Category: Something To Do

6 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE 03/01]

This weekend, Phoenix beats each other up with swords, hangs out with Harry Potter, steps on LEGOs, and more.

Thursday, Feb 26th

Estrella War XXXI All Weekend

It’s been a long, rough week. You should slip into some armor, raise a fake weapon, and relieve some stress by crushing your enemies. You deserve it.

Estrella War is huge and it’s going on all weekend long at Schnepf Farms.

Friday, Feb 27th

Harry Potter Night at ASU

I’m not entirely sure if this is open to the public, (*Got confirmation that it is!) but if you’re hanging around ASU this Friday they’re going all-out-Hogwarts for the evening. Look forward to a sorting hat, HP improv comedy, quidditch (of course), wizard chess, and movies.

Starts around 8pm.

Goldfinger with Pop Culture Film Scholars

The Tempe Center for The Arts is rolling out a red carpet all month for different film screenings, and this weekend is all about Bond… James Bond. Listen to some big fans and enjoy the show.

Follow the link and scroll down a little for details.

Saturday, Feb 28th

LEGO KidsFest Arizona

Looks like some sessions have sold out, so get your tickets as soon as you can if you’re a LEGO nut. Bonus points to anyone who shows up wearing a Piece of Resistance on their backs.

At the UoP Stadium in Glendale.

Bacon Festival

Love the bacon. Celebrate the bacon. Be the bacon.

The internet compels you.

Starts at 11:30am at Rawhide Western Town.

*Phoenix Comicon – Open Call for Moderators

Yikes, I totally spaced the open call for moderators this weekend! Show up at the Burton Barr library in Phoenix from 1pm to 4pm. Sounds fun, and I can promise that Phoenix Comicon panels are a blast.

Start the Spark

Another event for those of you on the west side. It’s never too early to get kids interested in STEM, and this Saturday shindig should help. Lots of little events going on, including fun with 3D printers and other science-y… things.

From 10am to 2pm at this crazy place.

Get out, have fun, like Lightning Octopus on Facebook and Twitter, be excellent to each other.



9 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE 02/22]

This weekend, Phoenix unmasks our hidden alien overlords, talks about cyborgs, runs from zombies, dodges a graboid or two, and visits Japan.

Thursday, Feb 19th

International UFO Conference

It’s time to stop carving mountains in your mashed potatoes and wake up, sheeple! Folks with very open minds will be gathering at an annual International UFO Conference to discuss their favorite forms of unexplained phenomena. Check it out if you’re a believer, curious, or a people watcher.

Going on all weekend long out in Fountain Hills.

Potted Potter

Two guys act out the entire Harry Potter series on stage in 70 minutes using falsetto voices. I will link to this video so you can decide for yourself if you want to go check it out. Kids should have a great time!

All weekend at the Mesa Arts Center.

Nerd Nite 23

Get out and spend the evening hearing presentations about animals, cyborgs, and Eris. Nerd Nite is pretty consistent at being entertaining, educational, and unexpected.

Starts at 7pm at mod.

Friday, Feb 20th

Big Ol’ Supernatural Convention

You may have heard of this show about brothers who fight evil. It’s got a pretty solid fan-base. If you’re part if it, and have saved up your pennies, you can meet the cast and squee with fellow fans starting Friday.

Have fun!

Tremors! (with the writer)

Kevin Bacon fighting graboids makes for one great cult classic, and the only thing better than watching a cult classic with fellow fans is having the dude who wrote Tremors there to talk about it.

SS Wilson will be at the Film Bar at 8pm sharing insights on the film that made us all throw away our pogo sticks.

Saturday, Feb 21st

AZ Matsuri Festival

Our friends in the East export some crazy-awesome geek stuff for us to consume, so let’s celebrate their awesome culture at Matsuri. Just show up!

Both Saturday & Sunday at Heritage & Science park from 10am to 5pm.

*Just added: Bicycle Jousting

I was just informed that armor will be donned and battle will ensue at this bicycle event.

Starts at 11am in Clark Park.

SciFi TV Dinner: Warner Bros in Space!

They should probably clarify that this is more of a SciFi TV Lunch, since it starts at 11:45am. But I’m splitting hairs, when I should be blowing up the earth. Watch a few Marvin the Martian cartoons, eat lunch, and enjoy a discussion on animation and planetary studies. Plus it’s free!

This one’s happening at the Chandler Downtown Community Center, so if you’ve gone to a SciFi TV Dinner before, don’t go to ASU on accident.

Zombie 5K

OMG! ZOMBIES!!! RUUUUUUUN!!!! FOR 5K!!!!!

::gasp gasp::

AT SUPERSTITION FARMS, STARTING AT 4PM! AAAAAAAH!!!

Hold on… okay… where’s my inhaler? (Hat tip to Nerdvana.)

Simpsons Trivia Night

Were you saying “boo?” or “boo-urns?”

8pm at Bragg’s Factory Diner



7 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE 02/15]

Friday, Feb 13th

Amazing Arizona Comic Con

Hey, there’s an entire comic book convention this weekend. And I mean comic book. Take a quick look at the guests and you’ll see that, with the exception of a few Power Rangers, this is all about comic writers and artists. This convention has joined Taiyou Con in being a beginning-of-the-year staple ’round these parts, so cosplay up and get some stuff signed.

All weekend long at the Phoenix Convention Center.

Whad’ya Know? Live, with Lawrence Krauss

Public Radio + Quiz Show + Local Theoretical Physicist = night of nerdy fun. Adds up.

May be sold out – I couldn’t tell in the 20 seconds I took to check. Starts at 7pm at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

Saturday, Feb 14th

I Love Science Day 2014

SCIENCE!!! Bring the kids!

At the Arizona Museum of Natural History, starts at 1pm and carries into Sunday.

Love Bytes

Man, Endgame Bar blows up with nerdy events every weekend. You should check them out, if you haven’t already. This week I’ll focus on their ValDay event, which includes Couples Cosplay, video game speed dating, and more.

Starts at 8pm, but if you’d like something a little more racy, they’re having a Nerd Burlesque show the very next day – you pervert.

Sold Out – Princess Bride

Cult Classics’ screening of The Princess Bride is sold out?

I. Would. Not. Say. Such. Things. If. I. Were. YOU!

Sunday, Feb 15th

Milk Jug Skulls

You need WAY more skulls around your place. Admit it. Fortunately for you, you can swing by Heat Sync Labs this Sunday and make as many skulls as you can bring milk jugs for.  I got good feedback on the last event these guys did (duct tape body doubles), so should be fun times. Starts at 11am.

Kung Fu Superheroes

The FilmBar is hosting yet another few hours of rare and vintage Japanese sci-fi, kaiju, and overall wackiness. This time around its Cyborgs vs Boxers. Starts at 12:30pm.