San Diego Comic-Con is quickly approaching and already the city is gearing up for all the Storm Troopers, Klingons, anime fanatics, zombies, sci-fi enthusiasts, self-proclaimed geeks, and pop-culture consumers to descend upon America’s Finest City for a long weekend. It’s the norm to see people in tights and capes on the trolley and buses making their way around town. So whether you partake in the cape or pass on the tights, a superhero such as yourself needs to know where to go after a long day at Con.
There’s something for everyone… even if you’re not a caped crusader.
The Walking Dead Escape at Petco Park, July 12-14
Think you’ve got what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse? You’ll have your chance as you crawl, hide and run throughout Petco Park trying not to have your brains sucked out. If you make it through the course as one of the first 10,000, you’ll receive a limited-edition copy of “The Walking Dead” #100 variant. Don’t feel like running for your life? Get your makeup done instead and join the zombies or buy a ticket and watch the horror unfold from a zombie-free location. Regular tickets start at $75. Get all the info here…
Stan Lee’s Comikaze Celebrity Industry Party at Spin Nightclub, July 12
Starting at 9pm on Thursday, you can enjoy a Comic-Con kick-off party at Spin Nightclub hosted by Stan Lee, the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. Spin offers a multi-level indoor/outdoor nightclub experience in Old Town. While you’re there, get treated to a superhero costume contest and special musical guests TBD. The event is 21+ and tickets start at $15. For details click here…
“Workaholics” Happy Hour at Hard Rock Hotel, July 13
Ders, Adam and Blake are in town to enjoy Comic-Con and to get away from the office. So come hang with the stars of Comedy Central’s hit show for an early happy hour inside Float- the Hard Rock Hotel’s rooftop lounge from 2p to 5p. For all the details to make sure you can punch in on time click here.
Zombie Walk in Downtown San Diego, July 13
What goes better with Friday the 13th than zombies? And downtown San Diego will be covered in them wandering around all undead and stuff. This event even has its own Facebook page which proves it’s more than just a party, it’s a fight for undead rights too. The page declares, “The undead deserve equal rights and should be treated as fairly as the living actors who portray us in pictures, television shows, movies, and sporting events!” The Zombie Walk is FREE and anyone can participate. Just dress in your finest zombie gear and look for the other zombies at the corner of 4th & Broadway at 5p. Check out everything you need to know to be successful here.
Superhero Pub Crawl in Downtown San Diego, July 13 & 14
Slap on those tights and iron your cape because the people over at pubcrawls.com are putting on an event to take you through Pacific Beach and into the Gaslamp Quarter at multiple downtown bars. In order to take part you need to dress as your favorite superhero and pick up tickets starting at $10 per person. Register online and keep your eyes peeled for an updated venue list here.
Invasion of the Pier at Broadway Pier, July 13 & 14
Want to take a break from all the Wookies, and superheroes? Then swing by the Broadway Pier for the “Invasion of the Pier” to benefit the San Diego Air & Space museum. Enjoy 14+ local food trucks, four bands and DJs, a beer garden, VIP area and even shuttle rides from the Convention Center and select hotels for $1. The event is 21+ and tickets are just $6. For more information click here.
“Odd Ball” Party at Hotel Solamar, July 14
Previously Hotel Solamar’s rooftop LOUNGEsix was only open to high-profile celebs during Comic-Con taking part in events hosted by Syfy and E!. But this year the hotel is inviting the “Odd Ball” public- those without convention passes or VIP party access- to enjoy a pool-side event at LOUNGEsix starting at 7p. So you didn’t get Comic-Con passes this year, but you can partake in no cover at the hotel and drink specials all night. That’s okay. You didn’t want your face eaten off by zombies anyway. For more details click here.
Hollywood Babble- On Live Podcast at House of Blues, July 14
Not familiar with Hollywood Babble? It’s an iTunes #1 podcast, and its co-hosts Ralph Garman and Kevin Smith (of Jay and Silent Bob fame) are coming to San Diego to chat about what else this weekend… Comic-Con. They’re sure to throw in some Hollywood dirt to balance out all the nerd talk and you can see it LIVE starting at 11p. Tickets are for those 21+ and start at $35.50. You can hook yourself up here.
- Jennifer Markham, Energy 103.7