For everyone who loves to go to San Diego Comic Con International, but doesn’t have tickets to get into the actual convention, never fear! Because there are tons of activities to do outside the convention hall, that you don’t need a badge for! Comic Con takes over Downtown San Diego for the weekend, so the list of outside activities is a long one and it’s free and, well, it’s a lot of fun. To get down there, we recommend you take the trolley (attempting to park Downtown during Comic Con is not fun), since there is a trolley station right there in front of Gaslamp and in front of the convention center.


But you want to hear what is happening outside. What is it that you can do even if you don’t have a pass to get into Comic Con. We’ve created a list below of all the activities you can do in Downtown San Diego during Comic Con that don’t require a Comic Con badge to get into.

Activities Going on All Weekend

  • Amazon Original Series Activation
    • Set up at the MLK Promenade Park, this experience will include chances to immerse yourself in series like The Man in the High Castle and Thunderbirds Are Go. Experience a 4D virtual reality experience and step into the alternate world of The Man in the High Castle or experience the magic behind Thunderbirds Are Go with behind the scenes footage.
    • Daily Hours:
      • Thursday & Friday: 9am – 7pm
      • Saturday: 9am – 8pm
      • Sunday: 9am – 5pm
  • Fear the Walking Dead “Abigail” Yacht
    • Step aboard the Abigail, the yacht from the series, which will be docked behind the convention center at the Fifth Avenue Pier. You must be 13 years-old or older to experience this activity, but fans of Fear the Walking Dead will get the chance to see the set from the actual show.
    • Daily Hours:
      • Thursday – Saturday: 9am – 9pm
  • South Park 20 Interactive Fan Experience
    • At the MLK Promenade Park you’ll be able to experience South Park like you’ve never experienced it before. Enjoy 20 life-size 2D/3D builds of some of your favorite moments and hang out at the Hulu viewing lounge where you can sit back and watch episode of South Park. There is much more at this event that you’ll have to go to see, but it’s one you won’t want to miss!
    • Daily Hours:
      • Thursday – Saturday: 9:30am – 7pm
      • Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm
  • Neil Degrasse Tyson Presents Space Odyssey
    • Get lost in immersive entertainment at this outside event. See the latest in VR, including “The John wick VR Experience” and “NASA’s Journey to Mars” with additional activities to do as well! You won’t want to miss this awesome event which will be held outside at the Hilton Gaslamp.
    • Daily Hours:
      • Wednesday: 6pm – 9pm
      • Thursday & Friday: 9am – 8pm
      • Saturday: 9am – 7pm
      • Sunday: 9am – 5pm
  • Batman v Superman Fan Experience
    • The Batman v Superman Fan Experience will be located behind the Omni Hotel (near the Gaslamp trolley station). It will give fans the chance to see the Batmobile along with the chance to win exclusive giveaways and participate.
    • Daily Hours:
      • Wednesday: 4pm – 7pm
      • Thursday – Saturday: 9am – 7pm
      • Sunday: 9am – 4pm
  • Comic-Con HQ Live Stage
    • Join hosts Alison Haislip & Steve Zaragoza at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront for live programming daily, with some of the biggest names in comics, film, gaming and pop culture attending. Plus, you’ll get the latest news from Hall H, without having to be in Hall H.
    • Daily Hours:
    • Thursday – Saturday: 9:30am – 7pm
    • Sunday: 9:30am – 5pm
  • Suicide Squad at Hard Rock Hotel
    • Hard Rock Hotel will be transformed into the infamous Belle Reve penitentiary, where the worst of the worst are held. Here you’ll be able to enjoy and immersive experience including a live-action virtual reality simulation, getting your own “ink” at Harley Quinn’s tattoo parlor or take photos in a recreation of on of Belle Reve’s jail cells.
    • Daily Hours:
      • Thursday – Saturday: 10am – 7pm
  • Entertainment Weekly’s Con-X
    • A whole new event is arriving at Comic Con on the Embarcadero Marina Park North. Con-X will feature a place to make t-shirts, participate in trivia events, space to repair costumes, and much more including nightly entertainment. Check them out on Facebook.
    • Daily Hours:
      • Thursday – Sunday: 10am – 6pm

This is just a peak at what is in store for you at Comic Con this year, or rather, outside of Comic Con this year. For a full and detailed list, check out Outside Comic Con for even more events for you to attend!

Have fun and be safe!