Douglas Adams
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Towel Day is an annual celebration on the 25th of May, as a tribute to the late author Douglas Adams (1952-2001). On that day, fans around the universe carry a towel in his honour.


I love Douglas Adams! How can I get involved?

  • Help spread the word about Towel Day (#towelday): tweet, blog, post in forums, share a link in Facebook, make art, etc.

  • Tell us about events you organize on Towel Day, and we will announce them here!

  • On Towel Day, carry a towel. Where? Everywhere.

  • Proudly show the world you've observed Towel Day! You can post your picture and watch others' on the Facebook page or in the Flickr group. Videos are cool there too, as well as on YouTube.


What is happening on Towel Day 2019?

This list is just starting. Please e-mail us and we will add your event!


NETHERLANDS

  • In Rotterdam, the usual suspects get together for the fifth edition of their Towel Day/Glorious Revolution event, which will feature Pangalactic Gargle Blasters, Vogon Poetry Contest, Dwarfish Battle Bread Battle, Elvish Impersonation Contest, Dirk Gently's Holistic Treasure Hunt and much, much more! Prizes galore! "For truth, justice, freedom, reasonably priced love, and a hard boiled egg!" Bring a towel, wear the lilac. In honour of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. Details and RSVP on Facebook
UNITED KINGDOM
  • SAVE THE DATE! Britons are lucky in 2019 because on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 May 2019, they can attend The Infinite Improbability Event, a weekend long celebration of ALL things Hitchhiker’s (the books, the radio series, the television version, the Hollywood movie and the live Tour with the original radio cast). It’s two days of worship for those characters created so brilliantly that they’ve endured and evolved for so many years. For the price of your weekend ticket, you’ll get interview panels, demonstrations, loads of entertainment, access to autographs and a photos studio, original props and costumes, a cosplay competition with an amazing prize and a Saturday Evening Banquet at Milliways (with a specially-themed ‘End of the Universe’ type menu). Some of the guests and performances have already been announced: SANDRA DICKINSON (Trillian/Tricia - TV and Radio), DIRK MAGGS (Adaptor/Producer/Director of the latter radio series, and the two live Tours of the radio show), PHILIP POPE (Composer, Musician and Actor), STAND UP FOR TOWEL DAY (The regular annual comedy show will be part of the Saturday Evening Entertainment), RACHEL WHEELEY (Producer of 'Stand Up For Towel Day' and comedian), THE HHGG TOUR BAND, WE APOLOGISE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE (50-minute play about Douglas Adams, JEM ROBERTS (Comedy Historian and Official Douglas Adams Biographer), PAUL SIMPSON (Writer of 'The Making of The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy Movie'), JAMES THRIFT (Brother of Douglas Adams).
    Don't miss this!
    More info on Facebook (like the page to get updates)


Know something we don't? Please mail us!


If you're looking for inspiration on how to organize a Towel Day celebration, check out what other hoopy froods did previous years






This was Towel Day 2018

ONLINE / LOCATION INDEPENDENT / OFF PLANET/ PRESS

  • The ambassador contest has ended: this year's Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador for Earth is Devin Pike!

    Devin Pike, Earth's Towel Day Ambassador 2018

    His mission is to build awareness and spread the word about Towel Day and the works of Douglas Adams. To help him, these Regional Towel Day Ambassadors have been appointed:

    • Demetria Blacksmith - Europe, Canada and South America
    • Anthony Burdge - New York and Asia
    • D’Arcy Mies - Illinois and Antartica
    • Stefan Gemzell - all Nordic Nations and Africa
    • Gio Myhre - Maine and Australia
    Our sincere congratulations to all!

