No, April 20th is still not officially a national holiday. But try telling that to the legion of marijuana lovers or anyone else who thinks it’s a big event.
Thanks to the number 420, which has some significance in both pop and pot culture, April 20th is a day to celebrate all things marijuana. Hence all the events and parties that take place in cities across the US on or around the date each year, including here in the Valley.
This will be the case again in 2022 as there will be numerous celebrations related to the 420 at Metro Phoenix on Wednesday, April 20th, as well as pre and post big day events. It ranges from festivals like Buds-A-Palooza and Cannaval to concerts in local bars and various sales in pharmacies and tobacconists.
To help you keep on top of everything that’s going on this year, we’ve put together the following overview of all 420 events taking place in the Valley. Read on and smoke them if you have them.
Fifth Street and Garfield Street
Gather your buds and head to this eight-hour block party on Friday, April 15 along Fifth Street south of Roosevelt Row. Highlights include screenings of pot-inspired films such as half baked and In smoke, sets of local stand-up comics at the Zen Leaf comedy lounge, a massive vendor village, 18 different food trucks and multiple glassblowing demonstrations. A massive live music lineup is led by reggae rock acts Passafire and Tomorrows Bad Seeds, and also features performances from local artists and acts such as The Stakes, Scattered Melodies, The Nutter Tut Band, HotRock Supajoint, Snailmate, DJ Xara and The Phoenix Funkeros. The opening times are from 4:20 p.m. to midnight. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Trees Matter, a local non-profit environmental education organization. Tickets cost $20 to $25. More details can be found here.
All N One Smoke Shop
25155 North 67th Avenue, 623-572-4644
3614 East Southern Avenue, Mesa, 480-641-6495
Both locations will be having a 50 percent sale on Wednesday, April 20th with live glassblowing demonstrations and free BBQ at the Mesa store. Hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m
4346 West Olive Avenue, Glendale, 623-934-1913
Local reggae bands such as Jahlos Rebels, Mellow Psychadelic Culture and Animo Cruz will perform at this 420 themed gig on Wednesday 20th April. Spoken word artist Viva La Chicana will open and Tucson’s Keri Ercolini will host a live art session. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $10.
Sky High Smoke Shop
33 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, 480-557-6653
1835 East University Drive, Tempe, 480-361-7009
1740 East Broadway, No. 102, Tempe, 480-361-4989
Sky High’s Tempe locations will be hosting a plethora of specials, sales and offers during the annual two-day 420 Fest on Tuesday April 19th and Wednesday April 20th. On both days you will receive a 35 percent discount on almost everything in the store (with the exception of tobacco products and other selected items) from 2 p.m. to closing. Stores are offering 25 percent off select vaporizers throughout the day. Almost everything in stores (again excluding tobacco and certain other products) will be available for 50 per cent on Tuesday from 8am to 4.20pm and will be eligible for a ‘buy one, get one free’ on Wednesday.
HQ Vaping & Smoking
219 West University Drive, Tempe, 480-496-6093
HQ’s 420th celebration features a variety of discounts on Wednesday, April 20, including up to 40 percent off locally made glass items (Zong, Royal Glass, Graffix, Sik Glass, Home Blown Glass) and up to 60 percent off Discount on American made glassware like Zob, Roor, HVY and Clover. Grinders are also offered with 35 percent off SIK and Ripper grinders, 35 percent off Tahoe, and 25 percent off SLX and all other grinders. Customers can also get up to 60 percent off Heady Glass, 20 percent off all RAW products, spin a prize wheel, or participate in other offers. Access to the shop is restricted to persons over the age of 21. The opening times are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m
unity through community
43 West Southern Avenue, Tempe, 480-519-7825
The AZ Smoking Team will present its 420 Smokefest on Wednesday, April 20th with live music, food trucks, vendors, raffles, giveaways and contests. The venue will be “420-friendly” for the event, which runs from 4pm to 8pm, so feel free to light up. Admission is $15.
14620 North Cave Creek Road
A host of local reggae, reggaeton and hip hop artists will perform at the annual 420 Bash on Wednesday April 20th including Papimsh, Welex, Snotty, Rufflez, Perro Toro, Siniestro and others. Doors open at 4:20 p.m. (natch) and admission is $5.
4234 West Dunlap Avenue, 623-939-4784
Paraphernalia’s 420 celebrations on Wednesday, April 20 will feature live glassblowing demonstrations, raffle prizes worth more than $3,000, live music from Zoo the Giant and Haley Green, live art sessions, free food, giveaways, a Sale throughout the store and much more. The opening times are from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m
Six Valley locations
Each location of this ganja-themed sandwich chain in Metro Phoenix is celebrating on Wednesday the 20th. Each “nug” sandwich comes with fries and a drink for $4.20 and includes a souvenir Frisbee. Opening hours are from noon to midnight.
411 South Mill Avenue, #101, 480-967-7017
4980 West Ray Road, No. 13, Chandler, 480-730-0420
1155 South Power Road, #122, Mesa, 480-507-8420
Customers receive 50 percent off all imported glass items, 75 percent off male joint rigs, 35 percent off all branded rigs, 25 percent off vapes and accessories and bongs, and 10 percent off everything in the central gallery display cases at the store. The opening times are from 9:00 a.m. to midnight.
Smoke shop in the old town
7156 East Thomas Road, Scottsdale, 480-590-3473
This store’s 420 specials on Wednesday, April 20 include discounts of 20 percent or more on various glassware.
The coin pharmacy
17036 North Cave Creek Road
5210 South Priest Drive, Tempe
330 East Southern Avenue, MESA
Each location will be offering more than 20 different “Buy One, Get One” offers across multiple brands including WTF Extracts, Wyld, Hi-Klas, Stiizy, Venom Extracts and Sofa King Tasty on Wednesday April 20th. Call 480-749. 6468 or 480-749-6468 for more details.
Event Center Phoenix
2209 North 99th Avenue
The first Cannaval (think “Carnival Meets Cannabis”) on Saturday April 30th will feature live music from Authority Zero and other local bands, various DJs, a large sales exhibition and other thrills. Live entertainment included Lucha free Wrestling matches as well as jugglers, aerialists, stilt walkers and fire artists. The event runs from noon to midnight. Registration information is available on the Cannaval website.
1917 North Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale, 480-361-6723
This South Scottsdale smoke shop will be hosting a block party on Friday, April 22, offering guests free dabs and flowers. No joke. You’ll also have live glassblowing demonstrations, tarot readings, food and drink, vendors and even a yo-yo workshop. Because why not? Opening hours are from 5 p.m. to midnight.
Lucie’s Sage & Sand Bar
13831 West Glendale Avenue, Glendale, 623-935-5810
The 420 Freedom Fest on Wednesday, April 20th will feature live music, prize drawings, a blunt rolling contest and other activities, including a 420 Quiz Contest, a cannabis-inspired costume contest and vendors. A cast of local rappers like Lil Flip, Knotty Kidd, Pushing Pluto, Dr. Thraxxx, Nuggy G. and Murkems will perform. The event starts at 3:00 p.m. and lasts until 1:00 a.m. General admission is $25, VIP tickets are $45, and sponsorship packages (which include a variety of perks) are $200. Call 602-501-4787 for more information.
The flower shop
3155 East McDowell Road, 602-812-4695
10827 South 51st Street, Ahwatukee, 480-350-7624
5205 East University Drive, 480-696-3098
At all three locations of this pharmacy there are on 20.4. from 8am to 10pm music, food, vendors and giveaways. Call for more information.