4/20: Worldwide Cannabis Celebration on April 20, 2012

CANNABIS CULTURE – Marijuana smokers from around the world will join together with joints blazing on April 20, 2012 for the annual global smoke-session known as 4/20.

4/20 (or Four-Twenty) is recognized by the estimated 250,000,000 members of the cannabis culture across the planet as an international day of celebration.

The time 4:20 has long been associated with marijuana smoking – as time to toke and a code word for the act of toking itself.

In the mid-nineties activists in Vancouver (under the guidance of Prince of Pot Marc Emery), with a small protest at a park across the street from Cannabis Culture Headquarters, sparked the tradition that would turn into a global day of celebration of the cannabis culture.

Read an in-depth history of 4/20 on CC.

See coverage of previous 4/20 events on CC here, here, and here.

Go to the Vancouver 4/20 website.

Cannabis Culture 411 for 4/20 2012

Ganja get-togethers will be protesting the unjust prohibition of cannabis by proudly promoting and puffing in cities across Canada, the United States and around the world.

The 4/20 smoke-outs are a series of cannabis rallies that will demonstrate, as they do every year, the impracticability of enforcing the current marijuana laws. Drug peace activists invite all herb enthusiasts to join them in defiant solidarity. Everyone is invited to publicly show their love of the weed and experience a taste of freedom by doobie demonstrating with activists in your area.

Many well-known tourist traps have been targeted for toking in North America, from Toronto’s Yonge and Dundas Square, to Denver’s Civic Center Park, to the Liberty Bell in Philadelphia, all the way to Vancouver’s Art Gallery and many more…

Don’t forget to attent a separate event, the Global Marijuana March, after 4/20 (Saturday May 5th 2012).

Visit the Toronto Global Marijuana March page.

Now is the time to celebrate 4/20 in your city! If there isn’t a protest/celebration happening in your town, why not start one yourself?

This year’s list of participating cities is huge and growing (see below). The list will be updated as more information is collected.

If you don’t see your city’s 4/20 celebration on the list, let us know. If you have any pot pictures, video or stories from any of the global 4/20 celebrations, please send to: [email protected]

4/20 Celebrations Around the World

Dates are Friday April 20th 2012, unless otherwise noted..


Vancouver, British Columbia
Art Gallery HASHMOB Downtown Vancouver
Celebration starts at 1 p.m., goes to 9.00 p.m.
FREE WEED and extra Prizes for Best Pot Plants and Pot Posters at 4:20 A SMOKE OUT

Victoria, British Columbia
City Hall/Centennial Square
1 Centennial Square
Victoria, BC

Calgary, Alberta
Calgary Smoke Out 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Calgary City Hall:800 Macleod Trail SESecond annual 420 FilmFest
Submissions accepted from around the world! More information http://www.420filmfest.org/

Edmonton, Alberta
420 Edmonton @ the Legislative Grounds Band Shell
9515 107 St., Edmonton Alberta Canada
w/Alberta 420 Network, Doc Reefer & all your cool friends,
4:20 p.m. to 8:20 p.m. Last year almost 10,000 people came!

Regina, Saskatchewan
Victoria Park (Downtown Regina )
Free Herbal Aire Vaporizer for best sign,with lots more prizes for other signs

Winnipeg, Manitoba
Legislative Building
Broadway and Osbourne
Winnipeg, MB R3C 0V8
Noon – 420?

Toronto, Ontario
SMOKEOUT www.HASHMOB.ca Yonge & Dundas Square
Protest starts at NOON. Cannabis Cannon Goes Off at 4:20
Yongesterdam, Toronto

Ottawa, Ontario
Ottawa Major’s Hill Park 2:00pm – 5:00pm
Parliament Hill, Ottawa 4:20pm

Hamilton, Ontario
Hamilton Ferguson Station
HASHMOB Free Pot Smoke Out
2:00pm Smoke Out Prizes at 4:20pm

London, Ontario
Each year on 4/20 thousands gather at Victoria Park downtown to celebrate.
Over 2,000 people joined the festivities in 2011 that included live music.
London police made a presence but announced they were not going to lay any marijuana related charges.
London is also the hometown of Canadian cannabis policy reform advocate Marc Emery.

Peterborough, Ontario
Victoria Park, 470 Water St
1:00pm until 5:00pm

Niagara Falls, Ontario
1:00pm until 5:00pm
Niagara Falls Hwy 420 & Victoria Ave. Parkette 2 p.m
March on Clifton Hill 3:15 p.m.Smoke Out City Hall, 10th annual 420rally

Montréal, Québec
Every year on April 20, thousands of people gather at Mount Royal monument to celebrate 4/20.
Police don’t make arrests, although they do make their presence known

St. John’s, New Foundland
2nd Annual 420 (Leap Year Edition, 111th day of 2012)
Friday April 20th 2012 – Bannerman Park


Denver, Colorado
Smokeout – State Capital in Denver.Location: Civic Center Park, (intersection of Colfax and Broadway)
The official “Smoke Out” is to occur at 4:20 in the afternoon.
RIP to Ken Gorman, the original organizer of the 4/20 smoke out event in Denver.

