2015 Offsite Events

One of the biggest parts about the San Diego Comic-Con 2015 experience will be all of the offsite events offered all around the Gaslamp District. In fact, there is so much to do that it is worth it to go even if you don’t have a ticket to SDCC! However, all offsite events are not created equal- so I have listed for you some of my favorites you might want to check out. Please note that times, locations, and prices (and requirement) are always subject to change so go to the respective websites for up to date info. (Listed in order of start times/dates)

**Updated June 26**

The Art of Comic-Con [June-Aug]
comic-con-souvenir-bookIt’s not technically an offsite event since it spans the summer, but this exhibit will showcase 45 years of original Comic-Con art by more than 60 artists from the CCI archives including work by Sergio Aragonés, Howard Chaykin, Cliff Chiang, Michael Cho, Colleen Coover, Rick Geary, Gilbert Hernandez, Jim Lee, Dave McKean, Frank Miller, Marshall Rogers, John Romita Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, William Stout, Babs Tarr, and others. Hosted at the San Diego Public Library, this will be a great experience for anyone who is a fan of Comic-Con.
Cost: Free
Location: San Diego Public Library
More info: Toucan Blog

FoCC Preview Night Meetup [Wed, 8a]
UnknownThe Friends of CC Forum are having their annual pre Comic-Con meet up on the morning of Preview Night. This is a chance for Forum Members to meet, hang out, and enjoy a great breakfast at my favorite restaurant- The Broken Yolk. It’s a great way to start off your week at the Con!
Cost: Breakfast (Currently it is already full from Forum RSVPs)
Location: The Broken Yolk
More info: FoCC Breakfast

Hop-Con 3.0 [Wed, 8p]
bigglassHop-Con 3.0 is an annual event celebrating the special release of Stone Collaboration beer, Drew Curtis/Wil Wheaton/Greg Koch Stone Farking Wheaton w00tstout, with nth-degree beer geekery.
Cost: $75
Location: Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens – Liberty Station
More info: Hop-Con

Doug Loves Movies Podcast [Wed 8p]
doug-loves-movies-425Comedian Doug Benson (“Super High Me” and Comedy Central’s “The Benson Interruption”) hosts a podcast where he talks to his hilarious special surprise guests about his first love…movies! To have a chance at winning some prizes, bring a movie themed name tag!
Cost: $18 (sold out)
More info: American Comedy Co.

Game of Bloggers [Wed, 9-12a]
GameOfBloggersMy own personal concoction- Welcome to the first Game of Bloggers Meet Up! Many of the finest Internet Houses from across Westeros will gathering to tell tales of victory, loss, and glory- at the Dragon’s Den (next to Petco Park) on Wednesday evening! After Preview Night, I invite you to revel with myself and the Nerd/Geek/blogger/YouTube/Social Media/Photography/Comic-Con community- and the best part? Our goal is to meet and interview as many fellow fans as possible! This will be the best way to kick off the week!
Cost: Free
Location: Dragon’s Den
More info: Game of Bloggers

Skeletor’s Lair Pop-Up Shop [Wed 9p-12a, Thu-Sun 11a-9p]
Screen Shot 2015-06-27 at 10.14.06 AMHe-Man’s greatest nemesis Skeletor will have an Super7 offsite pop up shop. By visiting the Super7 Booth #4945 or the Mattel Booth #3029 to pick up a Skeletoken. You will then take this coin to Skeletor’s Lair and show it to us to gain entry into the Pop-Up Shop.
Cost: Free but must have a Skeletoken
Location: 701 8th Avenue (Corner of 8th & G)
More info: Action Figure Fury

Petco Interactive Zone [Wed 5-9p, Thu-Sun 9-9p, Sun 9-7p]
14775319716_342c1ee854_bReturning for it’s third year, the Interactive Zone is located in the parking lot next to Petco Park- just over the skybridge from the Hilton Bayfront. Last year there was special booths, video game demos, movie promotions, interactive experiences, and food trucks! It was a great way to get a quick meal during the show.
Cost: Free to enter

