Hotrock Supajoint is scheduled to perform on Friday, April 20, at The Lost Leaf.
Hotrock Supajoint is scheduled to perform on Friday, April 20, at The Lost Leaf.
Jim Louvau

Your Guide to the Best 420 Parties and Events in Phoenix

No, April 20 isn't officially considered to be a national holiday. But try telling that to the legion of marijuana lovers, MMJ cardholders, or stoners who happily consider it to be a major occasion.

Thanks to the fact that the number 420 carries a certain significance in both pop culture and pot culture, it’s a day for celebrating anything and everything having to do with Mary Jane. Hence all the marijuana-themed events and parties happening in cities around the world each year on 4/20, including here in the Valley.

This year is no exception, as there will be numerous 420 events happening in the Phoenix area at local dispensaries, smoke shops, bars, and other venues on Friday, April 20. Even better, there will also be several events happening both before and after the big day.

With so much going on, you might need some help keeping track of everything. That's why we've put together the following rundown of everything 420-related that's happening in the Valley this weekend.

Patrons of Sky High Smoke Shop in Tempe.EXPAND
Patrons of Sky High Smoke Shop in Tempe.
Benjamin Leatherman

420 Festival
Thursday, April 19, to Friday, April 20
Sky High Smoke Shop in Tempe

Sky High in Tempe will feature an abundance of specials, sales, and deals during the smoke shop's two-day 420 Festival.

On Thursday, for instance, all merch throughout the store (excluding tobacco and other selected items) will be 50 percent from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Come back later in the day and you can also get 35 percent off most everything in the store (again, except for tobacco and other select items) from 2 p.m. until close. The shop will also offer 25 percent off select vaporizers, and discounts of Headies joints (65 percent off for male joints, 50 percent for female joints). Store hours are from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m.

The deals continue on Friday, which will offer "buy one, get one free" sales on items of equal or lesser value from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (tobacco, vapes, and other selected items are excluded). There will also be specials on male and female Headies joints, 25 percent off sale on select vaporizers, and 35 percent off sale on almost everything in the store (with the exceptiong tobacco and selected items) from 2 p.m. until close. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 2 a.m.

They'll also have free food, DJs dropping hot spins, and a variety of prize raffles both days. Call 480-557-6653 for more info.

Music Heals Benefit Concert
Thursday, April 19
Cactus Jack's in Ahwatukee

Local reggae act OneGunn will perform during this fundraising concert inspired by the late Bob Marley, which will benefit Valley charities. The event runs from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m. and there's a $10 minimum donation requested.

420 Celebration
Thursday, April 19, to Friday, April 20
Headquarters in Tempe

Of course this legendary Tempe smoke shop, which has been around since the '90s, will be celebrating 420. As a matter of fact, they've two days of events planned. On Thursday, April 19, Alt AZ 93.3 on-air personality Mo will appear from 3 to 5 p.m. Meanwhile, prizes from RAW and free items from Homeblown Glass will be given away and free muchies from Cheba Hut will be available. Patrons can also spin the prize wheel. Come back the following day for even more prize giveaways, as well as a number of 420 specials and deals. Store hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days.

Bloom’s Blazin 420 Party
Friday, April 20
Bloom Dispensary

Bloom will feature free food, live music, and a variety of vendors offering giveaways at its 420 event. If that weren't enough, they'll also have raffles, discounts, flash sales, and other deals throughout the day. And every day until April 20, they will also offer deals where you can nab an ounce for $99 or two ounces for $180. Call 602-396-5757 for more details.

420 Event
Friday, April 20
Nature's Medicines

Patrons can enjoy live music, check out guest vendors, purchase eats from local food trucks, and participate in a prize wheel or free certification raffle at this West Valley dispensary's 420 celebration. Plenty of “good vibes” are also promised. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 480-420-3145 for more info.

Jerusafunk is scheduled to perform at The Lost Leaf on Friday, April 20.EXPAND
Jerusafunk is scheduled to perform at The Lost Leaf on Friday, April 20.
Courtesy of Jerusafunk

420 Party
Friday, April 20
Bud's Glass Joint & The Lost Leaf

The 420 festivities at Bud's will take place throughout the day and last long into the night. The shop will have an enormous sale from 10 a.m. to midnight with everything in the store available for up to 70 percent off.