Boulder, Colorado
Boulder’s Central Park
Corner Broadway & CanyonStarting at Highnoon we will jam all day to peak at 4:20

Colorado Springs, Colorado
2nd Annual Field Of Dreamz: Freedom Festival
America The Beautiful Cannabis walk will start at 12:00pm @ Monument Valley park and head to the festival.
126 Cimino Drive, Colorado Springs, CO 80903

Santa Cruz, University of California
A celebration on April 20 takes place every year in the Porter College meadow University of California, Santa Cruz.
The event has grown during recent years after the city of Santa Cruz passed Measure K in 2006,
making marijuana a low-priority crime.
Participants in the event are often confronted by anti-drug activists.

San Diego, California
Seedless Clothing 10th Annual 4/20 Party
Event Site: www.seedlessclothing.com
SeedLess Clothing lines Annual Party…..
C-ya there …. Think Green!!!!

Sherman Oaks, California
Faded Smoke Shop’s Anniversary & 4/20 Extraveganza Huge Raffle
Refreshments and much more
14517 Ventura Blvd.Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

Los Angeles, California
Cypress Hill SmokeOut To Protest Marijuana Laws 4:20
Starting location City Hall (meeting at the West Steps)
200 N. Spring St. Los Angeles, CA 90012
Ending Location: Edward R. Roybal Federal Building
255 E. Temple Street (between N. Los Angeles St. and N. Alameda St)

Oakland, California
Solano Patients’ Group
Location: Oakland, CA4:20pm-6:20pm
Oakland: Oaksterdam 420 Party!
Lakeside Park Garden

Fresno, California
4/20 Fest CSUF NORML is hosting a 4/20 Informational Rally
Concert at the Free Speech Area
on the campus of California State University, Fresno.4:00pm – 11pm.

San Franciso, California
Haight and Ashbury
Let’s put together the worlds largest 420 celebration ever.
Every year thousands of people flock from all over California to San Francisco’s Hippie Hill,
in Golden Gate Park near the famous Haight-Ashbury district.

Hollywood, California
Craig X’s smoke out
5150 Lankershim in No. Hollywood.

Dallas, Texas
The Green Reefer
Event Site: www.thegreenreefer.com
Location: Green Elephant – Dallas, TX
NORML 4/20 event party.
The Green Reefer will have a vendor booth and enjoy music and drinks with the counterculture.

Sioux Falls, South Dakota
OFFICIAL 4/20 PARTY in Sioux Falls
Event Site: www.myspace.com/thequakercitynighthawks
The Lava Lounge.

Atlanta, Georgia
8th Annual SweetWater 420 Fest
April 20-22 in Atlanta’s Candler Park
featuring live musical performances, local art, food vendors, environmental workshops, a comedy tent and much more!

Tallahassee, Florida
Named the #2 most pot smoking city in the United States,Thousands observe 4/20 in Tallahassee.
Some major places are the Florida State University and Florida A & M University campuses,
numerous Tallahassee greenways, and industrial district (All Saints/Railroad Square).

Miami, Florida
6th Annual 420 Fest @ Tobacco Road4/20/12, 4 P.M. – 4 A.M. Tobacco Road
Its gon’ be a major party!! $50 if u win the blunt rollin’ contest, 4/20 baby!!626 South Miami Ave

Las Vegas, Nevada
Nevada NORML Presents Vegas 420 Music Fest
Event Site: http://nevadanorml.org/The Ice House
Hosted by Puck of MTV’s the Real World 4/20 & 21st @ the Ice House

Phoenix, Arizona
Campaign to Educate II
East Court Building101 W.
Jefferson Phoenix, AZ 85003 Rain Baker CAMP420
Meet Up Organizer In front of the courthouse where Advocate Rex was tried and sentenced like a criminal.

Phoenix, Arizona
Steele Indian School Park
Marijuana Peace Rally & Smokeout

Springfield, Missouri
Remmington’s Downtown
Doors at 4:00pm,
Show at 8 p.m.NORML weed raffles and joint-rolling contests.

Kansas City, Missouri
Public Event · By Vicki Cantrall
its 420 in KC wow. this is a breakthrough!!

