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Going to Comic-Con? 17 Things to Do Outside the Convention Center

So you're part of the horde about to hit San Diego for this year's Comic-Con extravaganza, but not sure you'll make it to the big panels and you can only handle so much of the crowd in the Convention Center? There's a ton to do around the Gaslamp Quarter, so geek out on what other fun is to be had during the biggest convention in the world.

Ender's Game Fan Experience: Check out exclusive film footage, interact with digital content, integrate photos of yourself into the movie's "Battle Room" and enter a sweepstakes for the chance to win $10,000 courtesy of HGTV. Outside of the Hilton Gaslamp, Thursday-Sunday.

W00tstock 5.0: Geeks meet music for this variety show of songs, readings and who knows what else with Wil Wheaton, Adam Savage and special guests like Archer's Aisha Tyler and others too secret to be named. $37.50 at the Balboa Theater, get tix here.

Adult Swim Funhouse: Adult Swim is constructing a giant funhouse in the Petco Park (right next to the footbridge) where you can win a special-edition free T-shirt for completing various challenges. Thursday-Sunday, 5-10 p.m. Free for fans, tickets will be distributed at the Funhouse each day starting at 4 p.m.

The Veronica Mars Fan Event: Veronica Mars creator Rob Thomas announced that there will be a special "event" for fans. RSVP at the Veronica Mars Movie Kickstarter for details on how to RSVP.  7:30 p.m. Friday, Horton Plaza United Artist Theaters.

Insidious Experience: Care for some scares at your Con? Join producer Jason Blum (The Purge, Insidious) and writer-actor Leigh Whannell for a night of horror at this invitation-only event. For details on how to score the special tickets follow their Twitter and Facebook. (9 p.m.- 1 a.m. Thursday)

IGN Fan Pub Crawl: Join this trivia event featuring all things Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz for a chance to win entry to The World's End/IGN party at the Hard Rock Hotel Thursday night! Twelve winners get tickets. (SD Commons, 1-4 p.m. Thursday)


Free pizza! Grab a slice care of Fox on Island Ave. between First and Second at its Animation Domination High-Def Pizza Truck. (Thursday-Sunday)

Nerd HQ:  Zachary Levi takes over Petco park for free parties, gaming, signings and more. Plus get tickets to a variety of panels featuring stars of the comic world ($22, donated to charity. Thursday-Sunday, tix and times here)

Comedy galore: The Balboa Theater hosts three nights of great comedy with performances by Amy Schumer, Key & Peele, Chris Hardwicke and Bo Burnham. For times/tix go here.

Patton Oswalt, Live! The comic is taping a new Comedy Central show at the Spreckles theater, 8 p.m. Saturday. Tickets here,

Go diving—seriously, SCUBA diving with the Roddenberry Dive Team for a morning of ocean adventure that has nothing to do with Aquaman. Free (includes coffee and donuts), just RSVP Just want to watch? Check out the team's dive show at the Birch Aquarium at Scripps La Jolla (12:30 Thursday, free with aquarium admission).

MTV2 Party in the Park: Enjoy live music from Dillon Francis and the New Politics, free food and drink and a one-hour Teen Wolf special, open to all Comic-Con badge holders.  (Petco Park, 7 p.m., Thursday)

Geek & Sundry Community Party hosted with Magic: The Gathering. Open to the public. (Jolt'N Joe's, 8 p.m. Friday)

Assassin's Creed Pirate Ship Party: Assasin's Creed players lounge, open to the public. (5th Avenue landing behind the Convention Center, 9-midnight, Friday)

Comedy Central Comedy-Con: First come, first served chance for fans to meet the cast of Workaholics, Key & Peele and other Comedy Central shows. (21+, Float at the Hard Rock Hotel, 1-4 p.m. Friday)
All Hail Vikings: An Interactive Experience:  Race miniature Viking “ships” on the water, create a photo keepsake and meet Lagertha-inspired shield maidens in honor of History's show Vikings. The waterway is located across the street from the Convention Center at 450 Second Avenue at Island Avenue. (across the street from the Convention Center at 450 Second Ave., 11 a.m.-8 p.m.,Thursday-Saturday)

Regular Show Regular Zone at the Children's Museum: Cartoon Network will transform the New Children’s Museum into the Regular Show Regular Zone with '80s arcade games, Regular Show-inspired video games, and groovy neon lighting. Free. (Thursday-Sunday, directly across the street from the Convention Center)

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