Attention Jedis and Stormtroopers: if you want to fully embrace all things Star Wars with other geeks, nerds, fans that share your enthusiasm for the intergalactic movie franchise on the holiest of all Star Wars days, then clear your calendar on Friday, May 4th.

That’s the day for the El Paso Zoological Society's "May the Fourth Be with Zoo" fundraiser, a special once-a-year celebration of the galaxy far, far away at the El Paso Zoo.

The event, a word play on the phrase "May the Force be with you," pays homage to the pseudo "holiday" May the Fourth, which itself was inspired by the popular movie line.

El Paso Zoological Society
El Paso Zoological Society

Activities will include a Star Wars costume contest, photo opportunities with popular Star Wars characters such as Darth Vader and his Storm Troopers, a live performance of the film's score by El Paso Youth Orchestra, and a free showing of The Last Jedi in the Wildlife Amphitheater, per the event page.

The force is strong in this one so I'd get my tickets in advance if I were you, Padawans.

"May the Fourth be with You,” also known as “Star Wars Day,” became a thing some years ago when some Star Wars geeks, um, I mean fans connected the date May the 4th with the line "May the force." Next thing you know Star Wars nerds fans everywhere were making family, friends, and co-workers wish there was a Jedi mind trick they could use to get them to stop saying 'May the Fourth be with you' all day.

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So dust off your light saber, gas up your Millennium Falcon and ready your nerdy self to make your way to the zoo because as Yoda would say, "Do. Or do not. There is no try. Yes."

For tickets and other event information, visit the El Paso Zoological Society website.

What to Know If You Plan to Go

• Friday, May 4
• 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
• El Paso Zoo, 4001 E Paisano
• $15/Children 3-12 years $5/0-2 years Free

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