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The Liberty Bell @ Independence Mall
Location: 501 Market Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Philadelphia , PA 191062 Day march, peace vigil and smoke-in

Miami, Florida
Churchill’s 420 Festival 5501 NE
2nd Ave Music and Smoke 4/20 BBQ
Smokeout at PS14 – Miami

Concord, New Hampshire
4:20 PM on April 20, 2010
On the steps of the State House.116-130 U.S. 3
Concord, NH 03301

Keene, New Hampshire
Central Square, right in downtown Keene.
Keene, NH 03431

Manchester, New Hampshire
Manchester: SOKE OUT 2pm
Veterans Park, right in downtown Manchester, or Victory Park,
near the N.H. Institute of Art.

Nashua, New Hampshire
Library Hill, The intersection of Main Street and Amherst Street.
420 Smoke Out

Boston, Massachusetts
The Freedom Rally, Massachusetts Cannabis Reform Coalition (MASS CANN)
Location across the Common on the Carty Parade Field.

Amherst, Massachusetts
Extravaganja is an annual celebration held on the Amherst town common.
On April 20th, the town tolerates the public smoking of cannabis.
Extravaganja is put on by the University of Massachusetts CRC (Cannabis Reform Coalition) club.

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
April 20 at 12:00pm
smoke some weed and be high
Get Directions

Minneapolis, Minnesota
Ghostface Killah – 420 Smoke Out
917 Cedar Ave South Minneapolis
Who The Smoke Out featuring Warren G

Mankato, Minnesota
420 Front Porch Smokeout w/ Useful Jenkins and TUGG
Friday, April 20, 2012
OUTSIDE Red Sky Lounge
Mankato, MN 56001

Flint, Michigan
Genesee County Compassion Club 420 SMOKE OUT
April 20, 2012 the G3C will host their 3rd annual Celebration and Twist-Off event
Legendary Activist John Sinclair Guest Speaker
From 11:00am-8:00pm. G-3094 N. Center Rd Flint, Mi 48506

Virginia Beach, Virginia
Protest Federal Marijuana Laws Going (1,103)

Raleigh, North Carolina
Lincoln Theatre
126 E. Cabarrus St, 27601-1832DJ FM and his electronic fiends got love to give.
Let’s celebrate 4/20 together. More info and on sale soon.

Long Island, New York
420 Party at Creek and the Cave
Location: Long Island City, NY
Event Site: www.thecreekandthecave.com
The party starts @ 4:20. Of course, drink specials.

Brooklyn, New York
Liberty Heights Tap Room
34 Van Dyke St.(corner Dwight St.)
Brooklyn, New York 11231 FREE EVENT!!

New York, NY
Thousands of people all over the tristate area gather together in Manhattan’s Central Park
Take part in this day and toke some 420

Washington, DC
BIG Protest in Washington D.C.
Sylvan Theatre March to the Lincoln Memorial..
Stick Man’s Overgrow the Government Rally
At the Sylvan Theatre near the Washington Monument.


Amsterdam, Netherlands
By Amsterdam loving tourists and herb loving Hollanders !
Taking what may well be THE LAST CHANCE TO 420! all the way

London, United Kingdom
Hyde Park Speakers Corner, W2 2UH
Peter Reynolds of the newly formed CLEAR (Cannabis law reform) political party
4:30pm until 9:30pm

Stourbridge, United Kingdom
Lets keep this simple.
1. Bring 1 or 2 or 3 or 4 pre-rolled each. 2. 4:20pm 3. LIGHT IT UP.
This event is organized Mikey Smith and dedicated to The High Score.
4:00pm until 5:00pm

Plymouth, United Kingdom
Ashleigh Way, 123
smoke until you choke

Belfast, Northern Ireland
420 Smokeout at Belfast City Hall
Please help spread the news about this event
Friday 20th April 2012

Dunedin, New Zealand
Members of Otago NORML and some students at Otago University meet every 4:20
under the Walnut tree on the Otago University Union Lawn
to smoke cannabis in defiance of New Zealand’s cannabis laws.

Auckland, New Zealand
The 420 group meets regularly at the Daktory
A cannabis dispensary and cannabis connoisseur’s club located in the suburb of New Lynn, Waitakere City
(incorporated in the Auckland metropolitan area)
In Auckland, New Zealand a 420 group meets regularly at the Daktory

Auckland, New Zealand
For the fifth time in New Zealand, we will be Rallying at Dominion Road/Balmoral Road Intersection
Meet at 3pm at Potters Park..
330pm: 2 invited guest speakers..
At 420pm we will fire up 1 Big Joint..
Bring your friends, family members and anyone else interested in making an effort towards cannabis law reform..

Earth, Smoke Out The World
First Annual 420 Strike on Friday April 20, 2012
Public Event · By Elvy Musikka, Starlene Breiter and Melanie WasHere