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Off-site events and parties happening during San Diego Comic-Con 2010


Latest Update: 7/19/10 at 7:00 PM PST

Video Games Live in San Diego on 7/24/10

Back by popular demand! This is an unofficial (partial and growing) list of public parties and events happening in San Diego during 2010 Comic-Con and is for information only. Be sure to bookmark the page and return for updates. Most events require separate tickets and have age restrictions, please check with event promoters for more details:

Tuesday, 7/20

9PM (doors open at 8:30PM)
Jace Everett
Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., San Diego 92101
Jace Everett, singer of "Bad Things", the theme from HBO's True Blood. Also on the bill, Shaun Rohlf & The 7th Day Buskers and Matt Haeck. Tickets $10, 21+

Wednesday, 7/21

Keep Comic-Con in San Diego MeetUp
At the Children's Park, near convention center.
A chance for fans to meet up before/after badge pick-up. All ages.

Hammer Don't Hurt 'Em Improv Show
Lyceum Space Stage, Lyceum Theater, Horton Plaza, San Diego 92101
Join Alex Albrecht, Felicia Day, Tony Janning, Jeff Lewis, Sandeep Parikh, Tara Perry, and Brooke Seguin for a special show during Comic-Con. Craziness, hilarity, and surprises will ensue!
Doors open at 8:30PM, Tickets $23, all ages but 18+ recommended

Thursday 7/22

3PM - 6PM
Venture Bros. Blog TweetUp
Yard House, 1023 4th Avenue, San Diego 92101
Seating for the Venture Podcast is limited. Podcast discussion to be moderated by Marc Ilagan, VB Blog Editor.

w00tstock 2.4
“Three hours of geeks + music", w00tstock is a special event for geeks of every stripe. Television host/special-effects artist Adam Savage, Wil Wheaton and music-comedy duo Paul and Storm present a night of songs, readings, comedy, demonstrations, short films, special guests, and other clever widgets born from and dedicated to the enthusiasms, obsessions, trials and joys of geek pride.

SoDiegoTours has organized a "costumes encouraged", comic-themed pub crawl to include 5 local venues. 21+, tickets are $20 and include 2 drinks, bar bites and happy hour prices.

7PM - 10PM
LA Times Hero Complex Party
The PUMA Store, 410 5th Avenue, San Diego 92101
Guests are eligible for fun giveaways and a chance to meet and mingle with surprise VIP's.
Space is limited. RSVP does not guarantee entry, FREE, 21+

Comics-On Tees Series Launch by Threadless
Industry Showroom, 336 6th Avenue, San Diego, 92101
The series of four front-and-back t-shirts (issues) was curated and written by Jill Thompson. With artwork for each t-shirt issue by Jill Thompson of Beasts of Burden and Sandman, Tony Moore of The Walking Dead, Cliff Chiang of Batman and Human Target, and Art Baltazar of Tiny Titans. Jill, Cliff and Art will be on hand to rock a live art drawing competition and giveaway awesome comic-related prizes.
Free, but RSVP as it will likely fill early.

7:30PM – 10PM
The National Cartoonist Society and the Southern California Cartoonist Society co-hosted party at Buster’s Beach House Restaurant in Seaport Village, 807 W Harbor Dr., 92101 $15 Tickets

7:30PM - 11PM
Diggnation LIVE in San Diego
House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Avenue, San Diego 92101
Join Kevin Rose and Alex Albrecht as they bring the unique Diggnation live experience to the mecca for geeks.  Age restrictions (if any) and ticket info still TBD.

Distant Worlds: Music from Final Fantasy
The San Diego Symphony presents a concert with music taken from all thirteen Final Fantasy video games. This concert ccommemorates the 20th anniversary of FINAL FANTASY, one of the most recognizable video games of all time. Tickets range from $25-100

8PM - 11PM
Aion Fan Gathering
Join members of the Aion team for an evening of great food, awesome prizes and video games. 
Dave & Busters, 2931 Camino Del Rio North, San Diego 92108
RSVP on Tiwtter using #SDCC_Aion tag or print invitation. 21+ or w/parent 30+.

