With a little less than a week to go, the entire galaxy is gearing up for the biggest light-saber relay race this side of Tatooine, Course of the Force. We’ve been lucky enough to just receive a decoded transmission from the rebel base with some very important (and awesome) intel, namely, the official Course of the Force schedule!
Looking to join in on the festivities? Following the race like a Grateful Dead concert? Here is all the information you’ll need to know (on both the actual race and the course-side Conivals, which are basically really fun parties with really fun stuff to do), to make the next week as Star Wars-tastic as humanly (or otherwise) possible!
Tuesday 7/9: The race officially kicks off at Star Wars HQ, Skywalker Ranch! The kickoff event is closed to the public, but tune in to the events at Skywalker Ranch by going to StarWars.com or subscribing to the Nerdist Channel for video updates from the start.
Wednesday 7/10, Conival @ Justin Herman Plaza – 12:00p – 6:00p: The race makes it’s way to San Francisco with its first Conival kicking off from noon to 6pm at Justin Herman Plaza, base of Market Street at the Embarcadero. Don’t forget to check out a live musical performance at 5, in the heart of the Conival. And of course, more from the relay! (Market Street at the Embarcadero, San Francisco, CA 94105)
Thursday, 7/11: The official rally lightsaber travels in class, as Virgin America Airlines will transport it from San Francisco to Pacific Palisades for the next leg of the race.
Friday, 7/12, Conival @ Santa Monica Pier – 12:00p-6:00p: The rally winds further down the coast, making the trip from the hilly oceanside community of Pacific Palisades to one of Los Angeles’ best known landmarks, the Santa Monica Pier! The relay will take place from 1pm to about 2:30, while the Santa Monica Conival will rock out on the pier from noon to 6pm, with live beachside music scheduled for 4:30pm. (200 Santa Monica Pier, Santa Monica, CA 90401)
Saturday 7/13, Conival @ Huntington Beach Pier Plaza 12:00p–8:00p: The race makes its way further south with a stop in Huntington Beach (relay will be run from 7am to 7pm) with a Conival at Huntington Beach Pier Plaza, from noon to 8pm. (405 Pacific Coast Hwy., Huntington Beach, CA 92648)
Sunday 7/14 Conival @ Rotary Park, Oceanside 11:00a–4:00p: One step further on the way to San Diego, and the race has a stop in Oceanside. The relay from Huntington Beach will be run from 10am to 11:30am, with an 11am to 4pm Conival (and the final one of the race) at Rotary Park with live music at 2:30pm. (N. Pacific Street and Pier View Way, Oceanside, CA 92049)
Monday 7/15: The relay makes its penultimate run, from Oceanside to Pacific Beach (from 8am to 5:45pm).
Tuesday 7/16: And we’ve arrived! Course of the Force makes its final stop at San Diego, just in time for Comic Con International! The big finish will take place from 5pm to 7:30pm, so be sure to get down there early so you can greet our triumphant heroes on their arrival!
Sign up for Course of the Force, the lightsaber relay from Skywalker Ranch to Comic-Con International in San Diego July 9-16, 2013 benefiting the Make-a-Wish Foundation, by clicking here. Or contribute to Make-A-Wish through our fundraising page. Stay tuned to Starwars.com and the Nerdist Channel for more Course of the Force.