SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — On May 4th, "Star Wars" fans across the country will celebrate the beloved universe and film franchise with movie marathons, cosplay, and specially created treats in the name of the galactic saga.
In San Diego, that means special beer and entertainment events around town to help bring fans together to share in the spirit of May the Fourth.
The date, May 4, plays off the iconic saying through the "Star Wars" film: "May the force be with you." The force being the metaphysical, powerful energy field created by all living things that gives a Jedi — or Sith — their power.
In the very least, it's a great day to bust out your best Yoda impression. Happy, we're sure you'll be.
But you don't need to know the ins and outs about finer points of "Star Wars" lore to take part in these events around San Diego:
San Diego libraries: Free Comic Book Day/Star Wars Day
Where: City of San Diego libraries
Local libraries are celebrating Star Wars Day and Free Comic Book Day together! Kids can come down to their local library dressed in character (Star Wars or superhero) and take part in a photo showdown, to see which side has the most representation. Plus, free comic books, including Star Wars and Ninja Turtles.
Lola Demure's Burlesque & Variety Show: May The 4th
Where: House of Blues
House of Blues San Diego hosts striptease, song, dance routines as burlesque dancers perform dressed as Stormtroopers, Boba Fett, droids, and even Darth Vader and a Skywalker.
May the 4th be With You jazz concert
Where: MiraCosta College
Composer and arranger Francisco Torres and MOJO and the Jazz Collective host a night of Star Wars-themed jazz at MiraCosta.
May the Fourth Be With You Celebration
Where: Moonlight Amphitheater, Vista
Get dressed in your best Jedi robes and pack you lightsaber, Moonlight Amphitheater is hosting a viewing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens and a performance by the band "the Millennial Falcons."
Film and Float: The Empire Strikes Back
Where: The Lafayette Hotel
It's a special late-night edition of Film and Float at the Lafayette Hotel with a screening of The Empire Strikes Back at the club's pool.
May the Fourth art gallery, lightsaber tournament
Where: 2kids Brewing Company
Check out lightsaber battles with the San Diego Sabers, Star Wars art from Thumbprint gallery, food and special beer releases in celebration of May the Fourth.
May the 4th Beer with You!
Where: Barrel Harbor Brewing, Vista
In honor of May the Fourth, enjoy live music and drink specials at Barrel Harbor. Anyone wearing a Star Wars costume gets half off their first drink.
Star Wars beer release
Where: Longship Brewing
Celebrate May the Fourth with the release of Longship Brewing's new "Imperial Stout," accompanied by a free t-shirt with purchase.
May the Fourth Be-er With You
Where: San Diego Beer, Wine & Spirits Tours
Take a tour of local breweries for a flight at each stop, where eventually you'll raise a glass to "the greatest beer in the galaxy" on this Star Wars Day brewery tour.