This will be a day long remembered.
This Wednesday 4 May is Star Wars Day — an annual ‘holiday’ celebrated by Star Wars fans, chosen as a pun on the catchphrase, “May the Force be with you”.
As far as holidays go, it doesn’t make a ton of sense — the anniversary of the first film’s release, coming up in just a few weeks on 25 May, would probably be more appropriate (and, indeed, that’s the ‘official’ Star Wars Day in Los Angeles).
But, hey, it’s hard to resist a good pun, and the Walt Disney Company — which bought Lucasfilm, including the rights to the Star Wars franchise, back in 2012 — have started officially observing the occasion at Disneyland and Walt Disney World, so here we are.
After generating plenty of publicity in recent years, this year’s Star Wars Day festivities in Brisbane are actually pretty threadbare. Maybe after the global phenomenon that was The Force Awakens, everybody’s just a little Star Wars‘d out?
Beach Burrito will celebrate the occasion with Star Wars Trivia at Beach Burrito West End (100 Boundary Street, West End) and Beach Burrito Fortitude Valley (350 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley) at 7pm this Wednesday.
Teams are capped at six people max, and there’ll be prizes for the winning teams — and the best dressed Star Wars fans.
Do you and your team have what it takes to navigate the horde of questions and take out the crown as the undisputed rulers of the universe? Give them a call on 3846 6286 (for Beach Burrito West End) or 3852 6084 (for Beach Burrito Fortitude Valley). There’s only a limited number of seats available, so you’ll need to be quicker on the draw than Han Solo to ensure you book a spot.
Bacchus Brewing Co is getting into the spirit with their Crimson Corsair Red IPA, named after the Delphidian pirate from the Outer Rim Territories, known for his distinctive red Kaleesh mask, who made his debut in The Force Awakens. (No, he didn’t have any lines, but Star Wars fans have never let that stop them from turning a character into a cult favourite.)
The Crimson Corsair IPA will be gracing the taps at Bacchus Brewing Co (1/2 Christine Place, Capalaba) and Brewski Bar (22 Caxton St, Brisbane) this week.
If you can wait a couple of weeks to get your geek on, Dreamworld will be hosting a Stormtroopers Weekend on Saturday 14 May and Sunday 15 May.
Billed as the largest and most spectacular Star Wars costumed fan event in the southern hemisphere, it’ll be a full-on Imperial invasion, with more than 120 characters from both the light and dark side parading and patrolling the park.
Kids will be able to test their lightsaber skills in the daily training academy at 2pm, and you’ll be able to take selfies with Darth Vader, Boba Fett and more. Tickets are available now at dreamworld.com.au (the event is included in the general Dreamworld admission price).
Though not an official Star Wars Day event, this weekend’s Free Comic Book Day celebrations are sure to appeal to Star Wars fans. Comics Etc (81 Elizabeth Street, Brisbane) and Junky Comics (93 Vulture Street, West End) will be amongst the comic shops celebrating this global event this Saturday 7 May, from 9am to 5pm.
Star Wars fans will also love the House of Fandom Markets, set to take over the Fortitude Valley Markets site with dozens of geek-friendly stalls and a spectacular cosplay parade. Come in costume to the Brunswick Street Mall this Saturday 7 May from 9am to 4pm!
If you want to take your Millennium Falcon for a spin and travel a little further afield, Cube Computers (25 Railway Street, Gatton) will be hosting an evening of costumes, fun, food and prizes this Wednesday 4 May from 6pm to 10pm. Come dressed as your favourite Star Wars, sci-fi or comic character, and enter the free costume competition!
Sadly, construction of the much-anticipated Death Star Canteen is running behind schedule, and it will not be operational in time for Star Wars Day as planned. Rest assured that the venue shall double its efforts to be completed, and a new opening date will be announced soon (don’t be surprised if it’s 25 May).
Did we miss any Star Wars Day celebrations near you (or in a suburb far, far away)? Let us know in the comments below!
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