Gifts, Freebies, and Festivals: 24 Ways to Celebrate 420 in Michigan

General view of the annual Hash Bash pro marijuana rally at University of Michigan on April 3, 2015 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Paul Warner/Getty Images)

By Jessica Strachan

April 19, 2023

For Michiganders who celebrate, this guide showcases the best cannabis gifts, events, and shops that will make memories beyond April 20.

MICHIGAN – Spring is in the air, and on every block, the aroma of flowers and fresh blossoms on trees beckons us closer. But come to think of it, there’s something else in the air around this time of year too. 

Spring doesn’t just mark Earth Day or April blooms. It also means that April 20 is on the way—giving those who enjoy cannabis the perfect occasion to light one up. 

The ritual of 420 began in 1971 with a band of high school buds who met up in the school parking lot every day at 4:20 to partake in their favorite after-school activity. Now, the three numbers represent a cultural phenomenon and an experience for experienced smokers and novices alike to celebrate all the products, forms, and benefits of the plant. 

So in celebration of this very special day, we’ve rounded up the coolest and most unique ways to partake in 420. From events and festivals that are outside-the-box to the perfect gifts and deals that are totally worth shopping for, here is our list of the 24 ways to best commemorate 420 this year in Michigan.

Hash Hangouts 

Wacky Weed Tours — Ann Arbor

Looking for the most bang for your buck? This tour runs all year long, but steps up its game for 420. Expect a two-hour trip covering art murals to history lessons in the place where Michigan’s Hash Bash began. And you’ll have the chance to make friends at the top shops around town. 

  • Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 1-3 p.m.
  • Mission Dispensary Lobby (meeting point)
  • 111 S. Main St. 1st Floor, Ann Arbor
  • Tickets: $25 
  • Must be 21 or over with a valid ID.

420 Music Festival — Detroit

Nothing says spring in the D like a block party. And this is the first (legal) cannabis festival in Detroit. Join for live music by local DJs and performances by Zion Lion and Motor City Vibrations.

  • Saturday, April 29, 12-11 p.m.
  • 2000 Brooklyn St., Detroit
  • Tickets: $30 for general admission; $100 for VIP tickets that include a festival gift bag and exclusive seating with access to a bar and food.
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Weed Bar 420 Bus Tour

Hop on board the fourth annual 420 Bus Tour, beginning in downtown Detroit and stopping at four spots perfect for weed lovers.

  • Thursday, April 20, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • 600 River Place Dr., Detroit
  • Tickets: $60 for general admission (includes 4 stops and 1 raffle ticket); $150 for VIP admission (includes a super swag bag, 4 stops, and complimentary drinks).

420 Fest and Sesh — Westland

Film buffs will love this classic movie marathon that also includes three live bands.

  • Thursday, April 20, 6 p.m. 
  • The Token Lounge
  •  28949 Joy Rd., Westland
  • Tickets: $15 for general admission

Fatty’s Fest 2 — Dearborn Heights

For those more active hash connoisseurs, roll through this event for a complete evening of fingerboarding and skateboarding that includes a lineup of raffles and competitions. This event is 21 and up. Entry will land you a T-shirt, raffle tickets, food and drinks, and other goodies. The merch tent is cash only.

  • Saturday, April 22, 4-8 p.m. 
  • LiNES Skate Park (Formerly Transitions Ramp Park) 
  • 5616 Van Born Ct., Dearborn Heights
  • Tickets: $25

420 Smoke & Paint — Warren

This painting party comes with a twist. Join for the ultimate craft night of smoking, painting, and chilling out. Your ticket will hook you up with a canvas, paint supplies, and pre-roll for good measure.

  • Thursday, April 20, 7-11 p.m. 
  • Suite 502 Banquet Hall, 21439 Schoenherr Rd., Warren
  • Tickets: $50 which includes the canvas, paint supplies, and a pre-roll

BUDZ N BINGO — Detroit

This ain’t your grandma’s bingo. This 420 bingo night includes food, giveaways, cash prizes, and five bingo boards. 

  • Friday, April 21 and future Fridays. Doors open at 7 p.m.; games start at 8 p.m.  
  • 19125 W McNichols Rd., Detroit
  • Tickets: $25 

Fatboi Goat’s 420 Birthday Bash — Detroit

Enjoy cannabis-infused food fresh off the grill and drinks with a twist. Live music is guaranteed to set the birthday mood. 