Gam3rCon [Wed-Sun, 12-12]
lsGam3rCon returns to San Diego for it’s third year. This mini-con celebrates all aspects of gaming to include console, tabletop, retro, and more. Beyond the gaming, there will also be panels, a museum, and parties. If you love gaming of any sort, this would be an added bonus to your trip.
Cost: $20-60
Location: Ten’s Avenue Arts Center
More info: Gam3rCon Website

CONAN at Comic-Con [Wed-Sat, 2:30p]
CENkgbHWIAIIn2o.jpg-largeThe Conan Show, on TBS, will be filming all week at Comic-Con! Location, tickets, or other details have yet to be announced  except that the shows will be taped from Wednesday to Saturday.
Cost: Free
Location: Spreckles Theater
More info: Tickets

The Cat Cafe [Thur 9a – Sun 3:45p]
Screen Shot 2015-07-04 at 12.23.33 AMCome visit The Cat Cafe and enjoy our Comic-Con special! For $20, you’ll get a souvenir from The Cat Cafe, a drink or food item, and a chance to spend 30 minutes with friendly cats from San Diego Humane Society.
Cost: $20
Location: 472 3rd Ave
More info: Eventbrite page

Heroes Reborn and Blindspot [Thu-Sun]
NBC Heroes Reborn and Blindspot will have an interactive experience adjacent to the Tin Fish Restaurant across the street from the convention center.

Adult Swim on the Green [Thu-Sun, 9:30-10p]
526DAF7C-EC9A-4B90-B446-9C633E9BF198Join Adult Swim behind the convention center for this brand new experience for fans. Festivities to include Panels, Signings, Carnival Shenanigans, The Meatwad Full Dome Experience,Free Nightly Screenings, and Live Shows. This is a great way to take a break and enjoy some fresh air.
Cost: Free with Comic-Con badge and RSVP at Adult Swim Presents

Assassin’s Creed Experience [Thu & Sat 10-6p, Sun 10-5p]
ObstacleReturning for a second year in a row is the life-size parkour obstacle course based on Assassin’s Creed. Last year, Schick razor company was doing free face and leg shaves- why? Well, why not!
Cost: Free
Location: Next to the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel

The Nerdist CONival [Thu-Sun 11-5p]
CJKvN_bVAAAuwurChris Hardwick leads the charge as the Nerdist takes over Petco Park for CONival. This year will have more than ever with the Borderlands themed Laser Tag, Geek & Sundry, Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls, and loads of panels with Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Nathan Fillion, Alan Tudyk, Daniel Radcliffe, and much more.
Cost: Free
Location: Petco Park
More info: Check times and schedule at the Nerdist

Geek & Sundry [Thu-Sat]
HeaderImageFelicia Day and company return to Comic-Con for a third year under the mammoth brand of the Nerdist. Now in Petco Park- this time with a medieval theme! Offering gladiator jousting, table top gaming, panels, photo ops with a dragon, and more! Check out the G&S site for a complete listing of program and events.
Cost: Free
Location: Petco Park
More info: Geek & Sundry

Game of Throne: Experience the Realm [Thu-Sat 11-4p, Sun 9-12p]
game-of-thrones-experience-the-realmFor a third year, HBO is bringing its “Game of Thrones Experience The Realm” to Comic-Con for another year, which means the Iron Throne is back and fans can claim the famous seat and pose for pics. Tons of photo ops and fun interactive experiences.
Cost: Free
Location: Omni Hotel
More info: Winter is Coming

X-Box Lounge [Thu-Sat 11a-8p, Sun 10-5p]
Hero_SDCCGamers, returning to the Grand Manchester Hyatt is the X-Box Lounge! Located in the Seaport Ballroom, over 90 stations will be set up for games, demos, and experiences.
Cost: Free
Location: Grand Manchester Hyatt
More info: X-Box Events

