Best concerts and shows in Denver for 420 2018

It's been over five years after Colorado and Washington became the first states in the country to legalize recreational marijuana, and Denver is getting fired up for another big 420 celebration. For the first time since marijuana became legal to buy recreationally on January 1, 2014, 4-20 falls on a Friday. Now, it’s not like Colorado has needed a weekend to celebrate, but hey, it helps man. Naturally, a big part of Denver’s 420 celebrations involve music. Here at AXS, we've got you covered on the best 420 concerts in Denver. 

Colorado has always been a laid back state, and that means--as stated above--sometimes the weekend starts a little early. In 2018, the both Red Rocks season and 420 festivities in Denver get underway on 420’s Eve (April 19) with a co-headline from rock/rap group 311 and perennial potheads Method Man & Redman at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The show will also see performances from Collie Buddz, Prof, Long Beach Dub Allstars, Chali 2na of Jurassic 5.

Of course it wouldn't be 420 in Denver without the world's most notorious smoker. Denver is the first stop on Snoop Dogg’s whirlwind Wellness Retreat tour (Snoop is also hitting legal weed hotspots Las Vegas, Seattle, Eugene and San Jose over the high holiday). The Long Beach rapper is bringing along Migos, Lil Pump and more for the Denver area show at Fiddler’s "Green."

420 on The Rocks continues on 420 proper with HDYFEST from Flosstradamus, who will bring along Kayzo, Famous Dex, Melvv, Ducky. But Denver’s other premier venues are getting in on the action as well. 311 will come down--literally, but perhaps not figuratively--to the Ogden Theatre on April 20. The Gothic Theatre will host not one but two shows on 420: Afroman--probably because he got high--as well as a late night show from Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics. If acoustic music is more your bag, check out Split Lip Rayfield at the Bluebird Theater on April 20.

You can find a list of 420 weekend concerts in Denver with venue and ticket info below.

April 19 - 311 and Method Man & Redman - Red Rocks (Get Tickets)
April 20 - Snoop Dogg & Migos - Fiddler's Green (Get Tickets)
April 20 - Flosstradamus HDYFEST - Red Rocks (Get Tickets)
April 20 - Split Lip Rayfield - Bluebird Theater (Get Tickets)
April 20 - Afroman (Get Tickets) and Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics - Gothic Theatre (Get Tickets)
April 20 - 311 - The Ogden Theatre (Get Tickets)
April 21 - Wild Child - Bluebird Theater (Get Tickets)
April 21 - Opiuo + Syzygy Orchestra & SunSquabi - Red Rocks (Get Tickets)
April 21 - Flobots - Gothic Theatre (Get Tickets)
April 22 - Jonathan Davis of Korn - Ogden Theatre (Get Tickets)

Bonus: Although it’s a bit down the road from the de facto pot holiday, one of Colorado’s most anticipated 420 friendly events takes place on May 11 at McNichols Civic Center Building. The sixth annual Mother’s High Tea not only kicks off Mother’s Day weekend but it's also a family friendly event that helps to normalize legalized cannabis. You can find ticket info by following this link.