Cinco de Mayo is like the Mexican version of St. Patrick's Day: Americans buy bottles of the national liquor—tequila, in this case—don ponchos and sombreros, and cause a ruckus. Many of us have already realized that these not-our-national-holidays are a great excuse for getting a little silly, so why not channel the party vibe to Star Wars a day early?
Saturday, May 4, Spacebar Arcade—which is responsible for Americana-steeped events like Donkey Kong and Galaga tournaments—throws the May the 4th Be With You party, a Star Wars-themed event running from 4 p.m.-2 a.m.
The first thing you need to know is that this is a costume party. If you're ungainly and tall, maybe that pelt hanging from your grandpa's wall can turn you into a sufficiently hirsute Chewbacca. If your long hair can be curled into cinnamon buns on the sides of your head, a believable Princess Leia can be achieved with a white top sheet and a black belt.
Get photos snapped at the photo booth, dance to live DJ music with Stardust Lounge from 10 p.m.-midnight and partake of drink specials of Snake River Brewing beers all night long. Finally, the event is free to attend, so bring enough cash to buy drinks, take some photos and play a few video games.
Bring your best pal, your best friends—bring the whole Rebel Alliance. Luckily, a party this epic isn't going down a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.