  • At 6pm Irish time (GMT+1) there will be a live stream of the live reading of Episode Two of the radio play of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy at the Cloughjordan Amphitheatre. Join them, be part of the play and do the sound effects at home. They'll hear you through their intergalactic HHGTTG listening device - developed to ensure all readings and participation in the HHGTTG is properly monitored. Source The live stream will be available on Facebook on Caoimhiers Vogonity Woods FB page
  • This fantastic video was made by the librarians of Wollongong City Libraries. You may remember them from their brilliant 2017 video.
  • To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the original BBC radio series, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy primary phase is being released on red vinyl! The first 500 containt a limited frameable print signed by Neil Gaiman. When the first 500 have sold, you can get the standard version (same price).
  • Guida Galattica Per Autostoppisti Italian Fandom is running a photo contest ("best picture with your towel"). Win a towel with the words DON'T PANIC printed in large friendly letters, just like the Guide! It's an online event, so everyone can participate.
  • The Register published "There's just one month left 'til the big day: May 25... but don't panic!" by Rebecca Hill.
  • Kera.org published "Don’t Panic! National Towel Day 2018 is just around the corner!", by Bill Young.
  • The Free Press Journal published Did you know of Towel Day? Here's the reason to celebrate it by PTI.
  • THe Hindustan Times ran May 25 is Towel Day, here’s why it’s celebrated across the world.
  • Paul Skinner (Skinnytecboy) is releasing a story and humour driven mod for Skyrim on Towel Day 2018. The mod was inspired by our beloved Wowbagger. Here's a teaser Find skinnytecboy on Facebook
  • Fluent C++ is celebrating Towel Day by publishing the most beautiful pieces of C++ code recently submitted to them that print "42". Here they are!
  • DryFoxCo is giving away three of their unique, reversible, compact travel towels that are quick drying, lightweight and are the ONLY towels on the market with a built-in water-resistant pocket for your valuables (and they fold down into that pocket for easy transportation). Each towel has a name tag so it always makes its way back home if lost. The giveaway can be found here.
  • Munzee is a freemium scavenger hunt game where places have to be found in the real world. The game is similar to Geocaching but uses QR code technology, in addition to device GPS location, to prove the find instead of a logbook. And Munzee now has Towel Day Specials: "starting May 18th at 00:01 MHQ time 1,979 Munzee Towel Day Specials will be on the map until May 27th at 23:59 on . These specials will bounce on greenies every six hours or when capped. As we all know, a towel with a "Thumbs Upé is the universal symbol for intergalactic hitchhikers, so when you cap a Munzee Towel Special three Hitchhiker Specials will be scattered to greenies within a 1/2 mile for 2 hours or when capped. Better pick up those hitchhikers before somebody like a Vogon or a pair of mice does. That would be unfortunate." Details here, play here.
  • Q42, a Dutch company that works on apps, websites, connected devices, games and VR, continues its tradition of giving away cool towels. Instructions on how to get one can be found here.
  • The Imaginaries will be releasing a new episode in celebration of #TowelDay, #DouglasAdams, & space whales. Maybe even ... petunias?
ANTARCTICA
  • Moreno Baricevic and Mario Giorgioni posted pictures from Antarctica, where they reside at Concordia station for DC14 (the fourteenth winter-over). Moreno Barcevic celebrated his 42nd birthday there! A big thank you to these hoopy froods and a happy 42th birthday to Moreno Barcevic! Check out the pictures here.
AUSTRALIA
  • This fantastic video was made by the librarians of Wollongong City Libraries. You may remember them from their brilliant 2017 video.
  • In Adelaide, students of Glenunga International High School will be celebrating Towel Day! (thank you Technology teacher Rob Thomas)
  • In Perth, the Observatory organizes a Towel Day Night Tour at 19.30. "bring your towel and come experience our amazing night sky through our wide range of telescopes at our sky viewing nights. Our volunteers will take you on a grand tour of the Southern Hemisphere’s sky with a wide range of targets including Nebulas, planets, dying stars, and enormous star clusters." Adult: $50.00, Concession: $40.00, Child: $30.00. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • Thank you Paddy Lonergan of North Richmond for writing to the Sydney Morning Herald to remind them of Towel Day!
AUSTRIA
  • Under the motto "Spread the word", European Towel Day Ambassador 2015 Philipp will distribute books by cult author Douglas Adams in some open bookcases in Vorarlberg (the federal state where he lives). And he asks for your help: please release your old books by Douglas Adams and contribute to the continued popularity of the work that we love so much. www.towelday.wordpress.com
  • In Vienna, four pubs band together to celebrate Towel Day. Carry a towel and get a free shot! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • Also in Vienna, to commemorate the author Douglas Adams - Everybody with a towel gets a 50% discount on all books from the fantasy shelf. In addition, they have prepared a raffle (50 cents per lot) for the younger guests, with many little surprises. Whoever dares to go to the shop wearing a bathrobe can take home a fantasy book for free. (unclear whether this offer is limited to the first one) Details and RSVP on Facebook
BELGIUM (sorry)
  • In Namur, there will be a Geek Pride Day / Towel Day event hosted by the bar "Projet 42". Free welcome shot if you carry a towel! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Brussels, if you show up with a towel at Waterstones, you get 10% off any science fiction books.
BRAZIL
  • In Brasília-DF, ON SUNDAY 27 MAY, the 6th Omninerdia celebrates Towel Day again and this year they have united forces with other Groups. Place to be is Espaço Cultural SESC Estação 504 Sul, W3 504 Sul, through 14:00 pm to 21:00 pm. Come around and participate in the Towel Contest, the Musical Nerd Quiz and the traditional Vogon Poetry Contest. They also have a geek fair, rpg tables, and tech lessons. The main event is on Facebook
  • In Pernambuco, from May 25th until May 27th, you can attend the sixth Towel Day / Nerd Pride day celebrations, this time with special attention for the 80th anniversary of Superman. It will include stage Attractions with Cosplay, several homages to Douglas Adams, exhibition of toys from the 70s, 80s and 90s of K-Pop, Themed Booths, Lectures, Exclusive Movie Panels, Series, Musical Attractions, QuiZ with Related Questions, Video Game Museum, 80s and 90s Musical Festival as well as other attractions geared towards all ages. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Recife on the 25th, 26th and 27th of May, the sixth edition of Towel Day and Nerd Pride Day will take place. The first one is a fan tribute to Douglas Adams. The second offers a series of geek events, such as: stage with cosplays, artists and illustrators, K-pop contests, series, exclusive movie panels, musical attractions, music festival of the 80s and 90s, video game museum and quiz with questions related to the nerd world. The event is free and takes place at Paulista North Way Shopping, from 11am to 8pm. Source
  • In São Paulo, Towel Day is celebrated again at Bar Gibi Cultura Geek, drinking lots of Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters and Janx Spirit, watching the movie, tv show, and there will be prizes for hitchhikers and their towels! So don't forget your towel! Details and RSVP on Facebook
    P.S. Check out the website of Obrigado Pelos Peixes (thanks for all the fish)
  • Also in São Paulo, at Top Draw from 18.00 Towel Day is observed, with a special offer for people carrying a towel. And for purchases over R $ 42.00 they will raffle customized towels. Details and RSVP on Facebook
BULGARIA
  • In Sofia, you can celebrate with other hoopy froods from 17.42-22.00 at Abordage Board Game Cafe. For the bravest, there will be a spontaneous Vogue poetry contest... and poems will be read aloud! There will of course be Pan Galactic Garble Blasters and other interesting beverages. Free entry (even for life-threatening forms of life in need of C2H5OH. Details and RSVP on Facebook
CROATIA
  • In Rijeka, local froods will be celebrating Towel Day for the seventh time. Bring your towel and some Vogon poetry! Celebrations start at 10pm at both Celtic Caffe Bard and at computer museum Peek & Poke.
CZECH REPUBLIC
  • In Brno, the tradition meeting takes place at the Plzeñský dvůr, at 15:00. Table 42 has been reserved, as always. Don't forget your towel! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • Also in Brno, the Faculty of Regional Development and International Studies of Mendel University celebrated Towel Day and posted this picture.
