Comic-Con San Diego

Take the weekend to meet your favorite superheroes, actors, and singers at the Comic Con Convention in San Diego, California! Bring the entire family!
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Watch Fantasy Come to Life at Comic Con San Diego

Star Wars Character at Comic Con San DiegoComic Con is at the San Diego Convention Center

Comic Con has grown from humble beginnings in 1972, for a very niche audience, to over 135,000 enthusiasts annually. Comic book devotees and tourists flock from all over the world to San Diego's 46,000 square-foot Convention Center! They love sharing their passion for comics and spotting the stars at this unique 4-day gathering typically in July.

Soak in the unique atmosphere, as the good-humored crowd enjoys over 700+ comic-themed exhibitions and events. DC comics, the marvel studio and more, all the most popular and famous studios are represented at the event. The peculiar and extraordinary are more than welcome - and they'll be out in force!

Throughout Comic Con, the event overflows into Downtown San Diego bars and cafes in the Gaslamp Quarter! These places join in the fun with special-themed entertainment and events. Make sure you take time to go along, be part of it all, and soak up the atmosphere! There's no better opportunity to spot your favorite off-duty superhero!

Ticket Pricing Information for Comic Con San Diego

The Comic Book Convention has a per-day schedule in which they sell their tickets. You can choose to attend one day or all four days.

For adults, the prices are:

  • Preview Night: $50
  • Thursday through Saturday: $69 per day
  • Sunday: $47
  • Or you can pay $254 for a 4-day badge

For anyone 13 to 17:

  • Preview night: $25
  • Thursday through Saturday: $34 per day
  • Sunday: $23

All children who are 12 and under enter for free. Military and Senior discount prices run the same price as junior passes.

Make sure to check directly with Comic Con as prices and deals are subject to change at any time.

If you’re looking to get the most out of your trip by staying close to the Convention Center, consider the Hard Rock Hotel San Diego which is just steps away. Another great option is the chic Hotel Z which is close as well and walking distance to an array of restaurants, bars and shopping!

Whether a local looking for a great hotel for a staycation or a tourist coming in from out of town, make sure to check out our article featuring the Best Hotels near the San Diego Convention Center for a list of more great options of the top hotels for your stay.

Explore and Save When You Get a Go San Diego Pass!

You've decided to come to join in on the fun in San Diego County, but what else do you have planned? What about a tour of downtown San Diego? Or perhaps you would want to take the littles ones to visit the New Children's Museum.

Why not purchase an All-Inclusive Go San Diego Pass with so many places to explore in America's Finest City? When you visit just two participating attractions per day, you will save up to 55%! Since Comic Con is in the heart of downtown San Diego. It's the perfect time to spend a day or two exploring when you're not at the convention.

Prices for the passes start at $99 per adult and $89 per child. If you purchase the Go San Diego Pass from our website you will save an additional discount.

The ‘Must See’ Attractions and Events at Comic Con San Diego

Comic Con was founded to pay tribute to comic art's massive contribution to contemporary culture. It encompasses comic books themselves and films, books, anime, and decorative art. Comic Con San Diego provides a unique opportunity for creators and studios to interact with their most loyal fanbase.

The undisputed highlight of Comic Con is the Will Eisner Industry Awards. At this prestigious Oscars-style ceremony, the great creative minds of the genre are recognized and celebrated. Throughout the 3 days, every aspect of the creativity behind comic creations is explored through:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Lively panel discussions
  • Anime & Film screenings

There are many other great activities to enjoy, including a Masquerade competition for the best costume! Or you can visit the Autograph Area, where you can meet an array of some of the best-known faces in the genre.

Exhibits You Don't Want to Miss at Comic Con

The Comic Con Museum Character Hall of Fame (MCHOF)

In 2019, Batman, DC's iconic superhero, became the first to be initiated into the Comic-Con Museum Character Hall of Fame. Open all year round; the Museum honors the iconic characters who have made such an impact on popular culture over time.

Want to know more about your favorite comic creation? A trip to the Museum is a fantastic great way to learn more about their origin and the entire creative team involved in bringing them to life.

Special Guests at Comic Con San Diego

One of the main draws for comic aficionados at Comic Con San Diego is attending panel discussions with their favorite creators and stars. Each year the program includes special guests from every area of comics, science fiction, and fantasy.

No matter your interest, there'll be established speakers and rising stars, ready to share their experience and answer audience questions. Previous guests have included guests such as:

  • John Allison
  • Cecil Castellucci
  • Lady Gaga
  • Justin Timberlake

And many more music artists and actors from your favorite tv shows!

Exhibition Hall

Expect amazingness! Comic nerds will be in seventh heaven exploring the 46,000 square foot exhibition hall! From the most established names in comic books and popular arts to the future's rising stars, they're all here!

  • Explore Artists Alley for mind-blowing graphics.
  • Browse and immerse yourself in the world of your favorite films or comic books.
  • Buy the rare books and comics you won't find easily elsewhere!

You'll come across the jaw-dropping, the weird, and the wonderful. The best thing is that you'll be surrounded by people who share the same passion as you. Despite the crowds, you'll feel at home.

