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Psst… 36 Colorado Spring Festivals To Attend This Year!16 min read

Parker Days Festival | The Denver Ear

“Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘Let’s Party!” Robin Williams

The Spring season takes place from March 20 through June 21, 2018. Today is officially the first day of Spring, and to welcome this season we have gathered up a list of special Spring festivals taking place in Colorado in 2018.

36 COLORADO SPRING FESTIVALS TO ATTEND THIS YEAR!

Events ordered in chronological order

#1 DENVER MARCH POWWOW
Denver March Powwow | The Denver Ear

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When: March 23 – 25, 2018

Where: Denver Coliseum, 4600 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216

Cost: $7 Adults; $3 Seniors (60+); Free for Children 6 and under

The Denver March Powwow, one of the largest events of its kind in the country, features more than 1,600 dancers from close to 100 tribes from 38 states and three Canadian provinces. The three-day event  is packed with singing, dancing, storytelling, food, art and more.

#2 DENVER HOME SHOW

Denver Home Show | The Denver Ear

When: March 23 – 25, 2018

Where: National Western Complex, 4655 Humboldt St, Denver, CO 80216

Cost: $9 – $11, Free for Children 12 & Under

Purchase Tickets Online

Find fresh inspiration, helpful tips, innovative products and fantastic deals in remodeling, home improvement, decor and outdoor spaces with hundreds of experts all under one roof, at the annual Denver Home Show!

#3 COLORADO ANIME FEST
Colorado Anime Fest | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Colorado Anime Fest

When: March 23 – 25, 2018

Where: Renaissance Denver Stapleton Hotel, 3801 Quebec St, Denver, CO 80207

Cost: $15 – $75; Free for Children 6 and Under

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Colorado Anime Fest celebrates all things Japan in the Mile High City. The festival will include gaming, entertainment, Manga, J-Culture, art, panel discussions, cult cinema, improvs, competitions and more.

#4 HOPS + HANDRAILS BEER FEST & RAIL JAM
Hops + Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam | The Denver Ear

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When: March 24 – 25, 2018

Where: City of Longmont Roosevelt Park, 700 Longs Peak Ave, Longmont, CO 80501

Cost: $10 – $125, Free for Children 12 & Under

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The 6th Annual Hops + Handrails Beer Fest & Rail Jam, returns to Longmont, Colorado with the support of Winter Park Resort. Enjoy unlimited samplings of over 60 craft breweries while soaking up the Colorado sun in front of a four-story ramp in the middle of town. Skiers and boarders will throw down big air and their gnarliest tricks on the ramp, trick rails and keg wall in men’s and women’s categories.

#5 STEAMBOAT SPRINGALICIOUS FESTIVAL
Steamboat Springs | The Denver Ear

Photo Credit: ©SSRC/Larry Pierce . Photograph courtesy of ©Steamboat Resort

When: April 1 – 15, 2018

Where: Steamboat Ski Resort, 2305 Mt Werner Cir, Steamboat Springs, CO 80487

Cost: Free

Steamboat Springs will celebrate the close of the 2017/18 winter season with the Steamboat Springalicious Festival 2018, a multi-week festival that includes many fun events such as the Cardboard Classic, Splashdown Pond Skim and several free music concerts.

#6 TASTE OF VAIL
Taste of Vail | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Taste of Vail

When: April 4 – 8, 2018

Where: Vail Village, E Meadow Drive, Vail 81658

Cost: $55 – $430

Purchase Tickets and View Schedule Online

Taste of Vail is the nation’s premier spring food and wine festival held at iconic locations throughout North America’s most popular mountain resort showcasing the finest chefs in Vail and the nation’s top vintners. Taste of Vail showcases more than 30 of Vail’s finest chefs and restaurateurs alongside the owners and winemakers from nearly 50 of the countries’ top wineries.

#7 THEBIGWONDERFUL WINTER PARK’S SPRING BASH + SPLASH
Winter Park Resort | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Winter Park Resort

When: April 7, 2018

Where: Winter Park Resort, 85 Parsenn Rd, Winter Park, CO 80482

Cost: Free – $120

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Ski, Drink, Shop & Dance at TheBigWonderful Winter Park’s Spring Bash + Splash. Trout Steak Revival and That Damn Sasquatch provide the Bluegrass soundtrack for the day, with Colorado Beer and Cider flowing from local breweries.

