Comic-Con 2016: THR's Full Guide to Parties in San Diego

12:08 PM 7/13/2016

by Kate Stanhope

Comic_Con_Party - Getty - H 2016
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Comic_Con_Party - Getty - H 2016

Those who have made the pilgrimage to San Diego for Comic-Con International in recent years know it's not just about the exclusive footage, the celebrity sightings or the swag – though those are great perks as well. It's also about the parties. As the annual convention has grown in size, scope and attendees in the past decade, so have the number of events for those in the industry looking to schmooze away from the exhibition floor.

This year's Comic-Con, which runs July 20-24, looks to be no different, with event hosts ranging from annual parties like Warner Bros. and Fox's yearly bashes, as well as new events hosted by the likes of Nickelodeon and Funny or Die.

The key is staying afloat of all the nightlife events Comic-Con has to offer on top of keeping track of the many film and TV-centered panels at the convention. Thankfully, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled a full guide to parties at Comic-Con International, set to kick off Wednesday, July 20, with Preview Night.

  • WEDNESDAY, July 20

    • Fandango press party. 4-6 p.m., Café Sevilla, 353 Fifth Ave. Invitation only.

    • Fourth Annual Enchantment Under the SDCC. 7-11 p.m., Analog Bar, 801 Fifth Ave. (all ages)

    HitFix Comic-Con Kick-Off Party. 9 p.m., Hotel Solamar, 435 Sixth Ave. RSVP required.

  • THURSDAY, July 21

    • Wired Cafe. Annual talent and VIP private lounge, featuring live DJ, food and drinks as an escape from the crowds. 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Omni Hotel Palm Terrace, 675 L St. Invitation only.

    • Hasbro Studio's Cocktails at the Con. 6-8 p.m., Searsucker, 611 Fifth Ave. Invitation only.

    • MTV Fandom Awards and MTV Fan Fest. Featuring food, drinks, games and giveaways. 6:30 p.m., Petco Park, 19 Tony Gwynn Way. Free and open to all SDCC badge holders; first come, first serve.

    • Fandom's Comic-Con party. 7-11 p.m., Float Rooftop Bar at the Hard Rock, 207 Fifth Ave. Invitation only.

    IGN's Heroes vs. Villains party. 8 p.m., FLUXX Lounge, 500 Fourth Ave. Invitation only.

    • Nerd HQ Fan Party. 10 p.m., New Children's Museum, 200 West Island Ave. Free, 18 and over admitted at the door.

    Nerdist, Geek & Sundry and Lionsgate present Power Rangers party. 10 p.m.-2 a.m., Petco Park, 19 Tony Gwynn Way. Invitation only.

  • FRIDAY, July 22

    • The Gotham Group’s Annual Comic-Con Lunch. Co-hosted with DarkHorse Entertainment and Marvel Animation. 1-4 p.m., Sovereign Kitchen, 467 Fifth Ave. Invitation only.

    • BuzzFeed and The CW's SRSLY Super Power Hour. Featuring superhero talent from Supergirl, DC's Legends of Tomorrow, Vixen, The Flash, Arrow and BuzzFeed standards rooftop beer pong, GIF booth, DJ and BuzzFeed tasty happy hour cocktails. 5 p.m., Altitude Sky Lounge at the Marriott Gaslamp Quarter, 660 K St. Invitation only.

    • Universal Cable Productions cocktail reception. 6-9 p.m., Omnia, 454 Sixth Ave. RSVP required.

    Starz's cocktail party for Ash vs. Evil Dead and American Gods. Featuring stars Bruce Campbell, Lucy Lawless, Ricky Whittle, Ian McShane, Lee Majors, Pablo Schreiber and more. 6-8 p.m., Rustic Root Rooftop, 535 Fifth Ave. Invitation only.

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

    • The IMDb Yacht Party presented by TCL. Guests include Kevin Smith. 7:30-10 p.m., The IMDb Yacht at Fifth Avenue Landing, 600 Convention Way. Invitation only.

    • Fox, FX, 20th Century Fox Television, 20th Century Fox Television Home Entertainment and Fox Networks Group Comic-Con Party on Friday, July 22 at 9 p.m. at the Andaz in San Diego. Invite Only.

    • Nickelodeon and The Splat present a night with Marc Summers and Double Dare. 9 p.m.-12 a.m., Fluxx Nightclub, 500 Fourth Ave. RSVP required.

    Syfy's The Magicians cocktail party.  Featuring series stars Jason Ralph, Stella Maeve, Olivia Taylor Dudley, Hale Appleman, Arjun Gupta, Summer Bishil, Rick Worthy and Jade Tailor. 9 p.m, Hotel Solamar, 435 Sixth Ave. Invitation only. 

    • Nerd HQ annual star-studded bash. Dancing starts at 10 p.m. as this party goes into the morning light. New Children's Museum, 200 W. Island Ave. RSVP only.

  • SATURDAY, July 23

    • Bill Prady's (The Big Bang Theory) annual Cocktails at Comic-Con meet-up. 3-7 p.m., The Pool Club at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd. Invitation only.

    truTV's Impractical Jokers Block Party. Featuring games, food, prizes, music from music from DJ Sid Vicious,sumo wrestling, tight-rope walking, autograph signing with the cast, a mechanical bull and and an exclusive preview of a never-before-seen episode of Impractical Jokers. 3-8:30 the Park at Petco Park, Seventh Ave. and K St.  Free and open to the public; first come, first serve.

    • Out of This World Afternoon With Neil deGrasse Tyson. 4-6 p.m., JSix Restaurant at Hotel Solamar, 616 J Street. RSVP required.

    • Funny or Die's first Comic-Con party. Prom-themed bash presented by HBO's Vice Principals. Guest expected: Danny McBride, Walton Goggins and Jody Hill. 6 p.m.-12 a.m., Quartyard San Diego, 1102 Market St. Invitation only.

    • NBC Digital Network. Featuring talent from Blindspot, Emerald City, Grimm, Powerless and Timeless. 7-9 p.m., Rooftop of the Andaz Hotel, 600 F. St. Invitation only.

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

    • Nerd HQ Dance the Night Away Party. 10 p.m., New Children's Museum, 200 West Island Ave. Free, 18 and over admitted at the door.