  • Friday, April 21, 9 p.m.-2 a.m. 
  • Detroit Got Talent Performance Hall, 24409 West McNichols Rd., Detroit
  • Tickets: $15-25

HIGH NOTES 420 EDITION — Detroit

If R&B is your vibe, don’t miss out on this event that includes top performers plus a comedy night. On the menu is classic chicken wings, a vegan selection, and homemade Kool-Aid. Let’s just say that this event is sure to live up to its name. 

  • Saturday, April 22 8 p.m.-1 a.m. 
  • Detroit Got Talent Performance Hall, 24409 West McNichols Rd., Detroit
  • Tickets: $25

Don’t Miss Deals

Doja — Portage

Doja’s vendor-hosted 420 celebration offers buy-some-get-more deals and giveaway entries for each purchase. Should you partake, you’ll have a chance to win Apple products, gaming packages, and even have your car payment covered for a year. The best part? This dispensary is open 24/7 with a drive-thru.

Get the deal: https://dojanow.com

Address: 4203 E Centre Ave., Portage

Lake Effect — Portage

Lake Effect Westnedge has a green deal that’s making us see Red. Their 420 celebrations include a raffle to win two tickets to Taylor Swift’s Detroit show on June 9. And promos include $5 grams and Michigan-grown pre-rolls that are three for $10. 

Get the deal: https://lakeeffected.com

Address: 5216 S Westnedge Ave., Portage 

SKYMINT

We love this promo because in addition to bud-based giveaways, SKYMINT is raffling off a weekend trip via Airbnb. That’s not their ultimate gift though: One lucky toker will win free weed for a whole year. And, no purchase is necessary to enter their giveaway at any of their locations around Michigan.

Get the deal: https://skymint.com

Jeeter Mart pop-ups

If pre-rolls are more your jam, catch a Jeeter Mart pop-up on tour around Michigan. These pop-ups begin at 4:20 p.m. every day April 26-29 in cities from River Rouge to Romeo, and serve everything from pot-infused beverages, cartridges, and, of course, pre-rolls. Every purchase scores you a free 1-gram roll of Piña Colada. 

Get the deals: https://www.jeeter.com/locations/michigan

Ganja Gifts for Everyone 

Little Chiefers Sticker

For less than $5, the stoner-style Little Chiefersvinyl sticker shows off your love for Detroit-style pizza and marijuana in one iconic mascot. Buy it here.

Mystery Crystals for Weed Lovers 

Michiganders love to find stones. This Warren-based shop ships out a Mystery Stoner Bag for $49.99 that includes three crystal products from pipes to pot leaves with a few novelty freebies. Order yours.

The Anti-Lighter-Lifter 

Whether your friends have “borrowed” yours or you’re just prone to forgetfulness (a common side effect), these lighter sleeves keep your must-have pieces right with you when you need them. They start at $12.80. Customize one today.

Best Bhang for the Buck

For just $5 after shipping from Battle Creek, this handy little scraping tool called the “Bowl Buddy” is the ultimate accessory. This pack of seven is made from renewable resources and is safe to use to get that last bit of the good stuff. 7 for $1.37 + shipping

My Best Bud

Nothing brightens up your day like a BFFespecially one who loves bud, too. These handmade friendship ties out of Warren are the perfect statement for little wishers and big blazers. Use them as necklaces, anklets or bracelets. Pick your pair here for $6.40 before shipping.

Freshly Baked  

Whether to accent your aunt’s specially baked cupcakes or the next batch of edibles, these locally made sprinkles from Jackson add flare to any baked good. For under $5, get a four-ounce jar of tasty toppings for your next dozen from the oven. Let’s get baking. 

Wearable Weed

We love this original illustration neck tie (also comes in bow ties) that captures the science of CBD and THC molecules. Perfect for everyone from a quirky chemistry teacher to activists on the front lines. $40 for your next best accessory.

Knickknacks That Make a Statement 

Michigan homes wouldn’t be complete without knickknacks, and this handmade gnome celebrates everything whimsical about weed. For $20, this rope-armed, wooden-nosed, and felt-feet friend will be the talk of the smoke-filled room. Ship from Niles.

Self Care Done Right

Bath bombs, soap bars, and skin softeners that do magic for sore muscles and dried skin? It’s a must. Made in Iron, Michigan, these relaxing essentials capture the essence of this plant for under $15. Spa night starts here.

Tokers and Thinkers

Remember all those brilliant ideas you had during your last smoke sesh? Neither do we. Thankfully, this hilarious little Mary Jane journal helps stoners worldwide capture the thoughts, songs, poetry, and ideas that are inspired by cannabis. You can even order it on a magnet. Get it from Grand Rapids. 

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