Five Free Things to Do in Denver on 4/20

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The city is already at 5280 feet. That’s literally, for real, a mile high. Well, how much higher could this high city go? Pretty damn high, that’s how high.

That’s why, on April 20th (4/20 to friends) there is so much to do and so little time, that to waste any of it would be a crime. We came up with a list so short you only need one hand to count them (the other hand can be fully focused on the joint you’re enjoying). Here you go: the top five things to do in Denver for the sophisticated, worldly, but never jaded, member of the cannabis consuming class.

The Mile High 420 Festival

Right, let’s get it over with — if you insist on seeing somebody whose first name is Lil, or you want to feel One Love with the Wailers, then you may be onto something at the Civic Center Park. It’s all here this year, from comedy to music. Yoga and meditation classes, and multiple wellness activities. Although, despite its history with cannabis culture, and its historical significance as a center of protest, organizers are moving away from the heady political days — officially changing what was for decades a ‘Rally’ into a ‘Festival.’ It is, however, still the main event (and worth doing the RSVP for some free tickets to check it out). “The City of Denver is fully behind our endeavor and dedicating their full resources and expertise to making 2018 a banner year for this festival,” festival organizers said. How nice. Keep in mind that the forecast is currently calling for showers.

Elevate 2018 @ The International Church of Cannabis

OK, it’s a non-consumption event, that is true. However, it is being held at the coolest venue in the United States, and there is absolutely no cost. The church’s congregation, ‘Elevationists’ as they like to call themselves, are excited to welcome American pop artist Ron English to set up his POPaganda store in their lounge, where he will be signing his iconic work. Then, the rock legend, cancer survivor, LGBT and cannabis activist, Melissa Etheridge is going to be sharing some of her stories of life, love, and beyond. There will be music too, some provided by the illustrious one-man band Brendan O’Hara. However, because this event is free and open to the public, organizers are suggesting people sign up early for the short supply of available tickets.    

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Reefer Madness: The Musical

OK so this one isn’t free, but you are supporting local theater for a bargain ticket price of $17. Generally regarded as one of the worst movies ever made, “Reefer Madness” is a 1930s exploitation flick originally made as anti-cannabis propaganda in the spirit of the inane nonsense later spouted by the likes of Nancy Reagan, and the D.A.R.E. program. You know, that “this is your brain on drugs” fried eggs and other nonsense. Now this epic piece of poo has been reworked as a stage show. Reefer Madness: The Musical is an hilarious play written by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney and runs through April 28. It is definitely an alternative way to spend 4/20: bathed in ironic giggles.

Myxed Up 420!

It’s the 25th Annual 420 party for those crazy cats of the Myxed Up crew. Yes, it is BYOB (Bring Your Own Bud) and partiers will be able to jump on the party bus parked at the Myxed Up Denver store from 2 to 9 p.m. to smoke some of that good and green. There will be a glass-blowing demonstration, a sidewalk sale, and free munchies all day long. There’s an in-store show, including a set by Caspa (the the legendary DJ and producer from the UK) along with some of his producing and mixing buddies. This one should be a party for sure.

F**K 4/20: Stay Home on the Couch

Okay, this is pretty self-explanatory. All it requires is some weed, some homies (or not) and some snacks. So, put on that magical music or maybe a funny movie and chill my brother and sisters. No need to deal with crowds of annoying people. No need for Ubers. No need to engage with the greater world at all. No need for anything, or anyone, but weed. Enjoy.

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