San Diego Comic-Con 2015 will be busier than ever with all the events, parties, and activities to choose from. And who wants to wait in long lines for panels while you’re missing out on the action elsewhere? Luckily for you, we have compiled an official list of the Comic-Con 2015 events and parties inside and out of the San Diego Convention Center. Enjoy! [If you have an event you wish to include, write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org]
Multiple Day Comic-Con 2015 Events
Conan O’Brien at Comic-Con [Wed. 8:00 pm; Thurs. 3:00 pm; Fri. 4:00 pm; Sat. 1:30 pm
Where: Spreckels Theater Cost: SOLD OUT
Conan’s taking the show on the road to Comic-Con, taping all-new episodes at the historic Spreckels Theater. [See the complete guest list here.]
The Art of Comic-Con [Jun. 20 – Aug. 30]
Where: San Diego Central Library Cost: Free
Comic-Con International has partnered with the San Diego Public Library to present an exhibition that celebrates art as an integral tool in promoting the organization’s mission of creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms. Providing unprecedented access to original art by over 60 comics artists, the exhibition traces the history of Comic-Con through art and provides a sneak peek into the evolving process of creating comic art. The Art of Comic-Con presents select pieces from the organization’s archives, including works by Sergio Aragonés, Howard Chaykin, Cliff Chiang, Michael Cho, Colleen Coover, Rick Geary, Gilbert Hernandez, Jim Lee, Dave McKean, Frank Miller, Marshall Rogers, John Romita Jr., Bill Sienkiewicz, William Stout, Babs Tarr, and others. The exhibition was developed and jointly organized by Kara West, the Library’s Arts and Culture Exhibition Manager and Gary Sassaman, Comic-Con International’ s Director of Print and Digital Media.
Assassin’s Creed Experience [Thur-Sat. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm]
Where: MLK Promenade, next to the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel Cost: Free
The Assassin’s Creed Experience returns to San Diego Comic-Con for its second year with bigger and more challenging obstacles that will have players parkouring and soaring through Victorian-era London. Course attendees will receive instantly shareable action shots of them tackling two of the course’s obstacles, the overhead glider, new to this year’s course, and the iconic 25-foot Leap of Faith. Additionally, fans who pre-order the game will receive The Rooks Initiation Kit, which includes everything they need to join Jacob and Evie Frye’s gang on their quest to liberate London. They’ll also be offering free shaves located next to the course.
Game of Thrones: Experience the Realm [Thur. – Sat. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm; Sun. 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Where: 628 L St. across from the Omni Hotel Cost: Free
Paying homage to beloved character Arya Stark’s early days of sword training, the experience will feature an installation that is part sword-handling skill and part artistic process, to create a beautiful, graphic Game of Thrones-style self-portrait. There, they will use a replica of Arya’s wooden training sword to strike targets as they appear on screen. Upon completion fans will receive an artistic portrait made entirely of their sword strikes. Fans can also create sharable animated GIFs including being incinerated into ash by Danaerys’ iconic dragons and turned into a WhiteWalker. Additionally there will be photo opportunities with the iconic Iron Throne and the giant sword used by The Mountain. Select costume displays from Game of Thrones will be featured along with a gallery of select work from the Game of Thrones Compendium Book, featuring original creations from the talented fan-base ranging from art, fashion, food and fans can pick up a limited-edition T-Shirt designed by Beautiful Death artist Robert Ball.HBO NOW subscribers will have a chance to win early VIP access.