Meanwhile, Bud's will also be putting on an epic celebration across the street at The Lost Leaf starting off at 4:20 p.m. (natch). Local bands Genre, Hot House Orchids, Jerusafunk, The Stakes and HotRock Supajoint will perform, DJ Siek Von Doom will be on the decks and there will also be live glass-blowing demos by the artists of HP Loveglass, Desi B, Friday Glass, and Rush Glass happening outside. Bud's will also have a raffle with more than $3,000 in gifts and prizes.

The party goes until 2 a.m. and there's no cover charge. (Full disclosure: Bud’s Glass Joint is co-owned by employees of Phoenix New Times.)

Ikonik Fridays: 420 Edition
Friday, April 20
Scarlet Lounge at Monarch Theatre

Local MCs will show off their lyrical prowess while battling for supremacy during a special edition of Ikonik Fridays in the upstairs lounge of the Monarch. The winner will score an MMJ certification from AZGreenLife, as well as a TruMed Dispensary care package, four hours of studio time, a slot at this year's Arizona Hip-Hop Festival, and other prizes.

A DJ will serve up hot spins beginning at 7 p.m. and the rhymes start flowing at 8:45 p.m. Admission is $15 and its a 21-and-over event.

420 Friday Fest
Friday, April 20
Steel Horse Saloon

A variety of entertainment will be offered during this evening-long celebration, ranging from comedy and belly dancing to live music.

Local stand-up Repo Lakey will emcee and local bands Iron Ozzy, Brace 4 Impact, Addict3D, Main Street Carnival, Ashes of the Dead, and Dutch Rosenberg Theater will perform. Door prizes will be also given away. The event runs from 6 to 11 p.m. Admission is $12. Call 623-533-8649 for more info.

420 Fashion Show & Party
Friday, April 20
DommLife

This boutique lifestyle lounge will celebrate 420 will a party from noon to 8 p.m. that will include a fashion show introducing their summer clothing line. The event will also feature live music inside and outside, free henna tattoos, chair massages, drum circles, and more. Both 420 and CBD product vendors will be on-hand for the occasion. Call 833-366-6669 for more info.

Hail the Leaf
Friday, April 20
Club Red in Mesa

A host of hard rock and death metal acts – including Trauma, Scattered Guts, Motive, SaintBreaker, Psychedelic Medusa, Ironkill, Intent, Stoneclaw, and Birth of Monsters – will take over Club Red during 13th Floor Entertainment's “Hail the Leaf” show. The all-ages event starts at 5 p.m. Tickets are $13 in advance, $15 at the door.

Five Finger Death Punch will headline this year's Ufest.EXPAND
Five Finger Death Punch will headline this year's Ufest.
Hristo Shindov

KUPD's Ufest 2018
Friday, April 20
Riverview Park in Mesa

This year's edition of Ufest is subtitled “The 420 Smokeout” since, um, it's taking place on April 20. Five Finger Death Punch will headline the outdoor concert and Sevendust, Bad Wolves, and Jonathan Davis of Korn are also scheduled to perform.

Gates open at 3 p.m. General admission is $49 and VIP tickets (which include bottled water, three alcoholic beverages, a catered meal, shade areas, and access to exclusive viewing areas) are $125. See KUPD's website for more info.

420 Party
Friday, April 20
Nirvana Center

This westside MMJ dispensary will offer a number of specials throughout the weekend starting on 4/20. That includes B.O.G.O. deals on 420 skin care, as well as products from Vapen, Love Carissa, UrbalActiv, Clean, Canamo, and other companies. You can also score “buy two, get one” deals on all live resin from Kind and Super Trooper Boxes from Timeless. All Baked Bros products will also be 20 percent off. Various vendors will also be on site. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Call 602-730-3236.

Cancer Beat Down Benefit
Friday, April 20
Cactus Jack's in Ahwatukee

Zeppapotapuss pays tribute to the tunes of legendary rock act Led Zeppelin. The Harvest offers up an homage to the grooves of the Grateful Dead. On Friday, April 20, you can catch both bands doing their thing during a special 420 show at Cactus Jack's, which will also raise funds for cancer research. Local act Highest Conspiracy will also perform. The music starts at 4:20 p.m. and there's a $10 minimum donation. Call 480-753-4733 for more information.

