The Best 420 Friendly Events Around the World

Leah Fishman

Vermont, USA

Cannabis rallies, festivals and parties have been popping up since the 70’s as a way to celebrate, educate, and protest weed laws around the world. Typically taking place on or around April 20th, 420 friendly events provide one day of freedom and bliss.

While we love having something to look forward to, we decided that one day just isn’t enough. If you want to check out a cannabis event but aren’t quite sure where to start, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are 29 of the world’s best 420 events that you can attend all year round.

High Times Cannabis Cup

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High Times Cannabis Cup. Credit: High Times

When: December 11th – December 14th, 2019 (2020 TBD)

Where: NuWu Cannabis Marketplace, Las Vegas, Nevada, USA

Amateur hour is over. High Times Cannabis Cup is the world’s largest cannabis experience, competition, and 420 friendly event. What started in Amsterdam in 1987 is now a world-wide spectacular, with events and judges rotating from city to city each year. This year, hit up Vegas’ famous NuWu Cannabis Marketplace (a dispensary with a 24 hour drive thru) to see and interact with over 50 cannabis brands from across the state, attend smoke sessions with professional athletes and celebs like Floyd Mayweather and Mike Tyson, dig into food trucks, and more.

Pro tip: You must be 21+ to enter the venue. Free tickets available here.

Emerald Cup

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Emerald Cup, Santa Rosa, California. Credit: Emerald Cup

When: December 14th- December 15, 2019 (2020 TBD)

Where: Sonoma County Fairgrounds, Santa Rosa, California, USA

The Emerald Cup is Northern California’s ultimate cannabis destination and 420 event. It’s the largest organic and sun-grown cannabis competition in the world, priding itself in “bringing together experts and educators in the cannabis field to our fellow farmers, patients, and patrons each year.” Look forward to a 420 friendly festival full of crazy cool music, speakers, talks, sessions, live podcast recordings, and of course, the 2020 cannabis contest.

Pro tip: The Emerald Cup is open to anyone 21 years or older. Buy weekend passes here!

National Cannabis Festival

When: April 18th, 2020

Where: RFK Festival Grounds, Washington, DC, USA

With killer views of the Anacostia River, the National Cannabis Festival is held on the lawn at the RFK Festival Grounds in the heart of Washington, DC. In its 5th year, look forward to: a massive exhibitor fair with demos, swag, and gear, CannaTalk: a chance to pitch your own cannabis biz, weed weddings (!), a mouth-watering munchies zone, sessions, panels, and live music all day and night.

Pro tip: You must be 21+ with a valid government issued ID to get into the National Cannabis Festival. Buy general admission early-bird tickets here.

The Bright Side Festival

When: January 9th – January 13th, 2020

Where: Jewel Paradise Cove Resort & Spa, Runaway Bay, Jamaica

Do you like resorts? Spas? Live music? All-inclusive beach parties? Head to The Bright Side Festival to check all those boxes and more. Hosted in tropical Runaway Bay, Jamaica, this exclusive 420 friendly vacation promises four nights of shows on the beach, just feet from the Caribbean sea. 420 festival packages include accommodations, food, open bar, transportation, and performances. If you want to stay longer, the resort will help you explore the Jamaica with scuba and snorkeling, island excursions, and a Bob Marley tour.

Pro tip: This is an 18+ trip. Customize your exclusive Bright Side Fest vacation here.

Nimbin MardiGrass

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Nimbin MardiGrass, Nimbin, Australia. Credit: Nimbin MardiGrass

When: May 1st – May 3rd, 2020

Where: Nimbin Showgrounds, Nimbin, New South Wales, Australia

Nimbin MardiGrass is an annual rally, celebration, and 420 event in the village of Nimbin, northern Australia. Since its start in 1993, MardiGrass has been held to “protest the drug laws, educate people on the various uses of cannabis (medicinal, industrial, recreational & spiritual) and to celebrate the culture that has grown over the last 47 years.” Nimbin 420 festival attendees can look forward to an opening ceremony, law reform rally and parade, a fun game of Tug O’ Drug War (police vs stoners), speakers, industrial hemp expo, hemp olympics, comedy, yoga, ganja faeries, music, and so much more.

Pro tip: Camp onsite for the full MardiGrass experience. Festival and campsite tickets can be purchased here!

The Cannabis Expo Cape Town

The Cannabis Expo, Capetown, South Africa. @thecannabisexpo

When: March 18th – March 22nd, 2020

Where: Grandwest Casino, Cape Town, South Africa

The Cannabis Expo is a global 420 friendly marketplace for education, innovation, products and businesses serving the cannabis industry in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. The 420 expo is open to all, with industry talks every half-hour, a giant expo hall, and a signature Canaberry Vape Lounge, the perfect place for attendees to sit back, relax, and do a little “product testing” in a chill and quiet space.

