After a long hard day of fighting unruly crowds, staring at people in cosplay costumes that really DON’T BELONG in cosplay costumes, waiting in line for posters even though you don’t know what poster you are waiting for….you need to unwind. Well lucky for you, all the companies agree and realize that if they throw a massive party after hours, it is yet another chance for them to bludgeon you with logos, advertising and branding.
Here is a list of all the parties that you may or may NOT get into.
WEDNESDAY, July 17th
Hop-Con: The W00tstout Launch Festival
5pm, Stone Brewing – Liberty Station Release party for this geekish beer. Tastings, giveaways, Wil Wheaton and Paul & Storm. $49,
Forbidden Panel’s Annual SDCC Dinner
7:30pm, Gaslamp Strip Club. Check your sense of irony at the door. Free.
Comedy Bang! Bang! Live Starring Scott Aukerman and Special Guests
8pm, House of Blues, $20
The Nerdy Girls Blog 2nd Annual #Nerdioke
9pm-12pm, McFadden’s, Free
Super Hero Party at Side Bar
9pm, Side Bar. Cover charge unless you are in cosplay
Psych The Musical Screening
Midnight (doors 10pm), Reading Cinemas, Free
Geek & Sundry
SDCCBlog and OutsideComicCon’s “Enchantment Under the SDCC” party.
8-10 pm, Henry’s Pub, open to all.
THURSDAY, July 18th
UCP Cocktail Party, Thursday July 18, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM, Stingaree, 454 6th Ave, San Diego
DreamWorks Animation Cocktail Mixer, Thursday July 18, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Southpaw Social Club, 815 J Street, San Diego
MTV2 Party in the Park, Thursday July 18, 7:00 PM-11:00 PM, Petco Park
eOne’s Haven Party, Thursday July 18, 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, Sidebar
Principato Young Cocktail Reception, Thursday July 18, 8:00 PM-10:00 PM, Rama Thai, 327 4th Ave, San Diego
Mashable/Digitaria Party, Thursday July 18th, 8:00 AM-4:00 AM, DiamondView Tower
Fandango/Lionsgate/Summit Entertainment, Thursday July 18, 8:30 PM-12:30 AM, Hard Rock Hotel, 207 5th Ave, San Diego
Insidious Chapter 2 Installation, Thursday July 18, 9:00 PM-2:00 AM
The Blank Page Project For The Hero Initiative.
5PM to 7PM. The Hero Initiative partners with comiXology and Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner to host a fully catered 2-hour charity event where fans can watch creators fill “The Blank Page” – a 12 ft by 8 ft gigantic comic page that will auctioned off at a later date. Back of Vela restaurant (located at the back of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel)
Comic Book Legal Defense Fund’s Comic-Con Welcome Party
8 PM to 11 PM. Sponsored by Image Comics, at the Westgate Hotel’s Terrace Under the Stars, 1055 Second Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101 FREE for CBLDF Members. Non-Members, suggested $10 – $20 donation at the door, please.
Boom! Party – 8th Annual Drink Up
9pm Hilton Bayfront Odysea Bar. Drink up with the publishers and creators. All welcome.
Defective Geeks and Lady Geeks Mixer.
9pm Manchester Grand Hyatt, Grand Lobby bar.
Scholastic Comic-Con Party: Jeff Brown, Brandon Mull, Greg Ruth, James Burks, Jimmy Gownley, Jake Parker, Jeff Smith, Tom Sniegoski and Raina Telgemeier.
7-9:30 pm Summersalt Pool Deck & Lounge, Hotel Palomar. RSVP.
6pm, Brick + Mortar, $15-$30
Black Sails Sneak Screening
8:30pm, Reading Cinemas. An early screening of Starz’ Black Sails premiere that will air on Starz in Jan 2014. First 200 people in line get a wristband to attend the after-party. Free.