  • In Pardubice, the Towel Day celebrations start at 17.00. There's a whole program but we haven't been able to translate it. If you can read Czech, take a look at the Facebook event
  • In Plzen, starting at 21.00 Towel Day will be celebrated at Na Konci Vesmíru. There will be Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters! Don't forget your towel! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Prague, Towel Day will be celebrated at the traditional venue in the Beer Garden by the Letensky zamecek. They meet from 17:00 and Vogon poetry recitation in all available language variations begins at 18:00.
DENMARK
  • In Copenhagen, Towel Day will be celebrated for the third time by The Social Geek CPH. As it is on a Friday they expect more people and more activities than last year. Last year they held a BBQ in a lovely park, it lasted around 12 hours and gathered around 30 people! Details and RSVP on MeetUp.com
FINLAND
  • In Helsinki,come celebrate Towel Day in Pub Angleterre (Fredrikinkatu 47) from 18:30 until 23:00! "We will drink a couple of Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters, eat nuts and read Vogon Poetry at other restaurants although they have not specifically asked for it and of course we know where our towels are. We will try to contact other Towel Day events around the world and, possibly, nearby spacecraft. (...) No RSVP necessary, all are welcome, a Babel fish in the ear is advised and don't forget your towel." Details and comments here
  • In Kuusamo library, library staff will carry towels all day. Library users are encouraged to do the same, as there will be a raffle for all towel-wearing library users. Also between 15.00 and 15.30 the first three chapters of Hitchhikers guide to the galaxy are read.
  • In Lahti, Finland, there’s again a geocaching event. They’ll meet @ 16:42 at the Central Marketplace of Lahti. Quick’n'dirty translation: "First we'll marvel each others’ towels, then we’ll move to some nearby bar. Come as you are, as long as you don’t panic, and you bring your towel with you." Details and RSVP on Geocaching.com
  • In Tampere, hoopy froods will meet once again @ Jack the Rooster to have soms beers in a relaxed atmosphere. If enough people turn up there may be a quiz. Bring your towel! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Turku, Cosmic Comic Cafe presents its 12th annual Towel Day. Theirs might be the first and oldest ongoing bad poetry night on Towel Day, they started in 2006. Their poetry night is not a competition. The poems will be churned out by the audience on the spot. The texts will be recited aloud immediately. No reviews, no judges, no competition, no tomorrow! The half an hour long poetry shows begin at 19 o'clock and repeat every hour until 23 o'clock. At midnight you are welcome to participate in the competition for The Worst Universe Creation Story in the History of the Universe (including necessary time before the birth of cosmos, if applicable). The prizes include petunias, whales, masses of brainless followers, and beer. The one man 8-bit synthesizer assembly line euroSIDious will provide musical background for the evening. The Towel Day veteran attendees of Turun yliopiston tieteiskulttuurikabinetti Tutka ry (The Science Culture Cabinet of Turku University - Tutka association) will have a bad poetry workshop in Cosmic, beginning already at 6 o'clock, and they will act as the judges for the Universe Creation Story competition. Bring your towel with you, dull your pen and let your large intestine throttle your brain. The towel will also give you a discount on Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters. While waiting for the t-day, The Finnish Towel Day site will be publishing daily horrible poems dug up from the last year's archive, and introducing Towel Day activities around the globe. More info and contact: Cosmic Comic Cafe Facebook and website, and their Towel Day site.
FRANCE
  • In Bordeaux, boardgames/role playing games association EDIL celebrates Towel Day! They'll play science fiction games and have a SF quizz. Entrance free for members, 2 euro for non-members. All are welcome! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Lille, from 14.00 until 23.00 Towel Day will be celebrated at the Dernier Bar avant la Fin du Monde: "Vous êtes invités à emporter avec vous une serviette de bain pendant la journée. Un concours de la plus belle serviette sera organisé pour l’occasion. Du papier sera à disposition pour écrire vos meilleurs poèmes Vogons! Une sélection et un affichage du meilleur poème sera faite par l'équipe! Et pour finir vous pourrez jouer et tentez votre chance au générateur d'improbabilités infinies! Venez le découvrir!" Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Nice, A Vous De Jouer presents "Concours Cosplay, Towel Day et dernières soirées jeux", with: "Mega blind test - Concours Cosplay - Apportez votre serviette et pensez à Douglas Adams... La serviette la plus originale gagnera un cocktail et un jeu!" Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Paris, an impressive programme has been prepared by le Grand Ordre de la Serviette (for the 10th time!) and their partners Super Vegan and Les Jeux Sont Faits.
    • 15.00: Opening of the legendary Towel Day Olympics at the Martin Luther King park (Paris 17 ème, subway station Brochant), on the big lawn circled in red on this image. You will have the chance to compete in the traditional disciplines (throwing, running...) but also a number of new ones created especially for the tenth edition! Competition will be quite hard this year, as many champions from previous years will be participating. Please make sure to be there before 15.00 as teams will be composed before the start of the Towel Olympics.
    • 19.00: Towel Day celebrations will continue nearby with an after starting at 19.00 at Super Vegan (118 rue des Moines 75017, Métro Brochant ou Guy Môquet). Their splendid restaurant (2 floors, seating for 50) will welcome you and the kitchen will be ready to provide you with their specialties (burgers, kebabs, etc.), you can drink alcoholic or non alcoholic beverages, and there wil be snacks (not just peanuts!) The winners of the Towel Day Olympics will choose the music and Les Jeux Sont Faits will provide numerous games. Don't hesitate to bring your favourite games, so other people can discover them!
    It's going to be a pleasant day with great people and... DON'T FORGET YOUR TOWEL!
    Details and RSVP on Facebook
GERMANY
  • In Backnang, Towel Day will celebrated again in daswohnzimmer, a well-known bar and lounge! It starts at 19:42 and lasts until 03:00. There will be special decorations, crazy competitions, absurd liquor called "Frostschutzmittel", mad cocktail, "Pangalaktischer Donnergurgler", Hitchhiker travel food package (beer + peanuts). Aditionally, the youth representative of the city of Backnang invites you for a mutual exchange. Tell your opinion and get a drink on the house! Alcoholic drinks are excluded. So get your towel and go crazy! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Berlin, at 20.00 Towel Day is celebrated at C-base, a non-profit association for learning about software, hardware and networks. Once again there it involves a Space drink mixing contest, aboard the crashed space-station. More
  • In Esslingen, Die Partei, a satirical party, demands the 25th of May to be made an official holiday: Come along and make your contribution by signing our petition. Taste the unique Pangalactic Gargle Blaster and experience its effect! Bring your most beautiful towel, and let it compete in our beauty contest! With book signing - Douglas Adams signs your book! Towel Throwing Championship - how far does your towel fly?" Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Frankfurt Am Main, geocachers are meeting at 19:42, there will a speech, writing in the journal and TB's, questions and answers about life, the universe and everything, and at 20:42 a group picture. Details on Geocaching.com
  • In Gau Algesheim, customers who visit book store Lesen und Leben (Marktplatz 4) carrying a towel on their shoulder, in their hand or on their head and agree to pose for a picture, receive a small gift. Details and RSVP on Allevents
  • In Hamburg, Towel Day will be celebrated for the fourth year in a row. The event starts at 17.42 at Platz ohne Namen. Every life form is welcome to share some Pangalactic Gargle Blasters, some readings, towel sports, some scientific enlightments, a short cultural history of the towel, peanuts & all the rest. THey still accept submissions in form of more adams readings, vogon poems, intergalactic lectures & planetary workshops, please contact them via their webpage. Things are going to happen if you make them happen. Don't forget your towel and lawn chair.
  • In Hanover, Lister Laube sells Pangalaktischer Donnergurgler for 5 euro, from 12.00 until 22.00. Towels and bathrobes are encouraged. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Jena, there's a special blood donation action for Towel Day: the first 42 new donors will receive a red towel in addition to the Aufwandsentschädigung. Science City Jena Player Julius Wolf has already secured his towel. All blood donors also have the chance to win a jersey signed by him until next Friday. Source.