Comic Con for Kids

Cosplay

Cosplay aims to portray a character in every detail. Comic Con is a magnet for experienced cosplayers and novices alike. No matter how young your kids are, they'll love seeing life-sized comic characters around the exhibition hall.

Not everyone dresses up at Comic Con, but imagine how much fun kids have if they also attend as their favorite superhero or wizard. No costume is too out of this world when you attend Comic Con.

WonderCon Children's Film Festival

Great for all ages, the WonderCon International Children's Film Festival runs each day. The most creative and exciting short films worldwide are shown animations, live-action, and documentaries.

There'll be something for every interest. Film directors and creatives also give talks on how to make, write, and direct. They even offer tips on how to get started and make a career in film!

Kids Zone

Need to get away from the bustling crowds? Let your kids take a break at the chill-out spot, with relaxing bean bags, books, toys, and fun interactive activities.

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Always Present
San Diego Comic-Con has only missed one year in its 50-year history, with SDCC 2020 being cancelled as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, an online transmission was held!

Family-friendly Fun at Comic Con San Diego

All sorts of fun and memorable events happen at Comic Con San Diego, and each of them is family-friendly! Every year brings something new. In the past years, countless attendees have flocked to see celebrities and pop culture icons such as:

  • Arnold Schwarzenegger
  • Natalia Reyes
  • The Russo Brothers
  • And many more famous actors and singers!

Since the events change from year to year, you would have to check the calendar to see the programming for Comic Con San Diego when you decide to join!

Venue for Comic Con San Diego

Comic Con is hosted in San Diego to foster an intimate environment where all attendees feel comfortable joining the family-friendly atmosphere. Comic Con expands over to the Gaslamp Quarter, where you can eat and chat with your favorite celebrities and artists.

San Diego is the perfect venue because it has so much to offer to make this event as perfect as possible. The Gaslamp Quarter has some fantastic international eateries you can indulge in without leaving the San Diego Comic Convention!

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Pure Brewing Tasting (3 locations)
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What activities does the Go Pass include?

There’s a variety of activities included with the Go San Diego Pass such as: The San Diego Zoo, Safari Park, LEGOLAND, SeaWorld, Hiking Tours, Whale Watching, Snorkel Rentals, Museum Tours, Speed Boat Adventures and more!

For the most popular attractions and water-sport rentals as well as the biggest discounts, consider the All-Inclusive Pass.

Directions to the Convention Center and Parking Information

Lot Parking
Lot Parking
Street Parking
Street Parking

Whichever way you're coming from, you will want to hop onto I-5 north or south. Take the 17th Street exit off of the freeway into downtown San Diego.

If you're traveling on I-5 south:

After taking the 17th Street exit, you will need to turn right onto Imperial Avenue. Take another right onto 12th Avenue from where you will take a left onto J Street.

If you are traveling on I-5 north

After taking the 17th street exit, you will take an immediate left onto J Street.

From J Street, you will take a left onto Fourth Avenue. You will come to a 'T' where you will need to turn left. After that, take a right onto Fifth Avenue to see the Convention center straight ahead!

Parking Information

You have several options for parking when you attend this fantastic event. Below are some of the highlights around the venue for parking your car.

  • 324 Horton Plaza: $30 and a 14-minute walk
  • 501 West Broadway: $30 on Saturday or Sunday only. 18-minute walk
  • 1050 Columbia Street: $25 and a 19-minute walk
  • 948 Kettner Blvd: $28 and a 16-minute walk
  • You can also choose valet options that cost you between $20 and $80.

Additional Tips to Make Your Trip Easier

No Alcohol
No Alcohol
No Smoking
No Smoking
Public Transportation
Public Transportation
Restrooms
Restrooms
Trash Cans Available
Trash Cans Available

Coronavirus Information

Amid the Coronavirus pandemic, California Governor Gavin Newsom expressed that he had some coronavirus concerns. During this year, the San Diego comic convention announced in recent statements that they would hold the convention virtually rather than in-person.

Once they are allowed to begin in-person events again, the comic convention, these extraordinary times call for extraordinary measures to ensure everyone's health and safety.

The organizers are hopeful the 2021 event will be in-person once again so we can all be together to experience all that is the Comic Con Convention. Monitor Comic Con San Diego's official site as well as their social media feeds such as twitter and Facebook for the latest.

Reserve Your Parking

You should reserve your parking space before you go! That way, you won't be lost trying to find a decent parking spot. You can search on the internet for several different websites available to do this.

Be Yourself and Be Respectful

Don't be afraid to be yourself! At the San Diego Comic Convention, all personalities will be welcomed with open arms! Remember to wait in line and be kind to one another.

Also, remember that celebrities are people too! If you see them eating with their families, wait for a better time to go up and chat with them. Unless, of course, they invite you to eat with them.

Have a Blast!

Comic Con is all about fun! Dress up as your favorite superhero or character! Take lots of pictures and make some friends. This event only happens once a year, so embrace the moment.

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