame and literally dozens more artists at Carniroll’s The Roll Up. There will be plenty of unbeatable carnie games, rides, and even wrestling matches to bring out your inner child while you smoke on some adult medicine. (April 15 – 17 all day; Northampton, MA; Tickets $55 for one day, $135 for all three)

Best weed events for 4/20 in Georgia

SweetWater 420 Fest

What: The devil’s lettuce has gone down to Georgia! Local brewery Sweetwater will be hosting a weekend of music, food, libations and ecological consciousness the last weekend in April. Headliners include The String Cheese Incident, Trey Anastasio Band and Oysterhead, but the lineups last all day. In between sets, guests are encouraged to check out the vendors, particularly the Planet 420 Eco-Village. (April 29 – May 1; Centennial Olympic Park 265 Park Ave W Northwest, Atlanta, GA 30313; $70+)

Best weed events for 4/20 in Michigan

LIV 420 Music Fest

What: Life is indeed too short to spend another global holiday smoking alone in silence (unless you prefer it that way). So why not join two famous stoners who like to put dollar signs in their names for a Midwestern Saturdayze? Too$hort and roll-up king Curren$y headline this consumption-friendly music festival with vendors and designated smoking spaces. (April 23, 12 p.m.; Adado Riverfront Park 201 East Shiawassee Street Lansing, MI; $40+)

Reggae by the Riverside with Ky-Mani Marley

What: Pull up a hammock on the waterfront for a day of reggae music and sanctioned consumption. Bob Marley’s son Ky-Mani headlines this chilled-out Saturday to close out April, with additional performances by Indika Reggae Band Ft. Nerry, Yard Squad with Christo DC, and The Flex Crew. (April 30, 10 a.m.; Riverside Park 2 East Cross Street Ypsilanti, MI; $40+)

Best weed events for 4/20 in Arizona

Buds-A-Palooza

What: What started as a local gathering at a popular headshop has flourished into an all day block party. Bud, of the eponymous Bud’s Glass Joint, told me he’s been itching to scale his event up ever since Arizona got the green light for recreational cannabis events. Expect a downtown full of food, live comedy, grade A glass-blowing, live music by the likes of Passafire, Tomorrows Bad Seeds, The Stakes, and even booze! (April 15, 4:20 p.m.; 5th Street & Garfield 901 North 5th Street Phoenix, AZ; $5+)

Best weed events for 4/20 in Oregon and Washington

Spliff Film Festival

Dan Savage’s Sundance for stoners is back again in multiple locations, including your living room. There are in-person screenings in Portland and Seattle in addition to streaming options if you’d prefer to create at home. Enjoy a melange of short films by and for stoners that celebrate everything this plant allows us to create and enjoy with titles like “Dog Baths and “How to Sex Your Cannabis.” (April 16 in Portland at 8 p.m., April 30 in Seattle at 7:30, Streaming April 20–24; Revolution Hall, 1300 SE Stark St., Portland, OR; and The Egyptian Theatre, 805 E. Pine St. Seattle, WA; Tickets $20 in Seattle, $20 in Portland)

Best weed events for 4/20 in Illinois

Waldos Forever Fest

Waldos Forever 2021 got heady.(Courtesy Waldos Forever)
Waldos Forever 2021 got heady.(Courtesy Waldos Forever)

Named for the group of California kids who coined “420” as a weed wink-wink code, this festival is what weed is all about: good music, good friends and good herb. Performers include Junglepussy and RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Shea Couleé. (April 23; W. Argyle St. at N. Clark St. Andersonville, Chicago; Free, but please RSVP)

Best weed events for 4/20 in Virginia

FlyHigh420 Festival 2022

Sure, you’ve smoked weed on a camping trip before, but never like this. The cannabis farm 2nd 40 to 420 has curated a long weekend of activities with the land to pull up in an RV (or just a tent) and make the most of your time away from crowds and hot boxes. There will be yoga, there will be music, there will be yurts, there will be the winners of the Virginia Kush Cup, and there will be silent discos. (April 21–24; The 2nd 40 to 420 Farm, 451 Hawk Lane Pamplin, VA; $65+)

Best weed events for 4/20 in Nebraska (?!)

Snoop Dogg and Koe Wetzel—The 420 Special

Honestly, I didn’t think I’d ever hear or read Snoop Dogg and Nebraska in the same sentence, but he continues to surprise me. Snoop and Wetzel lead this party that has both pre- and after parties with hefty munchie bags, DJ sets and the chance to meet the legend himself. (April 20, 8 p.m.; Pinnacle Bank Arena, Lincoln, NE; $116+)

Best weed events for 4/20 in Pennsylvania

Weeding Out The Stoned

What: How do I put this…if you’re a weed narc, this is the event for you! Now in its seventh year, comedian Alex Grubard hosts this night of collective scrutiny to determine who’s high and who isn’t, but should be. (April 20, 8 p.m.; Helium Comedy Club, 2031 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA; $15+)

Look out for more last-minute event additions. We always get a few.

Where’s the party at near you? Shout out 4/20 events in the comments below. And stay classy.

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Amelia Williams

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

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