A galactic weekend is approaching

May the Fourth, 2022 event in Collaboration between the Film Commission, Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation, and City of Eureka. Photo credit: Mark McKenna

Presented by The Humboldt Del Norte Film Commission is the Forest Moon Festival making its debut on Friday, June 2, and on Saturday, June 3 for a free all-ages intergalactic weekend. The weekend-filled event is a two-county-wide festival between Del Norte and Humboldt counties meaning there will be an array of events in different locations. Some of the activities include a screening of the Star Wars film, Return of The Jedi, a filmmaker Q&A panel and an after-party at the Sequoia Park Zoo. 

“We’re one of the big events happening in the Forest Moon Fest here at the zoo is an after-hours family-friendly event,” said David Reed the Executive Director of the Sequoia Park Zoo Foundation. “So it’s one of the few times that you get to go to the zoo for an all-ages event after hours and be here in the twilight. We’re going to have a costume dance party. We’ve got food here and maybe some secret surprises, too.”

The reason for this event includes some filmmaking history. About 40 years ago, there was a battlefield in the original Star Wars Trilogy and the surrounding scene was filled with Humboldt coastal redwood trees.

People are encouraged to dress up in costume for either day of the weekend to enjoy the wide-ranging events of the Forest Moon Festival. For more information or details of the events go to forestmoonfestival.org. 

“Wear your best outer space-themed costume here to Sequoia Park Zoo on June 3 from 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. and dance the night away with DJ Juniper’s dad and enjoy an intergalactic-themed dinner from Eco’s Cafe,” said Ashley Osia the Director of Community Engagement for the Sequoia Park Zoo.