Now that cannabis has entered the post-prohibition era in California, the party can last all year long—and all summer long, with these 420-friendly summer events in Los Angeles. From comedy shows to a cannabis carnival and cookout, these are the best places to toke up this summer in the City of Angels (and Angel OG).
Mel Frank: When We Were Criminals
April 28 – June 9
Kicking off our list of 420-friendly summer events in Los Angeles is Mel Frank’s “When We Were Criminals” exhibition at M+B Photo. The exhibit represents the solo debut of cannabis botany pioneer Mel Frank, whose work captures snapshots of the evolving cannabis cultivation industry in California over the past 40 years.
420-Friendly Paint Sesh
June 1, 7 PM
Puff while you paint at this 420-friendly class, where students will learn to paint a “sprinkles”-themed piece of art to take home.
Saturdays and holidays, June 2 – July 28, 9 PM
It’s only appropriate that LA’s most iconic classic movies be screened amongst the graves of some of Hollywood’s most famous stars…right? That’s the idea with Cinespia, the outdoor movie series held on the grass at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. With picnic-style seating, a policy permitting outside beer and wine, and designated smoking sections, you’ll be able to turn up before the sun goes down for movies like Vertigo (6/30), Thelma & Louise (7/4), and The Graduate (7/28).
Eat | See | Hear
Saturdays, June 2 – September 15, 5:30 PM
With six venues located from Pasadena to Santa Monica, the 2018 lineup of Eat | See | Hear is bringing the signature food truck, outdoor movie, and live music event series to a park or amphitheater near you. This year’s lineup features a mix of new favorites and cinematic classics, including Lady Bird (6/30), Back to the Future (8/25), and A League of Their Own (9/15).
Adult Play Dough
Sundays, June 3 – July 29, 2 PM
Craft a cannabis-inspired ashtray at this “adult play dough” workshop that puts a 21+ twist on classic childhood arts and crafts. After all, 420-friendly summer events in Los Angeles have to help you spark up your creativity!
Beach Cities Cannabis Conference
June 8, 9 AM
The startup industry meets the cannabis industry for this conference including panels, quick pitches, breakout sessions, and networking opportunities. The event will also feature the “From the NBA to CBD” fireside chat with former professional basketball player and current cannabis entrepreneur Al Harrington, as well as an appearance by Lamar Odom.
FORK20 Summer Surf and Turf Dinner
June 9, 7 PM
Tickets to this dinner include six courses and a signature cocktail, all infused with medical grade cannabis oils and extracts.
Mega Sesh Cannabis Carnival
June 16 & 17, 11 AM
The second annual Mega Sesh Cannabis Community Carnival brings the SoCal cannabis community together for live performances, speaking seminars, and a vendor-filled exhibition village to be experienced alongside classic carnival rides, attractions, and games.
Chef’s Table at PopCultivate
June 9, 7 PM
Culinary innovation takes center stage at this 12-person, nine-course PopCultivate dinner, where the featured chef will experiment with new flavors, techniques, and concepts.
Rooftop Soiree at Popcultivate
June 9, 7 PM
Bring your own booze and bud to this summer rooftop party hosted by cannabis-friendly supper club PopCultivate and get ready to indulge in a cravings station, dessert bar, vape station, and more.
Cannabis in California: A Fireside Chat
June 13, 6:30 PM
Interested in learning more about the future of the cannabis industry in California? Come by this fireside chat to hear from industry experts Chief Lori Ajax of the Bureau of Cannabis Control and Cat Packer, Executive Director of the L.A. Department of Cannabis Regulation.
Four-Week Terpenes Course
June 14, 21, 28; July 5, 6:30 PM
The Institute for Art and Olfaction hosts this four-part course covering the origins, profiles, and uses of terpenes. Each workshop will introduce students to five terpenes commonly used in cannabis products and lead the class in analyzing and comparing aromas.
Mary Jane’s Garden: An Evening of Women + Weed
June 23, 4 PM
420-friendly summer events in Los Angeles are so not about tired gender stereotypes about the people in the cannabis industry. Set against the backdrop of the SHE exhibit by Chuck Blackwell at Angel’s Attic in Santa Monica, The Higher Ethic will host this evening focused on celebrating, hearing from, and networking with the female trailblazers of the cannabis industry.
Blunt Talks: Cannabis in California
June 26, 7 PM
Hitman Coffee Shop hosts this TED talk-style event featuring tacos, a raffle, and a chance to hear from some of LA’s top cannabis professionals.
Rock the Dabs: Hip Hop and Cannabis Arts Festival
June 30, 3 PM
Performances at this hip-hop and cannabis arts festival include Supernatural, Kxng Crooked, Supreme of Wu-Tang, Killa Beez, Teddy Benson, Sante Prince, and MC Lyfe.
July 7, 12 PM
You can’t have 420-friendly summer events in Los Angeles list without a good munchie crawl! Tickets to the first-ever LA Munchie Crawl include discounts at participating dispensaries, samples of food and goods, and transportation around the city in the 420-friendly mobile smoking lounge.
The Cannabis Cook Out Festival
July 15, 10 AM
MysteryBakingCo presents this music, food, and cannabis festival featuring two stages, more than 100 vendors, edible, flower, and extract competitions, and the world premiere of the new medicated BBQ sauce.
Canna Comedy Show
August 11, 6 PM
You bring the bud, and Alchemy Lounge provides the munchies, gear, and entertainment at cannabis-infused comedy show The Laughing Stalk. Comedians for the August show include Juan Garcia (The Laugh Factory), Adam Hunter (Last Comic Standing), and Chris Cope (Jimmy Kimmel).
Breathwork Cannabis Tea Ceremony
Thursdays, 7:30 PM
One of the more unconventional 420-friendly summer events in Los Angeles, this breathwork workshop helps students achieve a higher meditative state with optional CBD tea as well as aromatherapy, crystals, and reiki rituals.
Puff, Pass & Paint
Saturdays, 8 PM
BYOC (bring your own cannabis) and get the creative juices flowing for this 420-friendly twist on paint and wine classes. Tickets include all art supplies.
Cannabis Art Show
Second Saturday of every month, 7 PM
Held monthly during the Downtown LA Art Walk, this party brings artistic-minded locals together with cannabis brands, live music, and gallery art.
420-Friendly Comedy Show
Sundays, 8 PM
Everything is a little funnier at this weekly 420-friendly comedy show and open mic night hosted by cannabis club Wake & Bake.