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Happy Star Wars Day! Here are some Sacramento-area 'May the Fourth' celebrations

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Here's the new trailer for "Solo: A Star Wars Story.'"The film is in theaters May 25, 2018.

Today marks "Star Wars" Day, celebrated every May the Fourth, and if you're looking for last-minute, themed festivities that don't involve curling up on the couch and marathoning all eight main films, you're in luck.

Several events in the Sacramento area Friday evening and through the weekend will celebrate the storied franchise.

Some even observed Star Wars Day early, including the Sacramento Zoo.

Here are just a few events going on this weekend.

  • The folks at McClellan Park's aerospace museum will open up dozens of its aircraft (some of them Star Wars-themed) for tours as part of its "Twilight Open Cockpit" event from 5 to 8 p.m. 3200 Freedom Park Dr., McClellan Park. Cost: $15 with $5 discount for showing up in costume; museum members, active military with ID and children under 5 get in free.
  • Madison Marketplace in Fair Oaks is hosting a May the Fourth party Saturday evening with free carnival games, bounce houses, a live DJ and art showcases, from 5 to 9 p.m. 8888 Madison Ave., Fair Oaks. Free.
  • As per a Facebook event with more than 200 confirmed guests, a "massive saber battle" is going down around 8 p.m. at Fremont Park. Bring a toy lightsaber and get ready to battle (safely, of course). The unofficial event is being organized by event production company Newmindspace and is sponsored by Midtown Association and Visit Sacramento, according to the Facebook invite. 1515 Q St., Sacramento. Free, but lightsabers not included.

You're also sure to find movie screenings, Star Wars-themed trivia contests and costume contests at bars all across town.

If you're impatiently awaiting the next Star Wars installation, it's almost here. "Solo: A Star Wars Story" hits theaters May 25.

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