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#22: Outside the Convention Center at Comic-Con 2018!



Comic-Con 2018 Outside Events


There’s more fun outside Comic-Con International than ever before! In addition to our official programming and event rooms at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina, the Hilton San Diego Bayfront, the Manchester Grand Hyatt, the Omni San Diego, the Horton Grand Theatre, and the San Diego Central Library, this is just a taste of the other offsite events to explore. Wear your Comic-Con 2018 badge for access to these events, if space is available!


Don’t miss AMC’s DEADQUARTERS, the official fan zone of The Walking Dead and Fear The Walking Dead at Comic-Con International. It's an immersive fan experience that allows fans to step right into the universe of The Walking Dead. Featuring a curated walk through of The Sanctuary and a thrilling 22-foot slide that sends you sliding into a pit of walkers. Fans will get an up-close look at real props from the show and awesome photo experiences including the Walker Composter and Negan's "Flaming Lucille." The space will also host a number of fan experiences. DEADQUARTERS is located directly across from the Convention Center (just off 4th Ave.) and open daily Thursday to Sunday. 

  • Where: Martin Luther King Promenade, in front of the Hilton Gaslamp Hotel (4th Ave. and L St.)
  • When: Thursday to Saturday: 11:00 AM–6:00 PM • Sunday: 11:00 AM–4:00 PM

2. Welcome to Castle Rock, a new Hulu Original

Welcome to Castle Rock, a nice place to live and grow. Visit us at the intersection of Front St. and Island Ave. and experience a unique look into our quaint, and sometimes terrifying, town. Castle Rock is an upcoming psychological-horror anthology series based on the world of Stephen King, intertwining characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock, Maine. It will premiere on Wednesday, July 25 only on Hulu. Guests who choose to take a risk and visit Castle Rock will tour the town’s Bed & Breakfast and explore its vast Forest, where they will find thrilling surprises around every corner. As they journey through the multi-room Bed & Breakfast, guests will question what is real, wonder who they are within this world, and begin to understand just why Castle Rock is called the unluckiest town on earth. After visiting the Castle Rock B&B, guests may continue their visit in the Castle Rock Forest across the street and discover additional chilling moments of wonder. Within the Forest there will be a Hulu campsite lounge that will serve as a refuge from the chaos of Comic-Con, as well as a place to hang out, relax, recharge, and get a sneak peek of the show itself! The Castle Rock experience will also offer digital takeaways and create many shareable moments. A must-see event for those who crave a fully dimensional immersive experience.

  • Where: SW Corner of Front St. and Island Ave. across from the New Children's Museum
  • When: Thursday to Saturday: 11:00 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday… 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM

3. The Her Universe Fashion Show

Presented by Her Universe, Hot Topic and Loungefly in partnership with Cartoon Network. The 5th annual Her Universe Fashion Show will showcase 24 designers who will compete, with their original “geek couture” designs, for the chance to win the ultimate prize: an opportunity to design a Her Universe fashion collection for Hot Topic. Hosted by actress and Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein. Her Universe will once again bring the glamour of Fashion Week to San Diego Comic-Con in this must-see event and Thursday night favorite!

  • Where: Harbor Ballroom, Manchester Grand Hyatt
  • When: Thursday, 6:00 PM–8:00 PM

4. Future Tech Live!

What was once the VR Lounge has expanded in its third year to celebrate the boldest and coolest in the exploding areas of Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR), Mediated Reality (MR), Artificial Intelligence (AI), Robotics, Internet of Things (IOT), Blockchain/Cryptocurrency, Sustainable and Emerging Tech. This year Future Tech Live! will spotlight the emergence of AR with an awesome “Overwatch” activation from Blizzard (who will be giving away Limited Edition Pins); Deadpool 2 will be offering its unique take on AR. Virtual Reality will be well represented: Warner Bros. is filling the Gallery space across the street from the Omni with a tremendous Ready Player One activation, Skydance is showing off its latest, Archangel, with multi-player Mech battles (and mini-tournaments), “Apex” from Starbreeze, along with The Walking Dead gaming experience, NBC/Universal showcases its Jurassic World VR. We will have robots and the AI Innovation Fair, courtesy of Ozobot, and the inaugural Comic-Con Hackathon (co-produced by Fanhacks) happening all day Thursday, featuring challenges in AR, VR, blockchain presented by ConsenSys, and a special Comic-Con challenge. Win prizes and innovate at the same time! If that isn’t enough, we have a Space Zone, featuring Fulldome 360, the Arthur C. Clarke Center, “Space Odyssey.” This year we celebrate the “We Are” initiative and Diversity in Tech and Gaming with a Living Gallery presented by the ESA Foundation, a place you can enjoy fireside chats with innovators and recharge yourself and your devices. Enjoy the selection of eight panelsin the main convention hall: “To Infinity and Beyond,” “Hollywood & Emerging Tech,” “How to Game as a Pro,” “The Science of Cool,” “Going Crypto-,“ “The Gaming Marketplace,” “Enter the Fun Zone” (LBE & Esports), and “Diversity in Tech and Gaming.” Lots of innovation and exciting surprises await at Future Tech Live!

  • Where: The Omni Hotel Ballroom and Gallery, 675 L St.
  • When: Wednesday: Developer’s Night and Preview, 6:00–9:00 PM • Thursday to Saturday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday, 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

5. The Ready Player One Experience

Enter the virtual world of Ready Player One and experience the nostalgia of the ‘80s in this interactive walkthrough activation. Test your knowledge of the film and 1980s trivia in two challenge rooms and explore the depths of The OASIS, including the haunted room 237 from The Shining. Open to Comic-Con badge holders only.

