Star Wars Celebration 2022 Returns to Anaheim Convention Center May 26-29; Panel Schedule Revealed

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After a lengthy time away due to the COVID-19 pandemic and heightened safety protocols, Star Wars Celebration — a fan gathering to celebrate the Star Wars franchise and its many related projects and universes, will return to the Anaheim Convention Center this coming May 26-29 in Southern California.

Officially backed by Lucasfilm, Celebration 2022 will be the first since 2019, as the 2020 installment was canceled and a planned 2021 return pushed back again, eventually taking shape as what will be this new edition. As one might expect, given the delay between Celebrations, fan anticipation for this year’s convention is at its peak.

Star Wars fans are already a passionate bunch, but the success of Disney+ series The Mandalorian, The Book of Boba Fett and more, including the soon-to-premiere Kenobi series starring Ewan McGregor, has made Celebration even more of a can’t-miss event than it was in pre-pandemic times.

(As a heads-up, Rock Cellar will be attending Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim with a Media badge this year, so stay tuned for a lot more coverage around show week). 

It’s a four-day event this year, with prime days (Friday and Saturday) already sold out of single-day badges, though Friday and Sunday are still available as of this article.

The past few weeks have seen Lucasfilm make a series of announcements regarding events and special guests at Celebration, with a big section on its website dedicated to the various autograph signings and photo opportunities with actors and figures from the extended Star Wars universe (among them McGregor, Anthony Daniels, Ashley Eckstein, Ian McDiarmid, Giancarlo Esposito, Carl Weathers and more).

On Wednesday, Lucasfilm lifted the veil, so to speak, on the official panels that will take place over the convention’s four days, ranging in focus from new projects/films/series to collectibles, behind-the-scenes discussions about concept art and the technical machinations that go into everything Star Wars, and more.

Here’s a bit from the official announcement of the panel schedule, which you can view in full at this link:

Thursday, May 26

11:00AM – 12:30PM
Lucasfilm’s Studio Showcase
Live on the Celebration Stage; streamed to the Galaxy and Twin Suns Stages

Star Wars Celebration returns, launching with a must-see showcase that will kick the weekend’s festivities into hyperdrive. Lucasfilm’s current crop of live-action filmmakers will be joined by special guests to discuss the many Star Wars adventures coming soon, including Obi-Wan Kenobi, Andor, and The Mandalorian.

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Attack of the Chords: The Music of Episode II with David W. Collins
Live on the Galaxy Stage

Come celebrate the music of Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones as host David W. Collins explores the musical connections between the story and characters, breaking down both new and classic themes.

1:00PM – 2:00PM
Lucasfilm Publishing: Stories From a Galaxy Far, Far Away
Live on the Twin Suns Stage

From adult novels to kids comics, from the time of the High Republic to the rise of the First Order, this is the place to dive deeper into the stories from a galaxy far, far away. Featuring details on new and upcoming titles from Disney Lucasfilm Press, Del Rey, Dark Horse, and more! Including all-new announcements and reveals from a galaxy far, far away! Moderated by Lucasfilm’s Michael Siglain.

1:30PM – 2:30PM
Ian McDiarmid: An Audience with The Emperor
Live on the Celebration Stage

“I am all the Sith.” Join Ian McDiarmid, who portrayed Chancellor and then Emperor Palpatine in all three trilogies of the Skywalker saga, for a discussion that is sure to reveal rare insights and behind-the-scenes stories from the celebrated actor who provided some of the most resonant, bone-chilling performances in all of the Star Wars saga.

That’s just a few hours into the first of four days of programming, mind you.

In addition to the panel schedule, Celebration also announced a new structure by which fans can access the panels — rather than lining up outside and waiting overnight, which many would do in the past (and you frequently see at San Diego Comic-Con and other huge conventions like this).

There’s still more than a month until Star Wars Celebration 2022, but it’s already shaping up to be quite a spectacle — so be sure to visit the convention’s website for full details and to grab a pass.

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