FX Fearless Arena [Thu-Sat 12-6p, Sun 11-6p]
Attempt to survive several death defying interactive experiences through several FX TV shows like The Strain, Fargo, American Horror Story, and The Bastard Executioner.
Cost: Free
Location: Next to Hilton Bayfront

Peanuts Belle’s Boutique [Thu-Sun 12-8]
BellePop-UpStoreMerchIn the midst of Comic-Con, Peanuts is bringing a sophisticated Parisian beagle style offsite shop. The boutique will offer a variety of adorable products featuring Snoopy & Belle, including exclusive tees, sophisticated tote bags, and stylish accessories, including a zippered pouch. A pair of Belle opera glasses will be given free to everyone who visits the shop.
Cost: Free to enter
Location: 226 5th Avenue

HISHE Villains Pub [Thu-Sat]
hishe-villain-pub1-1000x563The awesome web series HISHE (How It Should Have Ended) is creating a real life version of The Villain Pub, a popular destination in their shorts where villains hang out. The Villains Pub will have various panels to attend and fans will get a chance to meet creators.
Location: Henry’s Pub & Restaurant
More info: Schedule and details

Nintendo Video Game Lounge [TBA]
CI1y75tXAAE_J00.jpg-largeThe fan favorite Nintendo Lounge returns to the Marriott. Play all the latest games and demo the upcoming ones! More info to come!
Cost: Free
Location: San Diego Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis & Marina

Nerd HQ [Thu-Sun]
Screen Shot 2015-05-27 at 8.56.48 AMMini-con and fan favorite, Nerd HQ returns to San Diego! Spearheaded by Zachary Levi and the Nerd Machine, the HQ will offer spaces to hang out, video game demos, fan parties, and the Conversation for a Cause panels to raise money for Operation Smile. After a couple of years at Petco Park, it will now be hosted at the Chidlren’s Museum- which is across the street from the north side of the convention center. Fan parties will be Thursday and Saturday night for anyone to join.
Cost: Free to enter, $22 for a Conversation for a Cause
Location: Children’s Museum
More info: IGNThe Nerd Machine

Her Universe Fashion Show [Thu 6-9p]
GS-Her-Universe-show2The prolific nerd fashion empire, Her Universe, returns for a 2nd year to present a ‘Geek Coulture’ fashion show and design competition. The two grand prize winners (out of 25) will design a future line for Her Universe. Last years winner is releasing an Avengers theme line at Hot Topics. Partner, Nerdist Industries, this ended up being one of my favorite events of the week!
Cost: Free (w/ CC badge) but limited to capacity
Location: Grand Manchester Hyatt
More info here

The Aquabats [Thu 7p]
42231-tap-67470All ages are welcome to this annual family friendly during Comic-Con. The Aquabats are a quirky alternative rock band whose infectious blend of rock and humor has won over crowds all over the globe.
Cost: $22
Location: House of Blues
More info: Purchase tickets

w00tstock 7.0 [Thu 7p]
B8P6MCQCIAIIwjBThis annual geekfest is a favorite among Comic-Con fans. Focused on comedy monologues, there is much zanyness to appreciate from fans 18 and up. The usual suspects include Adam Savage, Wil Wheaton, Paul and Storm.
Cost: $51.30 (after fees)
Location: Balboa Theatre
More info: Ticketmaster

mtvU Fandom Awards [Thu 7p]
Natalie+Dormer+MTVu+Fandom+Awards+Comic+Con+12IHimIi2OLlmtvU returns for a 2nd annual event during Comic-Con. Honoring fan favorite movies and television shows, the award show brought on big-time feels for all of the diehard fans whose countless votes made sure each and every one of their fave fandoms took home a prize. I peeked in during last year’s event and it was what you would expect from an outdoor concert type event- loud music, dancing, blinding lights, drinking, etc. Not my thing but maybe it is yours. The event will be on live Thursday and will air on Sunday.
Cost: TBA
Location: Petco Park
More info: MTV.com

