10 Nerdy Things to Do This Weekend in Phoenix [WE 08/23/15]

10 Nerdy Things to Do This Weekend in Phoenix

Week-ending 8/23/15

Thursday, Aug 20th

HP Lovecraft’s Birthday Party

Heya kids – who wants to be driven insane with forbidden knowledge?! If you answered “Ooh, I do!” – and you enjoy cake – the Trunk Space is throwing a birthday bash for the tentacle-obsessed master of horror, and everyone’s invited.

The madness begins at 7:30pm.

Friday, Aug 21st

They Live

Don’t bother wearing your sunglasses to the Film Bar for this screening; they will be provided for you. They want to be sure nobody is left ignorant of the true forces that control us all. Jose from the Torch Theatre is hosting what is sure to be an awesome night filled with cinema’s most intense fight scenes.

Show up at the Film Bar at 9pm to learn the truth.

Grand Opening: Critical Threat

With both comics and games, the latest nerdery opens this weekend in Tempe. (They took over the spot that Pop Culture Paradise vacated.) Word on the street is they’ll spend a few days giving away about $2,000 in prizes.

Get to know the place starting at 11am.

Board Games with Chamber Band

Hey, if you’re going to play board games this weekend you may as well play with a band that plays music about love, heartbreak, and dragons. Chamber Band is on tour and stopping by the Game Depot to roll some dice.

Gets going around 5pm.

Retro Recall: GameOnExpo PreParty

Endgame wants to gear up for next weekend’s Game On Expo with some retro action in their bar. Play old school games and join in a Super Smash tournament, if’n ya like.

At 10pm-ish.

Saturday, Aug 22nd

Comedy Avengers 4

It’s a bunch of local comedians spending the evening making nerd-centric jokes. I’ve been to one of these before and it’s a safe bet for an entertaining evening. May want to leave the kids at home though.

At the Taffy Room at 7:30pm.

Hello Kitty Festival


No, seriously, it’s an entire festival about Hello Kitty.

At the Gila River Arena, Saturday and Sunday.

Kaiju Movie Night

There’s a whole lot going on in Downtown Mesa this Saturday night, what with the light rail opening and all, and one of those things is a Gamera screening. If you don’t love this giant flying turtle monster, well, you’re just not a friend to all children.

Breath fire at 7pm.

Cult Classics: The Last Starfighter

When I was a kid this film both fascinated and terrified me. The idea that a video game could actually be an intergalactic testing / recruiting station was awesome, but man, those aliens… the nightmares.

Show up around 9:30pm at Tempe Pollack Cinemas.

Sunday, Aug 23rd

Build Your Own Laser Vortex

I’m gonna go ahead and let the title of this event convince you to check it out.

Meet up with the AZ Haunters at HeatSync Labs at 9am.

8 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend in Phoenix [WE 08/16]

8 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix

Weekending 8/16/15

Friday, Aug 14th

Dirty Disney

It’s weird to put an age limit on a Disney-centric event, but everyone’s favorite princesses are indulging in a bit of debauchery this Friday. Leave the kids at home for this one; they’d be carded anyway.

Doors open at 7pm at the Crescent Ballroom.

*Raiders of The Lost Ark

Just learned you can catch this classic in Downtown Mesa. I also believe Heat Sync Labs is making some liquid nitrogen ice-cream, and that toga costumes will abound.

Galaga High Score Contest

This is a wonderful opportunity to do three things: 1) Checkout Starfighter’s Arcade 2) Win tickets to see The Last Starfighter next weekend, & 3) mow down off wave after wave of adorable space bees.

Starts at 7pm. Make sure you’re loaded up on pizza and Dr Pepper to ensure the highest maximum score.

Saturday, Aug 15th

Joker’s Back to School Bash

Nothing puts a cartoonishly maniacal grin on your face like helping a local school. Bring some school supplies to donate and get to know local artists, the Phoenix Comicon Street Team, and win prizes.

Swing by Samurai Comics in Phoenix between 11am and 4pm to be a real hero.


Grand Opening – Odyssey Games

The latest tabletop gaming store on the scene is staying up late and opening its doors at midnight this Saturday. Or you can pop in at 11am for a more casual celebration. Either way you may score some prizes and at least 10% off purchases.

Rad Robots at Bookmans

Learn about AI, watch some robotics demonstrations, and increase your chances for survival during our eventual crushing defeat at the hands of the unfeeling and merciless killbots.

The action is happening at Bookmans Phoenix from 3pm to 4pm.

