Comic Con San Diego

Things to Do for Free at Comic Con San Diego

The 46th annual Comic Con in San Diego is about to begin and there is so much happening in the halls of the convention center but equally there’s lots to do outside of the hall and without badges. If you are like many who were unable to secure a badge or just couldn’t afford to get one just look to the area surrounding the convention center to experience Comic Con. There is ample to do with numerous networks and studios setting up in the Gaslamp and waterfront to bring you the very best of whats headed to your television screens or movie theaters. 

Conan O’Brien at Comic Con

Conan-at-Comic-Con-Conan O’Brien returns to San Diego for this years Comic-Con and has so many guest stars appearing. He will be taping his show once again at the Spreckels Theater Wednesday through Saturday. If you don’t already have a ticket, you still have a chance to get them if you want to wake-up early and get in line. Stand-by tickets are potentially available each day if there is ticket inventory for a particular day. This morning people were lined up even before 6am to claim their tickets or get on the stand-by list. 

Conan Comic Con Taping Schedule

So who can you expect to see at this year’s tapings of Conan O’Brien? 

Wednesday July 20: It’s the stars of the HBO comedy “Silicon Valley”; Thomas Middleditch, Kumail Nanjiani, Amanda Crew, and Zach Wood will be chatting it up with Conan, talking about the hit show. 

Thursday July 21: If you love the superheroes from The CW, then this is the night for you.  Arrow star Stephen Amell, Flash star Grant Gustin, and Supergirl Melissa Benoist are in town to chat up all things comic and what’s in store for the new seasons of each of their shows. Nick Kroll of the new film Sausage Party will also join Conan along with Weird Al Yankovic.

Friday July 22 (Air Date – Sunday July 24): The guest for this night is BIG or group of guest as the cast of “Game of Thrones” make their appearance. Scheduled to appear are John Bradley, Liam Cunningham, Nathalie Emmanuel, Conleth Hill, Faye Marsay, Kristian Nairn, Iwan Rheon, Issac Hempstead Wright, and executive producers David Benioff & D.B. Weiss.

Saturday July 23: The Suicide Squad is here as Will Smith, Jared Leto, Margot Robbie, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Adam Beach,  Cara Delevingne, Joel Kinnaman,  Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Karen Fukuhara, and Jay Hernandez are scheduled to make appearances. 

FOX Experience at Comic Con

Experience all that FOX has to offer as the make a bang at Comic Con 2016. They will be set up at  Bayfront Park and will have all sorts of interactive elements for fans, showcasing their new and returning shows. All the excitement that FOX will be serving up gets started on Thursday.

“Son of Zorn” Mount Zephyria Mighty Rock Climb & Free Fall 

Son-of-Zorn-official“Son of Zorn” is the latest animation live-action comedy hybrid that the network will be debuting this fall. You’ll have a chance to climb Mount Zephyria Mighty Rock Climb and then free fall jump three stories. All the action will be captured by cameras so that you can share and post on social media. In visiting “Son of Zorn” you’ll have the chance to receive an official Zorn sword and goblet from Zephyria.

If you aren’t up for free falling three stories then you can get your photo captured as you ride Zorn’s 10-foot tall Death Hawk. 

You can follow the show on Twitter ar @SonOfZorn where you might find out when the cast will make an appearance at the experience. Use #SonOfZorn to join the conversation.

The “Rocky Horror” Lip Transformation Station 

RockyYou can experience all the magic that cult classic Rocky Horror has to offer as FOX is giving you the fans a chance to be a part of it in the most iconic way also at Bayfront Park. At the station you will have your lips transformed by professional make-up artist, whether as an American Flag, Rainbow or those unforgettable Red Rocky lips. 

You can follow them on twitter at @RockyHorrorFOX and find out when the cast will make an appearance.  Use #RockyHorror to join the conversation.

Hasbro Transformers #EarthWars Experience

Transformer fans get ready to battle up as you have the chance to be a part of Hasbro’s Transformers #EarthWars Experience. You will have the chance to have a photo opp with Bumblebee himself and create all sorts of background environments from the game that you can then share with friends and family on social media. If you aren’t familiar with he game there will be demos on hand for you to try out. 

Hasbro Transformers #EarthWars Experience will take place on the Martin Luther King,, Jr. Promenade.

Thursday July 21: 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
Friday July 22: 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
Saturday July 23: 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
Sunday July 24: 11:00 AM–4:00 PM

South Park 20

South-Park-20Celebrating an incredible 20 years on television this fall, South Park will mark the occasion with a celebration at Comic Con on the Martin Luther King,, Jr. Promenade.