Super Geeked Up [Fri 7p-10p]
8408773_origThe crew from Super Geeked Up we’ll be doing our live show, talking sci-fi, fantasy, superheroes, and comics and playing super-fun geek-themed games with audience participation! Held at the Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming, there will be games, Mystery Boxes, prizes, comic books, and Star Trek Merchandise!
Cost: Free
Location: Villainous Lair Comics & Gaming ( 3220 Adams Ave)
More info: Super Geeked Up

Nerd Nite [Fri 7p]
image002Partnering with National Geographic, this event will feature free food, trivia (with amazing prizes!) and incredible presentations including: “The Science of Jurassic World,” by paleontologist Trevor Valle; “Shop Class 2.0,” by Joan Horvath and Rich “Whosawhatsis” Cameron, co-founders of Maker Technology Consultancy Nonscriptum LLC; and “Dead Life: Making a Living in Taxidermy,” by award-winning taxidermist Allis Markham.
Cost: Free but must RSVP at SanDiego.NerdNite.com

Supernatural Fan Party- Wayward Cocktails [Thu 7:30]
SupernaturalThe SupernaturalWiki, along with WattpadFYeahCopyright and you, are celebrating all things SUPERNATURAL at Analog Bar on the Thursday night of San Diego Comic Con – and all profits go to support the great work of Random Acts and another nonprofit to be announced later.
Cost: $30-250
Location: Analog Bar
Purchase tix: Brown Paper Tickets

Geeks Go Glam [Thu 8p]
CH0zCFWWwAASnvvHosted by The Nerdy Girlie and Being Geek Chic, Geeks Go Glam is the only party at Comic Con where tuxedos, dresses and high heels are not only encouraged – they are part of the fun. Come in your best nerdy black tie or glamorous nerdy ensemble for a night of food, photos, prizes, and more!
Cost: $15
Location: San Diego Public Library
More info: Learn more and buy tickets

The Great Royal Marshmallow [Thu 8p]
4852346_origLooking for something a little weird and quirky? Check out this Wizard of Oz themed party with live artists creating a piece on stage to be raffled off for charity, live tattooing, a burlesque show, a HUGE wall of art, dj’s, booze, food and more. For tix and info, including a VIP package that includes drinks, food, access to the VIP lounge and a gift bag with limited edition artwork and more.
Cost: Presale $22 and $30 at the door
More info: www.ozparty.us

CBLDF SDCC Welcome Party: Black Phoenix Alchemy [Thu 8p]
Cbldf-logoBlack Phoenix Alchemy Lab is proud to sponsor the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s San Diego Comic-Con Welcome Party featuring notable comic book creators!! Last year, the first 200 attendees will receive a free gift bag, with exclusive items.
Cost: Last year, this party is FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-members: Suggested $10-20 donation at the door.
Location: Westgate Hotel
More info: Facebook Page

Pokemon Symphonic Evolution [Thu 8p]
Pokemon_300x300Brought to life by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra accompanied by exciting visuals on giant screens, Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions will take audiences of all ages on a powerful musical retrospective through the popular video game franchise’s most memorable melodies.
Cost: $25-90
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South
More info: San Diego Symphony

Sharknado 2: The Second One Screening [Thu 8p]
sharknado-2-the-second-one-300x300Following the success of RiffTrax Live: Sharknado in 2014, the internal shark chainsawer Ian Ziering is back! This time the titular weather event hits the city of New York, right as all the gruff and busy inhabitants are trying to walk, over here! And no famous landmark is safe from their wrath, including perennially grumpy New Yorker Judd Hirsch.
Cost: $12.50
Location: UA 8 Horton PLaze
More info: Fathom Events

