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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! Post for example a photo or video with your towel on the Towel Day Facebook page and enjoy other people's. Some alternatives are the Flickr group for pictures and of course YouTube for videos.


What is happening on Towel Day 2024?

This list is incomplete. Know about any Towel Day events we should add? Please mail us!


ONLINE EVENTS

  • The annual Towel Day Ambassador Contest has ended. Ken Kopacki has been democratically elected Towel Day Ambassador for 2024. One thing that made Ken an outstanding candidate are his existing efforts to spread copies of the Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. It's no exaggeration to say that he already was a true ambassador, long before being awarded the title!
    Ken Kopacki, 2024 Towel Day Ambassador
    His main responsibility will be representing Earth on May 25th at the Intergalactic Pandimensional Towel Day Gala. To support the enormous responsibility for the legacy of Douglas Adams, regional TDA assignments are as follows; Dan Ekberg - North and South America, Rio LaCour - Europe and Asia, Carol - Australia and Antartica, Ed Hunter - the UK and Africa.
    Our sincere congratulations to the new Ambassasor! Thanks to the contestants for making great videos and bringing awareness to Towel Day. And thanks to the contest organisers and all the hoopy froods who voted!
  • On the RPRepository.com forum, a community of 44780 gamers, writers and artists who love to role play, there's a proposal to create a thread for Towel Day art submissions and perhaps a little art museum based on H2G2. This is a good example of something you can do if you're very active in a forum where many Douglas Adams fans may be found!
  • Galactic Zine Zone is requesting contributions for something they plan to release on Towel Day on multiple online platforms. If you're interested, find and message them on Twitter or Tumblr. If you have an original art piece or something to say about the Hitchhiker's Guide, they're doing conversational interviews and surveys, some jokes and art and articles, and even fanfiction, if you're up for it. Check it out! Updates on the project posted frequently. It's unpaid but for camaraderie and credit to your work, but a beautiful project none the less!
  • On radio show The Witching Hour, host Nyx Fullmoon celebrates Towel Day on 4ZZZ.fm in Australia on Sunday from 10pm until midnight. Nyx is a big Douglas Adams fan, does this every year and she will be discussing Douglas Adams' works especially H2G2 and playing tons of clips. You can tune in to listen live or listen anytime afterwards.
  • Device42 celebrates Towel Day every year and this year you can win a very cool Don't Panic towel by scoring 60% or above in their online quiz on IT and the Hitchhiker's Guide! (limit 1 per person) Device42 are known for their full-stack agentless discovery and dependency mapping platform for Hybrid Cloud. It enables IT teams to run their operations more efficiently, solve problems faster, migrate and modernize with ease, and achieve compliance with flying colors. Device42 continuously discovers, maps, and optimizes infrastructure and applications across data centers and cloud, etc. These beings obviously know where their towels are.
    The quiz can be found here
  • The game Zero Hero celebrates Towel Day: "In order to be perfectly prepared for this special day, from 22/05/2024 to 26/05/2024 the Second Hand Shop is offering a matching fluffy drying utensil and a fishy translation aid, while the Donut Shop has “Towel Boxes” filled to the brim with goodies. So grab your towel and throw yourself into battle against the fiends of all the worlds!"
    Source


