4/20, every stoner's favorite cannabis-centric holiday, is almost upon us. Get ready to toke up with our guide to the trippiest events, such as SPLIFF Film Festival and the premiere of Chopped 420 with Portland-born comedian Ron Funches, and some choice munchies, from a vegan CBD potato chip donut at Doe Donuts to a private three-course CBD dinner from chef Liv Vasquez at Jupiter NEXT. Plus, check out our pot shop directory and our list of 4/20 deals if you need to stock up before Tuesday.
APRIL 16-24 & ON DEMAND
2021 SPLIFF Film Festival
As everyone's favorite day to smoke weed draws near, it's time for another installment of short cannabis-themed films made for and by stoners just like you! You'll have a grand old time watching the screenings themselves, but you'll be even more delighted by this year's live(streamed) viewing parties hosted by various dynamic weed-loving duos, from The Stranger's Chase Burns and Jasmyne Keimig to Seattle drag stars Cookie Couture and Betty Wetter to comedians Alyssa Yeoman and Erin Ingle. You can also check out SPLIFF 2019 and SPLIFF 2020 on demand whenever you want.
TUESDAY, APRIL 20
4/20 at Chalice Farms
Oregon dispensary chain Chalice Farms will unveil a new product (the "Drip Stick," a pre-roll created with Bald Peak flower and a potent amount of live resin concentrate) and dish out giveaways on 4/20. Namely, the first 20 customers at each location will receive a free, limited-edition t-shirt designed by local artist James Reka. They'll also have lots of locally made weed accessories on deck, with proceeds benefiting the artists directly.
High and Unbothered with Lil Skies & Friends
Pushing tracks from his latest album, Unbothered, chart-topping Waynesboro rapper Lil Skies will head up this dazed livestream with as-yet-unannounced special guests.
Verzuz 'How High' 4/20 Special
Verzuz TV's musical competition series on Instagram Live will feature a special 4/20 episode pitting Def Jam vet Redman against Wu-Tang's Method Man.
420 Bike Ride
The Foster Night Ride will get the 4/20 treatment, which is to say masked and socially distanced stoners are invited to "relax and enjoy the soothing vibrations of an opened mind and a self-powered engine gliding to the destination of opportunity and harmony."
FoPo Food Carts
From Marijuana to Cannabis: The New Normal
Nearly fifty years after Oregon became the first US state to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of marijuana, cannabis is finally being woven into mainstream culture. This online talk with Oregon Humanities will trace the cause and effect.
Elastic Time: A Richard Linklater Master Class
As the pandemic continues to skew our individual and collective sense of time, it's as good a time as any to delve into the work of Gen-X director Richard Linklater, for whom the passage of time has always been a theme worth investigating. For the second installment of this Movie Madness masterclass, the director will join you as you dissect Dazed & Confused, perfectly timed for 4/20.
Portland-born, Los Angeles-based comedian Ron Funches will step in as the host of this weed-centric cooking show inspired by Food Network's Chopped. Like its predecessor, the contestants—all up-and-coming cannabis chefs—will be tasked with dishing up an appetizer, entrée, and dessert using unpredictable ingredients, this time with weed- or CBD-infused flair. Will the judges (chef Esther Choi, drag performer and cannabis activist Laganja Estranja, chef Luke Reyes, chef Sam Talbot, and comedian Tacarra Williams) get too stoned to form coherent sentences? Watch and see.
Broccoli Talk Podcast
This monthly dispatch from Portland-based Broccoli Magazine editors Lauren Yoshiko and Mennlay Golokeh Aggrey is like a smoke session with your most scholarly stoner friends. They've taken a bit of a break, but you can scroll through their archives at your leisure for takes on cannabis in the digital space, cultural appropriation in the weed industry, and interviews with industry experts who represent marginalized voices. Needless to say, the magazine is also worth a subscription for gorgeously illustrated articles on cannabis culture.
4/20 FOOD SPECIALS
Need the perfect salty-sweet snack for vegging out during your stoned Netflix binge? Look no further than the vegan donut shop Doe Donuts' "CBD Couch Potato" donut, which will be available through April and May and is made with calming CBD, chocolate, kettle potato chips, and truffle pretzels.
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Looking for some upscale room service with a cannabis twist? Chef and plant medicine coach Liv Vasquez, a winner on Netflix's Cooked With Cannabis, will host a CBD Dinner Series at the Jupiter Next, with private in-room three-course meals from April 22-24. The innovative vegan menu includes a plant-based take on crab cakes, "faux gras" terrine, and a banana miso caramel dessert.
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Portland Pizza Week 2021
Though not explicitly a 4/20-inspired event, it's hard to argue that the Portland Mercury's week-long pizza extravaganza featuring specially crafted $2 slices and $16 pies is not a stoner's paradise. Check out our complete guide.
The smash-hit spot's comforting fusion of Thai cuisine and Southern barbecue is ideal for intoxicated consumption. As The Portland Mercury's Andrea Damewood wrote, "Eem is the restaurant equivalent of Lizzo: infectious, critically and commercially acclaimed, and addictive AF. You cannot go wrong in ordering, from the hot fried cauliflower to the divine brisket in white curry to the fried rice with burnt ends. And both the cocktails and mocktails are some of the best in town—my favorite piña colada, made with coffee and salt to keep it from being too cloying, is on the menu again."
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This relatively new Berliner-style donut shop is co-owned by Portland-based chef and cannabis pro Leather Storrs, also known as the co-host of Netflix's Cooked with Cannabis, so it's safe to say it's culinary weed expert-approved. And the out-of-the-box flavor combinations, like maple bacon butterscotch or pimento cheese with hot honey and sesame seeds, are downright stoner-friendly.
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Man Vs. Fries
Last November, this delivery and takeout pop-up with locations in various cities brought its menu of hefty French fry-based creations to the Park the Carts pod, serving loaded asada fries and fry-stuffed SoCal and NorCal-style burritos and quesadillas with Flamin' Hot Cheetos. You can choose between straight or curly fries, pollo or carne asada, and SoCal or NorCal. There's also fried New York cheesecake and fried double-stuffed Oreos, both breaded with Krusteaz mix. The menu is available for pickup or for delivery via DoorDash, UberEats, Postmates, or GrubHub.
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The popular food-cart-turned-restaurant's signature brand of "Mexicajun" comfort food, with dishes like "Doriteaux" cheese-dusted beignets, crawfish étouffée, Cajun fried chicken crunch wraps, and carnitas mac and cheese, makes for next-level munchies. Try the fried-to-order churro beignets for dessert.
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The laidback pizzeria's new vegan pepperoni "Mac Attack" special features vegan Field Roast pepperoni and mac and cheese. There's also a "Lost Boys" variation with Field Roast pepperoni, roasted garlic cloves, and "vampire hot sauce."
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