Her Cape Guide to SDCC: #91 – What is an offsite event?


Her Cape 100 Things to Know About SDCC continues with #91: What is an offsite event at SDCC? Here’s what you need to know!

About ten years ago, San Diego Comic Con lived comfortably within the walls of the San Diego Convention Center. As the show grew in size, events expanded beyond the confines of the Convention Center and spread throughout the Gaslamp Quarter.

These days, several SDCC panels take place at nearby hotels, and the week of SDCC will see pop-up sites popping up all around Downtown San Diego. Production companies take over restaurants, providing free activities for anyone and everyone. What does that mean? It means that SDCC badgeholders might need to venture outside of the Convention Center, and it means that non-badgeholders can also take advantage of the fun.

FX sets up an installation on the lawn between the Hilton Bayfront Hotel and the Convention Center, offering things like VR experiences, a lounge, obstacle courses, jumping off a large platform into an airbag, and one year they even built a two-story mock hotel to promote American Horror Story Hotel.

FX at SDCC 2016, Photo: Sarabeth Pollock

Cartoon Network has spent the past two years with a full-sized carnival behind the Convention Center, while Game of Thrones sets up a gallery across from the Omni.

SyFy used to have a massive installation on the Exhibit Hall floor, but the network departed the Convention Center and now takes over Mary Jane’s, the cafe at the Hard Rock Hotel across the street.

SyFy at SDCC 2016, Photo: Sarabeth Pollock

The entire Downtown San Diego area comes alive during San Diego Comic Con. It’s honestly too much to take in over the five days, so plan to make some tough decisions about the must-sees and everything else.

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As SDCC gets closer, Her Cape will provide details about the offsite locations this year, so be sure to check back soon!