After waiting all day in lines, bumping elbows with fellow nerds, and walking around for a better part of the day, Comic-Con does not end when the sun sets. There are many fantastic parties where you may run into various celebrities, partake in food and drink, and obtain a lot of swag. Not only do these parties make the convention more enjoyable, but they make it unforgettable (depending on how much you drink). A number of these parties do require an RSVP or an invite, but there are a good amount that are still open to the public for free or at a minor cost. Check out the complete list of SDCC 2013 parties after the jump.
Attending Comic-Con parties is no easy task. Not only are a majority of them invite only, most overlap and you don’t want to party too hard with more Comic-Conning and partying taking place the following day. If you’d like to attend the parties, the best thing you can do is look out for social media contests. A lot of these parties are hosted by pop culture websites that host multiple chances to win passes via their site, Facebook, or Twitter. Once you are able to get into one of these illustrious parties, make sure you have the time of your life. It is a privilege that many of the 120,000+ attendees don’t get to experience. But please make sure you maintain your composure. Nobody likes a hot mess. Let’s party:
Wednesday, July 17
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Hitfix and CBS Films’ The To Do List Party at Hotel Solamar – Invitation only, 8 pm to midnight
Many of the stars from the much anticipated The To Do List will be in attendance at this preview night party along with Hitfix team members.
Superhero Night at Side Bar – Open to public, 9 pm to 2 am
Celebrate preview night at Side Bar’s superhero themed Industry Night party. If you dress up as your favorite hero you’ll be hooked up with free cover and drink specials. And all of the lovely bartenders and bottle service girls will be dressed up in superhero attire as well.
Thursday, July 18
ComiXology/The Hero Initiative “The Blank Page Project” Charity Event at Vela Restaurant – Open to the public, 5 pm – 7 pm
The The Hero Initiative has partnered up with comiXology and creators Jimmy Palmiotti and Amanda Conner to host “The Blank Page Project” a fully catered 2-hour charity event where all fans are invited to watch creators fill “The Blank Page” – a 12 foot by 8 foot gigantic comic page. The gigantic page will be auctioned off at a later date with proceeds going towards The Hero Initiative – a charity that helps creators in need. Running the gamut from legendary creators everyone knows to those just starting out, don’t miss this once-in-a-lifetime celebration of comics creators at Comic-Con International ‘13.
MTV 2 Party in the Park at PETCO Park – Open to badge holders, 7pm to 11pm
Following the “Teen Wolf” panel at Comic-Con, MTV2 will take over PETCO Park. Open to all Comic-Con badge holders, the party in the park will feature live performances, free food and drinks, plus the taping of Guy Code Honors with the Teen Wolf stars.
Munky King Party at BASIC – Open to public, 8:30 pm to 1 am
Munky King is kicking off Comic-Con weekend at BASIC with live art battles, emcee John Stokes of SpankyStokes.com and DJs R-Rated and Colby.
Machinima Party at FLUXX – Invitation only
Machinima is hitting up one of the most popular nightclubs in San Diego. The party will feature Virtuix Omni, the first virtual reality interface for moving freely and naturally in your favorite game, along with tons of dancers in cosplay, DJ beats, and drinks.
Umberto Gonzalez is once again hosting the Kings of Con party. This year’s event aims to promote the IndieGogo campaign for the Latino-Review.com film Breakneck. Party perks include hosted top shelf liquor and DJ entertainment.
Principato Young Entertainment cocktail reception at Rama Thai – Invitation Only, 8 pm to ?
Hot Sexy Cosplay Live: An Erotic Costume Ball for Comic-Con at The Double Deuce – Open to the public for GA ($17.50) and VIP ($27.50), 7 pm to 10 pm
Dress up in your sexiest costume or erotic wear and head out to “Hot Sexy Cosplay Live: An Erotic Costume Ball.” Meet adult film star Tanya Tate. There will be a costume contest at 9pm with prizes. Costume contest starts at 9pm.
Insidious 2 Kick-Off Party – Invitation only or via Social Media Contests, 10:30pm – 1am
Experience the world of Insidious in an interactive installation that will take fans into the dark, twisted, and disturbing reality of the Lambert Family. With the use of imagery, props, installations, iconic music, exclusive content and more, “To Go Further” will encapsulate the heartbeat of this unique horror franchise. There will be three special sessions between 9pm and 1am. Producer Jason Blum (The Purge, Insidious), along with writer/actor Leigh Whannell and Angus Sampson (Specs and Tucker), will be on-site to celebrate with fans as they uncover some of the more insidious manifestations that continue to inhabit this space, all while enjoying delicious food, cocktails and music! Tickets to the event are being given away exclusively through the Insidious Facebook page and official promotional partners FEARnet, Celebuzz and Cinemablend.