BOOM! Studios 5 Year Anniversary Drink Up
Hilton San Diego Bayfront, Odysea Bar
Wark Waid hosts a celebration of BOOM!'s explosive growth, with Ross Richie, Matt Gagnon, Chip Mosher and the rest of the BOOM! crew with various creators in attendance for a night of relaxed fun.
No RSVP needed, No Tickets Required. 21+  

9PM (Doors open at 8:30PM)
MC Lars and Friends
Casbah, 2501 Kettner Blvd., San Diego 92101
Performance featuring MC Lars, MC Frontalot, YTCracker , Schaffer the Darklord
Tickets $18, 21+

Mix Master Mike (Beastie Boys), Hyena & Shark Attack (DJ Set)
FLUXX Live, 500 4th Avenue (at Island), San Diego 92101
$10 advance, $15-20 Door, 21+

Samurais and School Girls
Mainline, 1676 Main Street, San Diego 92113
Expect models dressed like your favorite manga characters, anime classics projected all night, entertainment in all corners of the venue, the most talented artists in San Diego! Come in costume and get a drink ticket! Tickets $10 advance, $15 door; 21+

9PM - 2AM
Munky King presents "Omi Unmasked"
Bar Basic, 410 10th St., 92101
Attendees are encouraged (but not required) to wear masks. Or better yet, your comic con costumes!
The party will include giveaways, photo booth, live paintings by renowned artists, and music to ensure good times. 21+

9PM - 2:00AM
From Dusk to Shawn
El Camino, 2400 India Street, San Diego 92101
Free welcome party thrown by the X-Sanquin folks.
Tickets required, 21+

Can't Stop the Serenity
Gaslamp 15, 701 5th Avenue, San Diego 92101
The California Browncoats are sponsoring a screening of Serenity as a fundraiser for Equality Now.
Tickets $15

10AM - 2AM
The P.O.P. Collection Release Party
Bar Ninety, 804 Market (at 8th), San Diego 92101
Hosted by Minny Pacquao, featuring DJs and drink specials all night. 21+

Friday 7/23

Time TBA
Sideshow Freak Party
Location TBA
Initial party tickets will only be available to forum members who have been registered as a member since before February 1, 2010. Additional tickets may be available to the public after July 12, 2010.  Check link below for more details.

6PM - 9PM
Roddenberry Dive Team Comic-Con Mixer 2010
Sidebar, 536 Market Street, San Diego 92101
Bringing together the worlds of science fiction, underwater exploration and global preservationan  the hosts promise an evening of fun, food, friends, celebrity guests and great prizes.  Free food and Star Trek themed drinks will be served.

7:30PM - 9:30PM
Chuck TweetUp
Bar Ninety, Market & 8th St., San Diego 92101.
Chuck fans will gather to celebrate all things Chuck.

7:30PM – 11PM
City of Heroes Party
Player Meet and Greet and Going Rogue Preview Event at the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. 21+  

8PM – 1AM
Marked Men Party
A pirate-themed event that is held aboard the HMS Surprise and the Star of India. Tickets range from $30-50.  

8PM – 11PM
Geek Girls & Friends Tweet-Up
The popular site Geek Girls Network hosts this event at the Jolt N’ Joes in the Gaslamp District (the area across the street from the convention center). 21+  

5PM – 1:00AM
TweetHouse Party
Join TweetHouse aboard the USS Midway and expected guests Levar Burton, Tyrese Gibson, and Brent Spiner. Tickets are $25

8PM & 10:30PM
Patton Oswalt
Performing during Comic-Con at the House of Blues
Tickets are $30. 21+  

Saturday 7/24

11AM - 5PM
Icons: A Pop Culture Music/Art/Fashion Explosion - Part 1
Horton Plaza Event Center, 475 Horton Plaza, 92101
Featuring an array of pop culture vendors, heavily themed performances, a geek-inspired runway fashion show, and film screenings with panels. Tickets $5, open to all ages.