You can visit all sorts of scenes from the show and have your photo taken with this iconic moments in the sculpture garden. Even sit down and watch all of the episodes of the show at the Hulu viewing lounge. 

There will even be South Park art on display as 20 pieces from 20 unique artist will be on hand all curated by world-renowned pop culture artist Ron English. Comedy Central will even have a retrospective gallery featuring original cells from the pilot and much more.

Southpark 20 will take place on the Martin Luther King,, Jr. Promenade.

Thursday, July 21 – Sunday, July 24 from 9:30AM-7PM

Warner Bros. Batman v Superman Experience

Visit Heroes Park at the Omni for an ultimate Batman v Superman fan experience. You can take part in a daily scavenger hunt, have a chance at walking away with some exclusive giveaways even see the Batmobile. Warner Brothers has even brought to Comic Con the iconic statue seen in the film. Who knows what other surprises wait in store for fans.

Warner Bros. Batman v Superman Experience will take place on the Martin Luther King,, Jr. Promenade.

Wednesday July 20: 4:00-7:00 PM
Thursday July 21: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Friday July 22: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Saturday July 23: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Sunday July 24: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM

Amazon at Comic Con

You can stop by the Amazon booth where you can celebrate you favorite Amazon originals. Amazon will have model sets and life size characters from Thunderbird Are Go, as well as a 3D experience and props and costumes from The Main in the High Castle. 

Amazon at Comic Con will be located in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Promenade.

Thursday July 21: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Friday July 22: 9:00 AM–9:00 PM
Saturday July 23: 9:00 AM–7:00 PM
Sunday July 24: 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

Fear the Walking Dead Abigail

Fans of Fear the Walking Dead have you ever wanted to walk aboard the scene of your favorite show. Well you have a chance as AMC brings the Fear the Walking Dead yacht to Comic Con, where you can re-create life aboard the Abigail. It will be located at the Fifth Avenue Pier behind the Convention Center. 

Step into the world of Fear the Walking Dead with a special Fear the Walking Dead yacht, located at the Fifth Avenue Pier behind the Convention Center.

Thursday – Saturday from 9AM-9PM daily.


Zombies Zombies Everywhere!!!!!! Yep they are returning once again to the Con. This year the activities for the zombiewalk will meet at the Gaslamp Quarter Saturday at 6pm with the exact location to be announced on their Facebook page.

Entertainment Weekly Con-X

ew-con-xEntertainment Weekly is getting in on the fun at Comic Con with their Con-X. The activities will take place at the Embarcadero Marina Park North. The hours are 10AM-10:30PM Thursday-Saturday and 10:30AM-3PM on Sunday.

There will be all sorts of photo opportunities and chances for fans to creare custom limited edition t-shirts. Food truck, picnic areas, as well as phone charging stations will be available for use. Schick will be on hand if you need that perfect shave at the Schick Hydro Super Shave Shop. Calling all candy fans because SweeTARTS will also be at Con-X, where you can create custom 3-D printed candy in the SweeTarst candy lab.

Entertainent Weekly will also be doing LIVE interviews through the weekend at two Entertainment Weekly stages. 

Friday July 22


  • 11:00 a.m. Paul Dini (Dark Night: A True Batman Story)
  • 11:40 a.m. Carlton Cuse (The Strain, Colony)
  • 12:00 p.m. Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa & Jon Goldwater (Riverdale)
  • 12:45 p.m. Gene Luen Yang (American Born Chinese)
  • 2:00 p.m. Joaquim Dos Santos, Lauren Montgomery, Tim Hedrick (Voltron: Legendary Defender)
  • 2:30 p.m. Julie & Shawna Benson, Tom King, Scott Snyder (Batman Family titles)
  • 3:00 p.m. Sana Amanat (Ms.Marvel)
  • 3:30 p.m. Ben Hatke (Zita the Spacegirl)
  • 4:00 p.m. Lucy Lawless (Ash vs Evil Dead)
  • 4:30 p.m. Ashley Eckstein (Her Universe), Nathan Sawaya (LEGO artist), Andrew MacLaine (fashion designer)
  • 5:00 p.m. Signing with Ashley Eckstein & Nathan Sawaya


  • 1:00 p.m. Cast of Teen Wolf
  • 6:00 p.m. Guest DJ Blake Anderson & Anders Holm of Workaholics
  • 7:00 p.m. Goldfish
  • 8:00 p.m. The Adventures of Superman “Panic in the Sky”
  • 8:30 p.m. Beats Antique



