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The Most Popular 420 Events, Celebrations, and Traditions

April 20 is a day every stoner knows. It’s the closest thing we have to a dedicated weed holiday. And many of us want to celebrate accordingly.

But what’s the “right” way to celebrate cannabis? Should you go out and find some great 420 events, or is it more in the weed-smoking spirit to stay home and get high?

However you choose to celebrate 4/20 this year, our guide to the most popular celebrations and traditions will make planning easy-peasy-smoke-that-cheesy.

Most Watched Stoner Movies

Every list of top stoner movies is different.

That could be because we don’t have a set definition for what constitutes a “stoner” movie. If we focus only on movies with weed as a central plot point (or a way to advance the plot), the list becomes much simpler.

If we also consider movies that are “enhanced” by marijuana, we get a list like The Cannabist’s Top 20 Stoner Movies That Will Keep You Couch-Locked, which includes both pot-centric and pot-enhanced films.

10 Favorite 420 Films

  1. Up In Smoke (1978)
  2. The Big Lebowski (1998)
  3. Dazed and Confused (1993)
  4. Friday (1995)
  5. Pineapple Express (2008)
  6. Smiley Face (2007)
  7. Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle (2004)
  8. Easy Rider (1969)
  9. Half-Baked (1998)
  10. Reefer Madness (1936)

Of course, there are dozens of other incredible marijuana-themed (or marijuana-adjacent) movies and shows if you can’t find something you love in The Cannabist’s Top 10.

  • Fast Times at Ridgemont High
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Super Troopers
  • How High
  • Dude, Where’s My Car?

If you prefer to keep your marijuana and movie plots separate, The Cannabist also compiled a list of 10 fan favorite films that people love watching while they’re high, even though the movies aren’t actually about cannabis.

10 Non-Weed Films to Watch with Weed

  1. Fantasia (1940)
  2. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  3. The Holy Mountain (1973)
  4. Blazing Saddles (1974)
  5. Spirited Away (2001)
  6. The Lord of the Rings (2001-2003)
  7. Star Wars (1977-1983)
  8. Donnie Darko (2001)
  9. Pulp Fiction (1994)
  10. Mulholland Drive (2001)

As a general rule, any movie that offers stunning visuals, great audio, laugh-out-loud humor, or thought-provoking discussion goes well with weed. That said, stick with a genre you like: if you’re in the mood for comedy, watch a comedy this April 20.

What’s your favorite 420 film? Let us know in the comments.

420 songs

Best Songs to Get High To (According to Spotify)

There are over 40,000 420 themed playlists on Spotify.

If you listened to 5 of those playlists in their entirety every day, it would take almost 22 years to listen to every track.

Thankfully, Spotify released a list of the top 20 songs found in pot playlists. The list was from 2015, so it won’t include the latest weed-smoking anthems, but it’s a great resource if you’re trying to build out your playlist for April 20.

So what are other stoners listening to when they get high?

  1. Hits From the Bong – Cypress Hill
  2. Legalize It – Peter Tosh
  3. Smoke the Weed – Snoop Lion
  4. Red Red Wine – UB40
  5. Purple Pills – D-12
  6. Bitch, Don’t Kill My Vibe – Kendrick Lamar
  7. Juicy – The Notorious B.I.G.
  8. I’m Burned – Bloodhorse
  9. Sun Is Shining – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  10. Crazy Trips – BVA
  11. Smoke Two Joints – Sublime
  12. Because I Got High – Afroman
  13. As We Enter – Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
  14. Smoke ‘Em Like a Blunt – Spice 1
  15. Gin and Juice – Snoop Doggy Dogg
  16. The Weed Song – Bone Thugs-N- Harmony
  17. Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
  18. One Drop – Bob Marley & The Wailers
  19. The Next Episode – Dr. Dre
  20. Marijuana – Kid Cudi

What songs will you have on your 420 playlist? Let us know in the comments.

Feed Yourself After You Weed Yourself

Even if the strain your smoking doesn’t lead to the munchies, you’re going to get hungry at some point during the 4/20 festivities. And if you aren’t prepared with munchies at home and meal options on the go, you could end up more hangry than high.

What you eat is a matter of taste, of course, and we recommend stocking up on your favorites. But if you need a little help planning—or you just want to eat what other stoners eat—Philadelphia-based delivery company goPuff compiled a list of the most-ordered snacks on 4/20.

  1. Ben & Jerry’s Half-Baked Ice Cream
  2. Sour Patch Kids
  3. Swedish Fish
  4. Cheeze-Its
  5. Haribo Gummy Bears
  6. Nerds Rope
  7. Flamin’ Hot Cheetos
  8. Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
  9. Ben & Jerry’s Tonight Dough
  10. Kit Kats

If you’d rather have a proper meal than fill up on sugary and salty treats, it’s hard to go wrong with pizza or—even simpler—pizza rolls.

Don’t like pizza?

Other popular 4/20 meal options include donuts, macaroni & cheese, tacos, and chili cheese fries. And many restaurants, like Cheba Hut in Denver, offer a variety of 4/20 specific festivities, including drink specials, prizes, live music, and tap takeovers.

420 events and concerts

Popular 420 Events in Colorado

Ok, so you have your music, movies, and munchies selected. But what if you don’t want to stay home on April 20 this year? What dope 420 events can you attend right here in Colorado?

Note: smoking in public is still prohibited in Colorado, regardless of the date.

Visiting from Out of Town? Try Colorado Cannabis Tours

If you’re just visiting for the 4/20 weekend (congrats!), consider booking with Colorado Cannabis Tours. Their range of transportation and event options for Colorado Cannabis Week can get you to your 420 events in style.

Events include Puff Pass Paint, Cooking with Cannabis classes, an infused dinner party, an exclusive afterparty, and more.

Check events, hotels, transportation, and pricing options.

Colorado 420 Fest

Stop by Colorado Springs and the Speak Easy Cannabis Event Center for hot and ready dab rigs, a 420 friendly cannabis club, and vendors from all over the U.S.

This full-day event is open to adults 21+ , and smoking is allowed in designated locations (bring your own cannabis and concentrates).

Learn more about the event and get your tickets.

Mile High 420 Festival

This FREE festival features big name performers, cannabis comedy, and even a stage for meditation, yoga, and fitness during the early hours.

The free festival has become a Colorado 420 staple.

Learn more and get tickets.

Still not seeing something you like? Visit Colorado Pot Guide for even more 4/20 events, concerts, festivals, and specials.

How Are You Celebrating This 4/20?

Whether you prefer to stay home or hit the town, we hope the 420 events, music, munchies, and movies in this guide help you get the most out of your 4/20 celebration.

And don’t forget to stock up on all your favorite strains, extracts, edibles, and tinctures from Karing Kind, Boulder’s first recreational marijuana dispensary.

Karing Kind is located just off of US-36, one mile north of Broadway, open daily from 9am to 10pm.

While we carry a variety of strains, concentrates, edibles, salves and tinctures, our inventory and stock levels fluctuate from week to week. Check our menu and follow us on Instagram and Twitter for an up-to-date list of edibles, concentrates and buds available.