The owner of the Hanford Fox Theater is concerned about the cancellation of school groups to the theater. Photo via Hanford Fox Theatre
Written by Frank Lopez
Saturday is April 20 — or as it is lovingly referred to in marijuana culture — “420.”
Whether you partake in any form of marijuana consumption or not, there are plenty of “420” themed events being hosted by businesses going on in the Central Valley to get into the high spirit of the day.
The Hanford Fox Theater will be screening the 1993 stoner classic film, “Dazed and Confused” at 7:00 p.m.
Last year was the theater’s first time having an event celebrating 420 when it screened the first stoner comedy, “Cheech and Chong’s Up in Smoke,” which saw more than 500 people in attendance.
Patrons were dressed as the titular characters of the film, with some carrying fake giant joints as props.
Dan Humason, owner of the Hanford Fox Theater, said the first event went without trouble, and obviously, that there was no smoking going on in the theater.
“It’s a part of the culture. It’s not going away, so you might as well enjoy it. You expect a bunch of stoners, but actually not so much,” Humason said. “It surprised me that last year, we did “Up in Smoke” and it was just a normal thing. I think we will probably be doing this every year. If it starts to wane, we wont do it anymore.”
HoP Pk Gastropub, a Mediterranean restaurant and pub on Van Ness Avenue in Downtown Fresno, will be hosting its “Fully Baked in Downtown Fresno” event starting at 4:20 p.m.
Beers with marijuana inspired names will be sold on tap with some “hoppy and sticky” offerings from all over.
The 420 inspired beers will be sold at a special price of $4.20 cents.
Other 420 events in the Central Valley include:
La Maison Kabob on Fulton Street will be hosting a “420 Follies” Comedy Show beginning at 7:30 p.m.
Rainbow Ballroom on Broadway will be having a two-day event on Saturday and Sunday featuring Latin rappers and musicians.
Fulton 55 Music Venue will be hosting 420 Groove Fest, where local band, “Touch of Gravy” will perform covers of Grateful Dead songs. The event is free but people are asked to bring a donation of canned foods that will be distributed for the homeless via food banks.
Goldstein’s Mortuary and Delicatessen will be celebrating by serving Hemp infused beers, hosting food trucks, and providing live music by Viper City Brass Band.