In a galaxy far, far away – well, make that Toronto in 2011 actually – a special day for all things Star Wars came to life.
With humble beginnings at the Underground Theatre as a costume contest and trivia night, May the Fourth (or Star Wars Day) was officially born.
Now it’s a global celebration for fun-lovers and fans of George Lucas’ galactic anthology everywhere. From the International Space Station to Disneyland and countless places in-between, this quirky salute to Star Wars is here to stay.
So, without further ado, let’s take a look at eight out-of-this-world ways you can celebrate this year too.
Star Wars trivia night at Snakes and Lattes
Get your geek on and show off all your Star Wars knowledge at midtown T.O.’s beloved Snakes and Lattes, where an annual trivia night dedicated to the film series is always a hit.
Grab your tickets for this May the Fourth event which starts at 7 p.m. and offers Star Wars-inspired drinks, prizes, and tons of fun. Come early, grab a bite to eat, and play a round or two of your favourite board game beforehand.
Star Wars Day at The Rec Room Toronto
Returning to The Rec Room for the first time since 2019, celebrate Star Wars Day this Thursday with celebrity guests, big prizes, a costume contest, a trivia game show, a costume showcase for the kids and late night 19+ dance party. This official Star Wars Day celebration costs $10 to enter and ticket sales end soon, so grab them while you can and start working on your Princess Leia costume (or draw some inspiration from the 501st Legion Canadian Garrison).
Retro Star Wars-themed party
The Pint Toronto is getting in on the May the Fourth action this year with a retro Star Wars galactic celebration featuring themed trivia, an intergalactic cosplay costume and a DJ for a dance party happening from 10 p.m. until close. They’ve also cooked up some fantastic themed drink specials for $10, including Tattooine blue milk and a Yodarita.
Saber Academy at Archer’s Arena
Summon your inner child and book a time slot at North York’s Archer’s Arena for an epic lightsaber battle with your friends. That’s right – we’re talking about actually battling with lightsabers just like the movies. How fun is that? With training included, embrace your light side and learn all the tips and tricks for a lightsaber battle on May 4, then explore your dark side with sparring games on May 5 (otherwise known as Revenge of the Fifth). You get to take home your own lightsaber too!
Trivia night at Hemingway’s Bar
In honour of May the Fourth, Hemingway’s in Yorkville is once again hosting a trivia night dedicated to the first six films, along with The Mandalorian. Offering specialty-themed drinks and prizes, you’ll want to bring some friends, grab a drink or two and brush up on all those random movie facts you have rattling around your head. Grab your tickets and be there or be square –trivia starts at 7 p.m.
May the Fourth Bash at Offworld
New sci-fi themed cocktail bar Offworld is, unsurprisingly, making a big deal out of Star Wars Day. Enjoy immersive photo sets, a themed food and drinks menu, special guest performances, contests and a live DJ, costumes are encouraged! This event is so highly-anticipated that online tickets have already sold out, so you’ll have to grab yours for $45 at the door — but head over early, as they’ll cut off sales once they’re at capacity!
Star Wars: The Last Jedi in concert
Thinking of May the Fourth and beyond? Now’s the time to book your concert tickets for the ever-popular Toronto Symphony Orchestra’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi in concert.
With shows scheduled between May 11-13 at Roy Thompson Hall and conducted by Steven Reineke, this concert will take you on a galactic journey through the realm of George Lucas’ masterpiece (and John Williams’ incredible score).
Star Wars Collectors Expo
For all you superfans, you’ll want to look ahead to the Star Wars Collectors Expo happening on May 28.
With special guest Sean Crawford (Yak Face, or Saelt-Marae, and a Mon Calamari Officer from Star Wars: Episode VI Return of the Jedi), and a slew of exhibitors and special merchandisers, you’ll be able to find all of your favourite Star Wars paraphernalia in one place!
As Yoda famously said, “Pass on what you have learned.” About Star Wars Day, that is! Grab your friends, book your tickets now and May the Fourth be with you.