NBC’s World of Heroes Reborn and Blindspot
Where: Gaslamp Square, Fifth Ave. and Harbor Drive Cost: Free
Heroes Reborn takes over Gaslamp Square with a first of its kind 4-D interactive experience where fans will have the opportunity to access their own extraordinary pyro-kinetic ability. Fans will also be able to take an animated “heroic” photo and tour through a Heroes gallery featuring iconic props from the previous series. Attendees can also discover Blindspot at Tin Fish restaurant in Gaslamp Square. They will be able to receive both temporary tattoo sleeves and partake in a photo op where their head will be placed on a tattooed body, similar to the character of Jane Doe in the new NBC drama. Also, throughout the Gaslamp District, fans can go on a scavenger hunt to search for and find the Jane Doe look-alikes. Once found fans can text “Blindspot” to a number tattooed on her body and receive the next step to enter for a chance to win $1,000.
Dragon Ball Z Fight for Frieza Galactic Army Boot Camp [Thur. – Sun. 11:00 am – 5:00 pm]
Where: PETCO Park Cost: Free
FUNimation Entertainment invites you to gauge your power levels and train to join Frieza’s army at 2015 San Diego Comic Con with an interactive Dragon Ball Z experience at Petco Park in Nerdist Industries HQ Conival.Convention-goers and fans are welcome to join a guided series of tests that will determine their power level and if they are fit to join Frieza’s epic army in the battle to destroy Earth. Potential recruits will be able to test their skills of energy, agility and strength to see if they have what it takes to join Frieza’s intergalactic army. All new recruits will be issued Galactic Frieza Army dog tags and other fun prizes. Top ranked recruits from each day will be featured on leaderboards and entered to win additional gear and prizes.The fun doesn’t stop there – join us for a daily happy hour at Whiskey Girl in Downtown San Diego, just a short walk from the San Diego Convention Center, where you can kick back, sip on a colorful libation (courtesy of Goku), cool down and charge up!
Mashable House [Fri. and Sat. 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm]
Where: Luce Loft Cost: Free
Mashable is bringing the Mashable House to Comic-Con International: San Diego for the first time in 2015, with one goal in mind: Save. The. Internet. From Friday, July 10 to Saturday, July 11, Mashable will take over Luce Loft in San Diego, CA for the ultimate showdown of Internet good vs. evil. Who will prevail? Only you (and social media) can decide the answer
The Last Ship Oculus Rift Experience [Wed. 6:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Thur-Sun. 9:30 am – 7:00 pm]
Where: Booth #3629 Cost: Free
As part of this immersive activation, each participant will use an Oculus Rift headset to be transported into The Last Ship‘s fictional universe, where they must board a cargo ship taken over by the Immunes (immune survivors of the deadly plague that has nearly destroyed the entire population of the planet) and retrieve the last remnants of the primordial strain.
Gam3rCon [Wed-Sun. 12:00 pm –12:00 am]
Where: Ten’s Avenue Arts Center Cost: $20-60 [$10 for Kids]
Gam3rCon is the premier gaming convention in San Diego, bringing gamers and pop culture fans together to celebrate all things gaming. Taking place during San Diego Comic-Con International, Gam3rCon features four floors of gaming entertainment, including a Video Game Arena, Tabletop Gaming Lounge, gaming industry panels, live theatre, gaming-themed artwork, and rooftop parties.
Geek & Sundry [Thur. – Sat.]
Where: PETCO Park Cost: Free (No badge required)
Geek & Sundry has a veritable smorgasbord of good-time festivities and swiggity-swagtastic goodies you’re going to want and need in your life. They’re hosting The Joust, a gladiator-style bouncy ring wherein you and your friends can fight to the not-death. Also a TableTop gaming nook, where there’s a chance you could win a Geek Out promo pack. There’s a sweet opportunity to take a photo with a fire-breathing dragon! And there will be appearances by Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton, Matthew Mercer, and more.
