Welcome to The Electric Highway

The Electric Highway is an annual music and arts festival in Calgary. (Formerly the 420 Music and Arts Festival.) The festival is a celebration featuring Stoner Rock, Desert Rock, Psychedelic, Heavy Blues, Doom & Sludge Metal bands from Canada, the US and around the world. Besides all the rad music, festival attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase the work of select local artists, artisans, and craftsmen at The Electric Highway Expo.

2020 was to be the festival’s fourth year and first under the new name. Unfortunately due to the pandemic, the 2020 edition of the Festival did not occur.  The Electric Highway will take place in Calgary in 2023 at Dickens in downtown Calgary from March 23 – 25. Tickets go on Sale on January 25, 2023 at 10am MT.

“All Roads Lead to The Electric Highway” #BuckleUp

The 420 Music & Arts Festival is now The Electric Highway!

After careful consideration, we have decided to change the name of the festival to The Electric Highway. When we came up with the concept for the festival in the fall of 2016, legalization was only an idea and we had no idea what impact that would have on our festival. One would think that legalization would be positive, however, it has been more of a headache and hindrance for the festival on many levels. Between FB permanently shutting down some of our ad accounts to cumbersome government-imposed rules and regulations limiting what we could do, and various other limitations standing in our way, we made the decision to change.

The festival will still have the same focus and overall format in a new venue – Royal Canadian Legion #1 – in downtown Calgary. The art expo and marketplace will be fully integrated into the festival. We will continue to bring in great music acts from Canada, the US and around the world. We can focus on the growth of the festival without being limited in any way and still provide all our guests with a great experience.

Be sure to follow the page——> The Electric Highway and share it with others. Watch for the launch of the website coming soon as well as early bird passes going on sale soon and the announcement of the full festival line up within the next few weeks. We look forward to continuing this journey with you on The Electric Highway!


The inaugural 420 Music and Arts Festival presented by Big Rock Brewery & METALHEADS UNITED at Distortion – Live Music Venue in Calgary, AB, Canada,  took place April 20, 21 and 22, 2017.  The  Second Annual 420 Music and Arts Festival took place on April 19, 20 and 21, 2018.  The Third Annual 420 Music and Arts Festival took place April 18, 19 and 20, 2019. We are currently working on the 2020 Edition of the Festival taking place in Calgary, AB, Canada on April 16, 17 and 18, 2020 and will release more details as we get closer.

420 Music and Arts Festival 2018

The 420 Music & Arts Festival is three days of rad music, eclectic art, and many other vendors & enthusiasts.

The lineup for Day One of the 2018 edition of the 420 Music & Arts Festival 2018:
Headed up from Los Angeles for their first time in Canada, its the big and hairy sounds of Sasquatch! Joining them from California and also on their first trek to Canada will be the retro sounds of Great Electric Quest! We also have Calgary faves Electric Owl, Set & Stoned, Solid Brown, Red Deer’s HAAZE and for the first time ANYWHERE we have Gin Lahey featuring members of Chron Goblin and Witchstone! 

 Thursday Event —–> www.facebook.com/events/1409803245795383/

Here is the killer lineup for Day Two of the 2018 edition of the 420 Music & Arts Festival:
Coming all the way from the deserts of El Segundo, California with the raddest crate of vinyl to DJ on 420 is the legendary Brant Bjork of Kyuss. He is joined by returning favorites Vancouver’s dynamic, psychedelic La Chinga, the down and dirty fuzz of Calgary’s Buffalo Bud Buster, kick ass rock of Bazaraba and SK’s spaced out Cosmic Doom of ChronoBot. The line up is rounded out by festival newcomers BC’s Sludgy MENDOZZA, atrippy ride on The Mothercraft (Edmonton) and the whiskey soaked, haunted blues of Calgary’s RAW. 

Friday Event —–> www.facebook.com/events/661554384232740/

Capping off the Festival is Montreal’s Dopethrone! This is Dopethrone’s first trip to Calgary and they promise to absolutely obliterate us with their thick, destructive riffs. They are joined by two of last year’s favorites Regina’s psychedelic Orbital Express (Official) and blues-soaked trio The Electric Revival from Calgary. Add B,C,’s crushing trio of Buzzard, CHUNKASAURUS and HERON, throw in some Winnipeg Doom Ogimaa – style, the driven sludge of Saskatoon’s Black Hell Oil and get the whole thing started with Calgary’s enigmatic Pelican Death Squad and what do you have? A monstrous finish to the second edition of the Festival!

Saturday Event —–> www.facebook.com/events/518321405203343/

420 Music and Arts Festival 2017

The 420 Music & Arts Festival is a three-day celebration featuring 22 Stoner Rock, Desert Rock, Doom & Sludge Metal and Fuzzy, Kick Ass Rock n Roll bands surrounding the culture that is 420. 

In addition to all the rad music, festival attendees will have the opportunity to view and purchase the work of select local artists, artisans, and craftsman at the 420 Expo, Saturday, April 22 at Distortion. Interspersed with vendors of interesting and eclectic wares will be information on medical marijuana and hemp products and even more 420 enthusiasts.

You will be able to indulge your desire for munchies with a variety delectable culinary creations from some of Southern Alberta’s best food trucks.  If that isn’t enough, each night of the festival there will be an opportunity to show off your glorious facial hair in our beard contest.  Celebrity judges will decide who moves onto the final round on the last night of the festival where one beard will rule them all!

Don’t miss this!

420 Expo

Saturday, April 22, 2017 10am to 4pm

Come down to the expo for a multitude of interesting things to see and experience! 

We will have several food trucks on hand outside the venue so you can spend time experiencing the different culinary treats from some of our best mobile food purveyors. You don’t even have to attend any other part of the festival to be able to enjoy the food as there is no entrance fee for this area of the festival. Food Trucks will be added to the Vendor area closer to the festival.

We will also have many talented artists, designers, artisans and crafts people from Western Canada showing off their creations. Support your local artists by taking some of their amazing art work home with you. A full list of artists will be available on the Artist page closer to the festival.

Other vendors that will be in attendance will have a variety of wares including hemp products, unique clothing items, glassware and so much more. A full list of vendors will be available on the Vendor page closer to the festival.

Finally, we will have businesses on hand from the Medical Marijuana community.  This is an area that is growing rapidly and many people have questions or would like to find what the procedure is to get their prescription and what product options there are for them to use.  People with illnesses such as MS, Cancer, Crohn’s Disease, IBS, Colitis, Lupus, Fibromyalgia, Chronic Pain and many others have received relief of symptoms and an increased quality of life. Come down and get educated!