Comic-Con 2018: Parties and events to keep the fun going

Host Kevin Smith and his daughter, actress Harley Quinn Smith, attend the IMDb Yacht at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

Host Kevin Smith and his daughter, actress Harley Quinn Smith, attend the IMDb Yacht at San Diego Comic-Con 2016.

(Rich Polk / Getty Images for IMDb)

After the day’s events conclude, people will flood the streets of the Gaslamp in hopes of extending the Comic-Con festivities. Here is a lineup of evening events where one can eat, drink, dance and explore the Comic-Con fan scene. No need to change out of the cosplay, many of the events encourage the costumed looks.

Editor’s note: Events do not require a Comic-Con badge unless otherwise noted.

Wednesday, July 18

2 Blog 2 Furious: Gaslamp Adrift

The fan-based blog, SDCC Unofficial Blog, will host a meet-up at 6 p.m. in McFadden’s Pub, where there there will be UBlog items and a surprise from The Ninjabot to give away to readers during the event. The meet-up is free and open to all ages until 9 p.m.

McFadden’s Pub, 731 5th Ave.,

An Evening with the Mythbusters

Interact with Mythbusters stars Kari, Tory and Grant as they share their stories about working on the show and what’s to come. Props and gadgets from the show will be displayed in an exhibition and guests have the opportunity to test the myths and find out the truth for themselves. The event is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and has limited space, purchasing tickets in advance is encouraged — click here for tickets.

Fleet Science Center, 1875 El Prado, Balboa Park, 619.238.1233

Kevin Workman Foundation Kick-off Party

The Kevin Workman Foundation invites friends to KAVA Lounge for a silent auction of collectible artwork from sponsored artist alumni, a photo booth, a raffle and more. Tickets are available online. The event is 6 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

KAVA Lounge, 2812 Kettner Blvd., Middletown,

Thursday, July 19

Taco Bell 2032: Demolition Man Experience

Not technically a party, but this would serve well for those who are looking for a late-night bite after going to a few events. Taco Bell will have a temporary pop-up 6 p.m. to midnight during Comic-Con to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Demolition Man, paying homage to its mention in the film. It also serves as the return of the Nacho Fries, which will be available at the pop-up a la carte, Supreme, Bell Grande or in a $5 box with additional items.

658 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp

After-Con feat. DJ Kristian Narin

HBO’S Game of Thrones might not have a panel during the convention, but one former cast member will have his hands on deck at the Omnia stage. Kristian Narin will spin tracks at the nightclub — who knows, maybe some co-stars will show up to support and dance the night away, too. Click here for ticket information.

OMNIA, 454 Sixth Ave., 619.544.9500,

Hop-Con 6.0

If brews are something on the mind, check out the Stone Brewing location in Liberty Station for Hop-Con 6.0. A ticket includes 15 three ounce tasters, commemorative glassware to take home, gourmet food, lawn games and more. There are Designated Driver tickets that include everything except the booze and glassware for those who might not want to drink but still want to attend. The event is 7-11 p.m.

Stone Brewing World Bistro & Gardens, 2816 Historic Decatur Rd., 619.269.2100,

Chocolate: A Night of Deepdark Afro-Tech and Techno

Get funky with techno beats and tribal face painting at Blonde Bar SD’s Black Panther/Wakanda-themed party. Entrance is free from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., and a $5 donation after.

Blonde Bar SD, 1808 W. Washington St., Mission Hills,

Girls Drawin Girls Comic-Con Extravaganza

The founders of Girls Drawin Girls will host a party 7 p.m. to midnight filled with special art signing, food, drinks (check out their collaboration beer, Gigi’s Ale) and more. A private VIP event will occur 7-9 p.m. Event and ticket information can be found here.

The Bell Marker, 602 Broadway, downtown, 619.756.7598,

CBLDF’s Welcome Party

Immerse in all that is comics at this event hosted by the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. Mingle with creators and fans, purchase exclusive items and drink censored cocktails served in a 5ml apothecary bottle at The Westagte from 8-11 p.m. Tickets are available online.

The Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave., downtown, 619.238.1818,

Nuclear Blast USA’S Comic-Con After Party featuring Testament

Get ready for a hard-core music event hosted by Nuclear Blast USA, with Testament and Carnifex as the performers. Tickets can be purchased online and is open for all ages.

House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave., downtown, 619.299.2583,

Alpha Book Club Happy Hour

Mingle with the folks who bring you Alpha Book Club including Maude Garrett, Hector Navarro, and Rachel Heine. Alpha members will receive exclusive Fast Pass and Priority Access wristbands. The event runs 7-8 p.m.

Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 619.696.1416,

Friday, July 20

Comic-Con Club Crawl

For those visiting San Diego just for Comic-Con week, club crawls are a great way to get a taste of the nightlife in downtown. The club crawl starts inside Analog Bar at 9:30 p.m., then makes its way to popular nightclubs including OMNIA, F6ix and Parq. Another club crawl is happening on Saturday night with a different lineup of clubs. Tickets for Friday and Saturday club crawls are available online.

