What’s Going On Outside Comic-Con? Disney, Samsung, Xbox, Syfy, Vickings, Seth Meyers, and More

Didn’t get past Comic-Con’s EPIC waiting room, and now you’re feeling left out of the fun going on inside the San Diego Convention Center next week? I too feel your disdain for that contrived badge-purchasing process. I’ve waited in place #22,867 for hours to buy badges for my family only to finally get in and have single days or worse, Sunday only badges, left to buy.

Don’t despair! There’s so much going on outside of the conference halls to keep you in your galactic outfit for the duration of the Con. However, though these special events are held away from the convention, please note that many of the events happening around downtown San Diego are by Invitation only, special RSVP, and others are open to the public free or with a ticket purchase.

Here is a list of the events I’ll be attending for SDCC, which may or may not be on those lists you’ve seen online.*

I hope to run into you at one of these locations, and if I do, let me take your picture for our costume photo gallery!!

Preview Night Wednesday, July 17

Disney InfiNIty “Summer of Endless Fun” game tour will make a stop at SDCC. I have a game preview by invitation. However, this site published  information that the event is also open to the public. Check it out and bring your kids!

Disney InfINity Game at Comic-Con

Disney InfINity Game at Comic-Con

Thursday, July 18,

Nerd HQ

Nerd HQ 2013 — “Conversations for a Cause” PETCO Park. Celebrity panels include “Cast from ‘300: Rise of an Empire,’” “Dr. Who,”“Haven,”“I, Frankenstein,” “Orphan Black,” “PBS Masterpiece: Sherlock,” “Psych,” “Stoopid Buddy with Seth Green,” “The Maze Runner,” “Thrilling Adventure Hour” and individual panels with Jared Padalecki, Joe Manganiello, Joss Whedon,  Nathan Fillion and Nerd HQ Founder Zachary Levi, among others to be announced in the coming days. Tickets are $22 and can be purchased at http://www.brownpapertickets.com/profile/192245 Proceeds benefit Operation Smile. Nerd HQ 2013 in San Diego July 18-21 in a new location, Petco Park (100 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101) Gaslamp Gate. Thursday 9:00 am – 1:30pm, Friday 9:00am – 3:30pm, Saturday 9:00am – 3:30pm, Sunday 9:00am – 4:00pm. It’s not just about promoting entertainment. Celebs are coming together to help others. This is cool!

Samsung Galaxy Experience — They’ll have Wi-Fi, snacks and plenty of seating.  In addition to food, drinks, music and Wi-Fi, they’ll be offering activities such as the Dual Shot Super Hero complete with costumes, a T-shirt design station, and fun themed snacks and drinks like the Mai Tai Ka-Pow!, the Samsung Zing, or a Cupcake Power. Gaslamp Quarter, 336 6th Ave. Open daily from 11am-7-pm on Thursday 7/18 through Sunday 7/21. The Galaxy Experience will be open to convention-goers!

Power Up Fox Home Entertainment

Power Up! Cafe by 20th Century Fox Home — Hard Rock Hotel. Thursday, July 18-20, 9:00am -4:00pm. RSVP required. Ahhh! A place to connect (WiFi) and relax (refreshments).

SyFy Channel and eone Entertainment Party— Red Carpet and Party. Sidebar, 8pm – 11:00pm. Invitation. This? Should be out of this world!

Friday, July 19

Haven — SyFy Channel’s hit series “Haven,” based on author Stephen King’s book “The Colorado Kid,” will host a press luncheon with the cast including: Emily Rose (Jericho, Brothers and Sisters), Lucas Bryant (Queer as Folk, MVP), Eric Balfour (24, Six Feet Under,) Collin Ferguson (Eureka, Happily Divorced) and Adam Copeland (WWE Samackdown!, Sanctuary). Hard Rock Hotel. 11:30am-1:00pm. Invitation only.

History Channel’s “Vikings” Panel and Party — The cast of this scripted series will appear at a panel in Room 6A from 6:00pm -7:00pm. I will feast with the cast at the Omni Hotel later this evening. Gosh!  I hope they use utensils properly! By invitation only.

Radical Studios Party — Producers behind Tom Cruise’s “Oblivion” and the upcoming film “Hercules,” staring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, are hosting a VIP pop-up party with art, live arcade games, food, cocktails, music by DJ Hern, and a photo booth. Ploom Arcade at the Keating Hotel 7-10pm. RSVP required. No word if talent will be present.

Saturday, July 20

Hulu/Hulu Plus presents Seth Meyer’s TheAwesomes.com — Special screening and Q&A moderated by Chris Hardwick (Nerdist, “Talking Dead”)   Seth Meyers (“SNL”), Mike Shoemaker (“Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”), lead writer Judd Winick (“Batman: Under The Red Hood”), and cast members Ike Barinholtz (“The Mindy Project”), Kenan Thompson (“SNL”), Taran Killam (“SNL”), Josh Meyers (“Behind the Candelabra”) and Bobby Moynihan (“SNL”) will also be doing autograph signings at the Xbox Lounge at 12 p.m. on July 20 at the Manchester Grand Hyatt. I’m already cracking up for this! By invitation.

A&E and The Hollywood Reporter’s “Bates Motel” Party — Mom is expecting me for this party with the cast. Music by The Embassy. I love Freddie Highmore! (“Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” “Toast”). 345 6thAve. 9pm-1pm. By invitation. Eek!

Sunday, July 21

BBC America — Press conference will include talent from “Doctor Who,” “Orphan Black,” and the upcoming “Doctor Who 50th anniversary movie, “Adventures in Space & Time.”

*As of this writing, I have noted the information available to me about the events I will be attending. This is not a complete list of events taking place in San Diego for Comic-Con. You may find that other sites are publishing different or additional information.

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