Darth Vader, Princess Leia, and Kylo Ren stopped by City Council Thursday morning in honor of Star Wars Day, May the Fourth (be with you).

The three movie characters, who were joined by two stormtroopers, were the guests and friends of Councilman Roberto Treviño (D1), an avid fan and cosplayer of the Star Wars series.

Beyond just being a total Star Wars nerd, he celebrates the day every year in part to highlight the importance of mythology, storytelling, and science – not just for kids, but for all generations, he said.

The District 1 office will host a free, all-ages event Thursday night at the Central Library from 6-8 p.m. where guests can design a droid, build a LEGO spaceship, check out a 3D printer, play Star Wars video games, and watch movies. Refreshments like Wookie Cookies, Princess Leia Buns, Yoda Soda, Darth Vader-ade, and Luke Sky-Water will be available. Costumes are encouraged and the characters that attended the City Council meeting Thursday morning will be in attendance for all your selfie needs.

Star Wars has an active fanbase in the city. Groups like the nonprofit Star Wars Society of San Antonio raise money for charity year-round. Members of the society will be attending a 7 p.m. outdoor screening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Thursday at Northwest Vista College. Costume and Chewbacca call contests will take place before the show.

Texas A&M University-San Antonio also will host an outdoor screening of Rogue One at 7 p.m.

The Brick at Blue Star is hosting a First Thursday event May the 4th Be With You complete with a “cantina” that opens at 4:30 p.m. and figure drawing with Alright DrawNite and body-painted models with Beyond the Canvas starting at 7:30 p.m.

Bike Boozaroos will lead an eight-mile, Star Wars-themed bike ride through the city tonight starting at Groove Lounge, 501 E. Crockett St., at 7 p.m.

May 4 also is the day of Big Give SA, when hundreds of nonprofits in South Texas fundraise together for 24 hours. Several campaigns have aligned themselves with Star Wars Day, including Summer of Service.

Fans who can’t join the festivities on Thursday can catch another free screening of Rogue One on Saturday, May, 6 (election day) at Mission Marquee Plaza, 8 p.m. This event will kick off the fourth annual Family Film series sponsored by the City of San Antonio and H-E-B. Almost two dozen movies will be screened at the plaza through November.

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Iris Dimmick

Senior Reporter Iris Dimmick covers public policy pertaining to social issues, ranging from affordable housing and economic disparity to policing reform and workforce development. Contact her at iris@sareport.org