What to Do on 420
Six events to get you off the couch for at least a little while.
Hippie Hill 420 Gathering
Friday, April 20, 1 p.m., Golden Gate Park, free.
Hippie Hill has been a symbol of San Francisco’s counterculture since the Summer of Love. Today, it’s the meadow stoners flock to on 420 to take bong hits in remembrance of days passed when smoking weed wasn’t as acceptable as it’s become. Last year, partygoers left 11 tons of trash, which put the longstanding event at risk of being shut down. So grab your trash after enjoying a booming sound system, increased food options compared to years past, and a bigger number of Port-a-Potties during San Francisco’s go-to outdoor 420 party.
420 Fest at Dolores Park
Friday – Monday, April 20-23, 3 p.m.-1 a.m., Dolores Park, free.
Imagine what Hippie Hill would be like if it offered a view of the Bay and an abundance of munches close by. Well, hit up the first-ever 420 Fest at Dolores Park this year, the city’s newest outdoor pot-smoking celebration, which runs from Friday to Sunday. For the first time ever, stoned guests can enjoy free yoga classes, stoned olympics, and an edible bar. While it may not be the new Hippie Hill just yet, you can’t go wrong smoking weed at Dolores Park.
420 Birthday Party celebrating Robert Smith of The Cure
Friday, April 20, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 a.m., Cat Club SF, 1190 Folsom St. $5-$8; catclubsf.com
After getting super-high on 420, come get super-low at Robert Smith’s birthday party at the Cat Club. Organizers promise no repeats, only fresh Cure cuts all night long in celebration of Smith’s 59th birthday. For five hours straight, the front room is strictly Cure with visuals and music. More darkwave, post-punk, and ’80s tunes will rock the back room. Plus a guy named Sean will have tarot cards.
Berner Presents Hippie Hill, feat. Chief Keef, 2 Chainz, and Styles P
April 20, 5:30 p.m – midnight, Bill Graham Civic Auditorium $60, apeconcerts.com
You’d think 2 Chainz would be the biggest name on the packed bill for this year’s Hippie Hill show, presented by San Francisco’s own Berner. Tell that to Styles P, the seasoned New York rapper and one-third of The Lox, along with Jadakiss. (Berner teamed up with Styles P for a joint album last year, Vibes, which they may tag-team on stage.) Check out an East Coast meets West Coast show amid a mushroom cloud of smoke this 420, and don’t forget the Girl Scout Cookies.
Stories From the Underground: A Cannabis Exhibition
April 20, 6-10 p.m., Gallery EVB, 1738 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, $25.
420 marks the opening night for “Stories from the Underground,” a photography exhibition highlighting cannabis prohibition on display in Oakland until July 31. Hosted by the East Bay cannabis community, the opening night reception doubles as a fundraising event for the Cannabis Community Foundation, a national public charity that supports neighborhoods devastated by the failed War on Drugs.
Mezzanine Presents: A 420 party with Bro Safari
April 20, 9 p.m., Mezzanine SF, 444 Jessie St. $35; mezzaninesf.com
Producer-DJ Bro Safari has been around for a decade. But it was his 2013 single “Scumbag” that catapulted the dubstep-trap producer into the major leagues of electronic-music stardom. His spacey, synthesizer-stuffed beats mix perfectly with a joint of some blue or purple indica. Artists ETC! ETC! and Mielo will also be in the house.