Pot dispensaries are open throughout the year, but 4/20 (Saturday, April 20), the universal day for cannabis appreciation, is an extra special opportunity to wear your bud-loving heart on your sleeve. If you want to celebrate properly but are bored by the idea of getting stoned and watching Netflix on your couch, you're in luck. Below, we've compiled all the weed-centric things to do on the holiday and throughout the weekend, from The Stranger's SPLIFF Film Fest to drag performances like Michete's Am I Right, Ladies? to the hoppy-hazy IPA Daze to Neon Taco Bell. Find all the options for this weekend below, and check out even more events on our weed calendar.
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Cloneapalooza's Comedy Showcase
If you're in Tacoma, prepare for 4/20 with comedians Tyler Smith, Casey McClaine, Narrin Vann, Jason Stewart, and host Brock Terrano.
O'Malley's Irish Pub, Tacoma
The Gateway Show
It’s an experiment in stand-up: Three comics do their sets. Then these four comics get super, duper stoned. Then they perform again while occupying this much hazier headspace. Or attempt to perform again. Will the bake bring out another dimension of their comedy, or will they bomb, one by one, in forgetful spells of heaping laughter (or awkward pauses)? This special edition, hosted by Luke Severeid, will feature Ta Vi, Nariko Ott, and D.j. Sandhu. LEILANI POLK
Broadway Performance Hall, Capitol Hill
The Green Party 1: WAR, On Drugs
This inaugural Burning Man-style weed lover's party will feature two floors: the Box House main level, where you'll find live bands and activities, and the "underground" level, where you can dance to deep bass beats with DJ Firepower. At midnight, guests are invited to flock to Occidental Square to "toast to a greener spring."
The Underground, Pioneer Square
HB Silent Disco - Love Train "RE-Leaf"
Put on some headphones and choose from eight DJs at this "420-ish" silent disco.
Orient Express, Sodo
Lil Pump, Lil Skies
You either know rapper Lil Pump for his ubiquitous track "Gucci Gang" or for his now infamous SNL antics with Kanye West, but now you'll get to see what he can do live on this tour stop with Lil Skies. It should be a perfect way to kick off your 4/20 weekend.
WaMu Theater, Sodo
Mike Love, Sarah Christine
Hawaiian roots rock/reggae artist Mike Love will bring his "genre-conscious" tunes to Seattle with support from Sarah Christine.
Australian-born and New Zealand-bred musician Sammy J blends soul, jazz, and "island reggae." Join him on this stop on his Moonlight Run Tour.
Neptune Theatre, University District
Seattle PsyOps: Four Year Anniversary
This recurring psych-trance night will celebrate four years around the sun.
Tech N9ne, Krizz Kaliko, Dax, Mayday, Ubi
Hiphop legend and frequent PNW visitor Tech N9ne will bring his many evolutions back to Seattle for a night on his 2019 It Goes Up Tour with opening guests Krizz Kaliko, Dax, Mayday, and Ubi of CES CRU.
Seattle Tokeativity Social: Flower Power
The women-focused cannabis networking event Tokeativity aims to "empower women at the root level" and advocate for the normalization of pot. At this event, you're invited to wear your "hippiest" '70s-inspired garb, make a flower crown, and trade your old pipes for new ones.
SPLIFF Film Fest
A new vibe of stoner entertainment is emerging—witness the rise of Broad City, High Maintenance, and basically every TV show created on Viceland. And now, most importantly, The Stranger presents SPLIFF, your new favorite film festival created by the stoned for the stoned. We received films (four minutes and twenty seconds or less!) from all around the world. Our inaugural lineup is hilarious, weird, sexy, trippy, and unlike any stoner films you've seen before. There are spaceships, Rihanna-inspired blunt tutorials, dancing boobs, Australians, puppets, ASMR candy sandwiches...Unfortunately, because of LAWS, you can't smoke inside the theater, and you're not supposed to smoke outside of it, either. Your ticket also gets you into the SPLIFF After-Party at Fred Wildlife Refuge.CHASE BURNS
SIFF Cinema Egyptian, Capitol Hill
Bad Therapy Presents The 420 Show
Bad Therapy and guest improv troupes Wood For Sheep, Dead Letters, and TrIO will celebrate the holiday with goofy antics and plenty of references to the devil's lettuce.