420 Concert
Friday, April 20
Wasted Grain in Scottsdale

Local bands Howard Til Midnight and the Black Bottom Lighters both have a habit of fusing reggae grooves with other genres to each create their own style. To wit: the four musicians of Howard Til Midnight mix in flourishes of rock, blues, and hip-hop while the Black Bottom Lighters offer more of a “desert reggae” vibe that's influenced by Sublime and Red Hot Chili Peppers. You can hear these sounds for yourself when both bands perform in the main room of Wasted Grain in Scottsdale on April 20. Doors are at 6 p.m. and the music starts at 9:30 p.m. Cover is $8.

420 DIY Tie Dye Shirt Party
Friday, April 20
State 48 Brewery in Surprise

Always wanted to make like Jerry Garcia and sport your own tie-dye shirt? You can make one for yourself on Friday at this West Valley brewery. Organizers will provide all the neccesary materials, including a screen-printed State 48 shirt. Tickets are $25 and include one draught beer for each participant. They'll also have various munchies available for purchase. The event starts at 5:30 p.m. Call 623-584-1095.

The cast of Super Troopers 2.EXPAND
The cast of Super Troopers 2.
Courtesy of Fox Searchlight

420 Green Gala: Super Troopers Edition
Friday, April 20
The Venue Scottsdale

It's a good time to be a fan of Super Troopers right meow, considering the long-awaited sequel to the cult comedy film will debut on 4/20. And the 420 Green Gala on Friday, April 20, at The Venue of Scottsdale will be inspired by the film. (Organizers are reportedly collaborating with Broken Lizard, the comedy troupe behind the Super Troopers series.)

The party, which is being presented by Timeless Vapes, Sunday Goods, Weedmaps and INFUSION Edibles & Concentrates, will feature samples from an selection of vendors and live music from locals like Harrison Fjord, The Ricky Fitts, and Clint Stevens. (Note: only valid MMJ cardholders will be allowed to attend.) Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free if you RSVP online.

Reggae Night
Friday, April 20
Rockbar Inc. in Scottsdale

San Diego-based ensemble One Drop will headline a night of reggae music at Rockbar. Locals Why Worry and Paul Duane Ruppel will open and Renegade Audio’s DJ Michael Hagen will spin on the upstairs patio. The music starts at 7 p.m. and admission is $10.

420 at Cheba Hut
Friday, April 20
Five Valley Locations

As you’d expect, given Cheba Hut’s stoner-friendly theme, all five of its locations across the Valley (including the newly opened one at 48th Street and Ray Road in Ahwatukee) will host 420 celebrations on Friday, April 20. Each spot will offer giveaways, glassblowers, games, live music, and all-day specials like a “nug” sandwich with chips, a drink, and a souvenir Frisbee. Hours are from noon to midnight.

420 Bliss
Friday, April 20
Sutra Midtown

This yoga studio will offer a special session on April 20 that will provide patrons with the chance to “transcend into our healing realm of discovery and unearth the deepest aspects of your energetic body.” And, yes, it's totally cool if you want to pre-game, as organizers are recommending that participants “take time to prepare for this experience prior to arriving,” if you catch their drift. The session starts at 7:30 p.m. and there's a $15 drop-in fee.

Xtra Ticket’s 4/20 Party
Friday, April 20
Last Exit Live

Long-running local Grateful Dead tribute act Xtra Ticket will feeling extra groovy during its 4/20 jam session and show at Last Exit Live. They'll be joined onstage by guitarist Dave A'Bear of the Jerry Garcia Band. The long, strange trip starts at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $12 in advance, $15 at the door.

A Claire Slattery will light up The Rebel Lounge with "stoney jams" on Friday.
A Claire Slattery will light up The Rebel Lounge with "stoney jams" on Friday.
Michelle Sasonov

TRL '90s House Party: 4/20 Edition
Friday, April 20
The Rebel Lounge

A Claire Slattery and her cohorts Rad Dude, and DJ Feral will spin dope mixes of music from the decade of the Clintons in the White House, slap-bracelets, and pagers during a special 420 edition of the TRL '90s House Party. Slattery says you’re likely to hear plenty of “stoney jams” throughout the evening, including songs from Snoop Dog and maybe even 311. The party starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $4.20.