Browse local makers showcasing everything from outdoor apparel, handmade jewelry & more at Bazaar! General Admission includes Bands and Bazaar and is free or you can purchase a BeerFest ticket and enjoy drink samples all day long.

#8 TULIP, FAIRY & ELF FESTIVAL
Tulip Fairy & Elf Festival 2017 | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Downtown Boulder

When: April 8, 2018

Where: 1301 Pearl St, Boulder, CO 80302

Cost: Free

Downtown Boulder‘s Tulip, Fairy & Elf Festival 2018 is a celebration of the spring season, and features the vibrant Tulip Fairy, along with pint-sized fairies and elves, that parade around the Pearl Street Mall ‘welcoming the tulips’. The event includes live stage performances, face painting, free activities for children and more.

#9 PALISADE INTERNATIONAL HONEYBEE FESTIVAL
The Palisade International Honeybee Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Palisade International Honeybee Festival

When: April 14, 2018

Where: Palisade, CO 81526

Cost: Free

The Palisade International Honeybee Festival is a non-profit, community driven festival created to bring awareness to the honeybee crisis through education and the arts. Their goal is to increase public awareness of the impact of bees on our food sources and the wide range of benefits of bee products.

#10 NATURALTANGO FESTIVAL
NaturalTango Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©NaturalTango Festival

When: April 26 – 29, 2018

Where: Mercury Cafe, 2199 California St, Denver, CO 80205

Cost: $10 – $279

Purchase Tickets Online

NaturalTango Festival is a full weekend featuring intense and fun Tango workshops, for beginners and experience Tango dancers, with masterful instructors, and amazing Milongas with DJ’s who know how to keep the flow alive and the dancers going all night long. The festival will include amazing performances, live music, super guided prácticas, interesting lectures and documentaries, atmospheric venues, all in a welcoming friendly ambiance.

#11 SABROSO CRAFT BEER, MUSIC & TACO FESTIVAL
Sabroso Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Sabroso Festival

When: April 28, 2018

Where: Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre, 6350 Greenwood Plaza Blvd, Englewood, CO 80111

Cost: $39 – $59

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Sabroso Craft Beer, Music & Taco Festival headlined by The Offspring, is a day filled with craft beer, tasty gourmet tacos, Lucha Libre style wrestling and live music. Featuring four hours of craft beer tastings of over 100 craft beers, including some of the best local favorites.

#12 DÍA DEL NIÑO AT THE DENVER ART MUSEUM
What to do with Kids in Denver this Weekend April 28th – 30th, 2017 | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Art Museum

When: April 29, 2018

Where: Denver Art Museum, 100 W 14th Ave Pkwy, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: Free

Enjoy free admission, family-friendly programming, and live music and dances that celebrates children from around the world at the Denver Art Museum with their special Día del Niño (Day of the Child) Festival.

#13 TASTE OF PEARL
Downtown Boulder's Taste of Pearl | The Denver Ear

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When: April 29, 2018

Where: Pearl Street Mall, Boulder, CO 80302

Cost: $65 – $75

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Downtown Boulder’s Taste of Pearl showcases the talents of some of Colorado’s most renowned restaurants & chefs. Taste of Pearl is celebrating its 9th anniversary pairing 15 Boulder restaurants with 15 Colorado wineries/distilleries. The tastings will be hosted in 15 of downtown Boulder’s best boutiques and galleries.

#14 CAÑON CITY MUSIC & BLOSSOM FESTIVAL
Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival

When: May 4 – 6, 2018

Where: Royal Gorge Blvd, Cañon City, CO 81212

Cost: Free

The Cañon City Music & Blossom Festival celebrates the spring season and features the largest school band competition in the state, a craft fair, a rodeo, a free Kid Zone, and concludes with a parade down Main Street.

#15 NORTHGLENN FOOD TRUCK CARNIVAL
Northglenn Food Truck Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Northglenn Food Truck Carnival

When: May 11 – 13, 2018

Where: Northglenn City Hall, 11701 Community Center Dr, Denver 80233

Cost: Free.

Psst… Carnival Rides Fee-Based.

The Northglenn Food Truck Carnival will include some of Denver’s best gourmet food trucks set against a traditional carnival with amusement rides, midway games, fair concessions and roving entertainers. Also enjoy the Big Top stage with eight bands representing Colorado’s best Americana and Bluegrass Music.

