Monday April 13, 2020

By Erin Hiatt

4/20 in 2020: How to Celebrate Weed's Biggest Holiday Virtually 420 Culture

It’s safe to say there never has been – and hopefully never will be – an April like April 2020. Unless you’ve just been thawed out from an Austin Powers-esque 40-year deep freeze, you are very aware: we are all living in a drastically, hopefully temporary, new world, one in which our social and civic duty is to stay home and well away from other people.

And while a pandemic storms outside our doors, the stoner’s high holiday is nigh. April 20, 2020 was on tap to be a banner year, with many cannabis companies planning concerts and 4/20 events where pot enthusiasts could blaze in solidarity to celebrate the big day. But not this year. Events throughout the country, like Denver’s 4/20 Cannabis Festival and the Hippie Hill gathering in San Francisco to name but a few, have been canceled to help slow the spread of coronavirus.

Nonetheless, there are still plenty of ways to celebrate 4/20 virtually during the quarantine. Here are a few ideas to make the most out of a socially distanced 4/20.

Virtual 4/20 Events

Had you planned to attend either the Emerald Cup or the National Cannabis Festival? Since both had to cancel their live events, organizers decided to team up to co-host Highstream 420 Festival, which will stream on NugsTV beginning at 4:00 PM EST on 4/20.

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Don't worry, you can still catch some awesome 4/20 events and concerts virtually. photo credit

When tuning in, not only will you be in on some soon to be announced speakers and performers, you’ll have an opportunity to donate to some great organizations, like cannabis advocacy nonprofits Americans for Safe Access and the Drug Policy Alliance. And don’t forget to throw in a couple of bucks for Crew Nation, a project from Live Nation to help out event crews currently unemployed due to coronavirus.

Check out a list of other virtual events happening this 4/20 below. We're working on adding more to this list so check back often:

Due to the increasing amount of cannabis events being postponed around the world, all events found on PotGuide are subject to change. Please contact the event producer for additional information.

Friday, April 17, 2020

4:20 PM

Virtual Online Event
CO

Join us on Instagram Live every Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 4:20 pm MDT for a Virtual Happy Hour with our very own digital budtender. We’ll share laughs, smiles, and support during these uncertain times.


Saturday, April 18, 2020

8:00 AM

Sloans Park
CO

Going Virtual, you have until 4/30 to post your best time!


Saturday, April 18, 2020

3:00 PM

Online Virtual Event
CO

We are offering a virtual day of healing for those quarantined during the 420 weekend!


Saturday, April 18, 2020

4:20 PM

Virtual Online Event
CO

The virtual 420 fest via Twitch will take place on Saturday, April 18th at 4:20pm with personalities from the community creating original content to unite, entertain, and ignite the cannabis community. Each segment will include appearances by local neighbors cooking with cannabis, blowing glass, bending neon, along with DJ sets, drag and performance art.


Sunday, April 19, 2020

3:30 PM

www.lanorml.org
Los Angeles, CA 90292

Join us as we celebrate NORML’s 50 year anniversary and take a journey through time and honor cannabis pioneers, new leaders, and future change-makers. This is a 100% online digital event that will take place on 4/19 at 3:30pm PST and will go until 5 pm PST. The event will stream live on WWW.LANORML.ORG and is FREE to join, all are welcome!


Monday, April 20, 2020

12:00 AM

Virtual Online Event
CO

Anti-Vision, Dank 'N' Dirty Dubz, and Silent Motion are coming together to bring you a MASSIVE interactive online event.


Monday, April 20, 2020

12:00 PM

Twitch
CO

Unify Mountain Soundz is teaming up with us at Dancesafe to bring you a 420 Party in Place!


Monday, April 20, 2020

12:00 PM

Virtual Online Event
CO

In our current state of uncertainty, we know it’s essential to unite as a community to offer strength and optimism during this international crisis. The cannabis industry was built on the giving spirit and if there has ever been a time to harness the strength of the cannabis community, it’s now. Let’s come together to support those facing hunger as a result of the COVID-19.


Monday, April 20, 2020

1:00 PM

Virtual Online Event
CO

Coming together during these trying times is more important now than ever. While we can’t get together in the traditional ways for our 420 celebrations, we can still honor cannabis and partake in a shared experience that helps others. Join us for a streaming 420 celebration benefiting local performers including musicians, comedians, and restaurant/bar workers.


