Bay Area 420 Guide: From Hippie Hill Fest & Stoner Karaoke to Hip-Hop Homages To Hemp

Posted by Billyjam, April 20, 2017 11:30am | Post a Comment

As in years past today, 4/20 or April 20th, is a day of celebration and homage to the cannabis plant with countless happenings, from small to large and formal to informal, taking place all over the Bay Area all day but especially at 4:20pm this afternoon. These include the big annual group smoke out at "Hippie Hill" in
San Francisco's Golden Gate Park which is at Sharon Meadow located in the Park at Kezar Dr. and John F Kennedy Drive (not far from Amoeba SF at the end of Haight St. where upstairs you can apply for or renew your medical marijuana card.) Known as the 420 Hippie HIll Festival the annual event is now officially recognized  by the City of San Francisco who have granted a permit to the all day happening that expects to see tens of thousands of visitors/tokers joining the celebration of the ganja and the right to legally use it. 

The "unified sound system for background music" means that various sound selectors will be providing weed themed tunes while the now fully legit and under permit from the City event means that there will be some changes from previous years. For example the entire area of Hippie Hill will be fenced off with added security (inside and outside the Park) plus extra medical emergency services provided with EMT and ambulances on-site. Additionally there will a welcome increase in the number port-o-potties provided. Free. Ages 18+ More info

Then afterwards late this afternoon with an early kick off of 530pm, as per tradition of the annual hemp holiday, will be the hip-hop themed Hippie Hill afterparty / concert at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium at 99 Grove St., SF. This year's performers will include hometown dank ambassador/ entrepreneur / rapper Berner along with such other acts as YG, Lil B, Young Dolph whose latest album Bullet Proof just arrived in Amoeba this past week, Jesse Royal, Kool John, and Rich The Kid. Note that Kevin Gates, who was originally on the lineup, is no longer included. 5:30pm - 11pm. All ages. $59.50 More info.

Other Bay Area events piggy-backing on the 420 theme today include 4/20 Stoner Karaoke, 4/20 Comedy, and Light Up Feminism. The Light Up Feminism launch event takes place at Virgil’s Sea Room at 3152 Mission St. in SF (530pm-730pm) at which organizers plan on, "Chillin' out for happy hour gettn' lit AF over the current state of affiairs, our hopes, stokes and anti-mysoginist dreams." Free. All ages + "Any kind of ladies (+guys)" welcome. More info.

4/20 Comedy for $4.20 with Nikki Glaser is as its title implies a good value stand-up comedy ticket for under five bucks to see Comedy Central's Nikki Glaser perform two weed themed comedy sets at the Fillmore Heritage Center at 1330 Fillmore St., SF with ticket proceeds benefiting the social impact initiative Rise Up. 8pm + 10:30pm shows. 21+ $4.20 More info

Meantime across the Bay in Berkeley on the Northside at the weekly Ivy Hill karaoke night at 1415 Martin Luther King Jr. Way things take a turn for the green in honor of the date with ‘4/20 Stoner Karaoke’ night. Hosted by event co-founder Jon Devoto today's specially themed sing-a-long will feature edibles supplied free for those in need.

Although you must RSVP to part-take as well as to attend this invite only event via the event homepage where organizers recommend for karaoke participants to sing along to "Sublime, Snoop Dogg, The Mars Volta, David Bowie, Pink Floyd, Broken Bells, Bob Marley, Wu-Tang Clan, Spoon, or anything else that you might like to listen to whilst stoned on the marijuana." Free. 21+ 7pm- 930pm. More info with RSVP form here.

Also this evening in the East Bay in honor of the sticky icky will be the 420 themed, HipHopForChange produced Concrete Roots monthly at the Legionnaire Saloon at 2272 Telegraph in Oakland (flyer below) with sets from Equipto, Watzreal, Kaila Love, Babii Cris, VisualEyez, Lil MC and more. 10pm 21+ $5 More info.

Collie Buddz
will be headlining a reggae show this evening at new Berkeley beer house and concert venue Cornerstone at 2367 Shattuck Ave. (with New Kingston) as well as being among those at this weekend's 420 Reggae Festival 2017 at the Cow Palace (more info). Tonight's event is all ages. 8pm. $30 + $75 more info.  

And in the South Bay dank loving, longtime San Francisco rapper Andre Nickatina will be in Los Gatos tonight at the Los Gatos Bar & Grill along with special guest DJ Shaffy. 21+ 9pm $28 Info.tix

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