Whether it's May the Fourth (aka Star Wars Day) or any time of year, the Entertainment Capital of the World offers many ways for fans to celebrate the Star Wars. Later this summer, the music of legendary film composer John Williams will be performed at the Hollywood Bowl with David Newman conducting the LA Phil on Labor Day weekend. The first annual Empire Con is planned for December and Star Wars Celebration returns to nearby Anaheim in 2020. Until then, try to contain the excitement —or, as Yoda says, “Do. Or do not. There is no try.”
Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire
Join the Rebellion in Star Wars: Secrets of the Empire, a state-of-the-art virtual reality experience created by The VOID in partnership with Lucasfilm. Accept a mission from Rogue One actor Diego Luna, disguise yourself as a Stormtrooper and infiltrate The Empire, where you’ll fly over the volcanic rivers of Mustafar and spot Darth Vader’s castle in the distance while fighting off Imperial Troops—all at the Glendale Galleria! It’s a 15-minute multisensory thrill, perfect for a group, a date or on your own. Good luck and may the force be with you.
The Petersen Automotive Museum presents Hollywood Dream Machines: Vehicles of Science Fiction and Fantasy, the world's largest exhibition of science fiction and fantasy vehicle. See Luke Skywalker’s real-life X-34 Landspeeder, rolling wheels and all, along with other iconic vehicles from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Mad Max, Transformers, Blade Runner and more.
TCL Chinese Theatre
Step back in time to when Star Wars premiered at TCL Chinese Theatre (then called Mann’s Chinese Theatre) on May 25, 1977 and measure your feet against the footprints of R2-D2, C-3PO and Darth Vader at the Forecourt of the Stars. (6925 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood 90028)
From here it’s easy to get to Harrison Ford’s star on the Walk of Fame (north side of the 6800 block of Hollywood Boulevard, in front of Musso & Frank Grill) or mosey on down to the “You Are the Star” mural of long gone celebs at 1698 Wilcox - look for R2-D2 in the crowd!
Scum & Villainy Cantina
Anyone who has ever dreamed of hanging in the Mos Eisley Cantina can get pretty close by swinging by Scum & Villainy Cantina (6377 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles 90028), a perfect replica of the intergalactic bar situated right in the heart of Hollywood. Conspire in a corner booth, belly up for a space-inspired cocktail or flaunt your fandom on “Geeks Who Drink” trivia nights. Cosplay encouraged but as their FAQs state: “No projectiles!” – so no one shoots first.
Practice those lightsaber skills at Swordplay LA, a fencing club and stunt fight studio located in beautiful Downtown Burbank. (416 S Victory Blvd, Burbank 91502) The first lesson is free and many actors swear by their Stage Combat Training academy, guaranteed to give LARP-ing duels a boost of authenticity.
Colin Cantwell at Comic Con Revolution (May 18-19, 2019)
Hardcore fans can keep the party going by traveling to Ontario in neighboring San Bernardino County to meet original Star Wars ship designer, Colin Cantwell at Comic Con Revolution on May 18-19. The concept artist and model builder will show his art and sign autographs (the two-day event is free but $25 buys his signature on a print of his 1974 artwork). Comic Con Revolution is taking place at the Ontario Convention Center (2000 E Convention Center Way, Ontario 91764).
Field Trip to Tatooine
Superfans might want to take the 4.5-hour road trip to Nevada’s Death Valley, where many scenes for Episode IV - A New Hope and Episode VI - Return of the Jedi were shot. Bring your Jawa and Tusken Raider action figures to recreate some of your favorite scenes - and don’t forget the sunscreen! After all, “Tatooine” has two suns and the heat there can be unforgiving.