  • In Kiel, geocachers will meet from 19.00 to 20.00 at the end of the Kiel firth. There's a lottery and a contest for the most beautiful towel. No Vogons please!
  • In Krefeld, geocachers will gather to remember the late Douglas Adams en talk about their common hobby. Many of them have undoubtedly been inspired by the man. The journal will be open from 20.30 until 21.00. Details on Geocaching.com
  • In Mönchengladbach, geoachers are celebrating Towel Day (from 17.00 until 17.30) for the third time now. There's place to park or land. Bring a towel and pose for the group picture! Details on Geocaching.com
  • In Schuttern, geocachers are meeting for a fifth Stammtisch in Gasthaus Prinzen from 18:30 until around 22:00. There is space for a maximum of 35 persons, so please indicate with how many people you're going to attend. If there are more registrations, a waiting list will be created. Details on Geocaching.com
  • In Stuttgart, access to the Planetarium is free for everyone who carries a towel on Towel Day 2018! Non-towelers are charged the regular admission fee for planetarium shows. Paper towels or other provisional gear are not accepted. A limited supply of adequately designed "Don't-Panic-towels" is offered for sale in the planetarium. However, no obligation to buy. Address: Carl-Zeiss-Planetarium, Willy-Brandt-Str. 25, 70173 Stuttgart Announcement.
  • In Verden, geocachers meet at 18.00 and will celebrate in the Holy Restaurant at the end of Verden (Germany). ;-) Details on Geocaching.com
  • The Goethe Institut posted about Towel Day.
  • Energy company Q1 is running a competition. If you reply to their post with your favourite quote from the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, you could win a high quality towelj. (deadline May 30 23:42)
HUNGARY
  • In Debrecen, the Debreceni Moly Klub celebrates Towel Day for the 9th time. This time they gather at Ady park and will probably read some Vogon poetry. RSVP and details on Facebook
  • In Kecskemét, Towel Day will be celebrated for the second time. At 16:42 there's a meeting at the main square, with a towel beautfy contest and the answer to the final question: "42" Bring your towel with you. Bring your party with you. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Szeged, at LvL Up Esport Bár from 14.00 until midnight people who enter with a towel will receive a 10%¨discount on beer and lemonades. Details and RSVP on Facebook
INDIA IRELAND
  • In Cloughjordan, from 5.30pm until 6.30 there's a reading of Episode Two of the radio play of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy at the Cloughjordan Amphitheatre. The live stream on Facebook starts at 6pm. Audience participation is essential in the production of the highly sophisticated sound effects and to help the band with the theme tune. You'll be able to find the live stream on Caoimhiers Vogonity Woods FB page. Join them, be part of the play and do the sound effects at home. They'll hear you through their intergalactic HHGTTG listening device - developed to ensure all readings and participation in the HHGTTG is properly monitored. All hoopy froods welcome. Towel essential, dressing gown optional. Source
ITALY
  • Guida Galattica Per Autostoppisti Italian Fandom is running a photo contest ("best picture with your towel"). Win a towel with the words DON'T PANIC printed in large friendly letters, just like the Guide! It's an online event, so everyone can participate.
  • In Bologna, the 2005 movie will be shown at the Cinema Medica Palace (via Monte Grappa, 9) – Bologna, Italy.
    Caution: event reserved to those who already acquired a Biografilm Follower Card: https://www.biografilm.it/en/accreditation/
    Programme:
    • 9 pm buffet
    • 10 pm presentation of the imminent edition of BIografilm Festival – International Celebration of Lives, a film festival whose main theme this year will be "DON’T PANIC"
    • After the presentation, the movie The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Garth Jennings will be shown.
  • In Chianciano Terme, during Starcon, all visitors are invited to carry a towel on Friday. There will be a group picture and a surprise.
  • In Milan, ON SUNDAY MAY 27TH, GOMMA - Piccolo e gioioso festival d'illustrazione and Circolo Agorà celebrate Towel Day from 14.00 until 23.00 with:
    • Exhibition of Silvia Mauri's market-Illustration- Flupazzi - Francesco Pirini - Alice Temporin-Senz'H - Simone Fumagalli Illustration - Tout Contre - Victim Count
    • Exhibition of the Illustrated Hitchhhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 30 illustrations printed on fine paper, by Mi Chiamo Zeta, OWL Good Night Design, Pierpaolo Paoletti, Giada Gunetti / Design, Gloria Faureiana Martinelli, Sara Tiano Illustration. Inside each box there is also an extra print in the risograph and on the back of each illustration there is a faithful description of the scene represented, taken from the original book. The guide cover was designed and created by Senz'H.
    • Happy hour from 19
    • Vogon poetry reading by Paolo Agrati, at 19.30 (two moments of 20 minutes with pause)
    • DJ Set from 21 of Gabrawearsprada and Flavio FLevar
    Free Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster for froods who carry a towel!
    Free entrance with Arci card.
    Paranoid androids are welcome.
    Bring your towel!
    Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • Also in Milan, Towel Day is celebrated at Forgia from 20.00 until midnight. Bring your towel and enjoy "Quizzone improbabile", "Hamburger speciale" and "Cocktail galattici per autostoppisti"! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Parma, hitchhikers can find eachother at 20.00 in Bar Kikko Assistenza Enogastronomica. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Pisa, Libreria L’Orsa Minore presents its sixth Towel Day with various initiatives dedicated to reading and entertainment:
    • From 10.30 people carrying a towel will be entitled to a discount on books, guides and maps.
    • Starting at 17.00 you can recite Vogon poetry (classic or written by you), listen to the Infinite Improbability Readings, mimic book titles imitating your friend by participating in the "Mimo Arma Point of View", wait for the Deep Thought answers to your Question , enjoy the Last Aperitif Terrestrial or see the film Gudia Galattica for Hitchhikers.
    • 5.00 pm - Vogon Poetry Contest: read aloud the great Vogon classics or your original compositions to torment your friends
    • 5.45 pm - Improbability Readings (Infinite): open the Galactic Guide at random, read the page and travel through his words
    • 6.30 pm - Mimo Arma Punto di Vista: miming book titles by imitating one of the friends you are playing with
    • 7.15 pm - U.A.T. Last Terrestrial Aperitif: aperitif with Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster shots and cashew nuts
    • 7.45 pm - The Answers of Deep Thought: send your basic questions about life, the universe and everything to the library and you will receive a unique answer
    • 9.00 pm - Galactic Guide for Hitchhikers: book your place to see the movie in the bookstore
    Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Reggio Calabria Guida Galattica per Autostoppisti Italian Fandom and Associazione Role & Roll celebrate Towel Day. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Rome, Associazione Guida 42 welcomes you for a Towel Day event at Next Music Academy & Studios, via Tito Labienl 68/e from 6:30pm, for a Vogon Poetry Contest and they'll show the magazine "Guida 42". Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Turin, Douglas Adams fans meet at Irish pub The Eagle House HE EAGLE HOUSE from 19:45 to drink and chat about their intergalactic travels, wait for a passing space ship that can pick them up... and maybe improvise a Vogon Poetry slam! Details and RSVP on Facebook.
MEXICO
  • In Mexico City, everybody is invited to the Towel Day celebration that will take place at the Purple Rabbit (Manuel J. Othon #223, Col. Transito). It'll start at 5pm, they'll have snacks, travel food, drinks and tea, with some gifts for all towel-carrying travelers.
  • For the seventh year in a row, Esteban Cisneros, who teaches Spanish and Literature to seventh and ninth graders at the Albanta "University for Kids", organizes Towel Day celebrations. There will be Vogon poetry reading, towel carrying, a little garden party and they have been reading excerpts from the books since the week before. Five of the Vogon poems were selected for publication at Mongo, a pop culture blog. Pictures can be found here.
  • Es Lo Cotidiano published "¡Cuidado con los vogones!", an article by Esteban Cisneros that explained that the Vogons are already among us (awful poetry, bucreaucracy, politics, etc.)
NETHERLANDS
  • In Hilversum, at 19.00 geocachers are meeting for the "Tweede Hilversumse Handdoekevent". The organizer writes "Het is uiteraard het leukst als iedereen die komt daadwerkelijk een handdoek meeneemt." RSVP and details on Geocaching.com