12PM - 3PM
Awsomecon '10 with Tim and Eric!
Embarcadero Marina Park North, behind the Mariott near the convention center
There will be special guests, games, music by DJ Douggpound, a costume contest, Tim and Eric karaoke, and much much more. Trivia contest winner rides a jet ski with Tim and Eric!
This is a FREE event, no tickets required.  Blanket, sunscreen & water recommended.

3PM - 8PM
Celebrate the Web
The Bristol Hotel, 1055 First Ave., San Diego 92101 (City Scene Room, 2nd Floor)
A live-streamed forum with genre web content creators and talent.

Pop Candy TweetUp
Wine Steals, 793 J St., San Diego 92101
The first 75 people to show up to th party will receive an exclusive Hasbro Comic-Con 2010 collectible.
FREE, all ages. RSVPs encouraged.

San Diego Zombie Walk
The Zombie Walk returns to SDCC for another fun and free event for all ages.  

7PM – 9PM
Happy Hour of the Undead (Zombie Walk after-party)
Quality Social, 789 6th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 A portion of the bar sales will benefit Donate Life California (California’s organ donation registry). 21+

7PM – 9PM (Doors open at 6PM)
Comedy Central Live from the House of Blues
House of Blues, 1055 5th Avenue and attendees must be 18 to enter and 21 to drink.
This free event will be hosted by Pete Holmes with exclusive sneak peeks from Comedy Central's new shows and performances by comics Maria Bamford, Adam DeVine, Chris Gethard, Kurt Metzger, Matt Oberg, Randy Pearlstein, Horatio Sanz and Nick Swardson.

8:30PM – 3AM
X-Sanguin 9 Fail-Safe Party
This huge zombie/fallout themed bash includes a dance floor, 3 DJ’s, and the chance to explore San Diego’s catacombs if you purchase VIP tickets. Tickets $30, VIP Tickets $100. 21+
8PM – 2AM
The League of Temporal Adventures First Society Gala
Chrononaut presents the steampunk party of the year. Bands including headliner Voltaire, drinks, and steampunk-infused happenings fill up this all-night bash. Tickets are $18 in advance or $20 at the door  

Video Games Live
The power and emotion of a symphony orchestra mixed with the excitement and energy of a rock concert and the technology, fun and interactivity of a video game all completely synchronized to amazing cutting-edge video screen visuals, state-of-the-art lighting, special fx and special on-stage interactive segments with the audience. Tickets: $22.50 – 77.50, all ages.

Nerd City presents Scenes of a Graphic Nature
Soda Bar, 3615 El Cajon Blvd., San Diego 92104
Featuring live art by Jim Mahfood, Mike Huddleston, Scott Morse, King Gum AKA Dave Crosland, Jason Shawn Alexander, and more, with DJ sets by Major Taylor and Red Sonya, PLUS a performance by San Diego rockers The Burning of Rome. Tickets $12, 21+

9PM - 2AM
ICONs: A Pop Culture Music/Art/Fashion Explosion - Part 2
Horton Plaza Event Center, 475 Horton Plaza, 92101
Costume dance party with DJs, pop culture-themed performances, lounge areas, and video projections. Tickets $15, 21+

9PM - 2AM
Sub Terranean
Kava Lounge, 2812 Kettner Blvd., San Diego 92101
Live Art & Heavy Beats are promised as 7 DJs, 1 Band and 2 Live Artists entertain.
$10 Cover ($5 in costume) 21+

Repo! The Genetic Opera Screening
Live preshow with Shadow Casts, ATTK and Elective Surgery. Special guests in attendance include Terrance Zdunich, Darren Smith, Darren Bousman, Alexa Vega, Bill Moseley and more.
Gaslamp Theater, 701 Fifth Ave, San Diego 92101
Tickets $12, Rated R 

Sunday 7/25

Dream Street Live, 2228 Bacon St., San Diego 92107 (in Ocean Beach area.)
Billed as A Night of Geek Rock, this special event features performances by San Diego's own geek comedy band Random Gibberish, LA based Mega-Man rock band The Megas, and Seattle's geek rock specialists Kirby Krackle.  Tickets are $10 ($8 for in-costume attendees). 21+

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  • Robert 4 years ago

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