The Ultimate 4/20 Event Guide (2014)

Big Industry Show/Cannabis Cup

When: Apr.16-20
Where: Denver Mart (451 E. 58th Ave.), Denver, Colorado
What: The Big Industry Show has merged with the Cannabis Cup to create a five-day event in Denver leading up to the 4/20 weekend. The first two days are for smoke shops and companies that cater to them; it's known as "business to business" and is only open to the those who work in the industry. Day 3 is the Galleria Glass Exhibition. The final two days are for marijuana testers and tastemakers at the High Time Cannabis Cup.
How much: Big Industry Show, not open to public; Galleria Live Glass Art Exhibition, $4.20; Cannabis Cup, $40-$200

Cheech & Chong

When: 4/17
Where: Fillmore Auditorium (1510 Clarkson St.), Denver, CO
What: The classic stoner comedy duo kick off the week's festivities with at concert at one of Denver's biggest and best music venues. Tommy Chong's wife Shelby is also part of the show, which also includes entertainment from Suster Sledge, the Family Stone, Boot Rooster, Laith Al-Saadi, Aaron Artisanal and Jeff Peterson (a.k.a. The 420 Comic). This is a fundraiser for Colorado NORML and NORML.
How much: $95-420

Ice Cube/Action Bronson

When: Apr. 18
Where: Denver Mart, Denver, CO
What: Opening night concert at the Cannabis Cup, sponsored by Homestead Hydro.
How much: $60

Julian Marley & the Uprising

When: Apr. 18
Where: Casselman's (2620 Walnut St.), Denver, CO
What: Ziggy and Stephen Marley's younger brother Julian brings his roots style to Denver. Presented by StrainWise.
How much: $20

Collie Buddz/The ReMINDers

When: Apr. 18
Where: Cervantes' Masterpiece Ballroom (2637 Welton St.), Denver, CO
What: "Come Around" singer Collie Buddz headlines this reggae show. He's also performing at The Catalyst in Santa Cruz, CA on 4/19 and at The Independent in San Francisco, CA on 4/20.
How much: $22

Arizona 420 Festival

When: Apr. 18-20
Where: Crown Plaza Hotel (2532 W. Peoria Ave.), Phoenix, AZ
What: This event has been canceled

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival

When: Apr. 18-20
Where: Empire Polo Club (Indio, CA
What: The second weekend of  Coachella 2014 features Arcade Fire, Beck, Fatboy Slim, Foster the People, Grouplove, Haim, Kid Cudi, Lana del Rey, Lorde, MGMT, Motorhead, Muse, OutKast, Pet Shop Boys, Queens of the Stone Age, Skrillex, the Replacements and Trombone Shorty.
How much: $375-$799 (sold out)

Phil Lesh/Trombone Shorty/Robert Randolph & the Family Band

When: Apr. 18-20
Where: Brooklyn Bowl, Las Vegas, NV
What: It's a triple-headed all-nighter starting with Lesh at 9 pm, followed by Trombone Shorty at midnight and Randolph at 3:30 am. Wow!
How much: Lesh ($80), Trombone Shorty ($25), Randolph ($15)

Festival 64: A Celebration of Legalization

When: Apr. 18-20
Where: The 1up (717 E. Colfax Ave.), Denver, CO
What: Denver Kush Club presents three days of smokin' bands at this downtown venue.
How much: $10-$35

Daze on the Green

When: Apr. 18-20
Where: Sculpture Park (1700 N. Spear Blvd.), Denver, CO
What: Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dumpstaphunk, Tea Leaf Green, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, The Orb, Toubad Krewe, Stir Fried, Disco Floyd, the Dank All-Stars and more perform over three days.
How much: $10-$140

SweetWater 420 Fest

When: Apr. 18-20
Where: Centennial Olympic Park, Atlanta, GA
What: It's the 10th year for this event sponsored by Sweet Brewing Company. The stellar line-up includes Sublime with Rome, Galactic, Steel Pulse, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, G. Love & Special Sauce, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Dirty Heads, Anders Osborne and more on five stages.
How much: $10-$135

Kid Cannabis

When: Apr. 18-20
Where: Theaters in New York, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, Toronto and Hawaii
What: The first true stoner movie of 2014 arrives just in time for 4/20. It's s about a group of Idaho friends who start smuggling pot from Canada into the U.S.
How much: $12 (also VOD)

4/17-20 - Crawfish Music Festival, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, Biloxi, MS
4/18-20 - HempCon, NOS Event Center, San Bernardino, CA
4/19-20 - CCB Reggae All Stars, Rocks Off Concert Cruise, New York, NY
4/19-20 - Satchmo at the Waldorf, Westside Theatre, New York, NY
4/19-20 - A Night with Janis Joplin, Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
4/19-20 - Absinthe, Caesar's Palace, Las Vegas, NV
4/19-20 - Penn & Teller, Rio Casino, Las Vegas, NV
4/19-20 - Bicycle Day featuring Alex & Allyson Grey, Regency Ballroom, San Francisco, CA
4/19-20 - Puff, Pass & Paint, Denver, CO

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Steve Bloom

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