Category: This Weekend

5 Awesomely Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE04/13]

This weekend, Phoenix has a video game convention, shows its mul-tee-pass, starts a mini-comicon, and more.

Thursday, April 10th

Voyage Trekkers Live

[Mesa]

This locally-produced web series about the galaxy’s worst crew is showing you what they can do live. In other words, local nerdy entertainment – my favorite. Bring some sci-fi props for the cast to incorporate into the show. Starts around 7:30pm at the National Comedy Theatre.

Friday, April 11th

Hollywood Costume Party

[Phoenix]

If you need an excuse to put on a costume, here you go. Of course, the more movie-based your costume, the more appropriate for the event. Impress everyone by showing up as a xenomorph! Hosted at the Phoenix Art Center at 7pm.

The Fifth Element with Ruby Rhod & Blue Diva

[Phoenix]

Enjoy an evening with everyone’s favorite meat popsicle and his multi-pass toting perfect element. I won’t use this podium to express my long-standing love of all things 5E, just know that I highly recommend going to this. We green? If you need a bit more prompting, it will be hosted by Ruby Rhod. Quiver, ladies… quiver. Starts at 10pm, but there are screenings all weekend.

Saturday, April 12th

ZapCon 2014

[Mesa]

It doesn’t get much better than a mother-bleeping retro video game convention all weekend. Lower those bits, ditch the high polygon count, and spend a few days lost in a sea of arcades and arcade related entertainment. It’s great to see ZapCon is returning this year and I hope it’s well attended. Check it out at the Renaissance Hotel downtown.

Sunday, April 13th

Sun Devil Fan Fair

[Tempe]

ASU nerds are uniting for a full day of cosplaying, gaming, panels, clubs, and vendors. It’s like a li’l comicon, but if you’re cosplaying, keep in mind it takes place on campus so leave the seven foot Buster Sword home for this one (or any other faux weapon you usually sport). Should be fun! Show your support from 11am to 5pm.



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This weekend, Phoenix watches a ton of movies, hacks, rolls some dice, and gets transcendent with science.

Friday, April 4th

CactusCon 2014

[Chandler]

I’m not an IT guy, so I’m sure many of you could do a better job describing this event than I could. Sounds like it’s all about diving into security and networking.

ET with ET Photobooth

[Phoenix]

If you want to snuggle with one of history’s ugliest-yet-most-lovable aliens, here’s your chance. The Film Bar is screening ET this weekend and will have the li’l guy around for photos. Will there be an abundance of Reese’s Pieces? Maybe?

Saturday, April 5th

TableTop Games Day

[Glendale]

Rolling initiative, trading wood for sheep, accusing your closest friends of being cylons – all of this and more could be your Saturday. That and some cosplaying and a few solar telescopes for some extra nerd levels. All day at Imperial Outpost Games.

Journey To The West

[Phoenix]

I don’t even… Just watch the trailer. You’ll know if it’s up your alley or not. (I’d go see it.)

Transcending Our Origins

[Tempe]

Lawrence Krauss & Friends are at it again with another series of live discussions. This weekend the gang is talking about the future of humanity, synthetic biology, and machine intelligence. Seriously, go. Tickets aren’t even that much. Of course, they stream it live, so at least you can catch that.

*Big MTG Tournament

[Phoenix]

Yes, there is a giant Magic: The Gathering tournament going on downtown this weekend. If you’re into Magic it should be a fantastic time. May your Mana be plentiful and your Craw Wurms devestating.

Sunday, April 6th

Geek Day at The Phoenix Film Festival

[Scottsdale]

The wife and I are hitting up the Phoenix Film Festival this weekend, so if you see us please throw us an old fashioned high five, as is our custom. (Fist bumps also accepted.) If you can’t make the entire festival, there’s at least a Geek Day on Sunday for you to check out. Lots of sweet artists, bloggers, and vendors will be there.

All right, have fun!



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Friday, March 21st

Con-Nichiwa 2014

[Tucson]

Worth the drive if you’re big into anime and surrounding yourself with others who also enjoy said anime. They’re in the Tucson Convention Center this year, and the convention is all weekend. Plenty of chances to catch some Attack on Titan cosplay, I’m sure.

Retro Game Night

[Tempe]

Mmmm, retro games. :: homer drool :: It would appear the Gaming Zone feels the same way and is hosting an evening of low resolution goodness. Starts at 4pm and goes all night, baby. Well, to midnight anyways.

The Shining with Tricycle Races

[Phoenix]

Because the Film Bar is hilarious and knows how to make cult films even more awesome, they are showing the Shining and having Tricycle Races. Actually Friday’s show has races, and Saturday’s has Trivia. Radical.

Saturday, March 22nd

Southwest Maker Fest

[Mesa]

Maker fests are awesome. It’s hard to imagine what creative people can do with technology until you swing by one of these things. Enjoy creations, demos, and opportunities to dive into tech yourself. From 10am to 7pm in Downtown Mesa.

Laughing Moon Con 2014

[Goodyear]

Taking place at Desert Ridge Highschool and geared towards a introducing a younger crowd to table top gaming, this li’l convention has stuck around for a few years. Check it out from 10am to 10pm.

Time Travelers Weekend At The RenFest

[Way Out There]

The RenFest is going full blown steampunk and Doctor Who on Saturday. The TARDIS will be there, as well as a costume contest.

Scottish Highland Games

[Phoenix]

I was on the fence about mentioning this one, but the kilts and broadswords won me over. Please refrain from challenging everyone to a duel and declaring “there can be only one” while you’re there, okay? Save it for the underground parking lots, buddy.

Don’t forget to celebrate the future birth of one James Tiberius Kirk.