Comic-Con 2017: THR's Guide to Parties in San Diego

The late-night scene at the fan confab continues to shrink as more film studios — and even 'The Walking Dead' — opt to skip pricey parties.
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After the convention floor closes and the sun sets at Comic-Con, stars and industry insiders alike escape the crowds and cosplay for San Diego's party scene. Only it isn't as burgeoning as it once was as several film studios — and regular TV players — are opting out of the pop culture confab.

Gone this year is HitFix's (now Uproxx) annual Wednesday night opener. Also joining many of the major film studios on the sidelines is The Walking Dead, with the zombie drama and comic book series skipping a San Diego bash in favor of a Skybound party in L.A. a week before SDCC. Additionally, Starz is skipping a bash as Zachary Levi hits pause on Nerd HQ and is teaming with Syfy instead.

Here's The Hollywood Reporter's full guide to parties at Comic-Con International, set to kick off Wednesday, July 19, with Preview Night.

WEDNESDAY, JULY 19

• Alcon Entertainment's Blade Runner 2049 party. 7-10 p.m., 450 Second Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

2 Blog 2 Furious, The San Diego Comic-Con Unofficial Blog's annual party. 7-11 p.m., McFadden's Pub, 731 Fifth Ave. Free. First come, first served.

• Game of Bloggers. Media insiders networking event. 9 p.m.-midnight, House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. Open to the public.

• IDW:PDX and Black Crown Rock ’n’ Roll afterparty. Jolt’N’Joe’s, 379 Fourth Ave., Loft 25. 9:30 p.m., $10. 

THURSDAY, JULY 20

• Wired Cafe. Annual talent and VIP private lounge, featuring DJ, food and drinks as an escape from the crowds. 11-6 p.m., Omni Hotel Palm Terrace, 675 L St. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Skydance Interactive's VIP reception. Featuring Archangel. Open bar, exclusive VR and PC demos. 5-8 p.m., Mary Jane's at the Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Fandom party. Featuring musical performance by Big Boi. 7-11 p.m., Float at the Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Scholastic party featuring special g uests R.L. Stine and more. 7-10 p.m., Hotel Palomar Summersalt pool deck and lounge, 1047 Fifth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Comic Book Legal Defense Fund's welcome party. Special gallery display from Black Phoenix Alchemy Lab. 8-11 p.m., Westgate Hotel, 1055 Second Ave. Free for CBLDF members; non-members: $10-$20 donation. RSVP required by clicking here.

• Fandango kickoff party. With special performance by Elle King and surprise guests. 8 p.m.-midnight, Omnia Rooftop, 454 Sixth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• IGN and The Dark Tower present the Dixie Pig. Featuring food, drinks, live entertainment, music and promotional giveaways. 8 p.m.-2 a.m., the Tipsy Crow, 770 Fifth Ave. Free, 21 and over (no hats or backpacks). First come, first served or register here.

• Alpha party, presented by Nerdist and Geek & Sundry and Kraken. 9 p.m.-midnight, Fluxx, 500 Fourth Ave. Sign up for free 30-day Alpha trial at ProjectAlpha.com for tickets. RSVP required.

• Machinima bash. Featuring DJ Kristian Nairn (aka Hodor from Game of Thrones) 9 p.m.-midnight, Omnia Nightclub, 454 Sixth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Syfy fan party. Featuring musical performances, DJ sets and a live show by the Spazmatics. Free. First come, first-served. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., New Children's Museum, 200 W. Island Ave.  

Wynonna Earp party. 9-11 p.m., 526 F St., between Fifth and Sixth avenues in the Gaslamp district. Invitation only, RSVP required.

FRIDAY, JULY 21

• Wired Cafe. Annual talent and VIP private lounge, featuring DJ, food and drinks as an escape from the crowds. noon-6 p.m., Omni Hotel Palm Terrace, 675 L St. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Gotham Group's annual lunch. 1-4 p.m., Monkey King, 467 Fifth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• BuzzFeed and The CW present SRSLY the Best Damn Superhero Party. 5-8 p.m., Altitude Sky Lounge at the Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, 660 K St. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Universal Cable Productions mixer. 6-9 p.m., Omnia Hotel, 454 Sixth Ave.

• Fox Television Group cocktail reception. 7 p.m., the Skybox, 350 10th Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• MTV Fandom Fest. Featuring food, drinks, games and giveaways. 7-11 p.m., Petco Park, 19 Tony Gwynn Way. Free and open to all SDCC badge holders. First come, first served.

• Warner Bros. Television cocktail media mixer. 7-9 p.m., Float Rooftop Bar at the Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• IMDboat Party. 7:30-11 p.m., the IMDb Yacht at Fifth Avenue Landing, 600 Convention Way. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Dragon Ball Super Fan party. McFadden's Restaurant, 731 Fifth Ave., 7-9 p.m., all ages free until 9 p.m. 

• Arcana Studios and Los Angeles Beijing Studios launch party for Pandy vs. Aliens. 8-11 p.m., Indigo rooftop. Invitation only, RSVP required. 

Future Man, presented by Hulu, Nerdist and Geek & Sundry. Oxford Social Club, 435 Fifth Ave., 9 p.m.-1 a.m. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• IGN and Fox present The Gifted afterparty. 9 p.m.-1 a.m., the Rooftop by STK at the Andaz, 600 F St. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Viceland party. Hosted by James Van Der Beek and featuring Diplo-approved DJs. 9 p.m.-1:30 a.m., Fluxx Nightclub, 500 Fourth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Syfy and Zachary Levi's The Nerd Party. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., New Children's Museum, 200 W. Island Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• NVE/Nylon magazine present After-Con. 9:30 p.m., Omnia Rooftop, 454 Sixth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

SATURDAY, JULY 22

• Wired Cafe. Annual talent and VIP private lounge, featuring DJ, food and drinks as an escape from the crowds. 11 a.m.-6 p.m., Omni Hotel Palm Terrace, 675 L St. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Bill Prady's League of Extraordinary Nerds cocktails meet-up. 3-7 p.m., the Pool Club at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, 1 Park Blvd. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• NBC's annual party. Featuring the cast and producers from supernatural thriller Midnight, Texas. 7 p.m., the Oxford Social Club at the Pendry Hotel, 550 J. St. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• National Geographic and Nerd Nite celebrate Mars and One Strange Rock. 7-11 p.m., Red Planet/Blue Planet at the Solamar terrance and pool, 435 Sixth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP rquired

• Syfy fan party. Featuring musical performances and DJ sets. Free. 9 p.m.-2 a.m., New Children's Museum, 200 W/ Island Ave. First come, first served.

• Entertainment Weekly's annual star-studded closing night celebration. 9 p.m., Float at the Hard Rock Hotel, 207 Fifth Ave. Invitation only, RSVP required.

• Red Wedding Afterparty. Dance party to celebrate the end of SDCC and the one-year anniversary of The Hero Within. House of Blues, 1055 Fifth Ave. Open to the public. 

• Insight Editions' Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles' pizza party, with special guest KEvin Eastman. 9-11 p.m., Biga Cucinato a Legno, 950 Sixth Ave., Suite C. Invitation only, RSVP required.

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