Westwood is back and once again teamed up with our friends at Shambhala Music Festival and Your EDM to bring you another live stream festival! This time on 420 (April 20th) featuring an all-star lineup of Westwood & Shambhala faves.


Monday, April 20, 2020

3:00 PM

Virtual Online Event
CA

Join us from the comfort of your own home for an interactive all day online event celebrating our favorite high holiday!


Monday, April 20, 2020

4:00 PM

Online Virtual Event
CO

America’s largest cannabis gatherings, National Cannabis Festival and The Emerald Cup, combine forces for a coast-to-coast online 420 festival benefiting Coronavirus relief charities.


Monday, April 20, 2020

4:20 PM

Your Home!
CO

Get on your porch....in your backyard....on your roof....wherever! Let's smoke out this town while maintaining social distancing.


4/20 Movies and TV

Has being quarantined forced you to binge watch Tiger King? Use 4/20 to finally avert your eyes and take in some stoner flicks. There’s no shortage of movies paying homage to reefer, like The Big Lebowski, Easy Rider, Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke, and Dazed and Confused. Or, track down the original Reefer Madness movie from 1936, and see how marijuana prohibition got off to its inauspicious start.

Or you could take in a stoner movie with friends without breaking the six-foot social distance rule. Check out the Google Chrome extension Netflix Party, an extension that syncs video playback and features group chat, so you and your group can enjoy the movie (and your ganja) together.

Netflix
Watch your favorite stoner shows and movies alongside friends with Netflix Party. photo credit

If you’re looking for content a little more off the beaten path, check out the WeedTube, where instead of falling into a YouTube hole watching baby goats in sweaters, you can instead watch a range of content from CBD Life to Health & Beauty. Of course, you can always check out the PotGuide YouTube channel for some awesome cannabis content, too!

4/20 Activities, Arts and Crafts

Have you decided to use your extra time at home to learn or brush up on your artistic skills? The good folks at the cannabis friendly Puff, Pass, Paint have moved their events from in-person classes to online events. However, painting is only one aspect of what they’re working on. Their livestream line-up includes classes on cooking, mixed media, watercolor, and crafting, so there’s something for everyone!

Another way to spend a blissed out 4/20 is with a box of Crayola and the Stoner Coloring Book For Adults: the Stoners’ Psychedelic Coloring Book. Coloring is not only a fun activity that anyone can do, but a proven way to relieve stress and anxiety, more important than ever during this challenging time.

Have a 4/20 Party Online

Still want to celebrate 4/20 in a big way? Have a party online and invite all of your friends. There are a lot of video conferencing apps that let you connect with those you love, like Google Hangouts, Zoom, GoTo Meeting, Skype, etc.

Feel free to make it as big, small, themed, or un-themed as you’d like. For those who want to go all out, choose green as a theme: add lights, decorations, cannabis leaves, streamers, or balloons to the background. Another option is to have everyone dress up as their favorite stoner character, or in formal attire. You could also play stoner games like “Never Have I Ever” or “Jamaica Jammin,” which can be played virtually, and bypass the need to share joints or pipes.

Zoom
Zoom meetings or Skype calls can be a great way to connect with friends on 4/20. photo credit

Even though 4/20 this year will be different than all years preceding, this (un)official holiday is still a great day to connect with friends while practicing social distancing and doing your part to stanch the COVID-19 pandemic. Stay safe, wash your hands, don’t touch your face, and under no circumstances should you puff, puff, pass. Happy 4/20!


How are you celebrating 4/20 this year? Share your plans with others in the comments below.


Erin Hiatt Erin Hiatt

Erin Hiatt is a New York City-based writer who has been covering the cannabis industry for more than six years. Her work - which has appeared in Hemp Connoisseur Magazine, PotGuide, Civilized, Vice, Freedom Leaf, MERRY JANE, Alternet, and CannaInvestor - covers a broad range of topics, including cannabis policy and law, CBD, hemp law and applications, science and technology, beauty, and psychedelics.

Erin's work and industry insights have been featured on the podcasts The Let's Go Eat Show, In the Know 420, and she has appeared as a featured panelist on the topic of hemp media. Erin has interviewed top industry experts such as Dr. Carl Hart, Ethan Nadelmann, Amanda Feilding, Mark A.R. Kleiman, Dr. James Fadiman, and culture icons Governor Jesse Ventura, and author Tom Robbins. You can follow her work on LinkedInWordpress, @erinhiatt on Twitter, and @erinisred on Instagram.



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