Your guide to 4/20 events in Sonoma, Mendocino

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Northern California holds a special place in cannabis history and culture. From San Francisco to Crescent City, thousands of people will be celebrating the cannabis holiday on April 20.

The most credible story behind 420’s enduring status among stoners dates back to 1971. A group of students called “the Waldos” hatched a plan to meet at 4:20 p.m. by the statue of Louis Pasteur on the campus of San Rafael High. They met up, got high and went searching for a secret patch of cannabis near Point Reyes. The shorthand stuck.

This year’s 4/20 celebration holds special significance. It lands some four months after cannabis use became legal for all adults in California under Prop. 64.

Whether you’re looking for live music, comedy, nature time or dispensary deals, here is your guide to 4/20 weekend events in Sonoma and Mendocino counties.

Sonoma County

Pacific Soundrise at HopMonk
Vibe to reggae/rock tunes from Pacific Soundrise at HopMonk in Sebastopol. The band will mix original tunes with classic covers and 4/20 requests. Doors open at 9 p.m. Tickets are $12 advance, $15 at the door.

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Free lunch and 4/20 deals
Sonoma Patient Group in Santa Rosa is serving up free hot dogs Friday from noon to 3 p.m. The dispensary also promises special 4/20 offers for the first 100 customers and in-store deals running all day.

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Vinyl album release
SPARC collaborated with Jazz Dispensary to launch an exclusive limited edition 45rpm single with cannabis-inspired tunes. Private Stock #001 features Bobby Rush’s funky “Mary Jane” and Rusty Bryant’s “Fire Eater” on the flip side. Albums will be available locally at SPARC stores in Sebastopol and Santa Rosa.

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Dead Again at The Big Easy
Dead Again will be jamming for a second straight year at The Big Easy in Petaluma on Friday. Solo guitarist David Gans opens the show at 7:30 p.m. Cover is $10.

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Swim Suit: A Cosmic Dance Party (4/21)
Solful wants you to get weird at the dhyana Center in Sebastopol. DJ Timoteo Gigante will spin music from around the globe. Saturday’s event runs 8 p.m. to just before midnight.

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Mendocino County

Earth Day meets 4/20
Emerald Pharms invites the public to spend the day at a tranquil, 12-acre permaculture oasis in Hopland. Music, fire spinning, multiple food options, vendors, cannabis product demos, games and dispensary sales. Friday’s event runs noon to 11 p.m.

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Cannabis conference and 4/20 celebration
Mendocino Cannabis Resource hosts its annual conference and 4/20 celebration at Little Lake Grange in Willits. Morning sessions cover environmental regulations, afternoon sessions focus on business development. Dinner starts at 7 p.m. with music and dancing to follow.

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Music and comedy in Weed Country
Mendo Group is hosting a 4/20 party with live music and comedy. Beats by DJ Smokin’ Joe, live music, comedy and more. Friday’s event starts at 4:20 p.m. at McCarty’s Bar in Redwood Valley. Tickets are $20.

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Leonard Moore Cooperative 4/20 Party
Leonard Moore Cooperative plans a day full of music, friendship, dabs, outdoor fun and special discounts on Friday, plus a special “420 Token Toast” at the dispensary in Mendocino. Normal business hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The Gateway Show (4/21)
Comedians tell their best jokes, then get “way too high” and perform again. The show starts 9 p.m. at Yokayo Bowling Center in Ukiah. General admission tickets are $15 online, $20 at the door.

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Bonus: Hippie Hill in San Francisco
Would a 4/20 guide be complete without mentioning the West Coast’s haziest celebration? Tens of thousands of cannabis enthusiasts turn a section of Golden Gate Park into a music festival and communal smoke session. The event is free.

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