What Is Star Wars Celebration?
The ultimate fan experience focused on a galaxy far, far away...
Star Wars Celebrations bring 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.
It's three fun-filled days of exhibits, a vibrant, interactive show floor, screenings, exclusive merchandise, celebrity guests, panels, autograph sessions, fan-inspired activities, and other surprises celebrating all things Star Wars. Star Wars Celebrations deliver 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.
When Is Star Wars Celebration?
The next Star Wars Celebration — the second Star Wars Celebration Europe — takes place July 26-28, 2013 in Essen, Germany...
|Friday, July 26, 2013
||10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
||10:00 - 19:00
|Saturday, July 27, 2013
||10:00 AM - 7:00 PM
||10:00 - 19:00
|Sunday, July 28, 2013
||10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
||10:00 - 17:00
Note that Star Wars Celebration Europe's Exhibition Hall closes nightly at 7 PM (and 5 PM on Sunday), but select panels, screenings, and special events could continue until 10 PM or later.
Where Is Star Wars Celebration Europe?
The next Star Wars Celebration, Star Wars Celebration Europe, is held at Messe Essen in Essen, Germany. Please see our Travel page for further location information.
Like the Rebel Alliance, Star Wars Celebration doesn't have a permanent home. Instead, it travels around the world to avoid Imperial detection — and to bring Star Wars to as many fans as possible.
- Celebration VI - August 23-26, 2012 - Orlando, FL - 35,000 attendees
- Celebration V - August 12-16, 2010 - Orlando, FL - 30,000 attendees
- Celebration Japan - July 19-21, 2008 - Tokyo, Japan - 17,000 attendees
- Celebration IV - May 24-28, 2007 - Los Angeles, CA - 35,000 attendees
- Celebration Europe - July 12-15, 2007 - London, England - 29,000 attendees
- Celebration III - April 21-24, 2005 - Indianapolis, IN - 29,000 attendees
- Celebration II - May 3-5, 2002 - Indianapolis, IN - 27,000 attendees
- Celebration I - April 30-May 2, 1999 - Denver, CO - Wings Over the Rockies
Who's The Organizer?
All Star Wars Celebrations are produced in partnership with and under the authorization of Lucasfilm Ltd. Beginning with Star Wars Celebration V, Star Wars Celebrations have been produced by Lucasfilm in cooperation with the ReedPOP group within Reed Exhibitions, the world's largest event organizer. ReedPOP also runs the New York Comic Con, C2E2: Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo, and PAX Video Game Festivals.
Who Needs A Ticket?
All attendees six-years-old and up need a ticket to enter Star Wars Celebration Europe. Please note, Star Wars Celebration Europe recommends all children under 18 attend with an adult, and all children under 13 must be accompanied by a grown up. Discounted Child Passes are available for attendees who are between six and 12-years-old. For full details on all of our tickets and prices, visit the Tickets page.
Can I Be Involved?
Star Wars Celebration Europe is an event for fans and would not be possible without the help of fans. Please see our Crew page for further details.
Who Are The Guests?
Star Wars Celebrations have previously featured guests from all six Star Wars movies, The Clone Wars television series, the Star Wars Expanded Universe, and from across popular culture. Guests for Star Wars Celebration Europe will be appearing on our Guest page. Please check it regularly for updates.
What Kind Of Events Can I Expect?
Costuming workshops, celebrity appearances, academic discussions, behind-the-scenes insights, fan films, and sneak peeks at the future of Star Wars are all elements of Celebration Europe. Star Wars Celebration Europe's panels, screenings, and special events will show off the passion of some of the saga's most dedicated fans and professionals. We try to release programming information as early as we can, with the full schedule being published in the final month to the event.
Can I Take Pictures?
For the most part, you're welcome to take still pictures and video at Star Wars Celebration Europe; however, please note that all audio and visual recording is prohibited during screenings, concerts, and during many live stage shows. Also, please understand that guests may or may not pose for photographs with fans. Guests have a right to their privacy, and if they ask not to have their picture taken, please respect their wishes.
Will I Be On Camera?