  • In Hoogeveen, at 19.00 geocachers are having a short meeting for Towel Day. Please RSVP (there's a limit of 40-50 people) and of course bring your towel! Details and RSVP on Geocaching.com
  • In Rotterdam, Towel Day will be celebrated for the fourth time. Location is Cafe Pardoen and it will start at 18:42. The edition will feature: Pangalactic Gargleblasters, Vogon Poetry Contest, Dwarfish Battle Bread Battle, Elvish Impersonation Competition, and much, much more! Prizes galore! For truth, justice, freedom, reasonably priced love, and a hard boiled egg! Don't forget your towel! Details and RSVP on Facebook.
  • Q42, a Dutch company that works on apps, websites, connected devices, games and VR, continues its tradition of giving away cool towels. Instructions on how to get one can be found here.
NEW ZEALAND
  • In Wellington, New Zealand’s first sci-fi bar PhotonFlux is celebrating Towel Day and Geek Pride Day! Details and RSVP on Facebook
NORWAY
  • In Bergen, hoopy froods are getting together for Towel Day. Check out the details/discussion on Facebook
POLAND
  • In Mikołów, Śląskie, our friend Pawel once more organizes a geocaching event at which the first chapter of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy wil be read, people will sit together on towels and chairs and have some fun! A group picture will be taken. Details on Geocaching.com.
  • Pawel, the organizer of the above geocaching event, works at a school in Ornontowice and may like two years ago run a competition for kids, with an award for the class that brings most towels and wears bathrobes. He even plans to wear one during lessons.
  • In Warsaw, there's a geocaching event. During this first edition there will be talking, a group photo, etc. This time no Vogon poetry singing contest, longest towel competition, Babel fish use, watching the extended version of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy with footnotes by the authors, Ford Prefect and probably ... Vogons. Don't forget to carry a towel! (during the event or even all day). Details and RSVP on Geocaching.com.
ROMANIA
  • In Timisoara, the couch surfing community is preparing its seventh Towel Day celebration! Location TBA depending on weather forecast. Details and RSVP on Couchsurfing.com Here's a pic from last year.
SINGAPORE
  • Mensa Singapore and the Irish Graduates Association of Singapore will be celebrating Towel Day by holding their annual geek quiz. The top 3 winning teams will get cash prizes. The lucky draw prize is The Infinity Gauntlet! Each attendee will also get a funko pop doorgift. Details and tickets on Eventbrite
SLOVAKIA
  • Martinus.sk, big online shop and biggest bookshop in Slovakia celebrates Towel Day and the unforgettable humour of Douglas Adams in their 10 bookstores across Slovakia and online, as in previous years. They celebrate Towel Day because they really love Douglas Adams and his special sense of humour.
    On Towel Day, they present:
    • Special all-day 25% discount on sci-fi and fantasy books
    • Competition on their Facebook page - 3 photos of the most creative usage of towel will be rewarded with exclusive Hitchhikers "Don't panic!" towel.
    • Competition on their Instagram - 2 fans who write their most favourite quote from any sci-fi or fantasy book will be rewarded with exclusive Hitchhikers "Don't panic!" towel.
  • In Trenčín, geoachers are meeting from 17.00 until at least 17.30 in a park near the train station. A group photo will be taken during a collective attempt to hitchhike a ride on a space ship (put those thumbs high in the air!). Details on Geocaching.com
SOUTH AFRICA
  • Roland Gaspar talked about Towel Day on air on algoa.fm. Here's a picture taken in the studio.
SOUTH KOREA
  • In Seoul there's the Third Korean Towel Day Party, from 18.00-22.00. Details and RSVP on Facebook
SPAIN
  • In Barcelona, Towel Day celebrations are being presented by Gracia Territori Sonor (non-profit for the promotion of experimental music and its interaction with other arts) at the headquarters: C/ Igualada, 10 - baixos (Barcelona). Programme:
    1. 19:00 Doors open, welcome speech and introduction
    2. Short talks, by Victor Nubla and one or two other speakers still to be fixed
    3. Mancebía Postigo collective: preparing the "Pan-galactic gargle blaster" cocktail
    4. Introduction to the game "42" - this game was invented by Victor Nubla and Ignacio Lois, members of the “Benèvola Federació” (Benevolent Federation) on the 25th May 2011 and it is based on the novel The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams. There’s no need of boards or pieces or any external item.
      The basic rules are:
      1. Each game consists of several rounds and should be played by at least two players if and then they are different persons.
      2. The first player tells any cultural reference containing any positive integer (eg. the French Revolution of 1789)
      3. The following player, located at the right hand side of the first, makes a basic arithmetic operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication or division) on that number by using an integer extracted from another cultural reference (eg: The start of Spanish Civill war in 1936 - the french revolution of 1789 = 147).
      4. one player wins the round if the result of his/her operation is 42.
      5. The player that wins more rounds wins the game
      6. Integers 1 and 42 cannot be used
      Here are the full rules
    5. Playing the game "42"
    6. Delivery of the prize to the winner, consisting of the Trilogy and records produced by Gràcia Territori Sonor
    If possible, we will connect with other inventor of the game, the musician Ignacio Lois, currently based in Buenos Aires (Argentina), by skype.
  • In San Sebastién, the Egia library is celebrating Towel day for the third year. They will put up informative posters about Towel Day, proposed science fiction books as the theme of the month, and on Towel Day the librarians will bring a towel. There will be a raffle for library users. Last year the prize was a towel and this year there will be an umbrella too. Very useful for the hitchhiker either closed (such as cane, crutch, stick, club, skewer, sword, pole to keep the balance on a tightrope, extra long finger to hitchhike ...) as open (to make shade, hide, as a parachute, to sing in the rain, put face up like a small orchard, to collect rainwater, dance around ... and of course, if it's still whole, to shelter from the rain)
SWEDEN
  • In Borlänge, Ulf Skei will spend the day at the library cafe drinking almost but not totally tea and reading h2g2. Do join if you feel like it. Remember your towel.
  • In Gävle, "Gefle Science-Fiction" will meet up at the local water hole, a.k.a The Bishops Arms, and celebrate Towel Day from 15:00-ish. Recitation of vogon poetry are optional, beer and peanuts (and towels!) are mandatory. All while waiting for the world to end. The Bishops Arms are to be found at: http://tinyurl.com/on8shbv
  • In Örebro, Towel Day is celebrated with a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy-themed meetup and dinner! (yes, at the very end of the universe, where else?) It is organized by two geekettes at the ABF (the Workers' Educational Assocation, Sweden’s largest adult liberal education association). Everyone is welcome and visitors are of course encouraged to wear a towel. They start at 17.00 at ABF Örebro, Fredsgatan 18. The evening contains high points such as dinner, a Hitchhiker's quiz, an art exhibition and information about our nerd-themed study groups and lectures. They also have Örebros own comic book library with them this evening, to offer easy access to Hitchhiker's-related literature and other nerdy book stuff! Afterwards, they´re going to the local pub to wait for the end of the world. This event is part of an platform they call "Nördkultur" that regularly holds study groups and lectures on subjects like super heroes, table top and science fiction novels. Details and RSVP on Facebook
RUSSIA
  • In Moscow, there's "Towel Day aka Mike Spirit's Birthday" at Mendeleev, starting at 22.00. With DJ's Mike Spirit b2b Sergey Sanchez, and warm up by Thierry Tomas. Entrance is free, FC, casual dress-code is welcome. Details and RSVP on Facebook
UNITED KINGDOM
  • Stephen Fry tweeted "Happy #TowelDay world, galaxy and cosmos"
  • The Royal Instition tweeted "A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have, so @Kevin_Fong sent one to @astro_timpeake back in the 2015 #xmaslectures. Happy #TowelDay everyone! Wear yours to pay tribute to Douglas Adams, author of 'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy'"
  • The Royal Society tweeted "In honour of the legendary Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author, Douglas Adams. Do not forget your towel today! #TowelDay"
  • Highgate Cemetery, where Douglas Adams' ashes were buried, is aware of Towel Day, and will welcome visitors who come to pay their respects to Douglas Adams, who is buried in the East Cemetery. Open 10am to 5pm, last entry 4.30pm. £4 adults, children free.
