There is such a thing as Christmas in July, and it’s called San Diego Comic Convention, or affectionately, Comic Con, The Con, SDCC, CC; the list goes on. This is my first year not getting tickets to any of the days, but it’ll be fun to explore what the ever-growing list of off-site festivities.
After you get your sexy nerd on, a person’s gotta eat, drink, and play, right? Haha, please… we don’t sleep during these four days.
Anyway, here’s your ultimate guide to where, when, and how. Good luck and may the odds be ever in your favor.
There is an official restaurant guide, and though they say deals are reserved for badge-holders, it really is a crap shoot depending on the employees, how busy they are, etc. As always, it never hurts to ask. YMMV, or better yet, bookmark these coupons as they’re good for everyone through the year-end.
Most deals in the East Village are included in that guide, but check their site for the most up-to-date listings.
Love steak? Love cooking steak? Join the Forbidden Panel for their Annual Comic Con Dinner between 7:30-10 PM at our Gaslamp Strip Club. The cost to attend is free and what you pay for dinner.
There are plenty of official and unofficial parties happening all over town, and you don’t have to be a VIP to attend some of them.
Wednesday, July 22
In true Comic Con fashion, people are probably already lined up for a chance to get into the world premiere of Star Trek Beyond, but for those who either didn’t succeed or just want to eat and drink, come to the Pre-SDCC Star Trek Beyond Party at Fox Sports Grill at the Hilton Bayfront from 2-6 PM.
One of our local comic book stores, Comickaze, is throwing a Cocktails, CosPlay & Con party from 6–9pm.
The MTV Fandom Awards are back for their fourth year in San Diego, and once again, badgeholders you can free food, drinks, rides, games, and the filming of the actual show, all on Thrusday, July 21 from 6:30-10:30 PM.
However, for those sans badge, you’re in luck! Attend Fluxx’s Burger King Pre-Party and catch Tyga or DJ Michelle Pesce, between 8-11 PM, but plan ahead–it’s first come, first served.
The ticketed event, Enchantment Under the SDCC, returns for another night of food, drinks, raffles, and more at Analog Bar from 7-11 PM.
Thursday, July 21
Hit up one of San Diego’s favorite barcades, the Coin-Op Room, for the Pure Fandom Party happening from 6-10 PM. Sorry, young’ns… 21+ only.
Come to one of San Diego’s most popular museum’s the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center for their Comic Con After Party. Your ticket includes two (2) beer tasters and one (1) souvenir tasting glass provided by Wavelength Brewing.
It’s not San Diego without its rooftop bars and the Fandom Party Powered by Wikia is hosting a free rooftop party at Hard Rock Hotel’s Float from 7-11 PM. Feel like a celebrity and walk to the red carpet like you own the place, and look like one by getting your make-up done once inside. Then, enjoy some Cajun-inspired food and drinks while Freedom Fry performs.
The popular toy line, Munky King, is hosting a party at one of San Diego’s great NY-style pizza joints, BASIC. They know what they’re doing since this is their ninth year doing it, and the best part? It’s free and open to the public, so come early. Party starts at 9 PM.
This open invitation Boom! Studios Drink Up event begins at 9 PM and goes until closing at the Hilton Bayfront Odysea Bar.
Did you know Hodor can DJ?! Well, he can (20+ years and counting) and will be at San Diego’s newest club, Omnia, for a Rave of Thrones After Con party. There’s also an open bar once you’re inside. What a talented man–he can hold a door AND drop a beat, and lucky for us fans, not the other way around. 😉 Party starts at 9 PM.
We all love the free, no hassle parties, so check out ScreenJunkies Central Party starting at 9 PM at Moonshine Flats. Just RSVP here for free entrance.
There’s a Nerd HQ Fan Party for 18+ starting at 10 PM at the New Children’s Museum, the site of many panels and special events for them.
Friday, July 22
San Diego’s House of Blues will be hosting the Sonic the Hedgehog 25th Anniversary Party from 6-10 PM. Some of you weren’t even born yet when that game debuted, but you can still come to the party. Maybe you’ll find something enough to your liking to put a ring on it.
Another rooftop party, this time at Altitude Sky Lounge, for BuzzFeed and CW’s “Srsly Super Power Hour” starting at 5 PM. The casts of “Arrow,” “DC’s Legends of Tomorrow,” “The Flash,” and “Supergirl” will be present!
To continue this trend of rooftop parties, find your way to one of our newest ones, Rustic Root for Starz’s “Ash vs Evil Dead” and “American Gods” Party from 6-8 PM.
If you’re not a night owl, you’re in luck! This all-day Ghostbusters Mass Hysteria Party will have themed food, drinks, prizes, and more. You can even take a picture with Ecto-1! It’s all going down at Werewolf, a great eatery here in San Diego.
Looking for something your kids can attend? This all-ages event at Mission Brewery‘s Mission: Comic Con event, complete with some DJ sets, a cosplay contest, and food trucks, and best of all, it’s free! Party starts at 7 PM.
The world is abuzz with the premiere of SuicideGirls on the horizon. Even more excitingly and sexily, you can check out the Blackheart Burlesque Tour, SuicideGirls style. Sorry kids, this is an adult-only event, starting at 10 PM.
Saturday, July 23
The brand new Waterfront Park is a great location for tourists and locals alike, but from 2:30-6:30 PM, it’ll be for beer-lovers. The Heroes Brewfest will host several breweries to try and also a superheroes costume contest.
Fluxx is throwing a party for the last night of Comic Con, complete with a CC-inspired surprise DJ set. Ooo, so mysterious! Tickets are affordable at only $15 a pop starting at 9 PM.
All the EDM venues are getting their Comic Con on, and Bassmnt is no exception. Check out Nuke the Fridge’s After Party, starting at 9 PM. It’s a superhero costume party and you’re invited! The kids will also have to stay at home for this one, but if you’re at least 18 years old, come on down! Buy a ticket for $15 or be one of the first 100 costumed guests to arrive and get in for free.
Catch a sneak peak at a new episode of Impractical Jokers at their Petco Park Block Party. There’ll be a corn maze, of all things, a tightrope, sumo wrestling, and other fun games, all free and all starting at 8 PM.
Finally, if I missed anything, here’s a grid of nearly all events going on the next few days. Good luck, and have fun!