Off-Site Events Near San Diego Comic-Con (2013 Edition)

If you’re like me, you were unsuccessful in getting a San Diego Comic-Con badge in the 10 minutes they were available. That doesn’t mean you can go to San Diego to Geek Out. Here are some off-site events happening all over Downtown San Diego during Comic-Con.

If you have an event that you’d like to add to this list contact us at: geeklab at secretcitycomedy dot com.


Adult Swim Funhouse
July 18 to 21 (Th-Su)
Omni Hotel (map)
Cost: Free

Fresh from its opening in Athens, GA, the Funhouse comes to San Diego. Details to come.


Animation Domination
July 18 to 20 (Th-Sa)
Island Ave Between First and Second St (map)
Cost: Free

Take a swing on the High School USA! Mini-Golf Course. Collect Limited-Edition 3-D Printed AXE COP Action Figures. Friday night screening of AXE COP and HIGH SCHOOL USA! at 8:30 p.m.


Animation Under the Sea Party
July 19 (Fr) (link)
Joe’s Crab Shack (map)
Cost: Free, Sold Out

Animators, actors, artists and musicians will gather for a very special industry event supporting the charity Music Saves Lives! Joe’s Crab Shack will keep the beer and appetizer platters flowing. Animation screenings will roll throughout the evening and Guests of Honor will be available to meet in an intimate setting. The event will include a charity auction to benefit Music Saves Lives featuring amazing one-of-a-kind items from legends of animation, comics and music! Exclusive autograph prints will be available, appropriate for signing by Guests of Honor, and Gift Bags so you can remember this special evening!


Anti-Bullying Red Carpet Mixer & Press Summit
July 21 (Su) (link)
Lou & Mickey’s Restuarant (map)
Cost: RSVP at Website

Have you or someone you love been a target of bullying? Join in this life-changing discussion on how to overcome bullying, and learn strategies to create witnesses and allies out of bystanders.


Assassin’s Creed Event and Todd McFarlane Signing
July 19 to 20 (Fr-Sa) (link)
5th Avenue Landing (map)
Cost: Free

On board, attendees will experience a new single-player demo and get hands-on time with the multiplayer and Game Lab. Legendary artist Todd McFarlane will be on the Jackdaw on July 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and July 20 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. signing an exclusive Assassin’s Creed poster and showing off the new McFarlane Toys’ Assassin’s Creed figure line and resin statue. Fans can also receive inflatable cutlass swords, art booklets from Titan, prizes and more. Also located on the Jackdaw will be a live weapon demonstration from noted pirate weapon historian Mike Loades.


Black Sales Fan Screening and Cast Appearance
July 18 (Th) at 8:30pm (link)
Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 (map)
Cost: Free (Reservation Required)

Black Sails stars Zach McGowan (“Shameless”), Jessica Parker Kennedy (“The Secret Circle,” 50/50), Mark Ryan (Transformers, The Prestige), Hakeem Kae Kazim and series creators Jonathan Steinberg (“Jericho,” “Human Target”) and Robert Levine (“Touch”) will lead the pirate uprising at San Diego Comic-Con 2013 with a special appearance at the Black Sails fan-only screening on July 18th. The cast and creators will introduce the first episode of Black Sails, the highly anticipated high-seas STARZ Original drama from Executive Producer Michael Bay. An additional major surprise guest to be announced closer to Comic-Con.


Blood Bank and Donations
July 18 to 21 (Th-Su) – 9am to 6pm (link)
Omni Hotel (map)
Cost: Free

In the past, there have been giveaways for donors, including True Blood swag. Donation appointment links: ThursdayFridaySaturdaySunday


BOOM!’s 8th Year Anniversary Party
July 18 (Th) at 9:00pm
Hilton San Diego Bayfront Odysea Bar (map)
Cost: Free

Come one! Come all! Open invite to professionals and fans alike!


Break Invaders
July 18-19 (Th-Fr) 11am – 5pm (link)
Dick’s Last Resort (map)
Cost: Free

Arcade, Weapon Gallery, Music, Drinks & Food


Comic-Con Zombiewalk
July 20 (Sa) at 6:30pm (link)
Childrens Park, Martin Luther King Promenade (map)
Cost: Free

Join fellow San Diego zombies for this annual walk. The walk is all-ages and free. Come dressed and made-up as zombies. After walk events will be announced shortly.


COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY SAMSUNG SUPER-CHARGING LOUNGE
July 18 to 21 (Th-Su) 10am to 8pm (link)
Petco Park (Map)
Cost: Free

Fans can recharge at the COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY Samsung Super-Charging Lounge! Follow the COSMOS planet balloons as they lead fans on a galaxy-like pathway to the Petco Interactive Zone, where they can charge up their Samsung Galaxy S4 and other devices, plus enjoy COSMOS content and pick up a free T-shirt or hat (while supplies last) at the COSMOS: A SPACETIME ODYSSEY Samsung Super-Charging Lounge.


Course of the Force Activity Center
July 18 to 21 (Th-Su) (link)
Chuck Jones Gallery, Gaslamp (Map)
Cost: Free


Disney Infinity: D23 Exclusive
July 18 (Th) 6 to 10 p.m. (link)
Gaslamp Quarter, 343 4th Ave (Map)
Cost: Free for D23 Members Only

Be one of the first to play Disney Infinity


Enchantment Under the SDCC Party
July 17 (We) 8 to 12 a.m. (link)
Henry’s Pub, 618 Fifth Ave (Map)
Cost: Open to the Public

The unofficial blog team offers tips, tricks and other geeky things to navigate the convention.


Ender’s Game Fan Experience
July 18-21 (Th-Su) (link)
Hilton Gaslamp (Map)
Cost: Free

Visitors can see exclusive film footage on LED screens, interact with new digital content, integrate photos of themselves into the highly anticipated Battle Room and enter the sweepstakes for the chance to win $10,000 courtesy of HGTV for their own “out of this world” home makeover. As the “Journey Begins At Home” in “Ender’s Game,” HGTV’s space showcases a sneak peek at a home of the future.


Engadget+gdgt Live
July 19 (Fr) 7 to 10 p.m. (link)
Stingaree, 454 6th St (Map)
Cost: Free

Engadget+gdgt Live is the only nation-wide tech event series that connects thousands of real people with the top brands in technology.


Fandango Experience
July 18 (Th) 12-6pm; July 19-20 (Fr-Sa) 10am-6pm; July 21 (Su) 10am-5pm (link)
Hard Rock Hotel (Map)
Cost: Free

Rebranding a store into a retro movie lobby, with giveaways and popcorn.


GAM3RCON
July 18 to 21 (Th-Su) (link)
10th Avenue Theater (map)
Cost: $16 – one day pass; $45 – everyday pass

If you’re a gamer, GAM3RCON is the social event for you. Arcade, video games and table top. Everything is ready and available for you to play. Don’t forget to enter the daily tournaments and rooftop parties.


Gamespot Base Station
July 18 to 20 (Th-Sa) at 11am (link)
Lou & Mickey’s (map)
Cost: Free (Reservations Required)

Visit The Base Station at Comic-Con 2013 for more fans and more fun! GameSpot knows a hero’s work is never done, but that doesn’t mean you can’t take a break. Prize Pow-looza with drawings throughout the day for fantastic. gadgets, mega gaming giveaways, super giftcards & more. Free Grub. Charging stations and laptops.


Geek & Sundry
July 18 to 21 (Th-Su) at 10am (link)
Jolt N’ Joes (map)
Cost: Free

Free event with gaming and evening parties.


Hello Kitty Fashion Music Wonderland
July 19 to 20 (Fr-Sa) at 11am (link)
Petco Park (map)
Cost: Free

Open to the public, this energetic hub is inspired by the styles of Tokyo and Japanese pop culture, putting Hello Kitty at the center of the ultimate fan experience at Comic-Con Interactive Zone at Petco Park. Hello Kitty’s band of Lolitas, who personify anime, cosplay and the colorful style of Japanese pop culture, will host fans at the experience. A retail pop-up shop will offer a mix of event-only and limited edition Japanimation-themed collectible Hello Kitty items, including a free poster with any purchase. Hello Kitty will be present to meet her fans in a Japanimation-style outfit that mirrors the collection of products that will debut at the show. On Friday, July 19th and Saturday, July 20th, a nail artist from Tokyo will be on hand to treat fans to a free Sanrio nail art application with any $25 purchase from the pop-up shop.


MTV’s Party in the Park
July 18 (Th) at 7pm (link)
10th Avenue Theater (map)
Cost: Free

The first-ever “MTV2 Party in the Park” will celebrate the fans at Comic-Con, paying tribute to them and honoring them with access to the hottest live musical performances, along with free food and drinks. It all takes place Thursday, July 18 at Petco Park from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. PT.


