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015: Outside the Convention Center at Comic-Con 2019!

Comic-Con 2019 Toucan Tips

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!

See the map below for locations for all these great outside events!

Comic-Con 2019 Outside Events
1. Esports Gaming Lounge

The official Esports lounge of Comic-Con features a livestream filled with celebrity appearances, and daily PC and console tournaments for a variety of games, with prizes and giveaways from Alienware, HyperX, Microsoft and more! Hang out and play casually, or compete in tournaments for Apex Legends, Tekken 7, Soul Calibur VI, Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, Brawlhalla, Mortal Kombat 11, Injustice 2 and more! Esports professionals and celebrities will also be getting in on the fun all week long!

  • Where: San Diego Marriott Marquis Hotel, Pacific Ballroom 16-19
  • When: Wednesday (Preview Night): 6:00–9:00 PM • Thursday through Saturday: 10:00 AM–8:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–5:00 PM

2. Future Tech Live!

The Future Tech Live pavilion returns to Comic-Con in 2019, bringing an even more immersive experience and robot goodness! FTL will celebrate NASA’s 60th anniversary, too, with a featured “Space Zone” that will provide attendees with the experience of a lifetime: Alice Space, a multi-player free-roaming lunar mission designed collaboratively with NASA and the team at Noitom. Check out a variety of space-themed programming in the Pop-Up Planetarium hosted by UCSD. In addition, FTL will have astronaut training simulations in mixed reality, an immersive tour of the International Space Station courtesy of Magnopus, and space-themed VR tournaments and casual play featuring Beat Sabre, Echo Arena, and Space Junkies, presented by Collegiate Virtual Reality Esports, plus hosting brave teams that are virtually defusing a bomb in Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. Blu Atom VR debuts a new multi-player Time Travel adventure; Sony Koov will be showing off their super fun robotics; Raymond is going big with their VR training simulations; try your hand at piloting heavy machinery. Interact with Legends of Lightfall, experience the new AR glasses from AR North, check out the exciting developments from Edge XR and Matty Rich, plus State Power (a gritty VR escape tour de force) from Chapman University, the new Hyper-X headphones with mapping tech, robots, AI, volumetric capture, and more immersive and tech surprises!

  • Where: Omni San Diego Hotel Grand Ballroom, Level 4
  • When: Wednesday: 3:00–6:00 pm (Media Preview); 6:00–9:00 PM (Preview/Developer's Night) • Thursday to Saturday: 9:30 AM–7:30 PM • Sunday:  9:30 AM–5:00 PM

3. Pokémon Detective Pikachu

Experience the magic of Ryme City in an immersive walkthrough pop-up based on the hit film Pokémon Detective Pikachu. Guests will be able to explore the city and capture Instagrammable moments including the neon cityscape, Ryme City marketplace, film prop displays, an infinity room and more. Fans can win prizes while having the opportunity to take photos with multiple characters from the film including Detective Pikachu himself!

  • Where: MLK Promenade, behind the Omni Hotel
  • When: Wednesday; 5:00–7:00 PM • Thursday, Friday, Saturday: 10:00 AM–7:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–4:00 PM

4. FOX’s “Animation Domination” Fan Fair 2019

FOX is going BIG in its return to Comic-Con! The newly dubbed FOX Fan Fair 2019 is taking over an all-new activations space located across from the New Children’s Museum (at West Island Ave. and Front St.). The network is highlighting its all-new FOX Animation Domination Sunday night block and featuring FREE, fun twists on popular amusement rides and games all themed to fan favorite animated series, The Simpsons, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, and a brand-new show, Bless The Harts! Complete with an array of games and competitions, there will also be sharable photo ops, limited edition swag, and sweet treats to keep fans of all ages cool!

  • Where: Children's Museum Park & Children's Park, 326 W Harbor Dr.
  • When: Thursday*: 12:00–8:00 PM • Friday* & Saturday*: 10:00 AM–8:00 PM • Sunday 10:00 AM–1:00 PM

*Note: From Thursday through Saturday, select activations at Children’s Park to close at 6:00 PM.

5. FX Fearless Forum

FX challenges fans to survive the night during an immersive journey produced in anticipation of American Horror Story: 1984. The activation takes center stage at this year’s FX Fearless Forum, located at the Hilton Bayfront Park and utilizes night vision goggles to reveal the horrors of the night. Guests can also reserve a spot to join vampire enthusiasts in the exclusive What We Do in the Shadows Vampire Lair. Visit to register for your Fearless experience, see additional details and discover how FX will light up the night during Comic-Con 2019.

  • Where: Hilton Bayfront Park
  • When: Thursday: 12:00–6:00 PM • Friday and Saturday: 10:00 AM–6:00 PM • Sunday: 10:00 AM–2:00 PM

6. The Amazon Prime Video Experience

Show-themed immersive experiences drop fans into the middle of highly charged scenarios in expertly designed spaces inspired by Amazon Original series The Boys, Carnival Row, and The Expanse. Enlist in a UN peacekeeping mission on a newly colonized planet, join anti-superhero vigilantes to cover up a crime scene, and visit a secret Victorian lounge where the oppressed are given a safe haven from the world outside. Look for the giant forty-foot tower lighting up at the corner of MLK Promenade and 1st St., situated in the center of the activation.

  • Where: Corner of MLK Promenade and 1st St., across from the Convention Center.
  • When: Thursday through Sunday 9:00 AM–5:00 PM

7. Her Universe Fashion Show

Presented by Her Universe, Hot Topic, and Dreamworks She-Ra, in partnership with BoxLunch and Cartoon Network. 24 designers compete with their original “geek couture” designs for a chance to win the ultimate prize: an opportunity to design a Her Universe fashion collection for specialty retailer Hot Topic. Hosted by actress and Her Universe founder Ashley Eckstein.

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

Join us over the next week as we post more Toucan Tips to help you enjoy and better navigate Comic-Con 2019!

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