The best 4/20 events in NYC

Celebrate the good kind of roach at these stoner-sanctioned 4/20 events in NYC
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Marijuana might not be legal in NYC (yet), but you can still get lit (figuratively) at these 4/20 events celebrating the most chilled-out day of the year. There’s a good range of ganja-related activities happening in the New York like hilarious comedy shows or screenings of the best stoner movies of all time. Disclaimer: We’re not telling you to smoke a roach, hit a bong or eat a brownie, but should you partake in the essence of the national holiday, listen to our playlist of the best weed songs. Once the severe case of the munchies kicks in—and you know it will—grab some grub from the best food trucks in town.

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Best 4/20 events in NYC

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Things to do, Performances

420: The Musical

John Kehoe and Co. return with their annual performance of pot-fueled hilarity, which follows Jerry, the uptight stoner, as he visits the Land of 420 to learn some important life lessons. Sit back and toke—ahem, take a trip into a fantastical realm where the laughs are plentiful and the munchies are free (really, complimentary snacks are provided).

Gallow Green
Bars, Cocktail bars

Gallow Green

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Wanna get high? One of the city’s best sky-high bars Gallow Green reopens for the outdoor drinking season on 4/20! The verdant, vintage train station-inspired venue will once again host its popular Sunday brunches, live music events and more. Hit the roof to bask in the glory of spring in NYC while sipping new seasonal cocktails. Got a case of the munchies? Don't worry, they've got pizza. 

Sarah Sherman
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Helltrap Nightmare

New Yorkers may think of themselves as immune to blood, skin and viscera onstage, but Chicago's most deranged comedy collective has come to challenge our stability. Join the fabulously satanic comedy crew of Helltrap Nightmare—Sarah Sherman, Shrimp Boys, and Scott Egleston, and NYC's own Ruby McCollister—for a night of gooney, gorey delights.

Things to do, Quirky events

Lola Star's Dreamland Roller Disco

icon-location-pin Industry City, Greenwood

Bring forth your inner Ziggy Stardust at the David Bowie–themed edition of Lola Star’s infamous Friday-night skating party. It's the first of the season, so buying a ticket in advance is highly recommended (if you don't have your own wheels, be sure to arrive before 8:30pm, as rentals are limited). Paint on a lightning bolt, wiggle into a jumpsuit and go get your swerve on.

Sydney Davis and Mike Holt
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A Night With Syd & Mike

In an age of truly glorious stoner comedy duos, Sydney Davis & Mike Holt have carved their own niche with their upbeat, self-aware videos on Instagram and Facebook. The two shut it down with drinks, sets, clips and screenings of new episodes at this 4/20 party. 

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Things to do, Classes and workshops


The approachable money-management pros at Finance Gym host this free two-hour workshop on fitting your, uh, hobby into your budget, because Cool Ranch Doritos and Amazon movie rentals ain't free.

Things to do, Markets and fairs

Dusty Rose Vintage 4/20 Pop-up

Brooklyn brands gather under one roof to celebrate smokers’ special day with ceramic pipes, pot-leaf patches, chocolate, candles, art and more from Haute Chocolate Brooklyn, Caitlin Rose Sweet, Most Recklessly and Lylynn Pham. Get a tarot reading from Anna Tonk, jump in on some live screenprinting with Kingsland Printing and view photos by Jordan Tiberio, all in celebration of the sticky icky.

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Friday with Lagunitas Waldos Special Ale

Damn! Join Craig and Smokey on their delirious day-long journey at this special screening of 1995's stoner classic. Chug down some special Lagunitas ale to keep your spirits high throughout the viewing. 

The Capitol Theatre
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Cheech & Chong

Grammy Award–winning comedy duo and irrepressible potheads Richard "Cheech" Marin and Tommy Chong celebrate the holy high day with a pair of shows at the Capitol Theater. Come for the loopy stoner humor, stay because even just a contact high will make moving toward the exit incomprehensible.

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Things to do

The Annual 420 Reggae Fiesta on the River

Set sail and rock steady on this cruise featuring two sets of reggae performances courtesy of Dub Is A Weapon, Crazy Baldhead Dub Apparatus and more. Very necessary eats are available for purchase from Sancho's Cantina.

NSFW Dankquet
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Things to do, Quirky events

NSFW Presents Dankquet

Everyone's experimented with edibles, but when it comes to chef-quality dishes with a little extra buzz, leave the cooking and simmering to the pros. Fabulously chic Brooklyn social club NSFW hosts this five course feast worthy of the gods, with chefs preparing delicious CBD-infused platters that will send you soaring by feast's end. Treat yourself. Details at  

Want to spend the day in the grass?

Pelham Bay Park
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Attractions, Parks and gardens

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