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420 Events in Rochester: 10 Places to Celebrate the Weed Holiday

April brings spring flowers and a leaf-based celebration to Rochester, as residents gear up for 4/20 on Saturday, a cult-favorite holiday among marijuana enthusiasts.

The annual event is said to have its origins in a group of California teenagers who met to smoke after school at 4:20 pm in the 1970s, although no one knows for sure. Soon, the band The Grateful Dead picked up the term, and it quickly became slang for smoking pot among celebrities and college students alike.

Now bars, clubs, restaurants and pharmacies across New York are hosting events to mark the occasion. New York’s legalized recreational cannabis industry continues to evolve and there are now 100 legal brick-and-mortar dispensaries open in the state.

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10 Ways to Celebrate 4/20 in the Rochester Area

If you like weed, here are a few Rochester events you can attend on Saturday:

Three Heads Brewing, Rochester

Three heads brewing organizes its annual 420 party on Saturday with band Public Water Supply. They plan to open their patio for the summer.

When: Saturday April 20, doors open at 7 p.m

Where: Three Heads Brewing, 186 Atlantic Ave., Rochester

Tickets: $20. Get them here.

Johnny’s Pub, Rochester

Johnny’s Pub will host a 4/20 party with cover band The Transport, playing rock and pop hits from the 2000s.

When: The music starts on Saturday April 20 at 8 p.m

Where: Johnny’s Pub, 1382 Culver Road, Rochester

Finger Lakes Cannabis Co., Victor

Finger Lakes Cannabis Co. will host a 4/20 party with food, drinks and live music from Swinging Richards and Into the Now. Food provided by Canandaigua Mexican restaurant Rio Tomatlan.

When: Saturday, April 20, 2:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Where: FingerLakes Cannabis Co., 5 Railroad St., Victor

Tickets: $10, plus $2.51 processing fee. Get them here.

Rochester Tribe, Rochester

Rochester Tribe will host ‘Glass and grass’ a 4/20 event featuring vendors selling edibles, cannabis smoking supplies and more, as well as tattoo artists, food and drinks. The event commemorates the opening of the Good Life Collective, a cannabis retail store at 155 Monroe Ave., Rochester.

When: Saturday April 20, 10am to 6pm

Where: Voice Rochester, 149 Monroe Avenue, Rochester

California Brew Haus, Rochester

California brewhouse will host it “420 Special @ The Brew Haus” with a line-up of bands.

When: Saturday, April 20, doors at 7 p.m., music at 8 p.m

Where: California Brew Haus, 402 West Ridge Road, Rochester

Kingdom Wellness and Pharmacy, Gates

Kingdom Wellness and pharmacy in Gates will be a 420 BOGO Mega Sale this weekend, if you sell his products, buy one and get half off.

When: Friday, April 19 at 11 a.m. to Saturday, April 20 at 7 p.m

Where: Kingdom Wellness and Pharmacy, 3035 Buffalo Road, Gates

The Normal, Lima

The normal one in Lima will host a One year anniversary party with a 4/20 themecomplete with food specials, a fresh cocktail menu, competitions and a DJ.

When: Saturday April 20, 4:20 PM to 11:00 PM 21+ after 8:00 PM

Where: The Normal, 1887 Rochester St., Lima

MJ Pharmacy, Brighton

MJ Pharmacy will host the first RochesterFirst 420CannaCider Festival featuring Blue Toad Hard Cider, with food, vendors, live music and games.

When: Saturday April 20, from 12:00 to 18:00

Where: The Genesee Valley Regional Market at 900 Jefferson Rd, Suite 902, Brighton

Cup of love, Henrietta

Loving cup organizes a swinging 420 party with local band Pass X The Krooks.

When: Saturday, April 20 at 8:00 PM

Where: Lovin’ Cup, 300 Park Point Drive, Henrietta

Tickets: $5 at the door

Aurora Brewing Company, Perinton

from Aurora Brewing Company The Rochester taproom will host a 4/20 event with Big Logic Duo playing some Grateful Dead and other songs “you’d only admit you like when you’re stoned,” according to their Facebook event. The brewery is releasing three new beers for the occasion: Strawbonic Chronic, Bluebonic Chronic and Sticky Green.

When: Saturday, April 20 from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM

Where: 604 Pittsford Victor Road, Perinton