The Pocket Theater, Greenwood
Cheech & Chong
That's right, here's a chance to witness the legendary stoner duo in the flesh and THC-laced blood.
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma
The Dope Show
Tyler Smith presents the Dope Show, which offers two performances by a lineup of comedians: one delivered sober, then another delivered several (smoky) minutes later, totally baked.
Historic Everett Theater
The Hot Seat - 4/20 Edition
Local comic Erin Ingle will welcome Maddie Downes, Bobby Higley, and Vanessa Dawn to the stage for some laughs. At intermission, you'll have the opportunity to indulge (cough cough [cough cough cough]) before the next round.
Jai Thai, Capitol Hill
NW Peaks Comedy Night
Take your 4/20 giggles to the next level at this local comedy showcase featuring Greg Beachler, Jess Everett, Bo Drogmund, and Narin Vann.
NW Peaks Brewery & Taproom, Hillman City
Dazed and Confused
In Bremerton and at a loss for 4/20 ideas? Get in that "mood" (nudge nudge) and watch the 1976-set aimless-teen drama Dazed and Confused.
Historic Roxy Theatre, Bremerton
Drone Cinema Film Festival: Selected Works
Ambient music producer and past David Lynch collaborator Kim Cascone runs this festival combining experimental, non-narrative film, video, and animation with drone music, aka an external representation of the inside of your stoner brain.
Grand Illusion, University District
Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle
The Seattle Asian American Film Festival will co-present this beautifully dumb classic on your favorite holiday (at 4:20, no less). "You've been out cold for the past half hour, I figured if I did some gay shit you'd wake up."
Grand Illusion, University District
Movies at MoPOP: Friday
It's not a great day for Craig (played by Ice Cube)—he got fired on his day off, and now he and his best friend Smokey (Chris Tucker) owe $200 to a violent drug dealer for smoking all his weed. But with no job, how will they pay up? This comedy meanders through a rough day on the tough side of LA, complete with drive-bys, religious pamphleteers, neighborhood psychopaths, and a scary dude named "Big Worm." Come for the antics, stay for the Mo-town and old-school rap soundtrack, featuring the Temptations, James Brown, Dr. Dre, Funkdoobiest, and Tha Alkaholiks.
Museum of Pop Culture (MoPOP), Seattle Center
Neon Taco Bell
In keeping with yearly tradition, Monica Dimas's Mexican restaurant will honor the fast-food temple of stoners everywhere by serving up their slightly more sophisticated take on Taco Bell classics like the Crunch Wrap Supreme, the Enchirito, and the Double Decker Supreme. "Garbage People Who Love Wine" will provide tasteful wine pairings to accompany the munchies.
Little Neon Taco, First Hill
Waldos' Special Ale Party!
Fans of "dank" beer can get their thrills from Waldos' Special Ale, an herbaceous resinous beer brewed especially with 4/20 in mind. You can also snack on Point Reyes cheese.
Lagunitas Tap Room, Ballard
4/20 at Tim's
Spend 4/20 with live hiphop acts 2Xtim, Seasicc, Onasis, Pomp Eii factor, Yh, Fresh and Merce, S.A.T.H.I.N., Mazarobbie, Za Q the Cut, and Mcprimitive.
Tim's Tavern, Greenwood
420 Party with Hashtag Cannabis
Sway to DJ sets by locals dos leches (TUF, babexhouse), JOY MA (House of Ghetto), and Tacoma pop-soul duo Mirrorgloss in your 4/20 state. Come dressed as your favorite weed strain (Headband? Golden Pineapple?) for the chance to win a costume contest.
Stone Way Cafe, Wallingford
Seattle Hempfest 2019 will host their annual membership festival to gain new members (their primary source of funds). Enjoy food, music, live entertainment, raffles, and conversations about the future of the pot industry.