LOCATION BASED EVENTS


AUSTRALIA

  • In Perth, the observatory hosts a Towel Day Night Tour! Bring your towel and come to the Perth Observatory for an unforgettable night! Our volunteers will be ready to take you on a grand tour of the Southern Hemisphere's sky with a wide range of targets including nebulae, planets, dying stars, and enormous star clusters. As Douglas Adams wrote, a towel is about the most massively useful thing an interstellar hitchhiker can have. Book your tickets here!
    RSVP and details on Facebook
  • On radio show The Witching Hour, host Nyx Fullmoon celebrates Towel Day on 4ZZZ.fm in Australia on Sunday from 10pm until midnight. Nyx is a big Douglas Adams fan, does this every year, and she will be discussing Douglas Adams' works especially H2G2 and playing tons of clips. You can tune in to listen live or listen anytime afterwards.
BRAZIL
  • In Recife - PE, on 24, 25 and 26 May, the 12th edition of the Power-Kon Convention takes place and as usual Towel Day and Nerd Pride day will be celebrated. The annual event created in 2013 by Brazilian producer Kelmer Luciano started as a fan meeting but has now become a large business fair mixed with entertainment, updated for the technology and pop culture market, where more and more geeks, gamers, fans of comics, music and cinema. It keeps expanding and will now for the first time be held in Bairro da Tamarineira, at the Ferreira Costa Home Center event complex. It will be divided into several categories. Pop (entertainment culture, whether in comics, cartoons, video games, technology, films, series, games, Influencers in the digital universe, otaku culture, books, etc.). Towel Day and Nerd Pride Day are celebrated on May 25th as a tribute to Douglas Adams and t commemorate the release of Star Wars. With a program of more than 30 attractions this convention also marks 27 years of the company's career, which is linked to entertainment and leisure for the whole family in Brazil. The event is free, but the production thanks those who can participate in the donation campaign by bringing 1kg of non-perishable food.
    You can look forward to super attractions, such as geek stands from all over Brazil, well known special guests, themed geek environments and exhibitions for participating public, cosplay parade, nerd gourmet food court, shows, new talents, digital influencers, voice actors, Kpop contest, talkshow lectures with special guests, Japanese cuisine, dance competition, booths, video game championships, nerd Festival with attraction musical, among other things.
    Date: 24.25 and 26/May 2024, from 11am to 8pm.
    Location: Ferreira Costa Home Center-Unidade Tamarineira (4th Floor- R. Cônego Barata, 275 - Bairro Tamarineira, Recife - PE, 52051-020).
    Information: By phone/whatsapp +5581-98704.5450 (Kelmer Luciano-Producer) or on the event's Instagram
CANADA
  • In Edmonton from 9pm there's the Towel Day Bass Genre Blender, with LØSTRONAUT, Seaglass, SKZM, Meeberz, Mike Panic and Miss Kitty. Genres: bass house, cyberpunk, drum and bass, dubstep, psybass.
    Details and RSVP on Facebook
DENMARK
  • In Copenhagen, The Social Geek CPH once more hosts a picnic (if weather allows) in a park. They're hoping to enjoy the outdoors and the sun with some hoopy froods. Save the Date for this special SATURDAY Towel Day. Details and RSVP on Meetup.com and on Facebook
FINLAND
  • In Espoo Towel Day will be celebrated at the Fat Lizard brewery on 24 and 25 May. They are serving Throw in the Towel Scottish Ale, a collaboration between Fat Lizard and the ancient Turku brewery Radbrew, along with at least six pints of bitter. The kitchen serves Topo's Perfectly Normal Beast Sandwiches.
    The highlight will be the movie screening on Saturday: at 7:15 pm The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005) will be shown on the big screen. Those who travel with a towel on their shoulder will get juicy deals on both days. If you happen to forget your towel, you can buy a great travel towel on-site for your hitchhiking adventures. The event is free of charge!
    Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Turku, Towel Day will again be celebrated at Cosmic Comic Cafe (Kauppiaskatu 4, Turku. The main programme consists of multidimensionally horrible poetry recitations. Unlike almost everywhere else, it's not a competition. Whatever you churn out, they read, immediately, without any filtering. Theirs may be the oldest ongoing bad poetry night on Towel Day: they started in 2006. This year the speciality is the AI poetry prompt competition. Can you make AI blather worse poetry than humans? The prompt for the worst AI poem will be chosen by midnight, and the prompter wins a couple of beers. While waiting for Towel Day, they've already started publishing last year's poems from the archive on their website. You can already send your own poems to be read at the event by mailing them to pyyhepaiva@pyyhepaiva.fi and you can join their Facebook page to stay current.
    Details and RSVP on Facebook: event, page
GERMANY
  • In Berlin at 20:00 Towel Day is celebrated at C-base, a non-profit association for learning about software, hardware and networks. This tradition has been going on for over a decade now. Music, visualizations, drinks and games related to Douglas Adams... and the reveal of ShaderAmp 1.0! Details
  • In Hamburg at PON - Platz ohne Namen, Towel Day celebrations will start at 18:42. Every life form is welcome to share some Pangalactic Gargle Blasters, listen to readings, get scientific enlightments, eat 42 peanuts & all the rest. They still accept submissions in the form of more Adams readings, Vogon poems, towel origami, intergalactic lectures & planetary workshops, please contact them via their webpage. Things are going to happen if you make them happen. Bring your towel, a lawn chair and don't panic!
  • In Hannover, once more a fireworks competition will be held in the Herrenhäuser Gärten. Some hitchhikers will gather there with a towel and a bottle of gargle blaster in the picnic basket, and will be very happy to see other guests carrying towels.
ITALY
  • In Ravenna, at the Planetarium at 4:30pm there is a Galactic Guide for Mini Space Travelers Show with Amalia Persico (recommended age is 8 years old). Reservation is recommended. Under the dome of the planetarium. A conference-show on the occasion of Towel Day. We will ask ourselves why the science fiction writer Douglas Adams of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" chose the towel as a fundamental element for those wishing to travel in our galaxy. Using his book as inspiration and the planetarium as a map, we will discover the physical characteristics of our galaxy, the current knowledge of the objects they contain and the possibilities of future space travel. Full admission: 5 EUR, reduced admission: 2 EUR.