Sunday, Aug 16th

Princess & Superhero Training

Whenever I see events that promise to train superheroes I can’t help but imagine the li’l tykes locked into the 90’s cartoon version of the X-Men’s danger room, screaming.

This should be slightly milder than that, with more cosplayers and less swinging blades. Benefits Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Anime Fest

All anime, all day. At Samurai Comics in Phoenix. Expect your fair share of Attack on Titan cosplay.

Gets going around 11am with events all day.

MaricopaCon 2015 – Sold Out

Unless you already have tickets for this weekend, this is less of a ‘thing to do’ and more of a heads up that their next kickstarter goes live in December. MaricopaCon runs pretty tight and if you’d like to attend the intimate gaming convention you’ll want to make a pledge.

5 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE 08/09]

5 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix

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Friday, Aug 7th

Arizona Science Center Adult’s Night

Time to kick all those gross kids out and play with the gross exhibit they’ve got going on right now. Plus they’ll have a DJ. Nts nts nts nts…

Gets going around 5:30pm.

Harry Potter’s Belated Birthday Bash

Well things got kicked back a few days (lousy Smarch weather), so break free from the emotional room under the stairs you’ve been living in the last week and finally enjoy a belated birthday party for the boy who lived.

Starts at 8pm at Lawn Gnome Publishing.

Diamondbacks – Zombie Night

Braaaaaaaiiinnssssss….. and baseball.

Harbinger Down

Just learned this indie flick (that uses practical creature effects) is premiering in downtown Phoenix this weekend .

See the link for showtimes from Friday forward.

Saturday, Aug 8th

*Canceled* Skateboard Mario Kart 500

Not sure exactly what’s going on here, but couldn’t not mention that some kids are playing a skateboard version of Mario Kart. Check it out if you’re curious.

Follow link above for super secret time/location.

Sunday, Aug 9th

Giant Robot vs Giant Monster

SabotenCon is getting its kaiju on at AZ Collector Marketplace this weekend. I think kaiju Pictionary would make it worth going alone, but they may also haul out some robotics demos.

Starts at 11am and goes all day.

5 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE 08/02]

5 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix

Weekending 8/02/15

Thursday, July 30th

Rocky Horror Picture Show

Haven’t used your fishnet stockings in a while? Well, if you need an excuse, there’s an RHPS party going on at The Firehouse followed by a screening at The Film Bar. Time-warpy!

Get your Frank-N-Furter on around 9pm.

Friday, July 31st

Harry Potter’s Birthday Party

Apparently it’s Harry’s big 35, and I have a very strong feeling that there are least some of you who already knew that. Either way, it’s hard to say no to an HP shindig, especially when Hufflepuff Haiku Contests are involved, which they are.

Join other fans at Lawn Gnome Publishing around 8pm.

Saturday, Aug 1st

Giant King of Tokyo Event

For some reason, I love when people take boardgames and make gigantic takes-up-an-entire-room versions of them. Makes me feel like that scene in Big when they’re playing on the giant keyboard, I guess. If you’ve never played King of Tokyo, don’t worry, it’s basically Yahtzee. You’ll pick it up in no time. You may even become… KING.

Check it out at Game Depot AZ starting at 10am.

Harry Potter & Never Letting Go

I’m also a big fan of fans diving deep into discussions about their favorite IPs. Enter the Potter Professors, who are setting up camp at the Southeast Regional Library to have an interactive discussion about all things Hogwarts. If you show up, don’t hold your inner HP fan back. Get in it.

Starts at 1pm, and be sure to register.

Sunday, Aug 2nd

Game On Expo: Volunteer Rally

This expo is throwing its hat in the valley’s ring of nerdy events, and they’re looking for a few good geeks. Show up at the AZ Collector’s Marketplace to check it out and maybe join the ranks.

Gets going around 2pm.

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6 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix

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Friday, July 24th

Nerdcore Night

The Trunk Space is starting to do Nerdcore Nights, and they’re at show number two.

If I had any rap skillz I’d make this sentence rhyme with the one before it. But I don’t.

Show up at 6:30pm, foolz.

80’s Adult Prom

See, when someone says they’re throwing an 80’s prom for free for the local community, I start getting ideas of all of us showing up in as much 80’s nerd culture attire as possible. I can’t help it.

Starts at Tumbleweed Recreation Center at 7pm.

Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure & Bike Ride

I’ve been told that this film is playing… in the Alamo… in the basement! Put on a red bow tie, bring a bike, ride around Phoenix for a bit, then relive the nightmares that Large Marge gave you as a kid. Filmbar is showing this big adventure (one of my favorites) all weekend, but the community bike ride is this Friday.

Check it out around 7:45, or I’ll keep knitting, and knitting, and knitting, aaaand knitting.

Saturday, July 25th

Farewell, LAN Speed Games

Gather ’round and shed a tear for LAN Speed and its many years of LAN Speedy goodness.

Also, bring some BBQ. Starts around 6pm and goes all night long.

Cosfest 2015

It’s a cosplay party. Who could ask for more? Everybody’s comin’; leave your civies at the door. I’m guessing it’s like a mini-comicon where all the panels are about cosplaying, which sounds pretty awesome if you’re big into said cosplaying.

Starts at 10am, location in the link above, yo.


Anti-Disney Disney Night

If you feel like arguing about whether or not Belle suffered from Stockholm Syndrome, or whether the Genie truly fulfilled Aladdin’s wish to be a prince (or just gave him a bunch of elephants so he could pretend to be a prince), let those questions fester deep inside you, then let them out in a white hot ball of rage at Anti-Disney Disney Night.

At the Firehouse Gallery around 8pm.



13 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix [WE 07/12]

13 Nerdy Things To Do This Weekend In Phoenix

Weekending 7/12/15

Thursday, July 9th

Zombie Apocalypse Live!

I hope you already have a ticket to this “tactical live action zombie experience,” and if you do… I hope you survive.

At Fear Farm all weekend long.

Rifftrax Live! Sharknado 2

Look, if you’re going to make a Sharknado 2 then you’re gonna get a Rifftrax Live of it. Beaming into quite a few theaters in the valley.

Show starts at 7pm in the AZ.

Friday, July 10th

Medieval Mayhem Renaissance Faire Begins

Yea verily, I cheateth a bit with this event, for behold it is quite outside of yonder Phoenix. But if thy soul burneth for mayhem (and legs of lamb), then lo, get thyself to Pinetop-Lakeside this weekend for endless festivities.

Details in the link above, but prepare thyself for hard to read medieval typefaces.

Geeks vs Nerds in Downtown Mesa

Man, seems like Downtown Mesa has nerded up their 2nd Fridays quite a bit lately. This month is literally about nerds and geeks. Vintage video games, science trivia, costumes (I’m sure), and more.

Usually gets going around 7pm or so.

The City of Lost Children

Here’s your chance to see that weird video you used to walk past at Blockbuster all the time and wonder what it’s about – up on the big screen at the Filmbar.

Watch as Ron Perlman does his thing at 4:50pm (shows all weekend).

DC Comics Costume Party

The Desert Ridge Barnes & Noble is doing pop-culture stuff all month. This weekend is all about comics.

Costume party starts at 7pm, but use the link above to see a few other comic book related events they’re doing this weekend.

Sinners / Saints Dance Party

If you need an excuse to wear devil and/or angel costumes and rave the night away with other devils and/or angels, here you go. Kind’a (very?) adult themed.

Starts around 9pm. Deets in the link above.


Head back to the Filmbar for a 2015 film about giant mutant wasps. That’s pretty hard to say no to.

Shows at 10pm.

Mac Sabbath

The band Mac Sabbath is a real thing, they are a “drive thru metal” band, and evil Ronald McDonald will pack your salty mouth with so much rock (& fries) you’ll be the envy of every Jerry and Jane on the block.

At the Crescent Ballroom at 8:30pm.

The Very Last All Night LAN Party Ever

Some people love consuming dangerous levels of caffeine and locking themselves in a building with a bunch of other gaming nerds. This event is for these people, then will happen no more.

Starts at 10pm at LAN Speed Games, and you better show up before they lock the doors.

Saturday, July 11th

Dancing Through Fairy Tales

The perfect event for people who love both fairies and dancing, which I suspect are two decently correlated interests.

Starts at 7:30pm at the Tempe Center for The Arts. Shows all weekend.

Harry Potter Pub Crawl

You guys, I got a tip there’s a Harry Potter Pub Crawl going on this weekend. The link above is all I could find though, so I really hope it’s legit.

Starts (hopefully) at George & Dragon around 7pm.

Sunday, July 12th

Monthly Geeklesque

Endgame on Mill Ave continues to host its monthly dive into decadence. Sounds like it’s another ‘villain’ themed show.

Starts at 10pm.