Scholastic Comic-Con Party at Summersalt Pool Deck & Lounge, Hotel Palomar – Invitation only, 7 pm to 9:30 pm
Authors Jeff Brown, Brandon Mull, Greg Ruth, and guests including James Burks, Jimmy Gownley, Jake Parker, Jeff Smith, Tom Sniegoski and Raina Telgemeier will be in attendance.
DreamWorks Animation Cocktail Mixer at Southpaw Social Club – Invitation only
The minds behind Turbo, Mr. Peabody & Sherman, How to Train Your Dragon 2 will be on the scene to mingle and party
Focus Features and IGN’s ‘The World’s End’ Party at Float at the Hard Rock Hotel – Invitation only, 7 pm to 11 pm
Simon Pegg and Nick Frost are expected to tear the house down.
eOne’s Haven party at Side Bar – Invitation only, 8 pm to 11 pm
Cast members from the SyFy series, Haven including Emily Rose, Lucas Bryant, Eric Balfour, Adam Copeland, Colin Ferguson, Rochard Donat and more will be joined by guests including Grant Bowler, Tim Jo, Mark Ryan, Matt Smith and Michael Rooker.
Friday, July 19
Comedy Central Comedy-Con at Float at the Hard Rock Hotel – Open to the public, free, 1 pm to 4 pm
Comedy Central fans will have the opportunity to chill and interact with Blake, Adam, Ders and Kyle from Workaholics, Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele from Key & Peele, David Herman, Tom Kenny, Natasha Leggero, and Jerry Minor from “Brickleberry,” comedian Chris Hardwick, among others.
Star Wars Pet Fans “Yappy Hour” at Hotel Indigo – Open to the public, 4 pm to 7 pm
Many of Star Wars beloved characters will help launch PETCO’s Star Wars pet fans collection of toys and apparel for dogs with a happy-hour event.
Game of Thrones beer tasting at Wired Lounge at the Omni Hotel – Invitation only, 6pm to 7pm
Exclusive tasting of the Take the Black Stout, the new brew launching in the fall.
Warner Bros. Television Cocktail Party at Float at the Hard Rock Hotel – Invitation only, 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
Talent and producers from seventeen Warner Bros. TV series are expected to attend
The XX Girls Hosted Chive Charity Party at McFadden’s – Open to the public, 7 pm to ?
The all girl cosplay group, the XX Girls (Paris Sinclair, Angelica Dawn, Lindsay Elyse, and Amie Lynn), will be co-hosting a party with Mrs. Violence, one of the most accomplished female gamers, for a night to benefit Chive Charities. All raffle ticket proceeds will benefit Chive Charities.
Radical Studios Comic-Con Party at the Ploom Arcade at the Keating Hotel – Invitation only, 7 pm to 10 pm
Artwork from the studio behind Oblivion and Hercules will be displayed along with vintage arcade games, a photo booth, and more.
Geek & Sundry community party, presented by Magic: The Gathering at Jolt’N Joe’s – Open to the public, 8 pm
This party will feature a Magic-themed photo booth, drinks, and decor. Hands-on demos of the new iPad game, Magic 2014: Duels of the Planeswalkers will also be available to get your paws on.
Con of Darkness at Voyeur – Invitation only or via Social Media Contests, 8 pm-11 pm
An evening genre-party saluting Comic-Con fans and industry insiders alike. Con of Darkness guests will experience an interactive event with spectacular visuals from all event partners; a VIP suite decked out by Dark Sky Films; music spun by a surprise special guest DJ; go-ghoul dancers; entertainment and customized refreshments.
San Diego Zombie Walk Pre-Party at 1401 E Street – Open to the public for $15, 8:30 pm
SD Zombie Walk is co-sponsoring the Hotline Comic-Con SDCC Party, featuring Miami Horror. Please keep in mind this is NOT a zombie-specific party.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Entertainment at Float Rooftop Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel – Invitation only, 8:30 pm to midnight
Celebrating 75 years of Superman
FX Comic-Con Bash Sponsored by Maxim at Andaz Rooftop – Invitation Only, 9 pm to 2 am
Music from Jermaine Dupri, featuring talent from Archer, It’s Always Sunny, Sons of Anarchy and Wilfred, among others.
Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed Pirate Ship Party at 600 Convention Way – Invitation Only, 9 pm to midnight
Hang out with Aisha Tyler in the Players’ Lounge on the historic pirate ship at the 5th Avenue landing behind the Convention Center.