#16 SPREAD THE WORD MUSIC FEST
Spread the Word Fest Music Fest | The Denver Ear

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When: May 11 – 13, 2018

Where: Multiple Locations in Downtown Denver

Cost: $20 – $50

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Spread the Word Fest Music Fest will feature live music by over 60 music bands across 10 stages in Downtown Denver. The festival highlights local Colorado talent and includes a party shuttle that provides free transportation between venues.

#17 DENVER BACON AND BEER CLASSIC
Denver Bacon And Beer Classic | The Denver Ear

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When: May 12, 2018

Where: Sports Authority Field at Mile High, 1701 Bryant St, Denver, CO 80204

Cost: $69 – $125

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The Denver Bacon And Beer Classic will take place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High and will feature over 30 original bacon dishes, 100+ craft beers, music, contests, games, and more.

#18 COLORADO GOVERNOR’S ART SHOW & PLEIN AIR FESTIVAL
Colorado Governor's Art Show Loveland | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Colorado Governor’s Art Show Loveland

When: May 12 – June 17, 2018

Where: Loveland Museum/Gallery, 503 N Lincoln Ave, Loveland, CO 80537

Cost: Free – $75

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Events hosted by the 2018 GArtS include the Gala, a Plein Air Festival, art demonstrations at the Loveland Museum/Gallery, and specialty art sales which will include glass and jewelry artists. Funds raised through the sale of art at the Show are given to a wide variety of causes and groups, both locally and internationally, and for art scholarships for local students and Rotary Youth Leadership Camp scholarships

#19 PIKE’S PEAK ANTIQUE MACHINERY DAYS
Western Museum of Mining and Industry | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Western Museum of Mining and Industry

When: May 19 – 20, 2018

Where: Western Museum of Mining & Industry, 225 North Gate Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80921

Cost: $5

The Western Museum of Mining & Industry will host the first annual Pikes Peak Antique Machinery Days on their historic 27- acre Reynolds Ranch! Join WMMI, the Arkansas Valley Flywheelers, Front Range Antique Power Association, antique automobile clubs, tractor pulls, and more.

#20 FIVE POINTS JAZZ FESTIVAL
Five Points Jazz Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Five Points Jazz Festival

When: May 19, 2018

Where: Five Points, Denver

Cost: Free

The Five Points Jazz Festival takes place the third Saturday of May and celebrates the history of Denver’s Five Points neighborhood. Once known as the Harlem of the West, Five Points was home to several jazz clubs which played host to many of jazz music’s legends such as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk and many more. Come out to Five Points to enjoy this free festival of music, food, culture and fun.

#21 UPSLOPE GET DOWN
Upslope Get Down | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Upslope Brewing Company

When: May 19, 2018

Where: Upslope Brewing Company, 1898 S Flatiron Ct, Boulder, CO 80301

Cost: Free

Upslope Brewing Company‘s 5th Annual Upslope Get Down is a free spring musical festival that features beer, food trucks, games, art, a Kids Zone and more. The festival will take place at the the back parking lot of Upslope Brewing Company’s Flatiron Park Brewery with a day full of live music on three stages.

#22 BUENA VISTA’S PADDLEFEST
CKS Paddlefest | The Denver Ear

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When: May 25 – 28, 2018

Where: 327 E Main St, Buena Vista, CO 81211

Cost: Free

CKS Paddlefest is huge kickoff party to celebrate the start of the summer paddling season. Join them for an action-packed weekend of fun and educational activities for paddlers of all ages and abilities. Paddlers from beginners to aspiring competitors can rub elbows with paddling manufacturers, top pro athletes, and other industry pros during a weekend chock full of education, entertainment, races, seminars, movies, live music, demos, gear shopping and camaraderie.

#23 DENVER DAY OF ROCK

Denver Day of Rock 2016 | The Denver Ear

When: May 26, 2018

Where: 16th Street Mall, Denver, CO 80202

Cost: Free

Denver Day of Rock is a one-of-a-kind music event presented by Amp the Cause, a non-profit organization for kids. This free event features five stages of live music throughout Denver on Memorial Day weekend. Denver Day of Rock unites the community through music and family friendly entertainment while also raising funds to help Amp the Cause continue to support non-profits in our community.

#24 SOUTH GAYLORD STREET’S KICK OFF TO SUMMER
South Gaylord Street | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©South Gaylord Street

When: May 26 – 28, 2018

Where: Old South Gaylord Street, 1059 S Gaylord St, Denver, CO 80209

Cost: Free

South Gaylord Street is hosting a Memorial Day Weekend Festival to kick off the summer season. The festival will feature three days of great family-friendly entertainment, delicious food, live music, and local vendors. The Festival Series has a long history of bringing together the local community and purveyors of fine products to celebrate this wonderful historic neighborhood in Washington Park.