Trek Nation: A Night with Rod Roddenberry [Thu 9:30p]
treknation_poster_scott_design_42310Join Power Scuba for a special viewing of Trek Nation and the short film, Instant. There will be a presentation with Rod Roddenberry at the beginning of the evening followed by a Q&A after the screening. Whether you’re a Trek fan, sci-fi lover, or simply a believer in the power of a child’s love for his father, this event will have meaning for you!
Cost: $7
Location: Museum of Photographic Arts
More info: Brownpaper Tickets

Star Wars Fan Breakfast [Fri 7:30a]
CF8lMdQUUAArJCY.jpg-largeThe 5th annual gathering of Star Wars fans returns along with great food, friends, and great prizes. The cost of the event is $40 with $15 going to support the world’s largest Star Wars collection, Rancho Obi-Wan.
Cost: Sold Out
Location: Edgewater Grill in Seaport Village
More info: Vinylmation World

Paintball Zombie Attack [Fri-Sat 4p-12a]
Screen Shot 2015-05-31 at 10.50.09 AMIt’s zombie hunting season! Your favorite dreams (or nightmares) come true as you battle zombies through several dark zones with nothing but a headlight. In this paintball experience, it’s hunt or be hunted- not for the faint of heart!
Cost: $50
Location: TCP Warehouse
More info: Total Combat Paintball

Fashionably Nerdy Cocktail Hour and Mixer [Fri 5p]
Screen Shot 2015-06-26 at 10.49.02 PMMeet the Fashionably Nerdy team, and chat with some of our favorite Geek Chic designers.
Swag bags will be given out to the first people to arrive and there will be special door prizes, raffles and a prize for best (Geek Chic) dressed!
Cost: Free
Location: The Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel- Grand Lobby Bar
More info: Facebook Page

FUNKO Fun Days [Fri 6:30p]
unnamed-1It’s back! Here’s your chance to mingle with other Funatics, party with Funko and have an amazing night in San Diego. There will be food, drinks and awesome prizes, plus you might even win an exclusive Pop!, Funko vinyl figures
Cost: Sold out
Location: Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
More info: EventBrite

Mashable House [Fri – Sat]
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The Mashable House is coming to the San Diego Comic-Con for the first time, with one goal in mind: Save. The. Internet. They are taking over Luce Loft in San Diego, along with the biggest heroes and villains from pop culture, digital media and the Internet. Who will prevail? Only you and social media can decide.
More info: Mashable

CRAVE Escape on the USS Midway [Fri 7p]
crave-escape-san-diego-2015Join us on July 10th at 7pm on the USS Midway in San Diego for Crave Escape with specal live performances by Cathedrals, Bad Suns, and Cold War Kids.
Cost: Sold out
Location: USS Midway
More info: Tixr

Geeks For Peace [Fri 7p]
geeks-for-peace-invite-2-653x1024No rookie to Comic-Con, Morgan Spurlock (Comic-Con Episove IV: A Fan’s Hope) will be hosting Geeks for Peace as a special event this year. Held at the Moniker Warehouse, this will raise funds and awareness for Kids for Peace. Geek for Peace will have live music, auction, food, and special guests like Kevin Smith!
Cost: $250
Location: Moniker Warehouse
More info: Geeks For Peace

Star Wars 501st Legion Party [Fri 7p-10p]
501st-Legion-PartyHosted by the Imperial Sands Garrison and sponsored by DK Books with a buffet dinner and bar till 11. Food, friends, raffle, music and fun! Tickets will not be sold at the door if tickets sell out.
Cost: $55 Adults, $27.50 Under 12, Free under 5
Location: SD Library Outdoor Atrium
Tickets: Lesley Farquhar at briekalan@gmail.com for tickets

BAMF [Fri-Sat 10a-10:30pm, Sun 10a-5p]
Screen Shot 2015-05-23 at 9.34.24 AMThis two day, open air music festival will bring the music of geek culture to life. Featuring celebs, comedians, food, bands and more, this will be a nice break from being indoors all day. This event will be supported by an Indigogo campaign which will be live soon.
Cost: $15 for SDCC w/ badge and $50 for non-badge holders.
Location: Ruocco Park
More info: BAMFest and purchase tix