    Source
NETHERLANDS
  • In Rotterdam, from 17:40-23:40, fans of Douglas Adams and/or Terry Pratchett are welcome at Cafe Pardoen, Spaansekade 62. Bring a towel, wear the lilac. In honour of Douglas Adams and Terry Pratchett. Rotterdam Editie The 9th Edition will feature: Pangalactic Gargleblasters, Vogon Poetry Contest, Dwarfish Battle Bread Battle, Elvish Impersonation Contest, Dirk Gently's Holistic Treasure Hunt and much, much more! Prizes galore!" Details and RSVP on Facebook
  • In Haarlem, in the Proveniershof, Gert-Jan Kooren a.k.a. "Uw verslaggever ter plaatse" (which translates to "Your reporter on the scene") will be exhibiting the results of his project "Goed dat daar een dag voor is" ("It's good that there's a day for that"), in which he gathered stories about towels. And sometimes the towels in question as well.
    The installation showing the towels and their stories (plus an explanation of Towel Day, for those not froody enough to sass this important event) is part of the Vijfhoekkunstroute. Opening times: 25th and 26th of May, 12:00 - 17:00.
    Details on Gert-Jan's website.
    And should you also have a true-life story that has a towel in a leading role: don't hesitate to contact him on Facebook, Instagram or by mail (see website).
UNITED KINGDOM
  • In London, at 14:30 (2:30pm), at Gunnersbury Park Museum, documentary director, writer and animator Kevin Jon Davies will discuss all things "Hitchhikers" with actor David Learner ("Marvin the Paranoid Android"). There will also be the opportunity to see a display of original cels from the BBC series' BAFTA winning animation sequences. Get your tickets here!
  • The next day in Cambridge at 13:00 at the railway station, David Haddock awaits you for his traditional Douglas Adams themed Cambridge Tour. RSVP and details on Facebook
  • In Bristol, Towel Day will be celebrated on SUNDAY 26th, at Steampunk café The Clockwork Rose from 5pm. "Join us for an evening of Hitchhikers Guide themed cocktails and a nerdy quiz!"
    Details and RSVP on Eventbrite
USA
  • In Roswell, NM, Roswell Galacticon presents Roswell Towel Day, at the Roswell Convention Center! Special Guests: Odfel as Trillian, and several Towel Day Ambassadors including the 2024 Ambassador Ken Kopacki!
    Planned Events include: Vogon Poetry reading, Dinner Theatre @ The End of The Universe, Odfel workshop, more cosplay, vendors...
    There's also an informal Vogon poetry event on Friday night.
    Details: roswelltowelday.com
  • In Wayne, MI, from 12.30pm to 1.30pm you can join the Wayne Public Library as they paint and stamp towels, so you'll always know where your towel is! Source
  • In Pittsburgh, PA, at 5pm Melanie Todoroff hosts a Karaoke BBQ called "Karaoke BBQ 8: The BBQ at the end of the Universe". If you want to attend, you need to contact Melanie first (we imagine space is limited). Hey all you Hoopy Froods, grab your towel and head on over to the first karaoke BBQ of the year, which happens to fall on Towel Day!
    • bring your towel and a dish to pass and/or whatever you want to drink
    • karaoke by Parioke
    • pangalactic gargle blaster cocktails by Eric
    • dogs and burgers, vegan options provided
    • game TBA
    • hitchhikers guide playing outside
    Details and RSVP on Facebook AND PLEASE GET IN TOUCH via Facebook Messenger at Melanie Todoroff or todoroffmel@gmail.com if you want to come.
  • In Tampa, FL, at Shuffle a Towel Day Celebration Show start at 7:30pm. "What better way to celebrate Towel Day in honor of the late Douglas Adams than a live show at Tampa's favorite shuffleboard bar? Shuffle in the Tampa Heights neighborhood features indoor and outdoor shuffleboard courts, a full bar, and tasty burgers, wings, and other pub fare. The mini-amphitheater stage in the large back yard is a great addition for live music. Please join us for a fun evening while we make some noise. Music will start at 7:30pm. As always, don't forget your towel."
    Details and RSVP on Events.in
  • In Wilkesboro, NE, Wilkes County Public Library is celebrating Towel Day. Drop in for photo ops! Don't forget to brint your towel!
  • In Peoria Heights, IL, the public library runs a Towel Drive for the local animal protective services, Peoria County Animal Protective Services (AKA PCAPS). They will encourage the public to donate a towel the week of May 20th, because they are closed on Towel Day.
    Details here
  • In Sayville, NY, the Sayville Library presents Cricut Crafts: Towel Day. "Don't Panic! Celebrate Towel Day by personalizing your own towel in case of interstellar emergency". This event runs from 3pm to 5pm and requires a payment of $5.00 per registrant to attend. Registration will close on May 28, 2024 @ 3:00pm. At the time of writing there were 3 seats remaining.
    Source
  • In Lincoln, NE, from 13-26 May, software engineering company Don't Panic Labs runs their annual towel drive. They collect new and used towels for the People's City Mission, that has a constant need for towels. Towels are collected in numerous locations, and financial contributions for towels are also accepted. The company's name was inspired by Adams' best-known novel, Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, where the words Don't Panic are printed on the cover of the Guide.
    Details here
  • In Tampa, FL, some hitchhikers have put together a Towel Day celebration at a local shuffleboard-themed bar called Shuffle in the Tampa Heights neighborhood. Shuffle has a full-service bar, kitchen that serves up tasty concession stand-style food (pizza, burgers, dogs, tots, etc...), indoor and outdoor shuffleboard courts, and a large back yard with a mini-amphitheater for live music. Music will start at 7:30pm. As always, don't forget your towel!
    Details and RSVP on Facebooks
  • In Washington DC, don't miss Towel Day 2024: A Party at the End of the Universe! Come celebrate author Douglas Adams and The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy fandom with a raucous evening of nerdiness.
    Don't be a strag! Power up your infinite improbability drive for an evening of mostly harmless fun before the universe ends (again) or Earth is bulldozed to build a hyperspace bypass (again)!
    • Buffet and cash bar (beer, wine, Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters*)
    • Best Towel contest
    • The worst Vogon poetry recitation this side of the MeagaBrantis star cluster
    • Galactic dance party
    • Sci-Fi cosplay hearily encouraged!

