Break out your stormtrooper gear and brush up on your lightsaber skills. The most important day of the year (for Star Wars fans, at least) is quickly approaching.
That’s right — May the Fourth be with you, folks.
The unofficial holiday for Star Wars fandom is a play on the movie franchise's most famous line: "May the Force be with you." Though it might have begun as a simple pun, May the Fourth has expanded into an opportunity for Han Solo stans and Finn and Poe 'shippers to celebrate the stories and characters they love.
Here’s where to make the most of your May the Fourth in Miami.
Ska Wars. Why not rock the eff out in the name of the Resistance? In Miami, there’s usually no better place to jam than Churchill’s Pub. Beginning at 9 p.m., a slew of bands will hit the stage for Ska Wars, a special show featuring the likes of Bargain Bin Heroes and Vibe Arts. To complement the vibe, there will be costume contests, live art, and sci-fi movie screenings. 9 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Churchill's Pub, 5501 NE Second Ave., Miami; 305-757-1807; churchillspub.com. Admission is free.
May the Fourth Gro With You. GroWynwood opened in late April and is already getting in on the holiday action. The cozy spot, stocked with a bonfire pit, a garden, and prime s’mores-making opportunities, will host May the Fourth Gro With You. The beer bar encourages folks to choose a side — #TeamJedi or #TeamSith — and get spirited however they’d like. From 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., there will be a selection of $4 beer. Noon to 3 a.m. Saturday, May 4, at GroWynwood, 2700 NW Second Ave., Miami; 305-461-2700; growynwood.com. Admission is free; RSVP via eventbrite.com.
Star Wars Day Celebration and Can Release. Star Wars-themed beer? Thank you, J. Wakefield Brewing. May 4 beginning at noon, the brewery will unveil a vast selection of beers with awesome names like Chewbacca’s Morning Coffee, Dagobah Swamp Juice, Ewok Grog, I Love You, I Know, Let the Wookiee Win, and R2D2’s Beep Boop Boop. In addition to an all-day celebration with food trucks, cosplay ops, and raffles, there will also be a coordinated lightsaber battle performance at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free, but bring dough for all the booze and other stuff. Noon Saturday, May 4, at J. Wakefield Brewing, 120 NW 24th St., Miami; 786-254-7779; jwakefieldbrewing.com. Admission is free.
May the Fourth Family Festival & FandomFest. You know a fandom is big when even a staid institution such as the library is onboard. At the Miami-Dade Main Library in downtown from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the May the Fourth Family Festival & FandomFest will offer Star Wars-inspired fun such as special performances, themed games, crafts, and other diversions. Show up in your best Star Wars garb for some memorable cosplay action. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the Miami-Dade Main Library, 101 W. Flagler St., Miami; 305-375-2665; mdpls.org. Admission is free.
The Dark Side vs. the Force. Miami's roller derby team the Vice City Rollers is awesome on any given day. But May 4 is shaping up to be superawesome because the team will put on a Dark Side vs. the Force game. In between the derby action, there will be food trucks, a DJ, vendors, craft beer, and raffles to enjoy. 5:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Miami Springs Rec Center, 1401 Westward Dr., Miami; 305-805-5076; miamirollerderby.com. Tickets cost $12 in advance via eventbrite.com and $15 at the door.
DIY Like a Jedi. The Star Wars series is creative, so you should be creative too. Moonlighter will host a special event, DIY Like a Jedi, where you’ll use space-age technology to create your own laser-cut Millennium Falcon. How cool is that? You can also customize your craft using character-inspired stencils. This shindig is BYOB, so come prepared. 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Moonlighter Makerspace, 2041 NW First Pl., Miami; 305-699-2041; moonlighter.co. Tickets cost $40 via eventbrite.com.
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Star Wars Day, Featuring Exit Left. Little Havana hot spot Nancy will host a Star Wars-inspired, intergalactic performance by the rock and party cover band, Exit Left. May the Fourth will mark the first time Exit Left has graced the Nancy stage. If you want to start your evening earlier, Nancy offers half-priced beverages from 4 to 7 p.m. seven days a week. 10 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Nancy, 2007 SW Eighth St., Miami; 305-397-8971; nancy305.com. Admission is free.
Lego Star Wars. This one is for the kids (grownups, it's OK to be jealous). Barnes & Noble in West Kendall will host a Lego play event with fun contraptions such as Anakin’s Jedi starfighter and a podracer. Guests can take home a collectible poster while supplies last. There will also be a Lego standee for photo ops, which adults can participate in too. 2 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at Barnes & Noble Booksellers West Kendall, 12405 N. Kendall Dr., Miami; 305-598-7727; barnesandnoble.com. Admission is free.