This weekend, Phoenix geeks out with fantasy nerds, Sherlockians, knights, dinosaurs, mechas, and more.

Thursday, Jan 9th

DarkCon 2014


It’s a little steampunk, it’s a little fantasy, it’s a little sci-fi, it’s all dark. Thursday is only the start of an entire weekend of this celebration of the grittier things in fandom. Expect guests and gaming and the usual nerdery. Taking place at the Phoenix Airport Marriott all weekend.

Sherlock Series 3 Premier at PBS Studios


This event filled up pretty dang fast, but if you happened to get on the list you’ll get to hang out at PBS 8’s studio and watch a screening of Sherlock Series 3, Episode 1. Let me know if you’re going so we can high five. Starts at 7pm.

Friday, Jan 10th

Dinosaur Zoo Live


I’m not sure if this is geared more towards kids or if I even care. This traveling show uses some crazy puppetry to bring dinosaurs out on stage for your entertainment. Looks pretty fun – I could definitely see my boys loving it. Shows starting Friday and going through Sunday at the Mesa Arts Center.

Geeks Night Out Promo Shoot


Every year Tempe throws a huge nerd party called Geeks Night Out and every year they enlist local geeks to help make a video. If you want to be a part of this year’s, here’s your chance. From 4pm to 6pm at the Tempe Center for The Arts. Costumes encouraged.

Ye Olde Main Street Renaissance Faire


Verily! It’s time for Mesa’s 2nd Friday to go all medieval on us. Costume contests, sword fights, merchants, wenches – and maybe even a spry young jester hurling poetic insults. Who knows? Squeeze into those tights and prance into Downtown Mesa between 6pm and 10pm.

Takusatsu Theater – Kamen Rider Super 1


Time for another Takusatsu Theater. Expect the craziest Japanese movies and television this crew can dig up from decades past. Also expect giant men in shiny costumes fighting equally giant monsters. Happens a lot with these things. Starts at 11pm at the Filmbar Phoenix.

Saturday, Jan 11th

DevCon 2014


The ASU West Campus is kicking off the spring semester with a free nerd convention this year. Lots of vendors and activities and it looks pretty family friendly. (Kids + cosplay = the best.) I believe it starts around 10am and goes through Sunday, so plenty of time to swing by, check it out, and support a homegrown geek activity.

Evangelion: 3.0


I still remember burning through Evangelion as a wide-eyed teenager. (Those Evas… so different and awesome.) That said, I’ve never dared to watch the movies, so I have no idea if they’re any good. I suppose I could find out this Saturday as the Valley Art Theater in Tempe is screening both a dubbed and subtitled version of 3.0. Various showtimes.

Sunday, Jan 12th

Phoenix No Pants Light Rail Ride 2014


Join the rest of the world in publicly sharing your geekiest (and hopefully cleanest) pair of knickers. Local pranksters are organizing and hoping for a few Superman undies to make an appearance. The event is kinda all over the place, so be sure to join the Facebook event for details.

Don’t go all deer-in-headlights with all of these options this weekend. Pick something you know you’ll enjoy, and maybe pick something you wouldn’t normally go to. Life is short.