click to enlarge Shutterstock.com As the story goes, in 1971, five California high-schoolers coined the term “4/20” to signify the time they would gather by the Louis Pasteur statue after school to smoke marijuana.
Now, nearly half a century later, April 20 has become the de facto cannabis holiday. Colorado and eight other states, along with Washington, D.C., allow for the recreational use of marijuana, and 4/20 will be celebrated across the Centennial State.
If you’re planning to partake, add these 420 events to your calendar:
Colorado Springs 420 Fest & Tattoo Art Expo Friday, April 20 , noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, April 21, noon to 10 p.m.; Sunday, April 22, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Colorado Springs Event Center, 3960 Palmer Park Blvd. $25/day, $60/three-day pass, cos420fest.com.
This three-day event is aiming to attract a larger audience by combining the 4/20 festival with an indoor tattoo and art expo as well as a music fest.
“With the tattoo aspect in it, a good variety of both [crowds] is what we’re hoping,” Tiphani Ruark, assistant sales director for RJ Promotions, and show manager for 420 Fest, says. “Maybe there’s people who may not be into the whole cannabis thing, but they want to go to a tattoo fest.”
The event won’t allow participants to consume on-site, but Ruark does hope it and its