If you didn’t get tickets to New York Comic Con, then you might be in luck. For those of you who are going to be in the NYC area during Comic Con, there are plenty of things to do without a badge.
This list includes 13 awesome events you can get into without an NYCC pass.
Kaiju Big Battel – Monster Wrestling
Do you really need a description? Come on, it’s monsters wrestling. You still want more? Check out the video below, then head to their website to get your tickets.
The Wizard School Scavenger Hunt
This Harry Potter influenced scavenger hunt takes place at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, so you’re sure to be in for an interesting night. The hunt is played on teams of two to six people, so bring your friends.
NY Scifi & Fantasy’s 8th Annual NYCC After Party (21+)
Free admission, drink specials and prizes! This after party has it all.
#NYCC Boozy Bowling After Party (21+)
Featured cosplayers YuffieBunny, Just Jen Cosplay and Negative Stacey, this after party also has an arcade, dance floor, cash bar, contests, raffle, prizes and unlimited bowling.
Square Enix Game Demo Night
Enjoy demos of System Rift (the first story DLC) and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, complimentary pizza and beverages as well as game giveaways! There will also be an after party, featuring indie games and an open bar at this demo night.
Ghostbusters Movie Tour
The Ghostbusters Movie Tour runs year round, but if you’re in the city for NYCC, you may as well take advantage:
- Stop for a photo at Hook & Ladder 8 featured in all three movies
- See the church that the Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man steps on
- Pass Spook Central also known as Dana Barrett’s apartment building
- Stop at the NY Public Library where the iconic opening shot of the first film took place
- See the home where the warlord Vigo and his slimy servant Janosz live
Comic Con Brooklyn Defender Pub Crawl
The Brooklyn Defender Bar Crawl in Hell’s kitchen takes you to three great bars, where you’ll enjoy $5 drafts of Defender IPA and other Brooklyn favorites, free swag, and more. Your ticket includes your first Defender free.
At this 90’s Party, you’ll enloy the Epic Dance Party, the Spectacular Video Game Room, Raffles, Door Prizes, and Nerdy Cocktails! You can also take part in the Mario Kart 64 World Championship and have a chance tol be crowned World Champion with glory and ‘riches’.
Image Comics Afterparty (21+)
Hang out with your favorite Image creators, enjoy drink specials and bowl all night long at Bowlmor Times Square. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund. This event features:
- 12 lanes of free bowling (first come, first serve) in the Art Deco room
- First 250 fans get a free copy of Starve #1 CBLDF variant!
- Admission: $15 in advance, $20 at door
- Many special guests
SONICBOOMBOX Parties (21+)
Ani-Mia, D-Piddy, Dhareza, Joanna Mari, Lua Suicide, Maki Roll, Miss Gidget, Nadyasonika, Riddle and Stella Chuu.
- Friday, October 7: SONICBOOMBOX NYCC BOWLMOR AFTERPARTY
- At Bowlmor Times Square (222 W 44th St)
- Two floors, 90,000 square feet, 50 lanes of free bowling
- Pre-Party (8-10pm) Black Girl Nerds / Nerds of Color Meetup
- Image Comics official afterparty
- Giveways from Kid Robot & more
- Photobooth w/ prints
- Arcade room featuring multiplayer sit-down Mario Kart and more
- Dance floor with live dj (DJ Funk Drubius)
- Free swag and much more!
- Saturday, October 8: 4th ANNUAL SONICBOOMBOX COSPLAY DANCE PARTY
- At Slake NYC (251 W 30th St)
- Two floors, 4 bars
- Pre-Party (9-10pm) Meet & Greet with Tokidoki’s Simone Legno
- Giveways from Tokidoki, Kid Robot & more!
- Two separate dance floors with different music/djs
- Music by Kenneth Rage, SANiTY, and more
- Snap Yourself photobooth and more
Mashfest NYCC Kickoff Party
Video games and drink specials highlight this party hosted by Miss Gidget. There will be music by DJ Skyboxx, Funkdrubius, and more. Games including Street Fighter 5, King of Fighters XIV, Super Smash Brothers 4, Pokken Tournament, Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3, Mario Kart 8 and many more.
Anime Dance Music’s Annual NYCC Party
If you’re looking for a night of cosplay and dancing to music from & inspired by the Anime culture, then this is the event for you.
2nd Annual CEG Cosplay Cruise (18+)
Join special guest hosts Kristen Hughey, LeeAnna Vamp, Soni Aralynn, Brit Bliss, Negative Stacey, Siryn and Cap Santiago aboard the CIRCLE LINE MANHATTAN for a 3 hour cosplay cruise around Manhattan. There will be door prizes as well as a prize for best costume.
There are a ton of great things to do in New York City without a Comic Con badge. Is there anything we missed? Let us know in the comments!