The 20 Best 420 Parties and Events in Phoenix in 2017

Hotrock Supajoint will light up the Lost Leaf on Thursday, April 20. #weed
Hotrock Supajoint will light up the Lost Leaf on Thursday, April 20. #weed Troy Farah

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click to enlarge The Stakes - LEAVITT WELLS
The Stakes
Leavitt Wells
420 Flame of Thrones Party at The Lost Leaf
A couple of Fifth Street spots – Bud’s Glass Joint and The Lost Leaf – will be putting on this joint celebration (see what we did there) on Thursday, April 20, in honor of the occasion that will feature both live entertainment and live demonstations. Bands and musicians like The Stakes, Genre, and I Am Hologram, and Supajoint, are scheduled to perform at the event. Meanwhile, artists from National Champion Hendy, Jake Brodsky Glass, Desi B, HP Loveglass, and Porter Glass will all conduct glass-blowing demos. There will also be sets by local stand-up comedians, drink specials, and a few different prize raffles. The party starts at 4:20 p.m. (natch). Admission is free. (Full disclosure: Bud’s Glass Joint is co-owned by employees of Phoenix New Times.)

The 420 Show at Lawn Gnome Publishing
Meanwhile, a cornucopia of live entertainment will be taking place just across Fifth Street at Lawn Gnome during this 420-themed variety show on Thursday, April 20. The lineup will feature music and comedy from a number of performers, including Steve Mandel, David Kays, Quentin Hill, Lou Moon, Josh Graves, Dustin Hadlock, Mason Pipes, and others. Doors open at 7:45 and the show gets going at 8 p.m. Admission is $3 in advance, $5 at the door.

4/20 at Nirvana Center
This westside MMJ dispensary, which is located at 35th Avenue and Washington Street, will host a two-day event on Thursday, April 20, and Friday, April 21, offering a variety of amenities. Vendors and DJs will be there from 4:20 p.m. to 7 p.m. each day, food and drinks will be available, and giveaways of edibles and concentrates for patients will take place. Hours are from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. both days.

420 Beerfest at Boulders on Southern
They’ll be pouring some “ridiculously dank beers” all day long at this Mesa brewpub on Thursday, April 20, including some appropriately themed drafts like Pizza Port Chronic Ale, Abita Purple Haze, and Breaking Bud. Also on tap for the event are a variety of “classic gourmet munchie food,” as well as $4.20 happy hour appetizers and $4 shots of Jameson, Jäger, Jim Beam, and Jose Cuervo. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m.

4/20 Party at Emerald Dispensary
Soak up some of the good vibes that will be served up at both the Gilbert and north Phoenix location of this dispensary. You can also partake in food trucks, giveaways, free Leafly swag, and various deals. There will also be a free flower mystery grab. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the NoPho location and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Gilbert.

click to enlarge Of course, Cheba Hut will be having some 4/20 parties. Duh. - JACKIE MERCANDETTI
Of course, Cheba Hut will be having some 4/20 parties. Duh.
Jackie Mercandetti
420 Parties at Cheba Hut
As you’d probably expect, given Cheba Hut’s theme, all four of its locations across the Valley will host 420 celebrations on Thursday, April 20. Each spot will offer giveaways, live music from local bands and DJs, and specials (including a “nug” sandwich with chips, a drink, and a souvenir frisbee) all day. Hours are 10 a.m. to midnight. The Cheba Hut in downtown Phoenix will also have its weekly Cultiv8N Culture open mic session starting at 8 p.m. that night, which will be emceed by Jermaine Kelly and feature DJ DN3 in the mix.

420 Emo Night at Joe's Grotto
The latest edition of this monthly emo event, which stars local band Hands Down, will feature a 420 theme. As always, they'll be covering a ton of classic emo hits and favorites from My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, Panic! At the Disco, Dashboard Confessional, Paramore, and others. Doors are at 8 p.m. and there's a $5 cover.

4/20 Event at PARC Dispensary
Live music will be a part of the festivities at PARC on Thursday, April 20, as will free food (complimentary slices of pizza will be given out with every purchase), prize raffles, giveaways, and swag bags to the first 100 patients in attendance. Everything at the dispensary will be 20 percent off, such as flowers, concentrates, suplements, accessories, and topicals. The event goes from noon until 5 p.m.

Lagunitas 4/20 Fest at Yucca Tap Room
Stoner-friendly movies will play on the televisions inside the Yucca Tap in Tempe on Thursday, April 20, while rock bands perform and special brews from Lagunitas will be available in bottle, can, and draft form. Appetizers will also be on special and various Lagunitas swag will be given away. Anyone who has a reciept from Sky High can get $1 off their first beer and a 20 percent discount on food. The celebration runs from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

420 Smokefest at Empire Club
Classic rock band The Shallows and a slew of local hip-hop artists will make up the lineup of this 420 event at the Empire Club, which is located near 50th Avenue and McDowell Road. The party starts at 7 p.m.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.