    It's at the Astro Beer Hall from 7-11pm. Get your tickets now!
    Details and tickets on Eventbrite
    *never drink more than two Pan Galactic Gargle Blasters unless you are a thirty ton mega elephant with bronchial pneumonia.
  • In Albuquerque, NM, the Public Library of Albuquerque-Bernalillo County is having a Towel Drive for Towel Day! "May 25 is Towel Day, a celebration of the life of Douglas Adams, author of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Participate in Towel Day by donating to our towel drive! Drop off your new or gently used towels at the branches listed from May 21 through May 25. Please drop off donations when the library is open Towels will be donated to Watermelon Mountain Ranch, Animal Humane New Mexico, and Healthcare for the Homeless. Healthcare for the Homeless appreciates white towels, but any color is accepted! They will also accept washcloths.
    Details including branches taking towel donations here
  • Device42 celebrates Towel Day every year and this year you can win a very cool Don't Panic towel by scoring 60% or above in their online quiz on IT and the Hitchhiker's Guide! (limit 1 per person) Device42 are known for their full-stack agentless discovery and dependency mapping platform for Hybrid Cloud. It enables IT teams to run their operations more efficiently, solve problems faster, migrate and modernize with ease, and achieve compliance with flying colors. Device42 continuously discovers, maps, and optimizes infrastructure and applications across data centers and cloud, etc. These beings obviously know where their towels are.
    The quiz can be found here


This list is incomplete. Know about any Towel Day events we should add? Please mail us!


Want to organize a Towel Day event? Inspiration can be found in the Archives




Featured video: Mostly Harmless - a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy cocktail for Towel Day, by Angrycocktails


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