This year April 20 falls on Easter and events in the Denver metro area and mountain communities range from sunrise services to a redesigned marijuana rally.
The Official 4/20 Rally
This year’s 4/20 Rally in Denver will be different than previous events with the focus on community rather than just marijuana.
This year the event runs over an entire weekend, April 19 and 20 at Civic Center Park. The festival will feature 15 bands on two stages and 200 food and art vendors. The event will expand beyond the park’s boundaries with the closure of Bannock and 14th Streets.
This will be the first 4/20 rally since recreational marijuana sales became legal in Colorado. Organizers say signs will be posted to remind festival-goers that even though recreational pot is legal, smoking pot in public is not.
The lineup includes a hemp fashion show, musical headliners Wyclef Jean and rapper B. o. B. There will also be a VIP reception in the McNichols Building.
Police in Denver said they will be patrolling and enforcing the laws.
The rally hours are Saturday 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Sunday 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. in Civic Center Park and surrounding streets.
High Times Cannabis Cup
People 18 and up will be gathering at the Denver Mart on East 58th Avenue for the US Cannabis Cup this weekend. High Times’ fourth annual celebration is sold out and features performances by Slightly Stoopid and a pre-party celebration with Ice Cube. The event features businesses from the Colorado marijuana industry and includes judging of various marijuana strains.
Snoop’s Wellness Retreat
The Easter Sunrise Service isn’t the only thing happening at Red Rocks on April 20, Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa are performing a concert at the amphitheatre that night.
It’s the first ever Snopp’s Wellness Retreat features Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa with special guests YG, Smoke DZA and more.
Doors open at 6 p.m. the show starts at 7:30 p.m. All ages welcome.
Tickets are $59.50 plus service charges. VIP tickets $100 include access to the VIP seating area.
Tickets AXS.com or 888.929.7849.
Vail Sunrise Service
Vail Mountain will host its annual interdenominational sunrise service at 6 a.m. inside at Eagle’s Nest.
The Eagle Bahn Gondola will open to the public at 5:30 a.m. to transport guests from Lionshead. Complimentary baked goods and beverages will be provided.
There will be two afternoon services outside at Eagle’s Nest; 12:30 p.m. at Simonton Deck also known as the Holy Cross observation deck and one at 2:30 p.m. on the Marketplace Deck.
The Town of Vail is offering free parking at the Lionshead parking structure after 5 a.m. and depart prior to 10 a.m.
Vail Mountain Information Center 970.SKI.VAIL
Leftover Salmon Still Smokin’
Leftover Salmon will take over the streets of Denver on 4/20 at 4:20 p.m. outside the Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom. There will be outside bars, food trucks and vendors.
Gates open at 2 p.m. at 2637 Welton Street with a fun-filled Easter egg hunt.
The show begins at 3 p.m. with Bonnie & Daniel of Elephant Revival plus friends.
Leftover Salmon takes the stage at 4:20 p.m.
Tickets are $10 advance and $20 the day of the show. This event is 16 and over.
Easter Sunrise Service
The annual Easter Sunrise Service is planned once again at the Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. This is the 67th year for the service.
Music begins at 5:30 a.m. and the program begins at 6 a.m. Gates at Red Rocks open at 4:30 a.m.
The event is free but worshippers are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to contribute to The Food Bank of the Rockies.
The service is outdoors and participants are encouraged to dress warmly.
Those who cannot attend the service in person can watch it on a live webcast at www.cochurches.org.
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Copper Mountain Easter Egg Hunt
Copper Mountain hosts one of the largest Easter egg hunts in Colorado with thousands of eggs hidden by the Easter Bunny throughout the village and the mountain.
There are different times for each age group from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. on April 20. It’s free and open to everyone of all ages as part of Copper’s “Sunsation” Festival.
- 7 – 11 year olds in Center Village – 10 a.m.
- 6 and under at Climbing Wall – 11 a.m.
- On-Mountain – 12 p.m.
The Easter Bunny delivers fun to Winter Park for the on-mountain candy hunt in Discovery Park was well as the base area egg hunt for children under five. There is also an Easter service and fun run.
- Ages 5 and under meet the Easter Bunny behind the Private Lesson Center at the base of Winter Park Resort at 11 a.m.
- All skiing candy hunters head to Porcupine & Bobcat Trails in Discovery Park at 11:45 a.m. Children must have a valid lift ticket.
- The hunt begins at noon. Parents may assist younger children to look for candy.
- Non-denominational services at the top of the Zephyr Express chairlift at 12:45 p.m.
- Golden Bunny Fun Race registration 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. at Guest Services in the Balcony House. Race begins at 12:15 p.m. at the top of Lower Village Way trail.
Breckenridge Sunrise Easter Service & Egg Hunt
Breckenridge is hosting an Easter service and an Easter egg hunt on April 20.
Load the Quicksilver lift at Peak 9 for the free sunrise Easter service. Service begins at 6 a.m. No lift ticket required.
The Easter egg hunt starts at 9 a.m. and lasts until all the eggs are gone. The 8,000 eggs will be distributed on Peak 8 and Peak 9 on primarily green runs.
The eggs will not contain candy as in years past, this year children are encouraged to collect the eggs and turn them in for baked treats, candy and more. Some eggs contain special coupons for big prizes.
Keystone Easter Egg Hunt
The Easter egg hunt at Keystone Resort features two areas with hundreds of Easter eggs left by the Easter Bunny.
One area is for small children, ages 1-4 and the other is for older children ages 5-10. The Easter egg hunt begins at 10 a.m.
Free parking is available in the Mountain East Free Lot and River Run Parking Lot in the River Run Village.