What started as a humble 4:20pm after-school smoking session in San Rafael has become a global phenomenon: when it’s April 20 (4/20), stoners everywhere celebrate by getting high. And since it started here, it’s no surprise that 420 in the Bay Area is full of cannabis-friendly performances and events.

Here’s our list of the best events and things to do on Saturday, April 20th, 2019.

 

SAN FRANCISCO EVENTS

Annual 420 Gathering at Hippie Hill
Once again, Hippie Hill (at the eastern end of Golden Gate Park) will serve as the central gathering point for celebrating 4/20 in the Bay Area. Nearly 20,000 people attended the 2018 event, according to official San Francisco Recreation and Park estimates.
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Earth Day San Francisco in the Mission (between 19th and 20th)
Celebrate the 49th year of Earth Day in the Mission District with live music, environmental speakers, hands-on workshops, and more.
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Pizza & Techno – Day Party at Audio
House and techno, plus free pizza for early arrivals.
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Blond:ish at Audio
Following Pizza & Techno (above), Canadian DJ and producer Blond:ish headlines a night of techno and deep house.
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Randy Randall (No Age) at Cafe du Nord
Randy Randall (of No Age) performs in support of his first solo release, an ambient album accompanied by an experimental film and experiential installation. Support: Tim Rutili (of Califone) and Arthur King (members of Earlimart + Dengue Fever).
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Roky Erickson at the Chapel
Roky Erickson, founding member of psychedelic rock group The 13th Floor Elevators, performs the band’s 1967 album “Easter Everywhere” in its entirety, plus other 13th Floor Elevators classics. Support: The Entrance Band and the Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show.
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Bollywood 420 Party at the Endup
Bollywood, bhangra, and Top 40 from Brown Buoy and DJ Sash.
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International Beer Festival at Fort Mason Festival Pavilion
Celebrate the 36th annual San Francisco International Beer Festival, featuring beverages from 100+ brewers, food from local restaurants, music, games, and more.
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Cokie the Clown and The Fentanyl at Great American Music Hall
NOFX bassist and frontman Fat Mike will be performing as “Cokie the Clown” in support of the new album of the same name. Support: The Fentanyl, featuring Danny Lohner (formerly of Nine Inch Nails) and Karina Denike (of NOFX).
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Andre Nickatina at Grand Nightclub
San Francisco rapper Andre Nickatina (also known as Dre Dog) will be performing at the Grand.
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Smokin’ Beats at Great Northern
The first annual event, featuring DJ sets by Beautiful Swimmers, Makes Me Move, and more.
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Diva Royale – Drag Queen Show at Hue Lounge
Party with Diva Drag Queen and her entourage of queens dressed up as celebrities Madonna, Dolly Parton, Celine Dion, and more.
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Christopher Cross at the Independent
30 years after his groundbreaking self-titled debut, soft rock musician Christopher Cross returns with his “Take Me As I Am” 2019 Tour.
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Loud Rock & Roll Happy Hour at the Knockout
Stoner punk band Hafner celebrates its record release with fellow Bay Area punk and metal bands Death Glam and Dead in Argentina.
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Truthlive & TonyTone at Love+Propaganda
Dance and DJ event.
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Vini Vici at Mezzanine
Psytrance duo Vini Vici, the latest project of electronic music producers Aviram Saharai & Matan Kadosh.
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420 Trippie Hill at the Midway
Performances by Bay Area rappers Berner, Nef the Pharaoh, Los Rakas, Kool John, Cellski, and more. The event also serves as the launch party for Vibes Rolling Papers.
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Bicycle Day at the Midway
Following 420 Trippie Hill (above), featuring performances by The Polish Ambassador, Rob Garza of Thievery Corporation, and DJs from Dirtybird and Desert Hearts, plus live painting, an immersive art gallery, and more.
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Comedy Pop-Up at Neck of the Woods
Comedy pop-up hosted by HellaFunny and Funcheap, featuring performers from NBC, ABC, Viceland, MTV, Netflix, Cobb’s, SF Sketchfest, and Clusterfest.
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Voyage of the Red Veils on Hornblower Cruises
The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence celebrate their 40th birthday with a cruise under the Golden Gate Bridge, plus a set from DJ Sergio Fedasz (Go BANG!).
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Charlotte de Witte & Brian Cid at Public Works
House and techno with Belgian DJ/producer Charlotte de Witte and Brooklyn-based DJ/producer Brian Cid.
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Desi Comedy Night at Bar Fluxus
Bay Area comedians of Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan, Bangladeshi, Afghani, and South Asian descent perform at an art bar downtown.
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No Scrubs: 90s Hip Hop and R&B Night at Bar Fluxus
Following Desi Comedy Night (above).
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Aida Rodriguez at the Punch Line
Comedy.
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Moonalice at Slim’s
Rock.
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Suzanne Lacy – Opening Night Party at YBCA
Featuring art, DJs, and special performances, this is the opening night party for “Suzanne Lacy: We Are Here,” the first full retrospective of LA-based multimedia artist Suzanne Lacy.
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62nd Annual SFFILM Festival at multiple locations
A couple dozen films will be showing at several locations in the Bay Area, including BAMPFA, the Castro Theatre, the Roxie Theater, and SFMOMA.
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Bassjackers at Temple
Since their first dancefloor single that exploded in popularity, the duo Bassjackers have reached massive new heights in their career with numerous chart-topping bangers and hits collaborations.
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David Harness All Vinyl Set at Halcyon
David Harness is one of the most popular DJ/producers in the San Francisco Bay Area club scene.
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Burning Man Newbie Orientation & Participation Faire at 660 Alabama Street
This is an opportunity to visit Burning Man Headquarters. Get involved and help build Black Rock City.
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Metal Allegiance at The Fillmore
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420 Spring Blossom Soiree at Hotel Kabuki
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3 Strikes Comedy Competition at Edinburgh Castle
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Colombian Party at Clift Hotel
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Riffa, Michio, Roy Havens at Hawthorn
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Taste of Thrones Pop-Up Bar at 25 Lusk
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Le Cirque feat. Joeski (Dirtybird) at Hotel VIA
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Adam Carolla Is Unprepared at Cobb’s Comedy Club
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World Naked Bike Ride at SF Ferry Building
It’s that time to tune up those bikes and toss those riding duds in the wash, you won’t need them for this ride.
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Free Admission at de Young and Legion of Honor
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420 Eve Smoke Out with DJ Snoopadelic AKA Snoop Dogg at SVN West
The official afterparty to Snoop playing Oracle.
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BAY AREA EVENTS

