Star Wars cosplay

May the forth be with you – what started off as a pun has turned into a day dedicated to all things “Star Wars” and a loving fan cry over the infinitely popular sci-fi franchise.

With Star Wars Day coming this Thursday, May 4, here are three ways to celebrate it:

1. Channel your inner intergalactic party animal

The El Paso Zoological Society and Sun City Emergency Room will host their very first May the Fourth Be With Zoo event at the El Paso Zoo. The 501st Legion will be present, allowing kids to meet Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers. Activities include a costume contest, “Estar Guars” Loteria and face painting from Sun City Roller Girls team Las Catrinas. The zoo will also hand out Dave & Buster’s goodie bags to the first 50 children. Let’s not forget the zoo animals, which will be out until 8 p.m.

Details: El Paso Zoo, 4001 E. Paisano Dr., 6-10 p.m., $15 adults, $5 ages 2-18, more info at 915-212-0245 or

2. Code some droids at the Fab Lab

Fab Lab El Paso will host an introductory coding event by Hour of Code. The workshop will give people of all ages the chance to code “Star Wars” droids R2D2 and BB-8 with modular coding phrases. There will be two programs for beginners and intermediates: Blocks, a version that uses drag-drop blocks that’s best for mobile devices or younger kids, and JavaScript, a program similar to Blocks but recommended for people who have some knowledge in code.

Details: Fab Lab El Paso, 601 N. Oregon St., Ste. 2, 6-7:30 p.m., $10, more info at 915-209-2656 or

3. Turn 501 Bistro into Chalmun's Cantina

Allan Martinez of Head Up Promotions will be hosting the second annual Star Wars Night at the 501 Bistro. There will be live music, standup comedy featuring local comedians like Adam Dominguez and local artists showcasing their work. There will also be costume contests, raffles and movie screenings of “The Empire Strikes Back,” “The Force Awakens,” and “Rouge One.”

Details: San Carlos Building, 501 Texas Ave., 8 p.m., Free for ages 21+, $10 for ages 18-20, more info here.