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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.
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.
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.
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.
L.A. reggae/rap band Krooked Treez will headline the "4:20 Party" on Saturday, April 19, at the Tempe bar, which kicks off at 9 p.m. Local acts Howard 'Til Midnight, The Irie, and R.A.C. are also scheduled to perform. Admission is $5.
Each of the Valley's three locations of this kind sandwich chain (including its spots in Tempe, Mesa, and Glendale) are planning 420-inspired festivities on both Saturday, April 19, and Sunday, April 20, such as offering $4.20 meal deals on the later date. DJs and giveaways are also planned.
This Tempe head shop is planning a day-long party and concert on Saturday, April 19, in honor of the occasion that will feature a slew of local acts and DJs — including Worst Case Scenario, Prophetiko, Deezo Fatsaxx, Catfish Moustache, and Herb 'n' Life — and other activities. A bong raffle, barbecue, live glass-blowing demonstrations, and live art from Dee Monarch are also planned. Doors open at noon and the music starts at 3 p.m. Admission is free.
Better show up early to this West Valley dispensary's "4/20 Weekend" events from Friday, April 18, until Sunday, April 20, since they're planning much in the way of giveaways and free food for those who get there first. On Friday, you can get free pizza and wings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, however, will offer doorbuster prizes of $150 ounce doses to 16 lucky people each day, as well as free gift bags containing a lighter, pipe, and a gram for the first 100 folks through the door. A chicken and waffles breakfast is also planned on Sunday.
A glass-blowing competition — dubbed the "420 Flame Off" — will be staged outside of Bud's on Sunday, April 20. Meanwhile, performances by The Haymarket Squares, The Stakes, Supa Joint, and DJ M. Roca will takes place, a raffle for $2,500 in prizes will take place, and free beer will be available to those of legal age. (Full disclosure: Bud's is part-owned by employees of Phoenix New Times.) The event starts at 4 p.m. Admission is free.
They'll be celebrating two different holidays simultaneously at this dispensary's "420 Easter Party" on Sunday, April 20, which will include food vendors, a DJ, free massages, steel drum bands, and buy-one-get-one-free specials all day long. A massive raffle will also be held, offering such prizes as bongs, gift bags, and more. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.
The radio-heads of local indie station KWSS will put on the latest edition of Phochella, their biggest event of the year on Saturday, April 19. Close to two dozen live acts — including bands, musicians, comics, poets, and other artists — are scheduled to perform at the afternoon-long festival. Tempe smoke shop Headquarters will have a vendor tent on the premises and will likely display their nine-foot faux bong, which will probably be eyed with envy by the smokers who are on hand. Starts at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Free gifts will be given out to the first 100 customers at this Mesa store on Sunday, April 20, while free stickers will also be given away and a variety of discounts and specials — such as 30 percent off vaporizers and up to 50 percent off vaporizers from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. — will also be available.
SoCal party rock king DJ Dynamix will spin during "The Four Nine Day Party" on Sunday, April 20, along with a number of local beat junkies. The lineup for the affair, which runs from the early afternoon until the late evening, also features The Blunt Club's Pickster One, DJ Reflekshin, Tyger, DJ Whoa, DJ M2, and others. Giveaways of both Hoodwraps and Splitarillos can also be had. The event goes from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $10.
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A 4:20 countdown is planned during the celebrations scheduled to transpire at both the Tempe and North Phoenix locations of this head shop, as well as giveaways and glass blowing displays. Deals and specials, such as 30 percent to 50 percent off select items, are also promised. Hours are from 11 a.m. to midnight.
The proprietors of this particular dispensary are promoting the fact they'll be giving away more than a pound of their blends to those with MMJ cards during 420 weekend. Not only that, but they'll also have food, drinks, prizes, and various other deals and B.O.G.O. specials. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.