13 Places to Celebrate 4/20 in Metro Phoenix

Editor's Note: Check out 2018's best 420 parties and events right here

Didja ever wonder where the whole "420" thing with marijuana culture came about? You know, that particularly significant number that's celebrated and cherished by pot fans around the world on and around April 20th every year.

Is it the amount of chemicals active in ganja or possibly the police code for marijuana usage? Nope. Neither. According to High Times magazine (a.k.a. the bible of marijuana) the term likely originated with a group of Northern California high school kids in the 1970s that would meet by a particular statue on campus at 4:20 p.m. to smoke grass.

See also: How to Get A Medical Marijuana Card in Arizona in 4 Easy Steps

At any rate, it's something to discuss with fellow marijuana fans during any of the 420 parties and gatherings that commonly are held on or around every April 20 at dispensaries, head shops, bars, and other joints (pun intended) around metro Phoenix where lovers of the leaf gather. This year is no exception, as there will be several 420-themed events locally from Friday, April 18, until Sunday, April 20, where marijuana and its related culture will be fêted, including the following shindigs.

Sky High Smoke Shop

Hang out at this Tempe store's "420 Festival" on. . . um, April 20, and you can score free barbecue eats with any purchase from noon until 9 p.m., free goodie bags every hour, or other giveaways. Minton Glass will also conduct live glassblowing, other local vendors will show off their wares, and raffles will be held. Admission is free.

Paraphernalia Boutique

There's a distinct Alice in Wonderland feel to this shop's three-day "Roll Me, Smoke Me" celebration from Friday, April 18, to Sunday, April 20, which will feature 50 percent discounts and other specials. The highlight of the weekend, however, is their 420 Party from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, April 19, with live music from The Hourglass Cats, glass blowing by Eighth Planet Glass, raffles, prizes, a rolling contest and trivia battle, in-store giveaways, and more. Admission is free.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.