GhostDragon at Cornerstone (Berkeley)
Bay Area-based EDM artist GhostDragon performs with support from Jakeswav, Michael Lanza, Grandbeats, and more.
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Trey Anastasio – Ghosts of the Forest at the Greek Theatre at UC Berkeley (Berkeley)
Ghosts of the Forest, a new band formed by Phish lead vocalist and guitarist Trey Anastasio, headlines at the Greek with support from psychedelic funk band Khruangbin.
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The Floozies at the UC Theatre (Berkeley)
Electro funk duo The Floozies perform with support from Dirt Monkey and Krakinov.
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Up in Smoke Cruise at Bay Celebrations (Oakland)
Party to throwback hip hop hits from the 80s and 90s on a boat departing from Jack London Square at 10 PM.
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Juicy Brews WestFest at Drake’s Dealership (Oakland)
Unlimited pours from a couple dozen craft breweries plus music and food at the Drake’s Brewing Company taproom in Oakland.
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Sugarhill Gang with Grandmaster Melle Mel at the New Parish (Oakland)
Sugarhill Gang celebrate the 40th anniversary of the first rap classic “Rapper’s Delight” with Grandmaster Melle Mel and Scorpio of The Furious Five.
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Bad Bunny at the SAP Center (San Jose)
Latin trap and reggaeton singer Bad Bunny performs on “La Nueva Religión” tour.
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Snoop Dogg’s 25th Anniversary of Doggystyle at Oracle Arena
With E-40, TOO SHORT, DJ QUIK, and MAC MALL it’s a pre-420 smoke fest.
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Tall Ships at Jack London Square
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$1 Earth Day Sale at Buffalo Exchange
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$4.20 Ike’s Sandwiches at all Bay Area Locations
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