Arcade Photo by: Sam Howitz

This weekend, Phoenix celebrates scifi, horror, steampunk, retro gaming, comics, and even geek culture itself.

Let’s get to it.

Friday, April 5th

Sci-Fi & Horror Film Festival [Scottsdale]

There’s just something awesome about wandering from movie to movie, geeking out with the people who made the films and hearing their stories, feeling fancy in the party pavilion, and seeing what nerds are out there making. It’s especially cool seeing what locals put on screen. Plus Bookmans is wrapping up their Beat The Geek events, I believe.

The Sci-Fi & Horror Film Festival is part of the Phoenix Film Festival starting this Friday (I’ll be there!) at the Harkins Scottsdale 101.

Wild West Circus & Saloon Revue [Phoenix]

The annual “Intertemporalist Steampunk Exposition” at the Alwun House is starting up this weekend with a traveling circus and vaudeville stage show. Put on your best Neo-Victorian suit or dress and show up around 7pm and travel through their “Time Portal.”

Saturday, April 6th

ZapCon! [Phoenix]

I’m pretty excited for this one – a full on arcade convention in Downtown Phoenix! Gorge yourself on retro gaming, pinball machines, arcades, Nintendo rock bands, and films. This is a brand new convention, reasonably priced for a weekend of gaming, and I love the idea. I hope it’s as awesome as it sounds.

At the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, Saturday and Sunday.

LibCon 2013! [Chandler]

This little mini-comicon is  growing every year! Started by a librarian, it’s got panels, cosplayers, ghostbusters, & guests. At Hamilton High School starting at 9am going until 5pm. And I don’t think it costs anything. (Anyone confirm?)

You can register over here.

Chew’s John Layman [Glendale]

I recently finished John Layman’s Chew and it’s pretty much awesome. Plus it won a bazillion awards. Maybe two bazillion. John will be at Jesse James Comics from 1pm to 3pm along with other comic enthusiasts. Just don’t eat him.

Sunday, April 7th

TEDxPhoenix [Tempe]

PBS’s Nerd-In-Chief  Bob Beard is joining a few other smarty-pants on stage at a TED event this Sunday.  He’ll be sharing his research on authenticity within modern nerd culture. I will be a tiny bit disappointed if he doesn’t wear a sweater vest with a tie, and bring along a bubble pipe. Just a tiny bit.

Going down at the Tempe History Museum from 2pm to 5pm. Tickets are only $5.