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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 2018?

This list is growing all the time. Please e-mail us and we will add your event!


ONLINE / LOCATION INDEPENDENT / OFF PLANET/ PRESS

  • The ambassador contest has ended! This year's Intergalactic Towel Day Ambassador for Earth is Devin Pike! His mission is to build awareness and spread the news regarding 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!
  • 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.
  • 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 collecting the most beautiful pieces of C++ code that print "42". How to participate: you can send in your beautiful program that prints 42 by the 22th of May (included). Jonathan from fluentcpp.com will put together all the pieces of code into an exhibit post, and publish your programs on Fluent C++ on Friday the 25th of May, in celebration of Towel Day. This is not a contest, as in there won’t be one winner. Every piece of C++ code that prints out 42 will published on Fluent C++ that day, with your name next to it. Post about the event.
  • 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.
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
BRAZIL
  • 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
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
  • 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 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.
  • 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
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 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 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 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 Stuttgart, access to the Planetarium is free for everyone who carries a towel on Towel Day 2018!
  • 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
IRELAND
  • In Cloughjordan, there will be a reading of Episode Two of the radio play of the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. Details TBA.
ITALY
  • 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 Rome, Associazione Guida 42 welcomes you for a Towel Day event at Next Music Academy & Studios, via Tito Labienl 68/e for a Vogon Poetry Contest and they'll show the magazine "Guida 42".
  • 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.
NETHERLANDS
  • 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.
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 Perfect 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.
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 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
UNITED KINGDOM
  • 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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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


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




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