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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Fear not, those without Comic-Con Badges...

There's plenty of geeky goodness for you to partake of in San Diego this weekend. If you follow my posts you probably already know this, but just in case - Comic-Con kicks off (unofficially) today!!! With the event selling out faster each year, passes are getting harder and harder to come by. Those of you who weren't able to get badges this year may feel like you're standing behind the velvet rope at a club - watching everyone else file past you. But there's no need to feel that way. You can still worship at the high temple of all that's nerdy and cool. There lots of things going on off-site throughout San Diego - from downtown, to the Embarcadero, to Balboa Park, to Liberty Station, and up to La Jolla - that don't require badges. Here's a taste:
The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog’s “Enchantment under the SDCC” reader party is back at Henry’s Pub from 8-10 p.m. There will be giveaways and raffle prizes. The event is 21-plus.
WIL WHEATON kicks off the w00tstout Festival at Liberty Station. It runs from 7 to 10 p.m. A $59 ticket includes 10 4-ounce beer samples, a commemorative Hop-Con 2.0 glass and complimentary hors d’oeuvres. Designated-driver tickets are available for $25.


The first-ever Geek Couture fashion show featuring some fan designs along with Her Universe's new collection at the Manchester Grand Hyatt Hotel. The show is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. Entry is first-come, first-served and if you have a badge it's free. 
8-11 pm at Petco Park
Elijah Woods and Zach Cowie spinning tunes at Bang Bang. Yes, Really.

w00tstock returns with version 6.0 and headliners television host and special effects artist Adam Savage; actor, author and blogger Wil Wheaton!!!!; and music-comedy duo Paul and Storm. The event will start at 7 p.m. at the Balboa Theater. Tickets are $40.


House of Blues. Door's open at 11. Show starts taping at Midnight. Show is 21+

The San Diego Symphony is bringing Danny Elfman’s famous film scores to life with a concert at 8 p.m. at the Embarcadero right behind the convention center. They'll be doing the same thing with the 2009 Star Trek score Saturday night. Tickets range from $25 to $90.

A comedy performance by podcast hosts Chris Hardwick, Jonah Ray, and Matt Mira, followed by a live taping of the show, usually with a surprise celebrity special guests. Past Comic-Con guests have included Matt Smith, Karen Gillan, and John Barrowman. There are two shows planned. The first starts at 7:30 at the Balboa Theater.
Henry's Pub in the Gaslamp 5-8 p.m.

Still haven't had enough? Keep the SDCC party going at the after-party concert. The concert returns to Whiskey Girl for its 6th year on Sunday 7/27 at 7pm. It's a 21+ event, with a $5 donation requested at the door. 

I'm exhausted already. And that's just a few of this things happening around San Diego Comic-Con weekend. I didn't even get to some of the events that are on-going over multiple days: Godzilla, Nerd Hq, The Walking Dead Escape, Homers Dome, The Geek and Sundry Lounge, Gotham, The Game of Thrones: Survive the Realm Experience, I could go on, and on. Click here for a full break-down. And don't forget about the PEOPLE WATCHING! That's a good time in and of itself, my friends. 
Comic-Con weekend is a Marathon. NOT a sprint. Pace yourselves, everyone. Have fun, and May the Force Be With You! 

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