  • In London, before the Islington Tour and Stand Up for Towel Day check out the new Owl & Hitchhiker pub if you are free in the afternoon from 15.30–16.45. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In London, before attending Stand Up for Towel Day, be sure to catch the Douglas Adams tour of Islington by David Haddock, a knowledgeable hoopy frood from ZZ9 Plural Z Alpha, the official Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy Appreciation Society:
    "Meet at Angel tube station (outside the Royal Bank of Scotland) at 17:30 for departure at 17:42 to visit sites around Islington that influenced Douglas Adams, the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy and Dirk Gently. Finish at Arlington Avenue around 18:45 in time to get to Stand Up for Towel Day". Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • Later in London, from 19.30-22.30, comedian Rachel Wheeley is once more organising a Stand Up for Towel Day comedy gig: "We're Belgium well doing it again! Comics, Hitch-Hiker fans, poets and Vogons unite for the second annual Stand Up for Towel Day! Swagger down to the Star of Kings, 5 minutes from Kings Cross, for a celebration of all things Hitch-hiker, in memory of Douglas Adams.
    • Pan-Galactic Gargle Blasters! Last year we were given a special recipe by Andy Mil of The Cocktail Trading Co., they really are the best in the Galaxy.
    • Vogon poetry anti-slam hosted by 'Poentry' poet, Samantha Baines, starring Vogon laureate, Cerys Bradley.
    • More 'investigative journalism' by Science Showoff's Steve X Cross
    • The Story Beast with another fantastic take on the H2G2 'trilogy' (‘One of the wonders of the Fringe.’ ????? Mirror ‘A thing of wonder.’ ???? Fest ‘White hot brilliance’ ???? Time Out)
    • Q&A with award winning audio director, producer & writer, Dirk Maggs*, and the closest thing on Earth to Ford Prefect: Geoff McGivern* hosted by Kevin Jon Davies
    • More sets written especially for the night by Iszi Lawrence Angus Dunican Cary Boots Michael Conterio and SUfTD's answer to Lintilla, an archeologist with a broken finger, Paul Duncan McGarrity
    • Prizes for the best costumes! If in doubt, simply wear a dressing gown, or bring a towel! Or for more inspiration, email merchandise@zz9.org
    All the proceeds will go to Save the Rhino. No Strags."
    Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • And to finish your night in London, the recently renamed Owl and Hitchhiker pub (which has dressing gowns on coat hangers for customers and Hitchiker references in the decoration of the pub) is having a "Bring A Towel Disco", on Friday 25th from 9pm till 2am. If you bring your towel you get a free drink. They have an Arthur Dent mannequin and doing a selfie with him and tagging the pub on instagram gets prizes, etc. Lots of other fun stuff too. They have a website and Facebook (don't forget your towel!)
  • Also in London, THE DAY AFTER TOWEL DAY, ON SATURDAY 26TH MAY starting at 19.00, the Vogon Poetry Slam is back!
    WORST POET WINS!
    The Vogon Poetry Slam is part tribute to Douglas Adams, part geek-out, and part release valve for the occasional stinker that all creatives occasionally make. Come, hoopy froods, for a night of nerding, gnashing of teeth, and tortuously bad poetry.
    We also have booked acts (complete nerds who are also excellent poets) Sez Thomasin and reigning Vogon Poetry Slam Champion Robin Lamboll.
    THE SLAM
    We have 10 places in the Vogon Poetry Slam and slots are 3 minutes each. You can ask for a place here or sign up on the night. Bring your nerdiest poetry or your hilariously bad work. Want to explain how lasers work in rhyming couplets? Excellent! Want to read your angsty teenage poetry now that it's hilarious? Awesome! Want to come in character and costume? Welcome aboard! Want to read something that is just a genuinely good poem? GET IN THE AIRLOCK.
    (Also, general rule for slammers: no kicking down - no sexism, racism, xenophobia, transphobia etc etc just don't be a dick, innit?)
    ACTS
    • ROBIN LAMBOLL - REIGNING VOGON SLAM CHAMPION: Robin uses metaphors from weird interests to simultaneously explore science and the human world. They have been Cambridge Slam Champion, National Hammer and Tongue Finalist and roundhouse slam runner-up. Also, their mum was once published in the same magazine as Douglas Adams and was paid slightly more.
    • SEZ THOMASIN is an autistic, genderqueer poet and social justice worrier from Sheffield. Their work has been published by Picaroon, WordLife and in Kate Bornstein’s My New Gender Workbook. They are a multi slam winner and the host of the spoken word night Verse Matters in Sheffield. Their debut pamphlet Historical Plans Of How Romans Made Drains is available from Picaroon.
    • Hosts: Hannah Chutzpah Poet, Laurie Eaves and Raphael Kabo.
    Entry: £5. £3 concessions and slammers. Pay on the door. Details and RSPV on Facebook
  • In Bristol, to celebrate Towel Day, The Clockwork Rose will be offering 2 for £14 on the best drink in the Galaxy, The "Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster" and the last drink in the Universe, the "Bring Me That Event Horizon" Anyone carrying a towel will not be made to endure Vogon poetry! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Leamington Spa (Warwickshire), Temperence cafe will be playing the original radio series and showing the film Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy in the Magic Lantern room. As a special treat, everyone who turns up wearing a dressing gown or carrying a towel will be given a nice cup of tea. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Manchester, on Thursday 24 and Friday 25 May you can attend the play "We Apologise for the Inconvenience" about Douglas Adams and a duck battling deadlines. Starring Adam Gardiner as DOUGLAS ADAMS and Rob Hudson as THE DUCK. Written by Mark Griffiths, Directed by Ross Kelly and Produced by Gareth Kavanagh and Matt Charlton. Animation by Andrew Orton, with an original score by Paul Philips. Details and tickets here
  • In Pickens, SC, on Towel Day Pickens Country Library System invites you to celebrate with them at 15.30: "Bring a towel or blanket and watch the movie! Snacks will be provided but feel free to bring your own as well!" Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Rickmansworth (a small town in Hertfordshire) Towel Day 2018 is celebrated with a treasure hunt and a visit to a café. Contact 01923 713622 or fundraising@watfordmencap.org.uk to register. Costs only £2 per person and all money raised goes towards supporting local people with learning disabilities.
  • In Southampton, bring a towel with you to tabletop game café Board in the City and get a free cup of tea. Details and RSVP on Facebook
UNITED STATES
  • In Smyrna, DE, Painted Stave Distilling will launch a malt whiskey containing 42 different types of malts on May 25th. It has been aging away for almost two years and will be bottled in late April. There will be about 300 bottles total. There are plans to host a Towel Day party at the distillery for the release (themed cocktails, food, fun, etc.) It will be available at in Smyrna, DE, USA and in very limited distribution in Delaware and Maryland, USA. Pre-sale tickets for the whiskey are available here (the whiskey can only be picked up locally)
  • In Belleville, IL, Towel Day is celebrated at 5pm at 4204-Main Street Brewing Company (4204 W Main St). Don't forget your towel! Details and RSVP on Allevents
  • In Berlin Heights, OH, the Berlin Twp Public Library announces: "BYOBT (Bring Your Own Bath Towel) and celebrate the works of Douglas Adams by giving it a new purpose any galactic hitchhiker would love. Towels will be cut and sewn - please keep this in mind. Registration required. Call 419-588-2250 to save your spot." Details on Facebook
  • In Boise, ID, pop culture gift shop Re-POP Gifts are celebrating Towel Day with FREE screen printed tea towels! Towels are free with a minimum $10 purchase, one per customer, while supplies last. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Leadville, CO, you can take your towel to Periodic Brewing and enjoy some good craft beer. Pb is the world's highest craft brewery. A limited number of 42 "Don't Panic There's Beer" towels will be available to purchase for Towel Day to honor Douglas Adams at both Pb Leadville and Pb Northglenn. The ultimate bar or gym towel. Bring it on, Beer Geeks! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • in Boonsboro, MD, the program for May 25th of the Boonsboro activity nutrition site for senior citizens mentions: "11:30 a.m.: Lunch, towel day (bring a towel to lunch)". Source