#25 BOULDER CREEK FESTIVAL
Boulder Creek Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Visit Colorado

When: May 26 – 28, 2018

Where: Broadway & Arapahoe Ave, Boulder CO 80302

Cost: Free

The Boulder Creek Festival is the unofficial kickoff to summer in Boulder. The Festival includes three days of festivities featuring a large variety of events, activities, food and entertainment unique to the Boulder community.

The Festival is free to the public and features something for everyone: 9 separate event areas with 500 vendors showcase everything from community arts and crafts to healthier alternatives and technology while 3 performance stages feature a spectrum of music and dance. The festival also features carnival rides and food and beverage vendors.

#26 DENVER ARTS FESTIVAL
Denver Arts Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Arts Festival

When: May 26 – 27, 2018

Where: Conservatory Green at Stapleton, Denver 80238

Cost: Free

The Denver Arts Festival is a fine arts and fine crafts festival that continues to be dedicated to supporting Colorado artists while also showcasing a select group of national artists.

The Denver Arts Festival holds its annual premier event at Stapleton’s Conservatory Green Plaza in Northfield. The fine art and fine craft exhibition features some of Colorado’s and the nation’s best artists with over 50,000 people expected to attend.

#27 PEOPLE’S FAIR
Capitol Hill Peoples Fair | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Capitol Hill Peoples Fair

When: June 1 – 3, 2018

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver 80202

Cost: Free

The People’s Fair is one of the largest two-day festivals in the country with over 200,000 fairgoers, and is one of Colorado’s longest-running outdoor urban festivals featuring handmade arts & crafts, food from local restaurants, kids’ activities, live local entertainment, and more.

#28 DENVER CHALK ART FESTIVAL
Denver Chalk Art Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©Denver Chalk Art Festival

When: June 2 – 3, 2018

Where: Larimer Square,  1430 Larimer St, Denver 80202

Cost: Free

The Denver Chalk Art Festival features more than 200 professional, amateur and student artists will delight and amaze Denver locals with their incredible talents in what has become one of the city’s most treasured events. Over the course of two days, the artists will take to the street armed with vivid pastel chalks and spend hours on their hands and knees recreating major masterpieces or sharing original works of art.

#29 INDIAN MARKET & POWWOW
Indian Market and Powwow | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Tesoro Cultural Center

When: June 2 – 3, 2018

Where: The Fort Restaurant, 19192 CO-8, Morrison 80465

Cost: Adults $5; Free for Children 12 and under.

Tesoro Cultural Center, a 501(c)(3) Colorado nonprofit, will host its 17th annual Indian Market & Powwow on the grounds of the iconic restaurant, The Fort. The event is a yearly tribute to the American Indian tribes that shaped the cultural community of Old Bent’s Fort, an important fur trading post that operated along the famous Santa Fe Trail in the 1830s.

In celebration of early Southwestern history, Tesoro hosts nationally acclaimed artists, dancers and drum groups for an art centered gathering, as well as education and interactive exhibits on American Indian culture, for a fun-filled, family weekend.

#30 PARKER DAYS FESTIVAL
Parker Days Festival | The Denver Ear

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When: June 7 – 10, 2018

Where: 19590 Mainstreet, Parker, CO 80138

Cost: Free

Parker Days Festival, presented by the Parker Area Chamber of Commerce, is a weekend filled with plenty of activities and entertainment including concerts, carnival rides, and a parade. A car show and farmers market will also be a part of this fun-filled weekend.

Psst… This year, Trace Adkins will be headlining the Parker Days Festival concert.

#31 SUN DRENCHED MUSIC FESTIVAL
Sun Drenched Music Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Denver Beer Co.

When: June 9, 2018

Where: Denver Beer Co Canworks, 4455 Jason St, Denver 80211

Cost: $20 – $25

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Celebrate 300 days of sunshine with Denver Beer Co.‘s Sun Drenched Music Festival. This outdoor bluegrass music festival will be held at Denver Beer Co.’s Sunnyside location, Canworks, which will be transformed into a summer beach party complete with sand volleyball, beer balloon fights, and beach games.

In addition to beach games, festival goers can stroll the “boardwalk” and grab food from favorite food trucks or shop at the festival market which will feature several local artisans. In addition to food, vendors, and games, the venue will feature an outdoor beer garden, and shaded and indoor seating areas.