SherlockeDCC [Fri 7-10p]
GGG4The Sherlock Holmes party of San Diego Comic-Con returns! Held at the San Diego Central Library, last year was a blast hanging with awesome fellow Sherlockians. Hosted by The Baker Street Babes, The Nerdy Girlie, Being Geek Chic, SherlockDC, & more, this is a must for any Sherlock or BBC fans during Comic-Con.
Cost: $25-50
Location: San Diego Central Library
More info: SherlockeDCC

Walker Stalker Fan Fest [Fri & Sat 11a-5p]
WSC_fanfest_logo_v2Walker Stalker Fan Fest is not just a celebration of Robert Kirkman’s world of The Walking Dead and zombies, it’s a fan meet-up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Fan Fest is two days of events, panels, and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!
Cost: $30-50
Location: Petco Park
More info: WalkerStalkerFanFest.com

The Walking Dead Escape [Fri & Sat 6p-10p]
Walking-Dead-Escape-Zombie2The Escape is BACK! For the first time ever, confront the characters from The Walking Dead. You can run from the walkers, but you can you Escape the Saviors? This annual favorite features a fully immersive obstacle course and zombie experiences through multiple floors of Petco Park. I’ve done it every year and it’s one of the highlights of the week. Don’t miss it!
Location: Petco Park
Cost: $40-100
More info: The Walking Dead Escape

Sideshow Collectibles Comic-Con Party [Fri 8p]
500379-product-siloThis year’s 2015 Sideshow Collectibles Comic-Con Party in San Diego will take place on Friday, July 10th from 8PM to 11PM.  Those that purchase a ticket to the party will receive an email by July 6, 2015 with details of party location and entry into the party.
Cost: $20 (Sold out)
Location: (Sent to ticket holder)
More info: Sideshow Toys

Marked Men VI [Fri 8p-12a]
screen-shot-2014-07-08-at-1-35-22-amArrgh! The ultimate boat party is back, this time themed for Once Upon A Time! The party will be held in the back bay aboard an actual pirate ship. It will be a night of food, drinks, live music, stunts, props, and great fun. Costume not required but highly encouraged!
Cost: $50-100
Location: Aboard the Star of India 1492 North Harbor Drive
More Info: Marked Men Party

Super Video Game Land Art Show [Fri 11p – Sun 12a]
1435105181478This is an event celebrating the video games of our past, displayed through the paintings of local San Diego artist Anthony Bulcao. There will be over 50 unique works of art from many of your favorite classic games available for purchase, music from the arcade days of the 80’s and early 90’s, classic video game consoles available to play, and of course the finest craft beer in town, brought to you by Mission Brewery.
Cost:
Location: Mission Brewery
More info: SVGL

NintenDiego’s Pokemon Tournament [Sat 2p]
11659438_574216449383699_3853542226381411083_nJoin NintenDiego for a Pokemon tournament offsite at GameStop in Horton Plaza – just a few blocks from the fun at Comic Con! Nintendo has some great tournaments at the Nintendo Lounge, and if you want to practice your chops before Nintendo’s Pokemon tournament the following day (and maybe win some prizes while you’re at it).
Cost: FREE
Location: Gamestop, Horton Plaza
More info: Facebook Page

Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival [Sat 2p]
Screen Shot 2015-04-08 at 10.03.46 PMThe 3rd Annual Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival is back for more costumed craft beer craziness! Show your appreciation for America’s true heroes by dawning your superhero studs and joining the Warrior Foundation – Freedom Station and 40 craft brewers for an afternoon of music, food trucks, prizes, raffles and over 100 craft beers!
Cost: $20-49
Location: Loma Club Golf Course
More info: Heroes Brew Fest

GameStop has been kind enough to donate some prizes, including gift cards, and many top placers in this tournament will win something.