Pro tip: Snag your tickets here.

SweetWater 420 Fest

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SweetWater 420 Fest, Atlanta, Georgia. Credit: SweetWater 420 Fest

When: April 24th -April 26th, 2020

Where: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, Georgia, USA

A music fest with a friendly twist, SweetWater 420 blends live tunes, art, food, sustainability, and, of course, 420-inspired brews! This year’s epic line-up includes Oysterhead, the Trey Anastasio Band, Lake Street Dive, The Floozies, Dr. Dog, and many many more. The best part? SweetWater 420 Fest’s eco-friendly focus grows each year, helping with transportation alternatives, waste reduction and management, and huge donations to local parks and organizations.

Pro tip: SweetWater 420 attendees 17 or under must be accompanied by an adult 25 or older. Find general admission & VIP tickets here.

Hash Bash

Hash Bash, Ann Arbor, Michigan. Susan Montgomery / Shutterstock.com

When: April 4th, 2020

Where: University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA

The very first Hash Bash was held in 1972 in direct response to the famous Michigan Supreme Court ruling that landed marijuana activist, John Sinclair, a 10-year prison sentence for giving an undercover cop two joints. Today, Hash Bash has a lot to celebrate: medical marijuana victories, reduced police involvement, thousands of guests, and support from famous activists, musicians, writers, and celebrities. 2020 marks the fifth year of the Hash Bash Cup: a growers competition.

Pro tip: Tickets for the Hash Bash Cup can be found here!

CannaTrade

CannaTrade, Bern, Switzerland. @cannatrade.ch

When: May 15th – May 17th, 2020

Where: BernExpo, Bern, Switzerland

Say hey to Europe’s oldest cannabis fair and 420 friendly event: CannaTrade. Full of action since 2001, expect more than 250 exhibitors from around the world, a business lounge, a comfortable Chillout-Area, this joint roll contest, and Hemp Food Festival for a delicious post-fest feast.

Pro tip: Admission is 18+. Tickets will be available here in January 2020.

Hempfest Seattle

When: August 14th – August 16th, 2020

Where: Myrtle Edwards & Centennial Parks, Seattle, Washington, USA

Celebrating its 29th year, Hempfest Seattle is a free political rally and demonstration around the criminalization and imprisonment of folks who use cannabis. While “freedom first and the cannabis plant second” is their motto, attendees can still expect exhibits, displays, and panel discussions at the Hemposium and live music that varies year to year. Can’t make it in August? Stop by Hempfest Central —the festival’s hemp boutique and 420 Culture store— for a dose of Hempfest all year long!  

Pro tip: All ages welcome. Admission to Hempfest Seattle is free for all.

CannaFest

CannaFest, Prague, Czech Republic. @cannafest_prague

When: November 2020 TBD

Where: PVA Expo, Prague, Czech Republic

Cannafest is a 420 friendly fest heavily focused on cultivation tech, fertilizers, seeds, smoking accessories, hemp clothes and cosmetics. Its record-breaking 10th year featured over 270 exhibitors and drew over 30,000 attendees.

Pro tip: Admission is 18+. Tickets for future events can be found here.

The Electric Highway

When: April 16th – April 18th, 2020

Where: TBD, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

In its fourth year, Calgary’s fave 420 festival is coming back stronger than ever with a new name—The Electric Highway— and a super psychedelic set list. On top of two days of jam-packed music, attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase local art, “eclectic wares,” hemp products, and more. 420 friendly enthusiasts, don’t miss this!

Pro tip: Pick up your early bird 2020 passes here.

420 Toronto

420 Toronto, Toronto, Canada. Credit: 420 Toronto

When: April 20th, 2020

Where: Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto, Canada

The Toronto 420 Festival is an annual free event with a rad line up of speakers, bands, performers, and comedians. In addition to showing off local talent and entertainment, this fest “puts into action the democratic principles cherished by Torontonians in a show of support of Toronto’s cannabis culture.”

Pro tip: Admission to Toronto 420 is free for all.

ExpoCannabis Uruguay

ExpoCannabis Uruguay, Montevideo, Uruguay. Credit: ExpoCannabis Uruguay

When: December 2020 TBD

Where: Centro de eventos LATU, Montevideo, Uruguay

In 2013, Uruguay’s President, Jose Mujica, signed legislation to legalize recreational cannabis, making it the very first country to fully legalize cannabis nationwide and one of the best weed-friendly destinations around the globe. One part social event, one part industry convention, ExpoCannabis Uruguay is an “unprecedented celebration, with international guests and the presence of the best local artists.” With amazing speakers on law, legislation, and medicine, workshops on indoor cultivation, hundreds of vendors, and an impeccable infusion of art and food, ExpoCannabis Uruguay is the perfect convention for the cannabis enthusiast.