Culture Yard, Fremont
4:20 SNAP 90s Dance Party
Experience the '90s in a parallel universe wherein weed was already legal in Washington by getting stoned and dancing to hits of the decade with Trashy Trash DJs Ben Meadow, MadMax, and Introcut, plus Portland's Colin Jones.
Lo-Fi Performance Gallery, Eastlake
Brass Monkeys, Spyn Reset, Gypsy Temple
Brass Monkeys are a Beastie Boys tribute group who, we’ve been assured, have a valid license to ill. They'll be joined by Spyn Reset and Gypsy Temple at this 4/20 cover show of stoney hits and deep cuts.
Central Saloon, Pioneer Square
Bread & Butter, The Shivas, Dean Johnson
Former Stranger music critic Emily Nokes has praised local power-pop group Bread & Butter for their "no problemo rock and roll." Chillax to their sounds after additional sets from the Shivas (who Dave Segal called "K Records’ great psych-rock hope") and Dean Johnson (of Lowman Palace and Sons of Rainier).
Tractor Tavern, Ballard
Bumpin' Uglies, Perfect By Tomorrow
Bumpin' Uglies—who describe themselves as "lyrically driven ska/punk/reggae from the east coast"—will roll through town on their Catch My Buzz Tour with support from fellow reggae-rockers Perfect By Tomorrow.
High Dive, Fremont
Cultivate Launch: Calyx & Teebee
Get into some drum and bass with Calyx and TeeBee, who will be joined by S-Doobie, SmartBomb, and Spiralus.
Four Lights, The Delstroyers, Choke the Pope
Local rockers Four Lights are noted fans of Weezer, Superdog, and Jimmy Eat World. Wear your most well-worn flannel to their show with the Delstroyers and Choke the Pope.
The Kraken Bar & Lounge, University District
Split your time between a live performance stage (featuring drag artist Freeza Dlust and Skarlett Dior Black, the Corevette Dance Collective, and others) and a silent disco room (with DJs Jenn Green, Essex, Kadeejah Streets, and Andy O.) at this event co-sponsored by the Colored Cannabis Collective. Elevated Fork will be onsite with "infused goodies," and there will be a full bar.
The Knife Room, Pioneer Square
Head Honcho, The Brass, Phantom Racer, Antlerbag
Northwest punks Head Honcho will headline this special 4/20 show with rockers and hardcore groups the Brass, Phantom Racer, and Antlerbag.
Belltown Yacht Club
Herban Legends 4/20 Party
Celebrate the ultimate stoner's holiday with Herban Legends at their 4/20 party, with a DJ set by Indica Jones, food, a raffle, and prize giveaways.
Herban Legends, Belltown
If you're feeling a certain way on April 20, head to the Laser Dome for a night of psychedelic tunes synced to trippy light beams.
Laser Dome at Pacific Science Center, Queen Anne
Panoramics, Jaguar Paw, New Rose
Local power-poppers Panoramics will celebrate 4/20 at this special show with support from punks Jaguar Paw and NYC's New Rose.
The Funhouse, Eastlake
Paul Wall Meet and Greet
Here's your chance to meet rapper and occasional actor Paul Wall in the flesh.
American Mary, Ballard
Sign up for a full night of dance music and get "ready to get WRECKED" with Pegboard Nerds, G-Rex, Eliminate, Chime, P0gman, Dack Janiels, BloodThinnerz, Sir Kutz, Titus1, Alex Bosi, and Starla.
Canna 420 Carnival
Canna West will host a full-blown carnival for stoners, complete with free ice cream from Husky Deli, popcorn (for purchase) from Northwest Kettle Corn, free caricatures drawn by Chris Kelleher, live music by RL Heyer, carnival games, and more.
Canna West, West Seattle
If you have a lot of energy on 4/20, head to Tukwila for laser tag, mini-golf, virtual reality experiences, and a DJ dance party. You can also learn about products from a slew of local cannabis retailers.
