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What to do at 420

Six events to get you off the couch for a while.

Hippie Hill 420 Meeting

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 is the meadow stoners who flock to 420 to take bong hits in remembrance of the days gone by when smoking weed was not as acceptable as it has become. Last year, partygoers left behind 11 tons of trash, putting the long-standing event at risk of shutting down. So pack your trash after enjoying a great sound system, more food options compared to years past, and a greater number of Port-a-Potties at San Francisco’s go-to outdoor 420 party.

420 Fest at Dolores Park

Friday to Monday April 20-23, 3:00 PM – 1:00 AM, Dolores Park, free.

Imagine what Hippie Hill would look like if it offered bay views and a plethora of snacks nearby. Well, this year, head to the very first 420 Fest at Dolores Park, the newest outdoor weed smoking party, which runs from Friday to Sunday. For the first time, stoned guests can enjoy free yoga classes, stoned olympics and an edible bar. While it may not be the new Hippie Hill yet, you can’t go wrong smoking weed in Dolores Park.

420 Birthday Party Honoring Robert Smith of The Cure

Friday, April 20, 9:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m., Cat Club SF, 1190 Folsom St. $5-$8; catclubsf.com

After going super high at 420, you can go super low at Robert Smith’s birthday party at the Cat Club. The organizers are promising no reruns, just fresh Cure cuts all night long in celebration of Smith’s 59th birthday. For five hours, the front room is strictly Cure with images and music. More darkwave, post-punk and 80s tunes will rock the back room. And a man named Sean has 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, hosted by San Francisco’s very own Berner. Tell that to Styles P, the seasoned New York rapper and a third of The Lox, along with Jadakiss. (Berner teamed up with Styles P last year for a collaborative album, Feeling, which they can tag on stage.) Watch 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, 6-10pm, Gallery EVB, 1738 Telegraph Ave., Oakland, $25.

420 marks the opening night of ‘Stories from the Underground’, a photo exhibition highlighting cannabis prohibition on display in Oakland until July 31. Hosted by the East Bay cannabis community, the reception also serves as a fundraiser 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 producer from the dubstep stage to the big league of electronic music stardom. Its spacey, synth-filled beats blend perfectly with a joint of some blue or purple indica. Artists etc! ETC! and Mielo will be in the house too.



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