Pro tip: Keep an eye here for a ExpoCannabis’ 2020 ticket drop.

Pan Ram Festival

Pan Ram Festival, Buriram City, Thailand. Credit: @nanchidchob

When: 2020 TBD

Where: Chang International Circuit, Buriram City, Thailand

Last year, one twenty-something woman set fire to Thailand’s severe anti-drug culture by hosting the country’s first marijuana festival. Dubbed Pan Ram (Pan Buriram), this three-day 420 friendly festival aims to promote awareness and understanding for a plant that has been systemically stigmatized by the government. With 24-hours of art installations, vendor stalls, panel discussions, workshops and live tunes, the festival’s founder, Nan Chidchob, aims to show the country what weed culture was really like: peace, love, and good music. We think she’s nailing it.

Pro tip: 2020 dates are TBD. Follow Nan here for updates and more.

420 Hyde Park

420 Hyde Park, Hyde Park, London, England. philip openshaw / Shutterstock.com

When: April 20th, 2020

Where: Hyde Park, London, England

The UK’s biggest smoke-out, 420 Hyde Park, reached new heights in 2019 with thousands of attendees and well-organized stages for speakers, panels, live music, and peaceful protests. While there is often a strong police presence, last year, the cops’ primary focus wasn’t even weed. “We are not like the French police going in hard,” one sergeant told the Daily Mail, “I am more concerned for their health because there are a lot of pasty white people out here today.” Word.

Pro tip: Arrive early for a comfy spot in the grass and carpool to save on gas.

4.20 Hemp Fest

4.20 Hemp Fest, East End Studios, Milan, Italy. Credit: 4.20 Hemp Fest

When: April 3rd – April 5th, 2020

Where: East End Studios, Milan, Italy

4.20 Hemp Fest 2020 offers three days of cannabis events with over 15 countries, 200 exhibitors and 10,000 sq. feet of fun. The festival’s shining star, the Cannabis Light Cup, is a competition for growers and producers around the world.

Pro tip: Stay tuned for 2020 tickets to be announced here.

Hanfparade

When: August 8th, 2020

Where: Neptunbrunnen, Berlin, Germany

Hanfparade is the premiere pro-Cannabis march in Germany. Each year in August, over 10,000 participants gather for the legislation of cannabis as a resource, medicine and recreational drug. Their goal? To “make the plant hemp known and interesting again in the full range of its uses and to reduce the prejudice and stigmatization, which are still widespread among the German people.” On top of the march, there are stages for speakers and live music at this cannabis event. And trust us, the after parties are where it’s at.

Pro tip: This event is free for all to attend. Find details on transportation here.

Cultiva

Cultiva, Vösendorf, Austria. Credit: Cultiva

When: October 16th-October 18th, 2020

Where: Eventhotel Pyramide, Vösendorf, Austria

Since its first hemp fair in 2008, Cultiva has set out to provide a fun and safe platform for the hemp plant and everyone interested in its many uses. At the Cultiva garden area, expect live performances, a chill-out 420 friendly space, and some serious gastronomic delicacies. Stay late for the traditional Cultiva pool party (you heard me right) for fun all through the night.

Pro tip: If possible, take public transit. In 2019, Austria’s police force required all drivers to undergo various drug tests when leaving the fest, leaving visitors feeling violated and stressed.

Stepping High Festival

Stepping High Festival, Negril, Jamaica. Credit: Stepping High Festival

When: March 20th-March 21st, 2020

Where: Negril, Jamaica

The Caribbean’s longest running 420 friendly event and ganja gathering, Stepping High Festival, is about to rock your world. For eleven years, the event was totally underground. Today, Stepping High is a serious brand, showcasing the finest strains of Jamacian ganja and an international music line-up that spans two days. One of our fave features is the festival’s Canna-Fashion Show, a runway that brings Rastafari, Afro-Caribbean style & Western trends that share and reflect the diversity of Jamaica’s heritage.

Pro tip: Find your one-day ticket or two-day package here.

Mile High 420 Festival

Mile High 420 Festival, Denver, Colorado, USA. Credit: Mile High 420 Festival

When: April 20th, 2020

Where: Civic Center Park, Denver, Colorado, USA

As the first state to legalize cannabis in the US, Colorado has an intimate history with the marijuana movement. As a result, Mile High 420 Festival draws advocates from around the world, re-imagining what the holiday has represented in the past, and continuing to fight the stigma while celebrating the booming cannabis industry in Denver. Look forward to headliner international entertainment, local music, vendors, and so much more.

Pro tip: The Mile High 420 Festival is an all ages event (although they recommend 18+ due to the adult nature of the event). Admission is free for all.

