Star Wars has never not been a big deal, but following the phenomenal success of The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, the series is on more minds than usual. So if there was ever a time to be happy that Star Wars Day is a real thing, it's probably now.

The pop culture "holiday" takes place every year on May 4 (because "May the Force/fourth be with you." Get it?), and it's a good excuse for nerdy events and deals on Star Wars merch.

You don't have to travel to a galaxy far, far away, either. Here are some of the best ways to celebrate Star Wars Day here in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Have a pie

Beloved pie shop Emporium Pies is celebrating the day with a "Java the Hutt" pie, which they say has "a flaky butter crust with crunchy salty toffee topped with espresso filling."

Have a pizza pie

Cane Rosso kicks off their Star Wars Day celebrations at 5 p.m. by offering themed food and drink specials, including the C-3PO (3 cheeses, pepperoni and oregano) and the Yodaroli (Yoda-shaped ravioli). Bonus: If you go dressed as a Star Wars character, you'll get 25 percent off your food.

You could also head to Zoli's New York Pizza Tavern, where you'll find a Porgy Porg Pizza Pie, Thermal Detonators and No Moon Pie ice cream sandwiches.

Have a beer, perhaps with Rey

Noble Rey Brewing Co.'s May the Fourth Be(er) With You celebration will include Yub Nubs, a drink brewed with churros (wait, what?).

Meanwhile, Braindead Brewing's Star Wars Day Extravaganza will have themed food and "galactic battle-themed" entertainment throughout the night. If you go in costume, you'll get happy hour prices on house beer.

Catch a Star Wars-themed burlesque show

If you're not a kid anymore and want to see the Star Wars saga through a different, slightly more adult (and somewhat less serious) lens, see it as a burlesque show. Viva's Lounge is performing two different Star Wars-themed shows this weekend. The first, based on the original trilogy (episodes 3-6) is Friday night. One based on the newer films (prequels included, so episodes 1-3, 7 and 8) will be Saturday night.

Try your hand at Star Wars trivia

Landmark Bar and Kitchen in Fort Worth is hosting trivia contests Friday at 4, 6 and 8 p.m. (just reserve your spot on Facebook ahead of time), where you can with a gift card if you place first, second or third. After it's over, they'll have live music, a DJ and a costume contest.

Educate yourself in the ways of the Force

Just because Star Wars takes place a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away doesn't mean its characters wouldn't value modern knowledge.

The Perot Museum of Nature and Science is getting into the Jedi spirit on both Friday and Saturday with a celebration that involves holograms, cloning and life on other planets. For a mere $3, kids can also build their own lightsaber, which sounds like a steal.

STEM is the focus at the North Garland Branch Library. At an event from 4-5 p.m. on Friday, children of all ages can fold Star Wars origami, play with Lego bricks, build a droid, make a lightsaber and create starry slime.

The Maribelle M. Davis Library in Plano is also getting in on the action with an event that features games, trivia and crafts at 3 p.m.

Get a good deal on 'Star Wars' stuff

Best Buy is offering up to 40 percent off on Star Wars stuff. 

Gap is offering free shipping on their Star Wars products (use promo code MAYTHE4TH).

Kohl's is having deals on t-shirts.

Both Microsoft and Sony will have deals on digital Star Wars games on their respective gaming consoles.

StarWars.com has a more complete list of retail deals and gaming deals

Stretch the party into Saturday, with Free Comic Book Day

If you wake up on Saturday and don't feel you have enough of a geek hangover, you should know that May 5 is Free Comic Book Day. Hit up a local shop and grab some free reading material (but also consider supporting the shop with a purchase there), which could include an issue of Star Wars Adventures.

Steven Cohen, in costume, practices moves with a light saber while waiting for customers to enter Toys "R" Us during the rollout of toys for the new "Star Wars" film, at Times Square in New York, Sept. 4, 2015.

Steven Cohen, in costume, practices moves with a light saber while waiting for customers to enter Toys "R" Us during the rollout of toys for the new "Star Wars" film, at Times Square in New York, Sept. 4, 2015.

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If none of the above stuff appeals to you, then heck, why not throw your own party? Just be sure to watch the movies in the right order.

If you'd rather just stay at home thinking about Star Wars, check out our Star Wars Hub for related stories. For example, there's a thinkpiece there about how the end of the Jedi mirrors current real-world religious disillusionment.

If your geeky event needs aren't satisfied by May 5 (or if you just want to start planning ahead right now), be sure to keep an eye on our listings for more stuff related to sci-fi, fantasy, comic books, superheroes, video games and a lot more. 

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