Doctor Who Fan Meet Up [Sat 2:30-4:30]
tumblr_nqewk47sKz1qijoeyo1_r2_500Whovians are invited to meetup, you don’t even need a Comic Con badge to attend, and it’s first come, first served. Activities include a Whovian dance party with music mixed by DJ Eclectic Method, a Weeping Angel photo booth, a DW (temporary) tattoo station, a live game show, and surprise SPECIAL GUESTS.
Cost: Free
Location: House of Blues, 1056 6th Ave
More info: Tumblr Page

Marvel vs DC Art Exhibit [Sat 5p – 11p]
Screen Shot 2015-07-05 at 9.22.30 AMPlease join us the weekend of Comic Con 2015. We will be hosting a group art exhibition inspired with all your favorite Marvel & DC characters- with live body painting / air brushing. We encourage you to come in costume as your favorite character!
Cost: Free
Location: Le Bodega Gallery & Studio
More info: Facebook Page

Episode VII: A New Boat [Sat 6-10p]
Screen Shot 2015-05-17 at 10.55.19 PMThis intergalactic themed boat party is just the nerdy shenanigans that only Comic-Con can attract. Aboard the Inspirational Hornblower, the Imperial line up has yet to be announced. It’s limited capacity so sign up early. More info coming soon.
Cost: $50-100
Location: 970 North Harbor
More info: Venno Website

Digital LA – Comic-Con Party [Sat 7p]
digitalla_redsquare_400x400Join us for our annual Comic-Con Party during the San Diego Comic-Con. FREE RSVP, we’ll let you know where and when as we get closer. Digital LA is the largest digital networking group based in LA, reaching more than 50,000 professionals weekly via its newsletter and social media.
Cost: Free (but must RSVP)
Location: TBA
More info: EventBrite

Chris Hardwick and the Nerdist Podcast [Sat 7:30p]
Chris+Hardwick+Comic+Con+International+2012+1qvLa9i5baPlMr Nerdist himself returns to Comic-Con to record his live podcast! Joined by partners-in-nerd Jonah Ray and Matt Mira at the Balboa Theater, this annual event promises fan interactions and surprise celebrity guests. Peter Capaldi will be one of the guests!
Cost: $37.50
Location: Balboa Theater
More info: Ticketmaster

X-Men: Days of Future Past- Rogue Cut [Sat 8p]
Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 10.29.37 AMTo celebrate the home entertainment release of the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut Blu-ray on July 14th, fans and VIP guests will be treated to an advance screening of the never-before-seen extended version of the film, including more action, more excitement…and more Rogue!
Cost: Free
Location: Reading Cinema
Tickets: Through Fox Booth (#4229) and Nerd HQ/IGN Lounge
More info: Superhero Hype

Star Trek Into Darkness Live Concert [Sat 8p]
poster212x312Want some art with you nerd culture? Enjoy viewing of Star Trek Into Darkenss while the San Diego Symphony performs the score live! This unique experience is something special that was started last year and is now becoming a favorite among music score enthusiast. Seats vary from a simple lawn view to the posh seating.
Cost: $25-90
Location: Embarcadero Marina Park South
Purchase: San Diego Symphony

3DS Tournament and Nintendo Cosplay Contest [Sat 8p]
Screen Shot 2015-07-07 at 5.25.56 PMTest your mettle at a Super Smash Bros. for 3DS Tournament- Tournament Rules will be posted in the link below. Then join the Nintendo Cosplay Contest- you might win a prize in one of several categories!
Cost: Free
Location: Mission Brewery
More info: Facebook Page

1st Annual Black Girls/Nerds of Color Meet Up [Sat 9p]
Screen Shot 2015-06-23 at 10.35.38 AMAre you going to be at Comic-Con? Would you like to meet the folks behind two of the best blogs on the Nerd Web? Come join us for a mashup meetup hosted by BGN and The NOC!
Free: Cost
Location: Grand Lobby Bar at the Manchester Grand Hyatt
More info: Facebook Event