FX Fearless Arena [Thur. 12:00 pm – 6:00 pm; Fri-Sat. 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun. 11:00 am-6:00 pm]
Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Lawn Cost: Free (18+ event)
Building on the popularity of last year’s The Simpsons-based “Homer Dome,” FX Networks will build a theme park featuring massive activations for The Strain, American Horror Story: Hotel, Fargo, and The Bastard Executioner. Fans will be able to register for the activations early by going to fxsdcc.com beginning July 7. Prove your fearlessness by entering a live-action virtual reality experience inspired by The Strain. FX is building a two-story model hotel to give viewers a taste of the era from American Horror Story and the chance to earn prizes. Escape the Forest” is the ideal duel inspired by Kurt Sutter’s upcoming medieval drama The Bastard Executioner. Visitors don the mantle of “warriors” and square off against each other to prove their prowess with a high striker, a cross-bow, and a final puzzle challenge that will help them escape the “forest” and win a TBX-themed hooded t-shirt. The Bastard Executioner will debut on FX this fall. And finally, step inside a giant 20-foot inflatable snow globe featuring snow flurries and a façade of a Waffle Hut – a key location in the second installment of the award-winning limited series Fargo. The first 2,500 pre-registered fans who visit the Arena will receive a free, exclusive FX Fearless giant tote bag in the Welcome Area.
X-Box Lounge [Thu-Sat. 11:00 am – 8:00 pm; Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm]
Where: Seaport Ballroom, Second Level, Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel Cost: Free
Visit the Xbox Lounge in the Seaport Ballroom on the second level of the Harbor Tower at the Manchester Located at Grand Manchester Hyatt in the Seaport Ballroom, the Xbox Lounge is full of entertainment. Play games. Jump into amazing experiences. Over 90+ gaming stations, including some of the hottest unreleased titles and more!
Entertainment Weekly’s Photo + Digital Studio [Thur. – Sun.]
Where: Hard Rock Hotel Cost: Free
Tumblr will be the exclusive social partner at The Photo + Digital Studio. The Tumblr GIF booth will be on site during Comic-Con where talent will be invited to stop by and commemorate their time at The Studio. Entertainment Weekly will be sharing these GIFs on their Tumblr so fans can experience some of the best moments from The Studio.
How it Should Have Ended Villains Pub [Thu-Fri. 4pm; Sat. 2pm]
Where: Henry’s Pub & Restaurant Cost: Free
HISHE is creating a real life version of The Villain Pub, a popular destination in their shorts where villains can swap war stories. The plan is to have The Villains Pub brought to life so fans can interact with the space in various ways and also participate in programs to include the creators. Thursday, HISHE Q&A w/creators and an exclusive San Diego Comic-Con debut of “How Jurassic World Should Have Ended.” Friday, HISHE Happy Hour and Hangout with a villains costume contest. Saturday, Creator Workshop – Learn character design, voice work and more
Nintendo Video Game Lounge [Thur. – Sat. 10:00 am – 7:00 pm; Sun. 10:00 am – 5 pm]
Where: San Diego Ballroom at the Marriott Marquis & Marina Cost: Free
Fans of all ages are invited to the Nintendo Gaming Lounge during San Diego Comic-Con, from July 9-12. This event will be packed with multiple tournaments, activities, and a chance to play upcoming games for both Nintendo 3DS and Wii U systems.
Nerd HQ [Thu-Sun.]
Where: The New Children’s Museum Cost: Free to visit and play; $22 for Conversations for a Cause
Nerd HQ, presented by Zachary Levi and The Nerd Machine, will take up residence at the home of its new partner ‘The New Children’s Museum’ in downtown San Diego for their annual four-day event. Nerd HQ provides fans a free nerdy retreat during the annual pop culture convention while celebrating the city’s newest Cultural Family Hot Spot. This year is expected to be the biggest year yet with The New Children’s Museum’s creative venue offering NERD fans an amazing, inspiring space, with over 35,000 Sq. Ft spanning three floors. This year’s guests can expect an expanded “Conversations for a Cause” panel series on the lower level, a range of fan-focused interactions on the main floor, and in partnership with headline sponsor AMD, the entire top floor will showcase exclusive hands-on game play with a number of this year’s biggest titles.
