What is a Star Wars Celebration?

The ultimate fan experience — focused on a galaxy far, far away...

The biggest party this side of the galaxy, Star Wars Celebration brings fans of all ages together, from all points of the globe, to celebrate the pop-culture phenomenon that is Star Wars.  Whether it's young fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars or die-hards fueled by the nostalgia for the original Star Wars trilogy; curious, casual followers; gamers, readers, costumers or collectors — there's something for everyone at Celebration.

Both hardcore and casual fans will gather to have fun while celebrating their passion for all things Star Wars, discovering what's new, and being the first to see what's next.  It's four fun-filled days of exhibits, a vibrant, interactive show floor, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, and other surprises.

Star Wars Celebration delivers a landmark experience where memories are made, families brought together, old friends reunited, and new friendships formed — all in the setting of the ever-evolving Star Wars universe.*

*taken from the SWC main website

A garishly painted Stormtrooper stands guard at the door.

A couple days ago in Orlando Florida, Celebration 6 kicked off. Held in the Orange County Convention Center (OCCC), the festivities lasted from August 23 to the 26th and over 40,000 fans were in attendance. I was lucky enough to be one of them. Here are some of the sights I witnessed in those four glorious days.


The location:

A birds eye view of the AT-AT entrance.

OCCC is huge- Like seven million square feet huge. In fact, it's the second largest convention center in America. 


The entrance is inconspicuous enough....


A princess and her captor pose under the giant inflatable Death Star.


The center looks almost otherworldly at night.

Ralph McQuarrie:

The man that gave us the look and feel of Star Wars, died this March. Celebration VI showcased some of his finest works in remembrance of a legend.


The Show Floor:


Take a good look now, thousands of fans will be here soon.

The main hall is where it's at. Encompassing a mere two and a half million square feet and containing almost two hundred booths to shop at, this is the place you send the most time in.


Roxy the Rancor. Really, that's his name. (you can climb in his mouth if you want)

A guy drew this with chalk. CHALK.


ThinkGeek: A store near and dear to my heart.


Legos. Who doesn't love Legos?


A booth dedicated to Minifigs.


A Mos Eisley diorama made by the kids.


I wonder who volunteered the brain....


The Rebel Legion's helmet display.


The Mandolorian Merc's armory.


Get off my speeder!


A life-size cutaway of the Millennium Falcon.


Baby Ewoks = Cute!


Tribbles = Nooooooooo!




You can get in this Snowspeeder, but it wont fly. (I tried)


Mmm, droid parts!

Star Wars 1313:


While LucasArts's latest project was on display, no pictures or video was allowed due to development secrecy. However, fans got to see several live demos and a new trailer, both of which looked fantastic.


Up next: The Fans and Guests!