“Do or do not. There is no try.”
Stars Wars fans from far and wide (and galaxies far, far away), will gather on May 4 to celebrate the iconic sci-fi film franchise.
Have a look at our roundup of ways to celebrate May the Fourth in Metro Vancouver this year.
May the Fourth Be With You | H.R. MacMillan Space Centre
The H.R. MacMillan Space Centre invites earthlings to come dressed as their favourite rebel or empire character to this family Star Wars-themed event. You can make your own glowing light saber and enjoy games, activities and live demonstrations. In addition, the observatory will be open so that guests may view galaxies far, far away.
When: May 4 – Doors Open at 6:15 p.m. | Event from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
Where: H.R. MacMillan Space Centre | 1100 Chestnut St, Vancouver
Cost: $15 children (18 and under) $20 adults (19+)
The Geekenders Presents A Nude Hope: A Sci-Fi Burlesque Adventure
The Rio Theatre hosts three epic nights of Star Wars-themed burlesque this May. The sci-fi classic is playfully rebooted into a sensual two-act production presented by the Geekenders theatre troupe. They encourage attendees to don their best Star Wars costumes, too.
When: May 3 to 5 – Doors 7 p.m. | Show 8 p.m.
Where: The Rio Theatre | 1660 East Broadway, Vancouver
Cost: Advance tickets $25 HERE | $30 at the door
Star Wars Day | Vancouver Public Library – Central Library
The Vancouver Public Library invites local children to take part in “fun Star Wars-themed activities and feel the power of the Force.” The Star Wars Day event is suitable for children from Grades kindergarten to 7.
When: May 4 | 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Vancouver Public Library – Central Library | 350 West Georgia St., Vancouver
The Return of the Golden Archies
The Princeton Pub hosts an epic Star Wars pub night with prizes handed out to the best dressed attendees. The Golden Archies will play rock hits from the ’60s to the present throughout the evening. The organizers recommend that guests come early to get a ring-side seat.
When: May 4 | 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Where: Princeton Pub – 1901 Powell St., Vancouver
Star Wars Day | Burnaby Public Library – Cameron Branch
From Star Wars origami to a Star Wars scavenger hunt, the Cameron Branch of the Burnaby Public Library offers a number of fun things to enjoy on the big day. There will also be a photo booth, sing-a-longs, and a screening of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.
When: May 4 | 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Where: Burnaby Public Library – Cameron Branch | 9523 Cameron St., Burnaby
Cost: Advance sign up required for some events.
Star Wars Day | Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas Branch
In celebration of Star Wars Day the Burnaby Public Library’s Tommy Douglas Branch will screen Solo: A Star Wars Story at 10:30 a.m. and The Force Awakens at 2 p.m.. Drop-ins are welcome and there is no fee.
When: May 4 | 10:30 a.m. 2 p.m. showings
Where: Burnaby Public Library – Tommy Douglas Branch | 7311 Kingsway, Burnaby
Cost: Free and drop-ins welcome
Star Wars '80s Party
The Astoria hots an awesome Star Wars instalment of its popular Galaxion '80s night. The sci-fi fiesta will include Star Wars visuals, retro games all set to sci-fi and space games, and prizes for best Star Wars costumes.
When: May 4 | 9 p.m. to 2 a.m.
Where: Astoria | 769 East Hastings St., Vancouver
Star Wars Trivia
While it doesn’t take place on May 4, this instalment of Tipsy Triviais everything Star Wars. Questions range in difficulty from “What is the name of Luke’s uncle?” to “What world’s surrounding system contained an area of space the rebels called Sector 47?” What’s more, the top three teams receive hundreds of dollars in Star Wars prizing and gift cards.
When: May 6 | 7:30 p.m.
Where: The Taphouse | 15330 102A Ave., Surrey
Cost: $10.99 online | $15 at the door