As a consumer in Colorado, you face a whirl of decisions in such a cannabis-friendly state. There are so many options: places to go, activities to do, and, especially on 420 in Colorado, weed to try.
The holiday has been a widely celebrated pastime in Colorado for years, far before the introduction of any bud-related legislation. The first 420 gathering in Denver took place in 1993, and has only grown as a tradition. Honoring the counterculture has slowly become a norm throughout the state, which has opened up countless opportunities for marijuana consumers to be involved with the hype.
Denver is a hub for activity on 420, as cannabis lovers from around the state — even the country — come together to celebrate marijuana in all of its forms. Since Colorado has legalized recreational use, there are tons of ganja-related things to do, for well-versed experts and curious newcomers alike. From concerts to tours to classes, Denver is an April 20th hub.
There are several classes offered around Denver that tie in some aspect of marijuana with creative activity. For a per-person fee, instructors guide lessons on artistic crafts with a twist: they’re infused with cannabis. Options include painting, in a Puff, Pass, Paint environment and a cannabis-inspired literature course titled Lit on Lit, as well as pottery, cooking, and pincushion classes. There are a limited number of tickets, so be sure to book your session ahead of time.
Puff, Pass, & Paint
Every Thursday & Saturday 7:00-9:00pm
Lit on Lit
Cannabis-inspired writing class
Puff, Pass, & Pottery
Every Friday 7-9pm
Cannabis Cooking Class
Every Friday 2:00-4:20pm
Puff, Pass. & Pincushion
For a gastronomic 420 experience, there are several restaurants and cafés around Denver that offer cannabis-infused foods and drinks. There are options for casual dining, edible pick ups, and dine-in experiences.
Sträva Craft Coffee is one brew option: this brand of coffee infuses many of their roasts with cannabinoid (CBD) and hemp oil. Sträva can be found at Denver retailers such as Denver Bicycle Café, SloHi Coffee + Bike, and Crema Bodega in Denver Central Market. These coffee shops are popular stops for both visitors and Colorado locals.
Sweet Grass Kitchen is a bakery that specializes in fresh-baked cannabis goods, made with safe and quality ingredients, which are sold at several stores around Denver. They have a wide range of products, including snickerdoodles, jelly cups, pumpkin pie, and butter melts, all with different servings of THC.
Hapa Sushi is something of a sommelier, just for weed: the restaurant made headlines in 2014 for including a pairing menu for their foods and marijuana. Sushi and pot go hand-in-hand according to this hot spot, which has four locations in Denver and Boulder.
Denver offers several concerts on and around April 20, with something for everyone. Red Rocks Amphitheatre is hosting Method Man & Redman, Flatbush Zombies with Curren$y, Futuristic, and RDGLDGRN (pronounced Red Gold Green) at their annual 4/20 Eve on the Rocks event. It’s $45 for general admission, and doors open at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19. The flower-friendly event will be raging until midnight in Colorado’s best outdoor music venue, giving a musical head start to the smoky holiday weekend.
If you’re looking for something the day of 420, Two Chainz will be performing for free at Civic Center Park at 4:20 p.m. for the annual city-wide rally. There were an estimated 80,000 people in attendance last year, so be sure to get there early to get a good spot amidst the haze — other events and entertainment will start at 10 a.m. Gucci Mane will also be performing at the Ogden, for $65 a ticket. The 16-and-up show starts at 9 p.m. as part of his TrapGod tour. For a complete list of concerts taking place throughout the week, check out Westword‘s ongoing concert and events calendar.
As a part of World Cannabis Week the 420 Bazaar is a free event that will act as a gathering for different aspects of the marijuana world. There will be food trucks, vendors, activities, art, music, tours, and entertainment. The market will take place on April 22 and 23 at Cluster Studios.
There will be awesome opportunities to go on World Cannabis Week tours on unique 4/20-related topics original to Denver. For under $100, a person can explore several different unique marijuana adventures, including a Sushi, Sake, and Joint Rolling class, a Budz and Sudz Growing and Dispensary tour, and a tour all about marijuana concentrates.
Marijuana Concentrates: This tour delves deep into the world of cannabis concentrates, and offers free sampling, testing of consumption methods, prizes and swag, and a complementary Buddy Vape Concentrate Pen, all shuttled on a marijuana-friendly bus. It’s a good way to learn more about flower extracts and their varying consistencies, such as oil, shatter, budder, wax, live resin, and more.
Sushi, Sake, and Joint Rolling: This class combines two different worlds of rolling: sushi and joints. The price covers 2 grams of cannabis, sushi, and rolling equipment, plus a sampling of sake. This is a tasty way to roll into 4/20.
Budz and Sudz Growing and Dispensary tour: Smoking cannabis, eating snacks, and drinking Colorado craft brews are combined in this tour, which is facilitated in a major growing house, accompanied by live music and entertainment.
To sign up for any of these options, go to the Cannabis tours website for more information.
Though it’s a less obvious choice of celebration, a visit to a local dispensary is an ideal thing to do in Denver for 4/20. The best part is that there are so many options to choose from – it’s estimated that there are 2,500 marijuana business licenses in Colorado and more than 900 of them are for dispensaries – which is more than McDonalds and Starbucks and 7-Elevens combined, and the number continues to grow. Dispensaries are helpful resources for learning cannabis terminology, figuring out where to start, or even picking out a new product; they’re more than open to cultivating conversations.
When choosing a dispensary, look to Leafbuyer.com for deals in the Denver area. For example, Ballpark Holistic Dispensary boasts a mean steal: with the presentation of a coupon, you can receive 20% off of all Ballpark Shatter. Or Buddy Boy Brand’s voucher, where a referral grants $10 off a purchase. There are also deals with Terrapin Care Station and Frosted Leaf and Rocky Mountain High, which are all near the free 420 events.
When celebrating 420 in Colorado, there are a lot of places to be. There are places to go, things to do, and experiences meant for indulging.
Try something new, return to a favorite; most of all, be a part of history, as the holiday expands to be inclusive and expansive, exalting innovation and growth in the industry. Denver has a wide variety of cannabis fun to offer for every type of person, with no limit on fun: it’s the ideal place to celebrate the love, cultivation, and craft of marijuana.