10th Ave Theatre. A collection and celebration of original geek art, theatre, video games, board games and music. $16-$45
FRIDAY, July 19th
Gotham Group Annual Comic Con Lunch, Friday July 19, 1:00 PM-4:00 PM, Rama, 327 Fourth Ave., San Diego
WB TV Cocktail Party (PRIVATE), Friday July 19, 6:30 PM-8:30 PM, Hard Rock Hotel, FLOAT Rooftop Bar
Radical Studios/Ploom Party, Friday July 19, 7 PM-10 PM, The Keating Hotel
UCP/SyFy Party, Friday July 19, 8 PM-Midnight, Hotel Solamar, LOUNGESix (4th Floor), 435 6th Ave., San Diego
Hyundai/The Walking Dead Event, Friday July 19, 9:00 PM-1:00 AM, Island Ave. & 2nd Ave.
Shifty Look, Friday July 19, 8:00 PM-Late, Hilton San Diego Gaslamp
Maxim/FX Party, Friday July 19, 9:00 PM-2:00 AM, Andaz Rooftop, 600 F Street
Universal/Kick-Ass 2 Party, Friday July 19, 9:00 PM-1:00 AM, Island and 8th Ave, San Diego
Vikings Feast With the Cast.
8-11 p.m, Omni Hotel. RSVP required.
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Pirate Ship party
9-midnight, 600 Convention Way.
Zombie Invasion at The Haunted Hotel
4th and Market
San Diego’s premier Haunted Hotel opens up for a special engagement during Comic-Con every year. For two nights only, experience the Zombie Invasion. The zombies of ‘Con will take over The Haunted Hotel’s twists and turns. $16.99.
Animation Under The Sea Party
7pm-9pm, Joe’s Crab Shack. Free, RSVP Required
He-Man.org Power Party
7pm, Hennessey’s. Free, but must be a registered member of He-Man.org & RSVP
The Veronica Mars Fan Event
7:30pm, Horton Plaza United Artist Theaters
Creator Rob Thomas announced on the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter that he, along with including Kristin Bell and cast members, will be hosting a fan gathering. TBA.
Comic-Con Nerd-a-Thon, Night 1 (Concert & Burlesque Show)
8pm, The Ruby Room. Night 1 includes Geek Rock (Nerf Herder, Kirby Krackle & H2Awesome) with a Comic Vixens Burlesque Show $20 (password R2D2 for both nights at $30)
Music: Smashing Beats Presents FREAKS AND GEEKS
8pm to close, Taste & Thirst (715 4th Ave .)
Drink specials, electronic dance music, and a costume contest
WeLoveFine Pop Up Shop
Hilton San Diego Gaslamp
T-shirts, designers and guests.
SATURDAY, July 20th
The Weinstein Co. and Annapurna Pictures’ The Grandmaster Cocktail Reception with Wong Kar Wai, Saturday July 20, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, Katsuya
NBC Digital Network Party, Saturday July 20, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Hard Rock Hotel
20th Century Fox TV Cocktail Party, Saturday July 20, 7:00 PM-9:00 PM, Bankers Hill
Arcana Comics/Ploom Arcade, Saturday July 20, 7:00-10:00 PM, The Keating Hotel, 820 5th Ave. (Between E & F Streets)
Entertainment Weekly, Saturday July 20, 9 PM, FLOAT at The Hard Rock Hotel
Geek & Sundry Cosplay Prom 2013, Saturday July 20, 9:00 PM, Jolt ‘n Joes
Heroes Brew Beer Festival
1-5pm Embarcadero Park North, behind the Convention Center
Heroes Brew is a superhero themed craft beer festival taking place at the. Karl Strauss, Aztec, Iron Fist, Ballast Point and more craft breweries will be on-site. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Coast Keeper and Surfrider Foundation.
$40 GA, $60 VIP – heroesbrewfest.com
8pm, Spreckles Theatre. A live taping for Comedy Central show. $36
Patton Oswalt (Comedy)
10:30pm, Spreckles Theatre. A live taping for Comedy Central show. $36