  • 11:00 a.m. Jim Lee & Rob Williams (Suicide Squad)
  • 12:00 p.m. Gerard Way (DC’s Young Animal)
  • 12:30 p.m. Nick Spencer (Captain American: Steve Rogers)
  • 1:00 p.m. Ed Brubaker (Kill or Be Killed)
  • 2:00 p.m. Harley Quinn Costume Contest with Jimmy Palmiotti & Amanda Conner
  • 3:00 p.m. Rick Remender (Seven to Eternity)
  • 3:30 p.m. Al Jean (The Simpsons)


  • 4:00 p.m. Nathan Fillion & Alan Tudyk (Con Man)
  • 5:00 p.m. Cast of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.
  • 7:00 p.m. Trivia & Prizes with EW Editors
  • 7:20 p.m. Adam Nimoy (For the Love of Spock)
  • 7:45 p.m. Star Trek Season 1, Ep. 1 “The Man Trap”
  • 8:30 p.m. Batman ‘The Purr-Fect Crime” Part 1
  • 9:00 p.m. Star Trek Season 1, Ep. 4 “The Naked Time”
  • 10:00 p.m. Batman
“Better Luck Next Time” Part 2


FX returns to Comic Con in grand fashion and this year they are bringing an all new American Horror Story VR experience, photo opp from The Strain, even get you a temporary tattoo.

Archer LIVE

On Saturday July 23, join us for an encore screening of Thursday’s performance in the FX Networks Lounge. Limited seating begins at 7:00 pm. Screening at 8:00 pm.

The Strain

An iconic photo opportunity with a 25 foot “infected” Lady Liberty, complete with a larger-than-life stinger.

American Horror Story VR Experience

Clear Your Mind. Face Your Fear. Immerse yourself in a whole new nightmare. Reserved seat are now full but there may be standby spots available each day for you to take the plunge into the terrifying depths of your own personal American Horror Story.

It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia

Stop by Paddy’s Pub and grab a cool one with water on tap and other fun giveaways.

Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll

Be a part of rock culture. Pick up some temporary tattoos and take a photo with a giant smashed guitar.

FXHIBITION Sculpture Garden

The FX Sculpture Garden featuring busts of your favorite characters – perfect for a face swap.

FXHIBITION Designer Chairs

Reimagined versions of the world’s most iconic modern chairs inspired by a few of our hit series.

FX Networks Augmented Reality

Interactive area where you can create an augmented reality video with your favorite FX icons powered by Twitter.

The event will take place on the Hilton Bayfront.

Thursday July 21: 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Friday July 22: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Saturday July 23: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sunday July 24: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM


AS-SDCC16_ThumbnailAdult Swim will once again be bringing a Carnival of Dreams Midway full of games and prizes just for you. The best part its all Free! You just have to wait in line.

Daytime on the Green

You’ll have your chance to take a picture with Mr. Pickles in the photo booth, then head to the Full Dome to check out a six minute show that will literally BLOW your mind.

Thursday July 21: 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Friday July 22: 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Saturday July 23: 11:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sunday July 24: 11:00 AM–6:00 PM

Nightime on the Green

Cuddle up under the San Diego stars and check out what’s on the horizon for Adult Swim. Blankets, pillows, slankets, blillows and human snuggles welcome.

  • TOONAMI PRE-FLIGHT: Thursday July 21 8-10PM
  • RICK AND MORTY: Saturday July 23 8-10PM

Adult Swim on the Green will be taking place directly behind the convention center.

NBC at Comic Con

NBC returns to Comic Con this year and will be showcasing three of their new series. There will be all sorts of giveaways, photo opportunities, and exclusive content for the fans. 

  • Timeless: Go on a time-bending adventure with NBC’s new fall series “Timeless,” as you get to ride on a “Gravitron” and take a sharable motion graphic photo that captures their time-travel experience. Your mission: to protect the past and save the future.
  • Emerald City: Discover the world of “Emerald City,” as it takes over Tin Fish restaurant. Fans can take an animated sharable photo as an “Emerald City” character.
  • The Good Place: Starring Ted Danson and Kristen Bell you can get a taste of “The Good Place” when you need a break from the heat with free fro-yo at the pop-up frozen yogurt shop.

The NBC experience at Comic Con will be at Gaslamp Square, Fifth and Harbor Drive.

Thursday July 21: 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
Friday July 22: 11:00 AM–7:00 PM
Saturday July 23: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM
Sunday July 24: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM

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