Star Wars Celebration Europe attracts local, national, and international press. By attending Star Wars Celebration Europe, you give your consent to be photographed and appear on camera. You could end up on starwars.com, in the pages of Der Spiegel, or even the evening news on Coruscant.
Will Guests Sign Autographs?
Yes, autographing is a big part of Star Wars Celebration Europe! Please review our Autographing page for more details. Please understand that autographing prices, times, and availability will be different for each guest.
Can I Bring A Blaster? Can I Buy A Blaster?
For the safety of all convention attendees, volunteers, guests, and staff, there are restrictions on what can be bought, sold, and brought into Star Wars Celebration Europe. Failure to follow this policy may result in your removal from the convention without refund. Please review the weapons policy before attending.
What Is To Be Checked:
Anything that resembles a real-life firearm must receive a ribbon from Security. This includes items such as Indiana Jones pistols as well as Han Solo and Stormtrooper blasters. If it looks like a gun, it must have a ribbon.
Where Will Weapons Be Checked:
Messe Essen Security will check weapons at a desk beside the coat check in the East Foyer. All attendees need to pass through this location to enter the building, and Security at the doors will direct any fan with a weapon to this desk before they are allowed inside the Exhibition Halls or Congress Center.
Where Are Un-Checked Weapons Not Allowed:
Unchecked weapons are not allowed beyond the East Foyer. Should Security spot any weapons that don't display a ribbon further inside the building or inside the Grugahalle, they are to direct them immediately to the East Foyer for review.
What Are The Ribbons:
Three different ribbons will be provided to Messe Essen Security, a different color each day. The colors will not be communicated to fans in advance. Each day, fans will need to have their weapons reviewed and branded. The ribbons are not permanent and do no damage to props.
German law prevents the public display (and ownership) of weapons, and this needs to be communicated to Star Wars fans. While (checked) weapons are OK within Messe Essen, they must be stored in cases or otherwise obscured while generally in Essen. Fans should not walk about the city carrying costume firearms.
How Will This Be Communicated:
Pre-show, weapons checks will be communicated through the Celebration website and social media as well as a dedicated email to attendees. Onsite, information will be posted outside the East Foyer.
VAT Refunds, WiFi, & Attendee Shipping
German VAT Refunds
VAT (Value Added Tax) is a tax added onto all items and servicessold in Germany. You should be aware,though, that VAT can be refunded to foreign visitors. If you're traveling to Star WarsCelebration Europe from outside Germany, please speakwith MESSE ESSEN partner G-VAT to assist with having your VAT returned. For more information, please visit MESSEESSEN’s Service Office (located in front of Hall 5) or visit www.g-vat.com.
T-Mobile hotspots are available for attendees in MESSE ESSEN’slobby and Congress Center (containing the Digital Stage, Fan Stage, and Star Wars University). For more on signing in, please visit www.hotspot.de. Wifi is not available for attendees in other areas. Wifi is available to exhibitors only in Halls 5, 10, 11, and 12. Exhibitors should speak with MESSE ESSEN forlogin information.
We areoffering you WLAN connections in the halls. Simply start up your Internetbrowser in the hall and the MESSE ESSEN WLAN access for exhibitors isautomatically recognized. To get into the Internet, you need auser name and a password. You can obtain these on the purchase of an Internetvoucher in the service office of MESSE ESSEN GmbH.
|Period of use
||Selling price plus VAT
Stop & Go: The relevant timecredit is valid for the entire duration of the event and can be used up in asmany sessions as you want.
Valid for 24 hours from the firstlogin.
Attendee and Exhibitor Mailing Services
Did you buy a solid bronze Bossk bust with no way to get ithome? Messe Essen is happy to help withattendee and exhibitor shipping needs. To take part in Messe Essen's mailing program, please visit MesseEssen's Service Office (located south of Hall 5).
Contact persons MESSE ESSEN Exhibitor Services:
Opening hours Exhibitor Service Office
||8 – 16:30
||8 – 18:30
||8 – 19:30
||9 – 19:30
||9 – 18
||8 – 16:30
I Still Have A Question!
Do you have a question about Celebration that wasn't answered here? Contact the Celebration team at the Contact Us page on this website. Do you have a question about upcoming episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars or Star Wars in general? If so, visit starwars.com for additional information.