Adult Swim On The Green [Thur-Sat. 9:30 am – 10:00 pm; Sun. 9:30 am – 5:pm]
Where: Behind convention center at Convention Way and 5th Ave Pier Cost: Free with RSVP
A brand new experience for fans, Adult Swim activities will include Carnival Midway, and The Meatwad Full Dome Experience is back for another year of intergalactic-mind-travel. They’ll be bringing you nightly screenings (with famous people) and daily live streaming events (with somewhat famous people). It’s free, it’s fun with an RSVP for those 18+.
BAMF [Fri. & Sat. 10:00 am – 10:30 pm; Sun. 10:00 am – 5:00 pm]
Where: Ruocco Park Cost: $5 – 1000
Feeling a little stuffy inside the convention halls?BAMF is where geek meets music at Ruocco Park in San Diego.Dance your booty off to your favorite artists spinning their tunes.Laugh to the inappropriate jokes from your BAMF comedians.Tune in to the best geek podcasts.(Okay, maybe only a few. This is a music festival, after all.)Need a drink? We’ve got a collection of local brews to quench your thirst.Curious about who you’re going to run into at BAMF? Check out our line-up.
Museum of Impractical History [Thur. 10am-12pm; Fri. 12-7pm; Sat. 10am-7pm; Sun. 10am-2pm]
Where: Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery Cost: Free
The stars of truTV’s hit hidden-camera series Impractical Jokers are headed to San Diego for the opening of The Impractical Jokers Museum of Impractical History, a specially curated exhibition that will be open to the public. Q, Murr, Joe and Sal will be present at various times throughout the exhibition, which will feature fan-generated artwork and show artifacts from some of the most legendary moments in Impractical Jokers history. It’ll be like Planet Hollywood, but funnier. Throughout the exhibition, fans will have an opportunity to experience themed activations each day that they will recognize from popular Impractical Jokers moments, including portraits from caricature artists, spray paint tattoos chosen randomly by a spin from the Wheel of Doom, and an interactive photo booth that will put fans alongside The Jokers. There’s a special signing on Friday from 3–5 pm.
Comic-Con’s Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive 2015 [Thu-Sat. 9:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sun. 10:30 am – 3:30 pm]
Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt, in the Grand C Ballroom Cost: Free
Comic-Con’s Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive returns for its 39th year, the San Diego Blood Bank’s longest-running event: last year 1,403 pints of blood were collected over the four-day convention. That first year, 148 pints of blood were collected, and as the convention has grown so has our blood drive. Over the past 38 years, 15,387 pints of blood have been donated by Comic-Con attendees. Blood Drive participants also get goodie bags, a Red Queen chapter sampler from our friends at HarperCollins Publishers, and are entered into daily drawings for some fantastic prizes. Winners are posted at the Blood Drive sign-up booth at 6:30 PM each day (4:00 PM on Sunday) in the Sails Pavilion.
Walker Stalker Fan Fest [Fri. and Sat. 11:00 am –-5:00 pm]
Where: PETCO Park Cost: $30-55 w/ VIP options from $160-800
Walker Stalker Fan Fest is the fruit of The Walker Stalkers Podcast Presented By Skybound’s The Walking Dead. Walker Stalker Fan Fest is not just a celebration of Robert Kirkman’s world of The Walking Dead and zombies, it’s a fan meet-up and an opportunity for each guest to come away feeling like they’ve had an amazing experience and became part of a greater community of zombie lovers! Walker Stalker Fan Fest is two days of events, interviews, and experiences that zombie fans won’t find anywhere else!
The Walking Dead Escape [Fri. and Sat. 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm]
Where: PETCO Park Cost: $40 [Survivor; $64 VIP]; $75 [Walker; 100 VIP]; $100 Combo VIP
This isn’t just an obstacle course, this is an immersive experience into the world of The Walking Dead. Sure, you’ll need to run for your lives, but you’ll also need to make decisions alone or as a group that will determine whether your captured or escape the menacing Negan and his group of Survivors.