  • Where: The Gallery at The Omni Hotel, 675 L St.
  • When:  Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

6. Rampage

Take a picture with George, the larger-than-life star of the hit film Rampage. Witness his trail of destruction and bring him to life with the on-site augmented reality experience.

  • Where: Promenade behind the Omni Hotel, 675 L St.
  • When:  Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

7. Dragon Ball North America Tour 2018

Dragon Ball blasts into San Diego Comic-Con in an event of epic proportions! Experience all-things Dragon Ball inside a replica of the "World Martial Arts Tournament" complete with life-size statues and selfie spots. See the latest collectible products from Tamashii Nations and S. H. Figuarts, try your hand at the Dragon Ball Super Card Game or demo the Dragon Ball FighterZ video game and Dragon Ball Legends smartphone game app. Don't miss the daily promotional giveaways including commemorative lanyards and bags.

  • Where: Marriott Marquis Marina Terrace
  • When: Starts at 5:00 PM on Preview Night • Thursday to Sunday Hours TBD

8. Are You A Hero?

Activate your field clearance at Comic-Con and discover what it takes to be a field operative. At The Tom Clancy Jack Ryan Experience, based on Prime Video’s upcoming original series, Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan (releasing 8/31/18), you’ll be mentally and physically challenged like never before. Prepare to infiltrate, fight, evade and escape as you step into Jack Ryan’s shoes. Only the most clever and canny will succeed. Do you have what it takes to be a hero?  

  • Where: MLK Promenade and First Ave.
  • When: Thursday to Saturday: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

9. Comic–Con Pinball Lounge

Located in the Pacific Ballroom of the Marriott Marquis is the Pinball Lounge, loaded with a variety of fun and challenging machines, all free to play courtesy of Stern Pinball. After getting some practice rounds in, try your luck against fellow players in one of the daily tournaments.

  • Where: Marriott Marquis, Pacific Ballroom 14-16
  • When:
  • FREE PLAY: Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM
  • TOURNAMENTS: Thursday to Saturday: 7:00–9:00 PM • Sunday: 2:00–4:00 PM

10. FXHIBITION 2018 

Taking center stage once again on the lawn of the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel, FXHIBITION 2018 will bring the networks’ most beloved shows to life through an interactive combination of art and technology. The space will feature innovative installations from hit shows Legion, American Horror Story, Mayans M.C., It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and Archer.

  • Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Lawn
  • When: Thursday: 12:00–6:00 PM • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–TBD

11. FOX FANFARE 2018 at San Diego Comic-Con

This year at San Diego Comic-Con, FOX is going BIG and bringing a number of unique activations featuring the network’s biggest new and returning series to the Hilton Bayfront Lawn space and more! Be sure to swing by and check out Comic-Con exclusive experiences for the whole family! Adventure to other galaxies with Cosmos: Possible Worlds; discover the secretive Project NOAH from the all-new drama The Passage; see members of the Planetary Union crew from The Orville; unlock your Mutant vision with a special premium item from The Gifted; and celebrate milestones for all of FOX’s animated series. Stay tuned for more information and visit for the latest updates and series information! 

  • Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront Lawn
  • When: Thursday: 12:00–6:00 PM • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–TBD

12. Adult Swim State Park at SDCC 2018

Adult Swim is back on the Green. We’re building our own State Park and exposing you to all the nature you came to Comic-Con to avoid. Complete with archery, canoes, new swag, live streams and a very large hot dog masquerading as a mechanical bull.

  • Where: Convention Way & 5th Ave Pier, Behind the Convention Center
  • When: Thursday to Saturday: 4:00 PM–2:00 AM • Sunday: 4:00 PM–8:00 PM
  • (Select attractions open at 8:00 AM • Games will close at 8:00 PM)

ADDED! 7/16/18
13. eSports Arena

eSports Arena has teamed up with Comic-Con to bring you all the excitement and action of a live eSports event to the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The space will feature free play, giveaways, influencer engagement, and plenty of eSports! Come by for your chance to play on the big stage with some of Comic-Con's best gamers, cosplayers, and more.

  • Where: Marriott Marquis Hotel, Pacific Ballroom 17-18-19
  • When: Thursday to Saturday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

14. Experience DC Universe at Comic-Con International

Come be amongst the first to experience the DC Universe like never before. Be sure to check out the DC Universe Experience located at the Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter. Pre-register at

  • Where: Hilton San Diego Gaslamp Quarter Hotel, Starlight Terrace, 401 K St.
  • When: Thursday to Saturday: 9:30 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday: 9:30 AM–5:00 PM

15. NBC’s The Good Place Activation

Comic-Con attendees will immerse themselves in the highly-entertaining and philosophical world of The Good Place, where they’ll be welcomed into a newly-designed neighborhood, inspired by the series and designed specifically for SDCC. Fans will tour the larger-than-life town square with RFID bands, complete with unexpected and can’t-miss moments. Exclusive giveaways and iconic photo and video opportunities surround the space.

  • Where: In between the Hard Rock Hotel and Convention Center, adjacent to Tin Fish restaurant
  • When: Thursday and Friday: 10:00 AM–6:00 AM • Saturday: 9:00 AM–2:00 PM • Sunday: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM


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