Hardcore potheads and casual marijuana aficionados alike traditionally rally around 4/20 as a day of national protest, gathering in public places to puff on a joint and voice their discontent with the “War on Drugs” which has dragged on far too long. However, this year D.C. residents can celebrate (in some spaces) without fear of persecution, thanks to the D.C. Cannabis Campaign‘s struggle for legalization, and voters’ overwhelming support of Initiative 71. This holiday, take to the streets and hit up some of the following events to meet with other like-minded stoners and attain the perfect high.
Sadly, The Fillmore in Silver Spring cancelled “420 Fest,” which would have seen bumping sets by Turbulence, Nappy Riddem, Ethan Spalding, and Sharkley. Nonetheless, there’s plenty of other good music to catch on 4/20 that will fit right along with your vibe, no matter what wavelength you find yourself surfing on.
- With doors opening at 7 (just enough time to make it to U Street after smoking that holy cross joint you saved for 4:20pm and munching down hard) this early show will keep the party going for hours. Part of rising-star Joey Fatts’ “Illstreet Tour,” the rogue member of the Cutthroat Boyz will spit lines from his recently released mixtape Ill Street Blues, which features Curren$y and JMSN. The openers include Maxo Cream from Houston, as well as two Maryland natives eager to step into the spotlight. All these artists prefer to lay their 16s over mellowed-out, blunted production, so get ready to vibe with the chillest of the illest for hours.
- Jammin’ Java in Vienna, Virginia (just a short bus ride from the Tyson’s Corner Metro) knows that 4/20 is a holiday celebrated by people that like all different kinds of music. Therefore, they present the appropriately-named Smokin’ Bluegrass Fest, featuring a handful of bluegrass and Americana musicians and bands to take the coffeehouse by storm (and smoke). For just $10 ($15 for V.I.P.), tap your feet along to the folksy sounds of Bats Dynamic String Band, Smoke n’ Mangos, and Plank Stompers, as they put on a show that Willie Nelson would be proud of.
- The Noon, a Silver Spring head shop opened by the people who ran Capitol Hemp, is doing it big for the holiday. In addition to live glass-blowing and a huge sale, they’ll also have a couple of live bands come through, including the Originators, an ensemble ska band composed of a whole bunch of fun-loving musicians from around the country. Check out the video of the band rocking the Pinch below:
- Though not advertised as a 4/20-specific event, expect to see some of D.C.’s most eccentric stoners at this funky show at DC9. Ballet School’s upbeat dream pop will set the stage nicely for Seoul’s funky sound which is sure to get the dance floor going.
At some point in the day, you’re DEFINITELY going to get hungry. Lucky for you, a few D.C. food purveyors know exactly what’s up and offer special deals to get you into their establishment and satisfy your munchies.
- Starting (appropriately) at 4 p.m., Lagunitas Brewing Company will release The Waldo’s Special Ale, an intense imperial I.P.A. They’ll also serve the whole lineup of Lagunitas year-round classics to make sure you end up cross-faded in no time.
- The late-night eatery will offer falafel sandwiches for the discounted price of $4.20 on the holiday. They’re also celebrating by releasing this marijuana-pairing menu, so you can know what falafel toppings will best compliment your favorite weed strain. (via Washington City Paper)
- This 4/20 marks the popular Georgetown café’s 14th anniversary (yup, they opened on the holiday). Baked & Wired has yet to announce any happenings or specials, but at the very least you can go grab a cup of coffee after getting baked on Monday morning, and pay homage to a store that’s earned its place in D.C.
- The Secret Monkey Social Club is taking over the Dolcezza Factory on 4/20. There you can look forward to grabbing a glass of spiked punch and munching down on treats provided by Goldilocks Goodies. Jazz musicians will also come through to play live sets, starting with Navid Azeez at 8 p.m.
It looks like Capitol Hemp will not reopen in time for 4/20, as founder Adam Eidinger had originally hoped (though the folks behind D.C.’s legendary head shop say that they’ve just signed a lease right by the original Adams Morgan location), but that doesn’t mean you wont be able to score a brand-new waterpipe on a low budget this holiday. Just be sure to mind your language (no “p” words or references to anything of questionable legality) while in these stores or risk getting kicked to the curb and missing out on the deals!
- At head shops across the country, 4/20 is like Black Friday for stoners. The Noon in Silver Spring is no exception. Expect massive markdowns on select glass, vaporizers, apparel, and all sorts of accessories as the super-friendly staff hopes to keep their store packed all day.
- The social media feeds for this official Syn retailer are years out-of-date, so H Street’s Island Dyes has yet to make any announcement regarding specials for 4/20. However, you can be fairly certain that the owner will be in a good mood, so maybe with a silver tongue you can talk down a 15-inch beaker-bottom Syn to a price that won’t break the bank.
- For those who are unsatisfied with the progress made in legitimizing the cannabis industry, or frustrated with the power that congress holds over the residents of the District, the D.C. Cannabis Campaign is hosting a “Democracy Vigil” from April 15 through April 20. Marijuana and D.C. Statehood advocates alike erected a “liberty pole” on the National Mall, and plan to continue demonstrating through the holiday.