#32 COLORADO BBQ CHALLENGE
Colorado BBQ Challenge | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Town of Frisco

When: June 14 – 16, 2018

Where: Town of Frisco, 300 Main St, Frisco, CO 80443

Cost: Free

Town of Frisco’s 23rd annual Colorado BBQ Challenge draws over 70 bbq masters that chef up their best fare and compete for a variety of awards, including the coveted Grand Champion and Reserve Champion titles. Winners of the Colorado BBQ Challenge in Frisco are eligible to compete in the American Royal – the “World Series” of barbecue.

The festival draws more than 32,000 attendees annually for the opportunity to sample some of the best barbecue from around the United States, as well as to enjoy an array of weekend festivities that include live music, pig races and an exclusive whiskey and barbecue pairing tour.

#33 FIBARK FESTIVAL
FIBArk Whitewater Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph by ©FIBArk

When: June 14 – 17, 2018

Where: Downtown Salida, Arkansas River, Salida, CO 81201

Cost: $5 – $50

Register Online

The 70th Annual FIBArk Festival in Downtown Salida is America’s oldest and boldest whitewater festival, featuring everything from a Crazy River Dog competition and Hooligan Race to live music, kids activities, a downtown parade and world-class competitions in slalom, rafting, kayaking and standup paddle boarding.

#34 STRAWBERRY DAYS FESTIVAL
Strawberry Days Festival | The Denver Ear

Photograph courtesy of ©Visit Colorado

When: June 15 – 17, 2018

Where: Sayre Park, 1702 Grand Ave, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601

Cost: Free

The 121st Annual Strawberry Days Festival, hosted by Glenwood Springs Chamber of Commerce, will feature live music, a FamilyFest area, an Arts and Crafts Fair, a food court, an old-fashioned carnival and a parade down Grand Avenue. Free strawberries and ice cream will be served on Saturday after the parade

#35 JUNETEENTH MUSIC FESTIVAL

Juneteenth Music Festival | The Denver Ear

When: June 16, 2018

Where: Five Points, Denver

Cost: Free

Denver’s Juneteenth Music Festival is one of the nation’s largest celebrations, drawing in record numbers of festival-goers and participation. The two-day event features live performances, art and cultural exhibitions, and food and commercial vendors; with partners and sponsors ranging from community support networks and organizations, to local and international companies.

#36 DENVER PRIDEFEST

Denver PrideFest 2016 | The Denver Ear

When: June 16 – 17, 2018

Where: Civic Center Park, 101 W. 14th Ave., Denver 80202

Cost: Free

Recognized as one of the top ten pride events in the country, the Denver PrideFest is a celebration of community, heritage, family and culture. Produced by the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender Community Center of Colorado (The Center), more than 250,000 people from Colorado and surrounding areas come out to enjoy the parade, rally, music, entertainment, food and much more.

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    Brad
    March 23, 2016 at 12:35 am

    It’s not Denver, but not that far north – the 25th Annual Colorado Governor’s Art Show has a full slate of events that continue its tradition of introducing Colorado to its artistic talent.

    From the opening gala April 23 to the May 7 Plein Air Festival, if you are an art lover and/or collector, this is an event not to be missed.

    Visit http://governorsartshow.org/2016-calendar/.

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      Mor Zucker
      March 23, 2016 at 12:55 am

      Thanks Brad! It will be included in the article!

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    9 Things to do in Colorado this Spring | The Denver Ear
    May 6, 2016 at 11:28 am

    […] Colorado is known for its amazing festival culture. Throughout the spring and summer many festivals are held in various locations and cities. Experience outdoor festivals this spring that focus on food, art, music, shopping and more. Upcoming festivals include: Sun Drenched Music Festival, Indian Market & Powwow, Five Points Jazz Festival, Denver Day of Rock, ArtStir, People’s Fair, Denver Chalk Art Festival and more. For a complete Festival guide check out our Spring Festivals 2016 Colorado article. […]

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    Polly Shakespeare
    May 11, 2016 at 9:37 am

    We just love Golden we stayed there about 3 years ago in a lovely Bed an Breakfast just round the corner
    From the Main Street we plan to visit again soon from over the pond. Actually we love Colorado

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    Cynthia
    March 26, 2018 at 9:08 am

    You forgot all the 4/20 festivities!
    Check out World Cannabis Week and 420 On The Block =)

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