  • In Brooklyn, NY, there's "J Swagger vs the Way Station, pt4: Towel Day". "Come see me play music! I promise my voice will crack like a twelve year old's at least three times. 7pm start time, no cover (but tip me so I can buy beer and fall on my face again) Embarrassing stories, whiskey, and wild, wild women" Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Damariscotta, ME, from May 23 - June 2, Smitten Collectibles & Nerdy Treasures will accept donations of old towels and other needed items for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter in Edgecomb in celebration of Towel Day, Thursday, May 25. In appreciation of donations, the store is happy to give customers a 20 percent discount on their entire purchase. This discount is stackable with Smitten’s Level Up Titan discount as well. Towel Day is celebrated on May 25 worldwide in honor of Douglas Adams, author of “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy.” It was in this radio series and its follow-up book that Adams wrote, "A towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have." Towels come in pretty handy at the shelter, too. In addition to towels, the following items are also acceptable donations: old bedding, Frontline Plus flea and tick treatment for dogs or cats, dry dog food (any brand with no red dyes added), laundry detergent (any brand), and paper towels. Donations can be dropped off at Smitten Collectibles & Nerdy Treasures at 2 Hodgdon St., Damariscotta. The response last year was amazing, and Smitten is hopeful it will be even larger this year. Store hours are Wednesday and Thursday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Please note that the store will be closed this year on Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26. Only one discounted shopping trip per customer/Level Up card, please.
    Source
  • In Eureka Heights, TX, Eureka Heights Brew Co celebrates Towel Day their own way: "What amazing adventures do we have planned? How about some double dry hopped and fruited variants of Mostly Harmless on tap including:
    • Mostlysaic - Mostly Harmless DDH w/ Mosaic
    • Total Perspective Vortex - Mostly Harmless DDH w/ Galaxy
    • and Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster - Mostly Harmless w/Mangos
    Along with that super amazing beer lineup they've got Eureka Heights golf towels and a super limited amount of Mostly Harmless glassware. Glassware is complete with a laser etched 42 for nucleation sites.
    After the tap room closes they're headed to Petrol Station to watch the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy movie at 10pm. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Forth Worth, TX, English teacher Christianne Wojcik will be organising Towel Day festivities at Fort Worth Academy of Fine Arts, a selective admission arts school for students age 8-18. "For my grade 7 English class, we study Hitchhiker’s for our final book of the year. Students create a "Don’t Panic" box for younger students to help them be more prepared for the upcoming grade promotion to middle school. On May 25th, my students give their boxes to younger students at a Towel Day party. Boxes include notes of encouragement and symbolic items from the books we read. My favorite item in a box last year was a small jar that contained 42 “Babel” fish (actually, candy Swedish fish!)."
  • In Hopkinsville, KY, at 18.00 Elements of Self Defense will host a 2 hour workshop exploring the many uses of a towel for self defense. They will be providing EoSD towels for your use and for you to take home. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Houston, TX, at Comicpalooza, at 5pm Kevin Garcia will be talking about Douglas Adams and his wholly remarkable books (and shows, and games, and...) Details here.
  • Also in Houston, TX, at The Petrol Station you can celebrate Towel Day with the 2005 movie The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy on the big screen in the back backyard. All Eureka Heights beers will be $3. Dogs welcome. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Marietta, GA, (just north of Atlanta), the Sewell Mill Library is having a special Towel Day screening of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie at 7 PM on the big screen in their black box theater! Details here.
  • In Michigan City, IN, Shoreline Brewery invites you to grab your favorite traveling towel and stop in for a $3 pints of Don't Panic. Festive activities to take place all day long! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Lansdowne, PA, Lansdowne Public Library celebrate: "Grab your towel and stop by the library for sci-fi crafts, quizzo, and fun all day long. Be sure to show the staff your towel to get your own "Don't Panic" button. At 3:00 pm, join us for a Star Trek board game to conclude our day. If you have questions please contact Laura and Alex at 610-623-0239." Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Las Vegas, NV, Millennium Fandom Bar encourages visitors to cosplay characters from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy or at least carry a towel on their shoulder and/or wear a bathrobe. 9pm. No cover. 21+Only. 'Cosplay or not, let's Fandom!! Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Lincoln, NE, local software development firm Don't Panic Labs will hold their second annual Towel Day drive. The drive kicks off at 9 am outside the Don’t Panic Labs offices at 151 N 8th Street in Lincoln’s Historic Haymarket District (just outside of KD Designs and Scooters). Team members will be on hand to collect towels that will be donated to the People’s City Mission. Any condition of towel will be accepted. The team will receive donations until 3 pm. The date of the drive holds special meaning for Don’t Panic Labs. The company’s name was inspired by Adams’ best-known novel, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, where the words “Don’t Panic” are printed on the cover of the Guide. "It looks like Douglas Adams was right when he wrote that towels are ‘the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have,’" said Doug Durham, CTO and co-founder of Don’t Panic Labs. "The Mission told us that each of their guests gets their own towel to keep. Since they have over 1,200 individuals stay with them throughout the year, it really adds up. That opened our eyes to the size and scope of the need." In 2017, the company collected 800 towels on Towel Day. Their goal is to collect 1,000 towels this year.
  • In Longmont, CO, Shoes & Brews will be hosting National Towel Day's Sci-Fi Trivia at 19.00. "Trivia masters Jessi and Roger are gonna rock out 16 killer questions AND an audience participation half time competition for a level of fun you wont find at ANY OTHER TRIVIA NIGHT! Get there early, we usually run out of room around 15 minutes before start time, so come on in and grab a spot!" Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Minneapolis, MN, ON SATURDAY MAY 26TH (so that more people can participate) Hecks Angels Twin Cities Scooter Club and Twin Cities Scooter Collective are celebrating their second annual Towel Day. They will start with a reading at the Mojo Coffee Gallery in Minneapolis, Minnesota at 11 AM. They will then proceed with a group scooter ride on the parkways of Minneapolis and St. Paul ending, after a 2 hour ride, at Merlin's Rest Public House. They will once again celebrate the life Douglas Adams with readings, a nosh and a toast or two.
  • In Orlando, FL, come and celebrate Towel Day at Gods & Monsters: "Bring your towel out to Gods & Monsters on May 25th, from 11am-midnight, and you'll get 15% OFF STOREWIDE! We'll also be playing The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie and TV series on our TVs throughout the store and bar all day to get you into the spirit of the day. AND, after 6pm, all you 21+ towel holders (with valid ID) will get one FREE SHOT, in our post-apocalyptic bar, VAULT 5421!! (consignment items excluded from discounts)" Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Philadelphia, PA, Hitchhiker fans are invited to join the first edition of this Towel Day celebration, from 2-9pm at The Grey Lodge Pub, with:
    • Continuous readings from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy!
    • A special Evil Genius beer just for the event, So Long and Thanks for All the Fish, made with Swedish fish!
    • Free towel to the first 42 people!
    • Prizes for best costumes!
    • Pan Galactic Gargleblaster cocktails!
    • Fun & games!
    • Vogon Poetry contest!
    • And more!
    If you want to read, please email Scoats at scoats@greylodge.com
  • In San Antonio, TX, 2016 Towel Day Ambassador, Lisa Orozco invites you to go to The Winchester, have three pints and a packet of peanuts and wait for this all to blow over. Pan Galactic Gargleblasters will be available. Be sure to bring your Towel! All hoopy froods who bring a towel to the event get a commemorative button, while supplies last. Venue: Party Room of Winchester on Broadway. Time: 6:30 CTD.
  • In Warminster, PA, the Warminster Township Free Library presents the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy movie at 13.00. Popcorn provided and don't forget your towel! No registration required. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Washington, NJ, virtual reality experience and arcade Virtual42 lets hitchhikers save $5 Altairian Dollars (or American) while gitchhiking through the Omniverse. Don't forget your towel to prove your not a strag. Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Washington DC's National Harbor, the three day con Escape Velocity 2018 starts on Towel Day! The con looks brilliant and fun to us, it seems to be both about science AND science fiction. And there seems to be soms kind of Towel Day competition:

    What: 196 Cosmic Encounter Aliens Celebrate Towel Day at Escape Velocity 2018

    Where: USA Washington DC’s National Harbor – Marriott Gaylord , 201 Waterfront Street, National Harbor, MD 20745 at The Museum of Science Fiction’s Escape Velocity 2018 Con, Exhibit Hall Cosmic Encounter Location A2. https://escapevelocity.events/

    When: Friday May 25, 2018 - May 27, 2018

    Details: The Cosmic Encounter aliens who emerged on Earth bit before, but roughly within the same time span, as the Hitchhikers Guide To The Galaxy, took notice the other day that THE BIG COSMIC ENCOUNTER SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT was taking place on May 25, 2018 at escape Velocity.
    It was brought up by the HUMAN alien, power of Humanity (Mostly Harmless) that May 25 was Towel Day! And so it came to be that the Human proclaimed it would be mostly harmless if all the aliens observed Towel Day.Yeah, right.
    The 196 aliens (as a matter of course) got into a brouhaha about the true value of THE TOWEL and after a few nasty clashes, including using towels in ways that were heretofore undiscovered on one another, a deal was brokered and the whole unsettling matter was referrer to the oft maligned NOW WHAT sub committee run by the JUDGE alien, power of fiat.
    His and Her Honorable Judges proclaimed that any and all Cosmic Encounter aliens would participate in Towel Day under the caveat that an Alien - Towel connection must be:

    • Concocted by an Earth Human
    • Posted to social media with the tag #cosmicalientowelday
    • Emailed to info@cosmicencounter.com

    Winner: The aliens will decide on the winning post with the winner to receive whatever is revealed in the May 25 SURPRISE ANNOUNCEMENT

    Rules:

    • Be Human
    • Chose any of 196 Cosmic Aliens
    • Submit as many as you want for any number of aliens
    • Write, or draw, or video, or read or submit any combination for your alien / towel connection
    • Post anytime before May 28, 2018

    Hints:

    • Read the alien history
    • Play off the graphic
    • Think outside the solar system
    • Ask: How would the "alien" celebrate Towel Day?
    • Check http://www.towelday.org/index.html

    Don’t Panic

  • As in previous years, Barrister and Mann have brought back their 42 Collection: a limited edition towel, an eau de toilette called "42" only produced until the end of May 2018, etc. Unfortunately they don't ship outside of the US. Some other sites (like Amazon) have some of these products, but we haven't found the towel anywhere else.




Featured video: "Towel Day", composed by Alessandro Sbrogio', performed by the Magister Espresso Orchestra and animated by Valeria Cozzarini. Available from Itunes, Spotify and Deezer


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