What are you planning for National Star Wars Day on Wednesday May 4, 2016? Some fans organize viewing parties, movie marathons, Star Wars-themed trivia nights or even costumed appearances at area venues. Here are five events where you can join the force.
Meet Luke And Leia
Como Park Zoo & Conservatory
1225 Estabrook Drive
Saint Paul, MN 55103
(651) 487-8200

Luke and Leia are twin South American Emperor Tamarins born on Jan. 27, 2016. Shortly after their birth, park officials announced they would accept suggestion for their names. These adorable little mustached monkeys are the cutest Luke and Leia couple you could meet. They are growing fast, and you can watch their progress by searching the Como Park Facebook page.

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Fantasy Flight Games Event Center
1975 County Road B2 W.
Roseville, MN 55113
(651) 379-3801

Date: Wed. May 4, 2016 at 4:00 p.m.

The force unites every Wednesday for open Star Wars gaming for visitors, but this day is special. The Fantasy Flight Games Center in Roseville will be conducting free demos of their Star Wars Games including Star Wars: X-Wing, Star Wars: Armada, Star Wars: The Card Game, Star Wars: Imperial Assault and Star Wars: Rebellion. The Fantasy Flight Games Center will also host a Star Wars: X-Wing Tournament Starting at 6:30 p.m. The Center seats 150 gamers comfortably and provides a full menu Café, with serving hot and tasty meals plus refreshing sodas, cold beer, chilled wine or hot coffee.

Star Wars X-Wing Event
Barnes & Noble Booksellers Maple Grove
8040 Wedgewood Lane
Osseo, Minnesota 55369
(763) 420-4517

Date: Wed., May 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Try Barnes and Noble for a family-friendly environment where Star Wars fans can learn to play Star Wars X-Wing™. This is a role-playing board game with collectable figures. Younger fans may participate in alternative story time or craft activities. Come dressed for fun in your best Star Wars costume.

Celebrate At Target Field  
Minnesota Twins
1 Twins Way, Minneapolis, MN 55403
(612) 659-3400

Date: Thu, May 19 @ 7:10 PM CDT

Price: $20.00 for the U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View, $41.00 Field Box, $28.00 Home Plate View

Claim a rare collectable “Plouffe Skywalker” bobblehead doll by attending this second annual sellout event. See Darth and a couple dozen other Star Wars characters as the Minnesota Twins play the Toronto Blue Jays. Don your best attire and you may be picked to participate in the opening pitch. Be sure to click the link above to qualify. Then, on the day of the game bring this special ticket to Gate 6 between 5:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Related: May The 4th Be With You: Fans Celebrate Star Wars Day At Target Field

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Star Wars Night At The Saint Paul Saints
CHS Field
360 Broadway St.
St. Paul, MN 55101
(651) 644-6659

Date: Sat. May 21, 2016 at 7:05 p.m.

Jedi and Sith, do not stow your costumes because the Saints are shooting for the moon on Star Wars night. A ticket for $20 gets you an outfield reserved seat, a light saber and light saber training prior to the game. Imagine Saints’ two-legged mascot, Mudonna, dressed up as Princess Leia and hamming it up with Star Wars characters throughout the game. Get some practice before you arrive because you may be chosen to demonstrate your prowess in a Wookie calling contest. Help the Saints celebrate the season as they take on the Gary Southshore Railcats.

Related: Best Ways To Celebrate Star Wars In Minnesota

Robin Johnson was born in Annandale, Minn. and graduated from Richfield High School and then the University of Minnesota where he studied Political Science, Business and Industrial Relations. A writer for Examiner.com, he also consults with a variety of organizations and individuals helping them develop and grow. His work can be found at Examiner.com.