The long-awaited Star Wars Celebration has returned! Originally slated to take place in 2020, the convention has finally returned to Anaheim, California, from May 26-29. We will be onsite showing you everything from cosplays to expo booths to trading.
Star Wars Celebration 2022 in Anaheim
The weekend event kicked off with pre-parties on Tuesday and Wednesday, including various meet-ups and club events. The Boonta Eve Cantina was one of the starting parties to kick things off with an all-ages event until 8 p.m. and a 21 and over celebration from then on, including “Alderaan Idol,” autograph sessions and plenty of themed fun for guests.
We checked out the Swag-N-Bowl event, where club members traded various pieces of Star Wars swag at Bowlero Anaheim. The entire venue was rented out for the club, and Star Wars content played on the screens throughout the space all night long. The event also raised money for the Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation, the club’s primary charitable partner.
The Swag Crew leader Brett Isaacs expressed excitement for the gathering and its charitable goals, “This is the biggest event we’ve ever put on. I was very nervous about getting it going, but for those who aren’t here to actually see it, we sold out. It’s going spectacularly; people are having fun. People are very interested in the charity, which is the main reason we’re here.” The club has partnered with POTCF for the past two Star Wars Celebrations and has raised over $15,000 for the foundation prior to the event this year.
Business owners around Orange County have certainly seen an uptick in revenue as many hotels around Anaheim (and beyond) have sold-out and venues around the city have been rented out for various functions related to the convention—Anaheim Marriott is set to host multiple events, including “The Bash” which is frequently heralded as the biggest after-hours event of the convention.
“Visit Anaheim is thrilled to welcome back Star Wars Celebration to the Anaheim Convention Center. Fans will be able to enjoy all that Anaheim has to offer, including Disneyland’s Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, which opened since the event was last here,” said Jay Burress, President & CEO of Visit Anaheim. “Star Wars Celebration is such an important event for our community because this convention alone will bring $100 million in economic impact to Anaheim and Orange County.”
The Angels game on Friday night is set to host a “Star Wars Night” with a special themed giveaway, while the last official “Star Wars Nite” from Disneyland After Dark is set to take place Friday as well. “Star Wars Nite” also took place on May 3 and 4 and, despite its three-night placement this year, has sold out every single event.