Universal Pictures and Playboy’s Kick-Ass 2 party on the corner of Market and 7th – Invitation only, 9pm to 1am
Writer-director Jeff Wadlow, the stars of Kick-Ass 2: Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Donald Faison, and Lindy Booth, and comic creators Mark Millar and John S. Romita Jr.will be in attendance.
The Walking Dead 10th Anniversary Celebration in the Gaslamp District Parking Lot – Invitation only, 9pm to ?
Comics creator Robert Kirkman, along with the stars of the hit TV series Andrew Lincoln, Lauren Cohan, Danai Gurira, Chad Coleman, and Scott Wilson will be joined by fans including Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Neil Patrick Harris, Evan Peters, Alison Haislip, Tatiana Maslany, Olivia Munn, Kit Harington, Breckin Meyer, Kevin Shinick, Clare Grant, Julie Benz, Grant Bowler and more to toast the long-running graphic novels. Featuring a special performance by Weezer.
Saturday, July 20
Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival at Embarcadero – $40 GA, $60 VIP, 1 to 5 p.m.
Finally, the craft beer scene invades Comic-Con. Heroes Brew is a superhero themed craft beer festival taking place at the Embarcadero Park North, behind the Convention Center. Karl Strauss, Aztec, Iron Fist, Ballast Point and more craft breweries will be on-site. Also expect a costume contest, bands and food trucks. Proceeds benefit the San Diego Coast Keeper and Surfrider Foundation.
NBC Digital Network party at the Hard Rock Hotel – Invitation only, 7 pm to 9 pm
Talent from Saturday Night Live, The Blacklist, Grimm, Revolution, Community and more will be on site.
Bates Motel Party at Gang Kitchen – Invitation only, 9 pm to 1 am
Sponsored by The Hollywood Reporter, guests include Vera Farmiga, Freddie Highmore, Max Thieriot, Olivia Cooke, Nestor Carbonell, Carlton Cuse and Kerry Ehrin.
20th Century Fox Television Comic-Con mixer in Bankers Hill – Invitation only, 7 pm – 9 pm
No details released.
True Blood Party at Side Bar – Invitation only, 8 pm to midnight
Sponsored by HBO and IMDb, there will be cocktails and good eats
Entertainment Weekly’s Comic-Con Bash at Float at the Hard Rock Hotel – Invitation only
No details released
The Crowdfund Mafia and Indiegogo presents ‘Drawing on the Crowd’ at Henry’s Pub – Open to the Public (free), 1 pm to 9 pm
The Crowdfund Mafia and IndieGoGo are teaming up to share the possibilities of crowdfunding with the creative community in the one-day. The event will include an afternoon discussion panel as well as an after party at 7pm. The best part? Both events are 100% free! This event is a great opportunity to meet and share experiences with other creative minds. The 90 minute in-depth discussion panel begins at 1pm and will feature several hit campaigns from the Gaming, Cartooning and Film Genres. Later in the evening, party attendees will have the chance to network with hundreds of other creative minds while winning prizes, sharing drinks and dancing the night away.
Arcana Comic-Con After Party at Ploom at the Keating Hotel – RSVP required, 7 pm to 10 pm
There will be a live performance by White Arrows, and includes cocktails, appetizers, photo booth, classic arcade games, swag bags, and more.
Redemption: The Darkness Descending Fan Launch Party at Vin De Syrah –Open to the public, free, 4 pm to 7 pm
Party with Danny Trejo, Frank Krueger, and Kinga Philipps.
Sunday, July 21
The First Annual Anti-Bullying Red Carpet Mixer & Press Summit at Lou and Mickey’s Restaurant – Invitation only, 10 am
The United Nations Association, Anti-Defamation League, NoH8 Campaign, Cartoon Network’s Stop Bullying: Speak Up, Girl Scouts of America, IBPA, and GLSEN Team Up to bring anti-bullying conversations to the heart of the Comic-Con’s entertainment-driven world.
Intervention ft. Laidback Luke at Hard Rock Hotel – General admission tickets $30+
A Comic-Con themed pool party – how San Diego is that? The Hard Rock Hotel’s daytime bash Intervention channels ‘Super You & Me’ on Sunday, featuring Dutch DJ / producer Laidback Luke. More party perks: opening sets by Luminox and Deorro, plus a strict super hero dress code.
There are rumors that a secret Veronica Mars party is in the works and the Nerd Machine always hosts their annual NERD HQ parties too.
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Thanks to THR for the party tips