Virtual Sports, Tukwila
Uncle Ike's Glass & Goods 4/20 Festivities
Uncle Ike's will bring out food, live music, vendors, petting zoos (featuring a wallaby!), and other such fun at two locations.
Central District, White Center
Women.Weed.Wifi 420 Party
The stoner WOC collective Women.Weed.WiFi will host a 420 party with "music, vibes, and the works" in the space of their Sanctuary of the Modern Divine Feminine exhibition.
Mount Analogue, Pioneer Square
Am I Right, Ladies?
The West Coast has always been a purveyor of “acid drag,” thanks largely to the Cockettes, San Francisco’s LSD-fueled hippie drag queens who occasionally used Divine as a muse in the early 1970s. Their impact still lingers in the region, and I’d argue that Michete, Seattle’s raunchy DIY rapper who’s become a hit maker for Tumblr teens, presents a sort of low-fi, punk acid drag that’s completely wild, stupid, and really fun. Her curating skills will be on full display with this “unhinged psychedelic 4/20 spiral” featuring drag, DJs, live music, art, and photography. I suggest going to this very, very stoned. CHASE BURNS
Kylie Mooncakes will host a night of trippy drag antics to J- and K-pop.
Timbre Room, Downtown
Cucci's Spooky Weed
What could be spookier than spending 4/20 stoned with Cucci Binaca? Binaca, a mischievous ringleader in Seattle’s drag scene, is potty-mouthed, perpetually stoned, and the conservative right’s worst nightmare, which makes her a favorite here at The Stranger. In Cucci’s Spooky Weed, she invites drag performers to create numbers that are both spooky and stoned, and it’s a riot (sometimes literally). Get hella high before you go, and be prepared for performers who are more likely to spend their number bleeding onto a canvas than lip-synching to Britney Spears. CHASE BURNS
That 420 Show
Wrap up 4/20 with trippy drag artists, boylesque dancers, hula hoopers, aerial acrobats, and other denizens of the variety world.
Sex and Cannabis How-To with Cannabis Expert Chelsea Cebara
Learn how to incorporate cannabis into your sex life at this mini-lesson with cannabis expert Chelsea Cebara, co-creator of Velvet Swing lube.
Babeland, Capitol Hill
High Vibrations a CBD and Yoga Workshop
Learn about the wellness benefits of CBD from Hashtag Cannabis representative from Brianna Newton before a slow and steady yoga class with Brian Charlton.
Bala Yoga, Fremont
SATURDAY-SUNDAYFOOD & DRINK
Get dazed and confused at this two-day 4/20-themed celebration of all things IPA, including more than 30 IPAs on tap (like special limited-release brew collaborations with other Washington breweries); stoner-rific snacks, like a two-pound tray of loaded nachos and a “kitchen-sink pizza” (a combination of prosciutto, eggs, tater tots, hollandaise, chives, and maple syrup) to sate your munchies; Taylor Shellfish oyster shucking; “psychedelic coloring” with local group the Coloring Project; and even baby goats. The event will kick off with a different kind of green for Earth Day: a beach cleanup. Plus, a portion of the proceeds will benefit the Surfrider Foundation of Washington, a nonprofit grassroots organization dedicated to protecting our oceans, waves, and beaches. JULIANNE BELL
Redhook Brewlab, Capitol Hill
Bongs and Thongs
Puff, dab, or vape your way to this cannabis-focused burlesque show with Seattle Super Villainess and Elected Gothic Royalty Morgue Anne.
Very funny stoned and sober women comedians Phoebe Richards (often seen at ComedySportz), Kayla Teel (often seen at Jet City), Stephani Thompson (ditto), and indie darling Grace Penzell will act out silly stories about all the best things in life: pizza, hookups, and weed.
The Pocket Theatre, Greenwood
Kaleidoscopic: a futuristic party
Immerse yourself in a night of music, art, pop-up performances, and live DJ sets by Yaima, AppleCat, and Ocyris at this futuristic party.