420 Show
Friday, April 20
Chopper John's

This local rock bar will host a special “420 Show” on Friday, which will include music from Oddity Paradox, Duck, and Sofa Kings Toned. The music starts at 9 p.m. and there's no cover. Call 602-955-0881 for more info.

420 Sale
Friday, April 20
MüV Dispensary

A wealth of specials will be available in honor of 420. Customers can get “buy one, get one free” deals on all one-eighths (limit two) and all half-grams of MüV shatters and crumbles (limit five), as well as on all MüV cartridges, cones, and rocks. Wana Edible samples will also be free with any purchase (while supplies last). There will also be a raffle for a $200 gift certificate to Bottom Line Tattoo Co. See MüV's advertisement in this issue for more details. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 602-358-8771 for additional details.

420 Party Weekend
Friday, April 20, to Sunday, April 22
Paraphernalia Boutique

The 420-related festivities will run all weekend long at this North Phoenix boutique. Raffles will give away more than $3,000 in prizes, live glassblowing and art sessions will take place and they'll also have free food and live music. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from noon to 8 p.m. on Sunday. Call 623-939-4787 for more info.

420 Party
Friday, April 20
Salt Tacos y Tequila in Glendale

DJ Fashen will be behind the decks at this Westgate taqueria and nightspot on 4/20. Drinks special and giveaways are also planned. The party starts at 9 p.m. Admission is free if you RSVP online, $10 for everyone else.

Go4Twenty Smokefest
Friday, April 20
Eddie's Lounge in Glendale

This annual event will feature live music, food trucks, and free swag bags for the first 50 people in attendance. Food trucks will be available, should you get the munchies, and free raffles for “awesome stoner stuff” will take place at 4:20 p.m., 7:10 p.m., and 11:30 p.m. The 18-and-over event starts at 4 p.m. Call 623-332-8742 for more info.

Devin the Dude
Devin the Dude
Marco Torres

The Red Eye Festival
Saturday, April 21
Phoenix Dispensary in Tolleson

This day-long fest at Phoenix Dispensary will include live entertainment, food trucks, a variety of vendor and information booths from cannabis and industry brands. The live music lineup will be heavy on the hip-hop and include sets by Devin the Dude, Demrick, DJ Hoppa, and Odd Squad Family throughout the day. Local act the Clint Stevens Band will also perform.

The festival runs from noon until 11:30 p.m. The event is open to anyone. General admission is $20. VIP packages are $43 (if you'd like to bypass the line) and $49 (which includes express entry and a gift bag for those with a valid MMJ card). Call 480-420-0377 for full info.

Clearly Baked
Saturday, April 21
The Clarendon Hotel

Vapen is putting on this evening-long medicated cannabis event that will take over The Clarendon Hotel on April 21 and introduce its newest line of edible products. Other highlights will include live music, appearances by mermaids, and performances by fire artists. There will also be syrup stations and dab stations on every floor. A scavenger hunt will also take place with the winner getting free Vapen Clear for an entire year. Needless to say, a valid MMJ card is required to attend (no exceptions).

The event runs from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets must be purchased online in advance. It's $21 for general admission and free for dispensary agents (but only with valid state-issued ID). Rooms are available at the hotel for $220-$300 and include a VIP package for two that will include a gift bag with Vapen products, access to lounges and other exclusive areas, and other perks.

Stoner Jordan Smoke Out
Saturday, April 21
The Rogue Bar in Scottsdale

The second annual will feature performances by a slew of local rappers and hip-hop artists. The lineup will include Arizona Bobby, KURU, BallOut Kings, RawLife, Metronome, Yungg Budde and Trev Clay, SK Collective, Tru Barz the Lyricist, Un4gettaBle, Habitat, YungChazzMoney, Fortune, Vito Blanco, Sick.Life, YNB, and Zona Muzix. The event starts at 9 p.m. and admission is $15.

420 Hangover Cure
Saturday, April 21
Wasted Grain in Scottsdale

Reggae-rock act Pacific Dub and hip-hop act Tyrone's Jacket will co-headline this party at Wasted Grain on Saturday, April 21 – and it promises to be a lively affair. Local rapper Mouse Powell and reggae band Kush County are also scheduled to perform. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and will carry over into the Wasted Grain parking lot and feature vendors, giveaways, raffles, grab bags, and more. Admission is $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Call 480-970-0500 or see brownpapertickets.com.

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