420 Hippie Hill

420 Hippie Hill, San Fransisco, California. Colloidial / Shutterstock.com

When: April 20th, 2020

Where: Golden Gate Park, San Fransisco, California, USA

4/20 at Hippie Hill is a tradition that dates back to the 70’s. Each year, tens of thousands of people arrive in San Fransisco from all over the world to celebrate the ganja plant in one amazing 420 friendly event. This year marks the first that attendees can actually purchase weed inside the park, so we’re thinking that 2020 is going to be a seriously special smoke out.

Pro tip: Attendees must be 21+ to enter the park. Admission to 420 Hippie Hill is free for all.

Kaya Fest

Kaya Fest, Miami, Florida. Credit: Kaya Fest

When: TBD, 2020

Where: TBD, California, USA

Created in honor of Bob Marley and curated by his son, Stephen Marley, Kaya Fest is a historic gathering of some of the greatest working artists in music today. Each year, Kaya Fest invites an incredible roster of reggae-influenced artists, including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Snoop Dogg, Cypress Hill, Pitbull, Sean Paul, and more. In 2020, Kaya Fest will return to California to celebrate Bob Marley’s 75th birthday.

Pro tip: Stay tuned here for line-ups, guest speakers, and ticket availability.

Canapa Mundi

Canapa Mundi, Rome, Italy. Credit: Canapa Mundi

When: February 21st – February 23rd, 2020

Where: Fiera di Roma, Rome, Italy

If you’re looking for a meeting point for producers, consumers, growers, distributors, retailers, and non-profits to convene, Canapa Mundi is where it’s at. Set in the dream-like city of Rome, Italy, at this year’s cannabis event, you can expect: workshops, conferences, video-shows, exhibitions, stands and over 40,000 attendees.

Pro tip: Stay tuned for 2020 tickets to be announced here.

SPLIFF Film Fest

SPLIFF Film Fest, USA. Credit: SPLIFF Film Fest

When: April 2020

Where: Seattle, Portland, and San Fransisco

The SPLIFF Film Festival is a fest for filmmakers, artists, and animators to share original short films (4:20 maximum length!) that explore some seriously stoner themes. From fresh takes on pot culture to comedy to “mind-blowing weirdness,” SPLIFF is a 420 festival that can’t be missed.

Pro tip: Info about tickets and locations an be found here.

420 Vancouver

When: April 20th, 2020

Where: Sunset Beach Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada

The 420 Smoke Out is Vancouver’s best (and most controversial) 420 friendly event. Celebrating the city’s cannabis culture since 1995, the festival grew from a small gathering at Victory Square Park in ’95 to over 100,000 expected attendees at Sunset Beach in 2020. Guests can look forward to live music, speakers and a giant cannabis farmers market for all of your 420 needs.

Pro tip: Admission to Vancouver’s Smoke Out is free for all. RSVP here.

Expoweed Mexico

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When: August 2020 (TBD)

Where: Mexico City, Mexico

In 2018, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that the near 100-year law prohibiting the recreational use of marijuana was unconstitutional, setting a nationwide precedent across the country’s court system. Culturally, weed is quickly growing in popularity, from 7 percent of citizens in favor of legalizing weed in 2008 to 33 percent in favor just a few years later. Enter Expoweed: Mexico’s first and largest 420 friendly industry event, celebrating on education, commercial use, and, of course, consumers.

Pro tip: Tickets will be on sale through Ticketmaster. More info here.

Spannabis

Spannabis, Barcelona, Spain. Credit: @spannabisbcn

When: March 13th-March 15th, 2020

Where: Fira de Cornellá, Business Center, Barcelona, Spain

The cannabis event with the absolute best name on this list, Spannabis celebrates eighteen years of culture innovation in the cannabis industry. This year, the Barcelona festival is partnering with the World Cannabis Conferences to bring fresh voices in cannabis science, medicine and politics. With over 300 exhibitors, awards, a professional growers cup, music and art, Spannabis is an event that you don’t want to miss.

Pro tip: Attendees must be 18+ to enter the venue. Buy your 2020 ticket here!

Great Midwest Marijuana Festival

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Great Midwest Marijuana Festival, Madison, Wisconsin. Credit: Great Midwest Marijuana Festival

When: October 2020 (TBD)

Where: Wisconsin State Capital, Madison, Wisconsin, USA

The Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Festival is the longest running cannabis legalization rally and 420-friendly event in the US. The festival began as a smoke-in at the Madison’s State Capitol Rotunda to protest the cannabis related arrests of cannabis legalization activists in the 1970’s. 2020 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Harvest Festival with a march to the capital, rally at the capital steps, kick-off party, speakers, music, and weed-friendly vendors.

Pro tip: Admission to the Great Midwest Marijuana Harvest Fest is free for all.