National Comedy Theater
July 19 to 20 (Fr-Sa) – 7:30 pm & 9:45 pm (link)
3717 India St (map)
Cost: $15/Ticket

See San Diego’s longest running live theater show. Every show features two teams of comedic actors creating scenes on the spot based on your suggestion. Appropriate for all ages.


Nerd HQ
July 18 to 21 (Th-Su) (link)
Petco Park (map)
Cost: $22/Ticket

In its third year in existence, this event, run by Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) brings popular nerd and sci-fi panels away from Hall H and brings it to you. Ticket sales to these panels goes to Operation Smile and can be attended live or streamed on YouTube.


Outdoor Movie Night
July 19 (Fr) (link)
Seaport Villiage (map)
Cost: Free Arrive Early

In its third year in existence, this event, run by Zachary Levi (Chuck, Thor: The Dark World) brings popular nerd and sci-fi panels away from Hall H and brings it to you. Ticket sales to these panels goes to Operation Smile and can be attended live or streamed on YouTube.


Psych, The Musical (Advanced Screening)
July 17 (We) – 10pm (link)
Reading Cinemas Gaslamp 15 (map)
Cost: Free (Reservation Required)

Psych-Os, we have news that will no doubt be sweet, sweet music to your ears: this summer, Psych the Musical will be premiering with a special midnight advance screening, and you’re invited. It’ll be an unforgettable evening of song, dance and Psych-O solidarity, featuring exclusive giveaways, complimentary concessions, cast appearances, and plenty of pineapple-infused fun. So don’t be a silly goose – reserve your free ticket to the screening now.


SEGA Arcade
July 17-21 (We-Su) Times Vary
200 Harbor Drive, Suite 120 (map)
Cost: Free

SEGA’s upcoming lineup including Sonic Lost World™, Total War™: ROME II, Castle of Illusion Starring Mickey Mouse™ and Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA F™.


Serenity Movie in the Park
July 20 (Sa) Times Vary
Petco Park (map)
Cost: $15/Ticket

Bring a blanket and watch Serenity under the stars with Nathan Fillion and Alan Tudyk.


Star Wars Pet Fans “Yappy Hour”
July 19 (Fr) 4 pm to 7 pm
Hotel Indigo, 509 Ninth Ave (map)
Cost: Free

Darth Vader, Chewbacca and others will help launch Petco’s Star Wars pet fans collection of toys and apparel for pooches with a happy-hour event.

You and your dog are invited to join us for:
- The Star Wars Photo Experience
- Movie caricatures drawn of both of you
- Complementary treats and giveaways
- A chance to win items from Petco’s Star wars Fan collection


Tr!ckst3r
July 17 to 20 (We-Sa) (link)
Tavern Bowl (map)
Cost: Free – Symposia Tickets $40

TR!CKSTER is a retail space: specializing in CREATOR-OWNED wares including small run and limited edition books, fine art prints, toys, clothing, and more.

The TR!CKSTER SYMPOSIA are a series of critically-acclaimed workshop gatherings that focus on process, theory, and technique in storytelling across a variety of media.


Walking Dead Escape
July 19 & 20 (Fr-Sa) – 5pm to 10pm (link)
Petco Park (map)
Cost: $75/Survivors; $80/Walkers; $20/Spectators

This popular event from 2012 is returning to Petco Park. This obstacle course will test your survival skills as a survivors or your flesh-eating hunger as a walker.


Warner Brothers Lawn Con
July 17-21 (We-Su)
Bayfront Park
Cost: Free

Warner Bros. will erect giant balloon replicas of its animated “Teen Titans Go!” characters Beast Boy, Cyborg, Raven, Robin and Starfire at San Diego’s Bayfront Park throughout Comic-Con. The park is next to the convention center. The massive figures measure up to 30 feet tall.

In addition to a live DJ, the “Lawn Con” event will also have a life-size Lego model of Bag End, Bilbo’s home in “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey,” along with Gandalf, Dwalin and Bilbo. Lego will also have versions of Batman, Robin and the Joker on display, while the Mystery Machine van will be parked to promote “Scooby-Doo!”


Wonder Women: On and Off Paper – Panel Discussion
July 18 (Th) – 7:30pm to 9pm (link)
Womens Museum of California (map)
Cost: $5, Reservations Required

Trina Robbins, Ramona Fradon, Mary Fleener and Carol Lay, pioneering women in their field, will share their experiences of working in the comic industry. Learn about the obstacles these women faced in the comic world as well as the amazing art work they have brought to life.

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