April 20th is the biggest day of the year for the cannabis community. From cannon-sized blunts to 6-foot bongs, elaborate celebrations of weed and the culture that has grown around it will be held worldwide. It’s a day of happiness and joy. And conveniently enough, April 20th falls on a Friday this year. Here are the best places in the world to be on 4/20.
1. Denver: Mile High 420 Festival
Billed as the “Largest Free 420 Event in the World,” Denver’s Mile High 420 Festival (formerly known as the Denver 420 Rally) is free to attend and open to the public. There’s only one catch: tickets are limited, so secure your admission early. Headliners include Lil Wayne, Lil Jon, the Original Wailers, and Inner Circle. More than 50,000 people are expected for the festival, which runs from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. at Civic Center Park.
2. San Francisco: Hippie Hill, Golden Gate Park
The Hippie Hill 4/20 gathering in Golden Gate Park is an annual San Francisco tradition that reaches back to the 1970s. Tens of thousands of people show up every year. For the second year, the event will be organized in official partnership with the city. The celebration is all day, culminating in a giant smoke out at 4:20 p.m. in the Sharon Meadows area. Admission is free, but you should get tickets.
3. Amsterdam 420 Festival
Held each year outside Amsterdam City Hall and at The Sand Beachport and Events Complex in Amsterdam, the Amsterdam 420 Festival lasts all day. Included are smoke-out protests courtesy of local activists, live music, and special deals on the ‘Dam’s dankest buds”. Tickets cost about 26 euros per person. The afterparty at The Sand is included in the ticket price.
4. 420 Toronto 2018
5. Melbourne, Australia: Free Cannabis Community 420 Rally
“The Melbourne Free Cannabis Community 420 Rally is a celebration of the culture, compassion, creativity, and color of the diverse and beautiful people who, for whatever reason, choose to consume cannabis,” according to the organizers. This year will be the 7th annual rally. Organizers are calling on the Victorian government to legalize adult cannabis use. There will be no cannabis sales, so bring what you need to enjoy the afternoon. The event lasts from 2 to 7 p.m. at Flagstaff Gardens, Melbourne, Victoria.
6. Vancouver, B.C.: 24th Annual Vancouver 420 Protest
This annual festival has been held in Vancouver since 1995. It’s a protest, a celebration, and a farmer’s market. Noon to 8 p.m. at Sunset Beach, 1204 Beach Avenue.
7. London, England: The 420 Rally at Hyde Park
Every year at Hyde Park in London, thousands gather to celebrate, toke up, and chill together. A record crowd showed up in 2017. “A cloud of smoke could be seen 100m away and the scent wafted much further, the event appearing like a festival but without any actual stages or attractions,” the Independent reported last year.
8. Santa Cruz, California: UCSC Annual 4/20 Celebration
The annual 4/20 Celebration on the campus of the University of California at Santa Cruz is not approved by the university. But it happens, every year, just like clockwork. The 2017 event attracted an estimated 4,000 revelers. Last year, there were only three arrests, none of which were for cannabis. The gathering will be at Porter Meadows on campus. Some get started before noon. But things will get very hazy at 4:20.