Experience Comic-Con 2018 in Downtown SD | The Hopper

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Experience Comic-Con 2018 in Downtown SD

You don’t need a badge to enjoy Comic-Con! The Gaslamp Quarter will be host to dozens of Comic-Con-related events. Here are the most highly recommended events by our Tour Concierges!

Bend the Knee: A Game of Thrones Fan Art Show

Game of Thrones fan art will be exhibited all evening, courtesy of Thumbprint Gallery and Bar Basic. The bar is open to all ages until 9:30 PM!

When: Tuesday, July 17, 7:00 PM – Midnight
Where: Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar (Tenth Avenue and J Street)
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

San Diego Comic-Con Art Show 2018

Comic-Con’s official art show returns! Drawings, paintings, jewelry, sculpture – and some other unusual creations – will be on display for viewing or purchase! The Art Show contains original works by both amateur artists and professionals, as well as books nominated for this year’s Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards.

When: Thursday – Saturday, 11 AM – 9 PM, Sunday 12 PM – 7 PM
Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt
Neighborhood: Seaport Village

PC: Hex Duarte (@hex29 on Instagram)

Nerdvania Pop Up Shop

Nervania is setting up shop in the Tiki room of Atomic Nightclub! They’ll be selling Funkos, toys, comics, and more. Open to all ages until 9 PM. Register at EventBrite.

When: July 18, 21-22 2 PM – Closing, July 19-20 12 PM – Closing
Where: Atomic Nightclub (Fifth Avenue)
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

PC: Hex Duarte (@hex29 on Instagram)

Gabe Eltaeb’s 5th Annual Comic Kickoff Fundraiser

Enjoy pizza, drinks, and music at the annual fundraiser for the Hero Initiative (helps comic book creators, writers, and artists in need). Bid on live sketches from comic artists and enter raffles to win items from Dark Horse, Funko, and Blizzard.

Where: Basic Urban Kitchen + Bar (Tenth Avenue)
When: July 18, 9 PM – Closing
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Robert A. Heinlein Blood Drive

The annual blood drive returns to Comic-Con. Walks-ins welcome!

Where: Manchester Grand Hyatt
When: Thursday – Saturday, 9 PM – 6 PM, Sunday 10 AM – 3:30 PM
Neighborhood: Seaport Village

Hello Kitty Cafe Truck

The Hello Kitty Cafe Truck returns to Comic-Con with special treats and merchandise!

Where: Comic-Con Petco Lot (100 Park Blvd)
When: July 19-25, 10 AM – 5 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Star Trek: Discovery Mirror Universe Experience

CBS presents an immersive Star Trek: Discovery experience at the Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery! Take a photo in Emperor Gerogiou’s throne and check out a collection of costumes and props from the show. There will also be an official Star Trek shop with Comic-Con exclusives!

Where: Michael J. Wolf Fine Arts Gallery (Fifth Avenue)
When: July 18 – 21, 11 AM – 9 PM; July 22, 11 AM – 5 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Pin Pop-Up at Coin Op Gaslamp

Come check out a rotating line of artists at Coin-Op! They’ll be exhibiting their work and drawing on request/payment. Each day there will be a free pin given to the first 200 attendees. Free giveaways all day!

Where: Coin-Op Gaslamp (Sixth Avenue)
When: July 19 – 20, 11 AM – 4 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Rotten Tomatoes: Your Opinion Sucks

Join a host of movie critics at the Hard Rock Hotel. Throw a movie onto the discussion board – one you loved or one you hated – and make a case for or against it. Defend your argument against the critics – or watch the critics argue against each other. The event was so popular at Comic-Con that it was moved to this offsite location.

Where: Hard Rock Hotel (Fifth Avenue)
When: July 19 – 21, 4:30 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Pub Crawl: Catsbottom Reform School for Magical Rapscallions

For all those 21+ witches and wizards who never got accepted to Hogwarts, come join this alternative “study group” and practice your magical craft. The most magical pub crawl of Comic-Con.

Where: Around the Convention Center
When: July 19, 5 PM – 11 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Nuclear Blast’s Comic-Con After Party featuring Testament

Nuclear Blast USA and Sideshow Collectibles present a hardcore Comic-Con afterparty at the House of Blues. The event is all ages, but 18 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Where: House of Blues (Fifth Avenue)
When: July 19, 8 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Kristian Nairn DJ Set – Rave of Thrones

Kristian Nairn, who plays Hodor in Game of Thrones, plays a live DJ set at Omnia Nightclub!

Where: Omnia Nightclub (Sixth Avenue)
When: July 19, 9 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Throwback and Dance at BSSMNT with DJ Rufio

Join Super News, The Machine, Fan Guru, and The Geek Gatsby for a throwback, ‘90s-themed party! Featuring live DJ sets from Dante Basco, who voices Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender.

Where: BSSMNT Nightclub (Fourth Avenue)
When: July 19, 9 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

AfroFuturism Lounge

The Brokers Building Gallery becomes the AfroFuturism Lounge, which hosts panels of black comic creators, as well as cosplay contests and music.

Where: Brokers Building Gallery (Market Street)
When: July 20 – 21, 7 PM – 11 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Impractical Jokers Block Party

Gather at Petco Park for a massive block party based on the hit prank-and-dares show! White Castle catering, bull riding, virtual reality, and face painting all day!

Where: Petco Park
When: July 21, 11:30 AM – 8:30 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Zombie Walk: Walking through an Undead Wonderland

The zombified parade of the undead is back!

Where: Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade (Children’s Park)
When: July 21, 7 PM – 8 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter

Women in Comics: 5th Annual SDCC Comics & Cocktails Party

The fifth annual reception for women comic creators. Event is free, but registration required.

Where: Monello (West Fir Street and India Street)
When: July 21, 7:45 PM – 10:45 PM
Neighborhood: Little Italy

Lightsaber Battle in Balboa Park

The United League of Fighters hosts an epic lightsaber battle at Balboa Park’s main fountain.

Where: Balboa Park (El Prado Walkway)
When: July 21, 8 PM – 11 PM
Neighborhood: Balboa Park

Sal Vulcano and Friends – with Roy Wood, Jr. and Steve Byrne

Come check out Sal Vulcano’s (Impractical Jokers) stand-up! He’ll be joined by Roy Wood, Jr. and Steve Byrne.

Where: Balboa Theatre
When: July 21, 10:30 PM
Neighborhood: Gaslamp Quarter