It's been almost 13 years since a Star Wars movie was released in May, once the hotbed for box-office juggernauts and tentpoles. Now, films can survive all year long, which was made evident by Star Wars: The Force Awakens' record-destroying box office in December 2015. However, this summer is different, as Star Wars is returning to megaplexes once again with Solo: A Star Wars Story on May 25. This should give fans even more to celebrate this May the Fourth, the unofficial Star Wars Day based on the film series' famous well wishes: "May the Force be with you."
Here are a few Star Wars-related celebration happening around the Valley on Friday, May 4.
Where to rattle your light saber in the Valley
Cobra Arcade Bar
801 North Second Street, #100
Enjoy Cobra Arcade's bourbon-based Death Star cocktail at their May the Fourth block party
For more information, check out the Facebook event page.
5415 East High Street, #101
Growler USA boasts 100 beers on tap and they're celebrating Star Wars Day with $4 draft beers all day long on Friday. Among the beer lineup are two Star Wars-themed beers: Belching Beaver's Luke, I am Your Lager and Firestone Walker's Wookus.
A full list of beers is available on Growler USA's website.
727 West Camelback Road
One of Charlie's staple drag queens, Nevaeh MacKenzie, is hosting their May the Fourth celebration with help from the Sinful Studs. Dance the night away with DJ Image in your best Star Wars getup for a chance to win cash prizes. Festivities begin at 9:30 p.m. with draft beers being discounted from 10 p.m. to 12 a.m. and shot specials all night.
For more information on this weekend's events, check out Charlie's calendar.
2140 East McDowell Road
Cover band Femme Shui is hosting The Cash Nightclub and Lounge's Star Wars Day celebration from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The band will give out prizes for the best Star Wars-themed costumes and outfits. During Femme Shui's set enjoy $1 draft beers (from 8 to 10 p.m. only), $5 Long Island iced teas and $1 off wine.
To learn more about the band, visit the Femme Shui Facebook page.
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Painting with a Twist
1094 South Gilbert Road, #106, Gilbert
Art class is in session Friday night from 7 to 9 p.m. at Painting with a Twist in Gilbert. Attendees won't just learn how to paint a flame-engulfed Death Star, but also put their Star Wars trivia to the test. Guests are invited to bring their own booze, so no drink specials are needed.
Vist the Painting with a Twist website to reserve your seat for $35, which includes the canvas, paint, supplies, and instruction.
McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park
7301 East Indian Bend Road, Scottsdale
From 4 to 8 p.m. on Friday, McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park will host a variety of Star Wars-themed programming for kids and adults of all ages. Attendees will get the opportunity to make their own lightsabers, enjoy themed concessions, and enter the costume contest. Contest and raffle prizes include park membership, Solo: A Star Wars Story tickets, Phoenix Comic Fest passes, and more.
Visit the McCormick-Stillman Railroad Park calendar for more information.