11 epic things to do to celebrate Star Wars Day in Toronto

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 the series is here to stay.

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at 11 out-of-this-world ways you can celebrate this year in the GTA too.

And, to quote Yoda, “Pass on what you have learned.”

May the 4th Movie Matinee: A New Hope

When someone asks you where you’re going this Saturday, tell them you’re going to the library (unlike in middle school, this time you won’t be fibbing)! Drop into College and Spadina’s Lillian H. Smith branch and enjoy a wholesome afternoon screening of the 1977 classic Star Wars: A New Hope

May The 4th Be Disco

Who said disco is dead? Certainly not Lee’s Palace, anyhow. Head to the Dance Cave this Saturday for a Star Wars-inspired disco party that’ll have you feeling groovy. Do your best Disco Finger and Funky Chicken to the sounds of all your favourite ’70s tunes — and, as always, May the 4th be with you.

May the 4th Bash After Dark 

Toronto’s best sci-fi-themed bar, Offworld, is sure to wow Star Wars fans with a night dedicated to the classic movie franchise. On May 4, transport yourself to a galaxy far, far away (well, 739 Queen St. W., actually) and enjoy a night of intergalactic cocktails, contests, live performances and immersive photo sets. Doors open at 9 p.m. for this 19+ event. Be sure to come dressed as your favourite Star Wars character! For an all-ages celebration, check out Offworld’s Star Wars Trivia Party from 5-8 p.m.

Star Wars Trivia: May the 4th be with you!

Yorkville’s beloved “Kiwi” bar and restaurant, Hemingway’s, is once again hosting a Star Wars-themed trivia night on May 4. Though tickets to this popular event are sold out, it doesn’t hurt to get on the waiting list for a last-minute chance to test your Jedi knowledge. If anything, you can stop by their famous rooftop patio and grab a few Star Wars-inspired drinks. 

Star Wars Marathon

The Green Merchant in Liberty Village may be known as a connoisseur of, ahem, “wacky tobaccy,” but they also host lots of fun-filled social events in their lounge, including an upcoming Star Wars movie marathon running from May 4-6 with screenings starting at 1 p.m. Grab a bag of popcorn, get comfy and take a trip to a galaxy far, far away.

Star Wars Weekend

Star Wars Day weekend at Storm Crow Manor
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Toronto’s nerdiest bar, Storm Crow Manor, happens to be pretty cool. Set within a Victorian mansion turned sci-fi fantasy resto-bar, visitors of this fantastical Church Street establishment can expect themed rooms and a deliciously fun menu — including something called “Dungeon Meals,” where you roll the dice to determine your dinner combination. From May 3-5, stop by for some Star Wars-inspired cocktails.

Trivia La Carte: Star Wars

If you know the origins of Jabba the Hutt or what species of creature Chubacca is, you’ll want to head to the Chef’s Hall on May 7 to flex your series encyclopaedic skills. From Greek food to Hawaiian dishes and everything in between, come early and come hungry to explore over a dozen top-notch food vendors. Afterward, settle in with a drink and get ready to test your Star Wars knowledge for some great prizes. 

Star Wars Trivia Night 

On May 1, get ready to dazzle others with your best Star Wars facts at Snakes and Lattes Midtown. Hosting their annual Star Wars Trivia night, guests can expect a fun-filled evening of head-scratchers and brain teasers that any fan of George Lucas’ epic series will love. Costumes welcome!

Mutts in the 6ix Star Wars theme

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Bring your dog to the bar to celebrate May 4 at The Pint Public House on Front Street. This pup-friendly event, hosted by Mutts in the 6ix, features fun treats and games and adorable doggies at every turn — all with a May the 4th twist. Pet photographers, prizes and more await!

The Simpson Show Presents: May the 4th Edition

Goat Gallery will be hosting a May 4 edition of the Simpson Show – a popular arts event showcasing local talent. Drop by for a night of vocal performances, art exhibits, live DJ sets and a fashion show with inspiration borrowed from Star Wars fandom and Sci-fi.

Star Wars Collectors Expo and Video Game Show 2024

Any true fan of Star Wars knows that the Collectors Expo is a must-see. Coming to Mississauga on June 2, book your tickets in advance to check out the best Star Wars memorabilia out there. Meet special guests, buy unique collector items and gifts and win prizes.