Saturday is Star Wars Day.
Not because May 4 represents any kind of significant date in the Star Wars universe, but for no other reason than when you say “May the Fourth ...” it sounds like a slightly lisping beginning to the classic “Star Wars” meme “May the Force Be With You.”
Here are eight ideas for celebrating this franchise from a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away …
1. “Return of the Jedi” screening
Here in the deeply red state of Utah, you could say that the Republicans are like the Evil Empire, and the Democrats are the Rebel Alliance. Given that premise, the Rebel scum are hosting a “Revolutionary Movies” event for Star Wars Day.
The Weber County Young Democrats will screen “Return of the Jedi” at 1 p.m. Saturday at Brewvies Ogden, 2293 Grant Ave., Ogden.
“We’ll chat briefly at the beginning about what we’re working on (and) how you can get involved, then it’s show time,” organizers say.
Aside from the timeshare-like political pitch, admission is free; food and beverages will be available for purchase.
2. Star Wars tattoo event
My Style Cosmetic Salon is hosting its first — “and most likely annual,” organizers say — Star Wars Tattoo Event.
At 10 a.m. Saturday, a sign-up sheet will be set up on a table outside the salon, at 1315 Washington Blvd., Ogden. That day, brave nerds can get a 2-inch-by-2-inch Star Wars tattoo, in one color, for just $27. Additional colors are $5 each, and aftercare kits or Saniderm are available for $5.
Patrons will have several designs to choose from.
“Or if you wish to submit a picture, please message us and we will let you know if it will work for this special,” the business notes on its Facebook page.
No children are allowed at this event, and patrons must be age 18 or older. Tattoo times begin at 11 a.m., continuing until 8 p.m. that day. And if there are more people than available slots?
Organizers say they’ll extend the special into Revenge of the Fifth (May 5).
For more information, call 435-282-0155.
3. “May the Fourth Be With You at Station Park”
A Star Wars-themed event will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday on the northwest side of Station Park near Venture X and Blaze Pizza at the shopping center, 140 N. West Union Ave., Farmington.
Among the events will be face-painting, balloon artists, Star Wars characters, vendor booths, and more. All ages are welcome.
For more information, call 801-923-9111.
4. Area 51 Star Wars Night
DJ Courtney is presenting the first Star Wars Dance Party at 9 p.m. Saturday in Area 51, a nightclub at 451 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City.
The event will feature six themed areas — Death Star Dance Floor, Star Wars Cantina, Ewok Village, Jabba’s Karaoke Room, Princess Leah’s Portrait Booth, Mos Eisley Ballroom, and Cloud City Smoking Patio — as well as two photo booths, three bars, an epic one-minute lightsaber battle (bring your own weapon) followed by a costume contest with $500 in cash and prizes, Star Wars vendors, a Star Wars art gallery, decor, props and much more.
All staff members will be in costume, and attendees who dress the part “will be rewarded with goodies,” organizers say.
Tickets are $15 at the door; A limited number of Imperial VIP tickets are $20 per person and include admission, a t-shirt, two tickets for non-alcoholic drinks and VIP front-of-the-line privileges at opening.
For more information, call 801-534-0819.
5. “May the Fourth Be With You”
A special family-friendly Star Wars event is planned from 2-6 p.m. Saturday at Clark Planetarium, 110 S. 400 West, Salt Lake City.
The planetarium will celebrate with $4 movies all day, as well as augmented reality photo experiences, cosplayers, a costume contest and more.
The 501st Legion, a local fan-based organization, will be dressed as various “Star Wars” characters.
For more information, call 385-468-7827.
6. “Return of the Brick”
BrickSlopes 2019, a local LEGO event, is being held on Force Weekend (May 3-4), at the Mountain America Expo Center, 9575 S. State St., Sandy.
As part of the celebration, BrickSlopes is hosting a Star Wars Fly-In, where visitors can see every LEGO Star Wars set produced over the last 20 years.
The event features lots of other LEGO stuff, including games, activities, a build-and-play BrickPit with more than one million pieces, a LEGO firewalk, and more. Panel discussions will address everything from the history of LEGO to LEGO Star Wars.
Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Friday, May 3, and 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, May 4.
Admission is $8 for a one-day pass, or $10 for both days. Ages 5 and younger are free with an accompanying adult.
Tickets are available at blog.brickslopes.com, or at the door.
For more information, call 801-680-9026.
7. May the 4th Event
Although the FatCats in Ogden isn’t hosting a Star Wars-themed event, in a galaxy a little farther away FatCats in Lehi is celebrating the day. The Lehi arcade — at 2989 W. Maple Loop Drive, #100 — is offering special packages on Saturday.
For $19.99, the Jedi Pass includes an hour of bowling, a $5 arcade card, a round of Glow Golf, a Yoda Soda (small drink), a costume contest, and Star Wars themed music, trivia, games and prizes. Reservations are required.
Or, you can get a Padawan Play Pass for $5. It includes a $5 arcade card and one round of Glow Golf.
For reservations or more information, call 801-262-9890.
8. “May the Fourth Be With Brew”
And finally, while a number of bars in the Ogden area are hosting Star Wars nights on the 4th, most of those celebrations are in name only. This one is no exception, but we mention the Brewskis gig here because of the clever “May the Fourth Be with Brew” double pun, and because of the band playing that night. Star Wars Day at Brewskis, 244 Historic 25th St., Ogden, will feature the “theatrical space rock” of a band called … Spock Block.
Which is, let’s face it, highly illogical.