Various locations

Comic-Con 2018 TRON-Themed Dance Party

Blonde Bar is hosting another Comic-Con party, this time with a sci-fi twist. Indie, electro, pop and more will blast throughout the blue-hued venue. The dance party begins at 8 p.m. with a $10 entrance fee ($5 with Comic-Con badge).

Blonde Bar SD, 1808 W. Washington St., Mission Hills,

Saturday, July 21

Steampunk Comic-Con After Party

San Diego Automotive Museum will host the Steampunk Comic-Con After Party. Food and drinks will be provided, as well as plenty of parking. Purchase tickets online.

San Diego Automotive Museum, 2080 Pan American Plaza, Balboa Park, 619.231.2886,

Comic-Con Bar Crawl

Browse the bars in gaslamp with a bar crawl. Check in at Tin Roof and start touring the different bars in gaslamp. Wristbands include cover to all venues as well as one free drink or shot and discounted drinks. Tickets are available online.

Various locations

Hero-Within Second Annual Comic-Con After Party

Volcano Rabbit hosts Hero-Within’s second annual after party. This event is free but only open for Comic-Con badge-holders. RSVP is not required and is on a first come first served basis. The party is from 9:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Volcano Rabbit, 527 Fifth Ave., 619.232.8226,

Comic-Con After Party Cruise

Hop aboard the Chere Amie Yacht Charters for a Comic-Con after party. Guests can eat, drink themed cocktails, dance and take in the the coast views while chatting with other Comic-Con enthusiasts. Costumes are not required but most definitely encouraged. For a more exclusive feel, VIP bottle and table services are available. Purchase tickets online. Check-in is at 9:30 p.m.

Chere Amie Yacht, 1901 N. Harbor Dr., 888.749.6559,

Women in Comics Collective International Fifth Annual WinC SDCC

The women of the Women in Comics Collective International will host a cocktail party in Monello. The event is donation-based and open to all.

Monello, 750 W. Fir St., Little Italy, 619.501.0030,

Digital LA Comic-Con Party

Los Angeles’ largest digital networking group will put together a party in a secret location only to be given to those who register. What is known about this inconspicuous event? There will be food, drinks and more. For free registration, click here.

Ghostbusters Interdimensional Crossrip Fan Party

For all the Ghostbuster fans, look no further, one of the biggest Ghostbusters-themed parties will happen at Werewolf. Get ready for food, drink specials, a costume contest and more at this free party. Cosplay is strongly encouraged.

Werewolf, 627 Fourth Ave., downtown, 619.234.0094,

Comics Online After Party

Show up to Brick by Brick for a rockin’ night with Stan Bush, Random Gibberish, Wither and The Midas Touch. Purchase tickets online or at the door. More info on the event here. Doors open at 7 p.m., show begins at 7:30 p.m.

Brick by Brick, 1130 Buenos Ave., Morena District, 619.276.3990,

Invite-only Events

These events are invitation only, but who’s to say you can’t walk past the venue to see what celebrities you encounter.

Thusday, July 19

Fandom party sponsored by Fox’s The Gift: Music by Mark Ronson at Float at Hard Rock, 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 7-11 p.m. RSVP required.

Alpha After Dark Party with The Kraken Rum: Fluxx, 500 Fourth Ave., Gaslamp, 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Invites are limited to Alpha members. Sign up for a membership online.

Friday, July 20

Buzzfeed and The CW present Spells and Spirits: Altitude Sky Lounge, 660 K St., East Village, 5-8 p.m. RSVP required.

IMDBoat party hosted by Kevin Smith: Fifth Avenue Landing, 7:30-10:30 p.m. RSVP required.

Robo Rhythm: An Intergalactic Dance Party hosted by Legendary Television: Oxford Social Club, 435 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. Private invite-only.

Saturday, July 21

Bill Prady’s annual League of Extraordinary Nerds party: Pool Club at the Hilton, 1 Park Blvd., Embarcadero, 3-7 p.m. RSVP required.

Entertainment Weekly star-studded closing night party: Float at Hard Rock, 207 Fifth Ave., Gaslamp, 9 p.m. RSVP required.

(L-R) Orlando Jones, Yvette Nicole Brown and Dule Hill at Entertainment Weekly's annual Comic-Con party in celebration of Comic-Con 2017 at Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
(L-R) Orlando Jones, Yvette Nicole Brown and Dule Hill at Entertainment Weekly’s annual Comic-Con party in celebration of Comic-Con 2017 at Float at Hard Rock Hotel San Diego. (Mike Coppola/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)
(Dia Dipasupil / Getty Images for Entertainment W)

Bizarre States 200th Episode Party hosted by Jessica Chobot and Andrew Bowser: Sparks Gallery, 530 Sixth Ave., Gaslamp, 8 p.m. tomidnight. Open to Alpha members and invite-only industry and talent.