Kevin_Smith_2014_(cropped)Hollywood Babble-on with Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman [Sat 11:30p]
Comic-Con favorite Kevin Smith returns to do what he does best- podcast! See him and Ralph Gaman record the Hollywood Babble-on show live at the Hard Rock Cafe.
Cost: $25-45
Location: House of Blues [21+ over)
Purchase: Live Nation

Women of Color in Comics panel [Sun 12:30]
https---img.evbuc.com-https%3A%2F%2Fcdn.evbuc.com%2Fimages%2F13882384%2F66620468569%2F1%2Foriginal.jpg?rect=130%2C0%2C1568%2C784&s=55e7dc823f4f00a29e8a42f337cbe92eJoin us for a thoughtful conversation on diversity and how it impacts the multimedia industry! Admission is free to the public and SDCC Badge holders alike. We also will have free give aways for our audience members!
Cost: Free
Location: San Diego Public Library
More info: Eventbright page

Agents of SHIELD Wrap Party [Sun 5-8p]
sdcc-wrap-party-600x353End Comic-Con with a bang with this Agent Carter and Agents of SHIELD fan party! Returning for a 2nd year, this will be a great way to decompress from the show and exchange stories with fellow fans.
Cost: $25
Location: Henry’s Pub
More info: RSVP at ShieldTV.net

Harmontown– Live Podcast [Sun, 7p]
F44CB995-DCDC-ECA2-525C4E373EEDA183End Comic-Con with a hilariously awesome Dan Harmon. Founded in 2011, Harmontown is a near weekly live podcast by Dan Harmon (Community, Rick & Morty, Channel 101) featuring co-host “Comptroller” Jeff Davis (Whose Line Is It Anyway?).
Cost: $10
Location: Tin Roof
More info: Tickets

And while this not an event, it’s always good to give back to those in need…

Annual Blood Drive (Thu – Sun)
In the midst of all the nerdy fun, don’t forget to give back to the community by giving to The Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive. You can walk-in or make an appointment on their site. Even though the Blood Drive get’s overshadowed by all the big events, Comic-Con collects an amazing amount of one of our most precious resources for those in need.
Cost: Blood
Location: TBA
Times: TBA

13 thoughts on “2015 Offsite Events

  1. I think I might forego some of the evening events in favor of some rest and sleep. I might have overdone it last year by going to both Chris Hardwick’s Midnight and Nerdist Podcast shows as well as W00tstock. Just not getting any younger! XD

    • Yea, with more offsite events it’s easy to overdue it. I remember when there was nothing to do after hours besides enjoy s long dinner with friends. Now you have to show restraint. Thanks for commenting!

  2. My podcasting buddy doesn’t have a SDCC badge this year, so we’ll be doing more offsites than ever before. This will be my 4th SDCC, and we never miss Geek N Sundry and Hollywood Babble-On. I’m a huge Felicia Day fan, and love meeting her each year. I’m an even bigger Kevin Smith fan. Babble-On is a great show, and a great podcast. By the way, it’s at the House of Blues, not the Hard Rock. We’re Star Wars: The Old Republic players, and the BioWare community team does a Community Cantina event each year. It’s always fun talking Star Wars, and gaming. It’s free, and they usually give out a free drink ticket or two, and provide a few munchies. Those are my favorites, but I have no doubt we’ll be hitting Nerd HQ again this year as well.

  3. WeLoveTourists.com is offering a Comic-Con Special on Segway Tours
    $49 for a Gaslamp Harbor or La Jolla Segway tour,
    $65 for a Balboa Park, $85 for a SD City Loop, and $95 for an Advanced Tour.
    Just tell them who is better, Superman or Batman, and why.

  4. Friday 7.10 at McFadden’s of San Diego (Gaslamp), David Hasselhoff will be in to perform his hit single from Kung Fury! If you don’t know what that is…stop what you are doing and watch it. It will change your life!

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