The high stoner holiday, 4/20, is upon us.
A part of cannabis culture for decades now, the number 420 first became associated with marijuana in the 1970s thanks to a group of California stoners known as the Waldos who would meet outside their school to smoke at 4:20 p.m, the Huffington Post reports.
According to Philly.com columnist Chris Goldstein, the 420 association grew from there, and was popularized in the 1990s by former High Times editor Steve Bloom, who found out about the term in 1990 at a Grateful Dead show via a flyer, and published an article about 420 in the magazine in 1991.
Bloom told Goldstein in 2013 that the first April 20 marijuana celebrations began with marijuana activist and dispensary owner Debby Goldsberry, who did 4/20 events in the Berkeley, Calif. area in the 1990s. Now, with marijuana recreationally or medically legal in more than half of the United States, millions of Americans celebrate 4/20 by smoking cannabis.
And Philadelphia, where marijuana possession is decriminalized up to 30 grams, is no different. So, with that in mind, we’ve rounded up seven 4/20-themed events in the area to properly celebrate the holiday. Scoring your own party supplies, however, is up to you.
One Art Community Center in West Philadelphia is bringing back its annual 4/20 party for yet another high holiday. Philly reggae artists Jah People, Jah One and the One Art Band, the Rootsetters, and others will perform, and the center will have munchies and “all around good vibes” available, according to an event posting.
4:20 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday, One Art Community Center, 1421-39 N. 52nd St., $7 at the door, oneartcommunitycenter.com.
Philadelphia-based tattoo artist and glass pipe maker Steve Bishov is having his first pipe show’s opening on the most appropriate of days. Featuring the artist’s tattoo-inspired, cold-worked glass pipes, the show will exhibit collaborative work from Bishov and more than 20 different pipe artists.
6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, Creep Records, 1050 N. Hancock St. Ste. 76, creeprecords.com.
Sixteen comedians will enter. And 16 comedians will leave. But all of them except one will be stoned the whole time, and its up to everyone else to figure out who the narc is. Field sobriety tests, trivia, and testimony will help audience members and panelists with their decision across two shows in honor of 4/20 this year.
The National Liberty Museum is touting this as the first glass smoking pipe show in a museum setting, so taking in a watershed weed exhibit on the biggest weed holiday of the year seems only appropriate. With art from major pipe makers like Banjo, Marble Slinger, Germ, and Robert Mickelsen, this one will have you wondering, “People can smoke out of that?”
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What’s 4/20 without the munchies? The Irish Pōl took that question seriously this year, and came up with a 10-item menu made specially just for Weed Day. Think buffalo chicken ramen, gordita crunch wraps, and tatchos, a stoney version of nachos using tater tots. Our eyes, however, are on the birthday cake pierogi (pictured above), complete with fun-fetti dough and buttercream icing filling.
5 p.m. to 12 a.m. Thursday, The Irish Pōl, 114 Market St., theirishpol.com.
Check out the best non-stoner stoner movie of the modern age in ultra high-definition while you are the definition of ultra-high. Director Richard Kelley’s 2001 debut feature follows troubled teen Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal) after imaginary friend Frank, a six-foot rabbit-monster, tells him the world is going to end in 28 days. Don’t freak out, man.
Featuring music from Yheti, Luzcid, Shlump, and more, Coda’s High Times 002 dance party is the spot for Philly stoners who may have gotten their hands on a good sativa. Raging until 3 a.m., this event also features a munchies bar with 15 pizzas, Chick-Fil-A nuggets, Dunkaroos, and dirt pudding, so come hungry. Hoops, flow toys, and gloves will be available for your baked self to play with on the dance floor.