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- Across the Border



The San Diego Fandom Index is a guide to all aspects of San Diego's SF/Fantasy and related fandom. It reflects the most current information known to your editor.


A NEW GROUP OR EVENT! To add, update or correct entries in the Index, please send e-mail to James H. Hay.

The Index is also published quarterly, and is distributed by a team of volunteers to local area bookstores, libraries, and conventions in Southern CA. This web page forms the basis for the next issue.


Current Print Issue: #25, Jul 2015 / Last Online Update: 2016-10-27

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Check back! New items are added to the lists on a continuing basis.


Upcoming Events

Conventions, Faires and Festivals


Check out San Diego Halloween 2016 as well!


A Nightmare Before Christmas (Oct 28 - 31) - Back in movie theaters

Various Locations and times.


Project Oracle (Oct 28 - 30, 2016) - CANCELLED


Imperial Assault Skirmish Tournament (Oct 28, 5:30 - 11 pm)

Pair A Dice Games, 2020 Hacienda Dr, Ste A, Vista, California 92081


Lightsaber Team Escondido Friday Night Workout (Oct 28, 6 - 8 pm)

Kit Carson Park, 3333 Bear Valley Pkwy, Escondido, CA 92025


Summer Movies in the Park: Goosebumps (Oct 28, 6 - 8:30 pm)

County of San Diego Waterfront Park, 1600 Pacific Hwy, San Diego, California 92101



Summer Movies in the Park: Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Oct 28, 6 - 9 pm)

Larsen Field, 455 Sycamore Rd, San Diego, CA 92173



An Eerie Evening of Waltz (Oct 28, 7:15 - 9:45 pm)

Casa del Prado, room 207, Balboa Park, 1650 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

$2 donation


The Chemistry of Fall (Oct 28, 8 - 9 pm)  - Science Lecture

Wavelength Brewing Company. 236 Main St, Vista, California 92084


CAPE (California Association of Pop-culture Enthusiasts),   San Diego Sci-Fi/Fantasy Meetup Group and San Diego Roleplaying Association Halloween Party (Oct 28, 8 pm)  

Hilton Del Mar, 15575 Jimmy Durante Blvd, Del Mar, CA


Star Wars X-Wing Tournament (Oct 29, 10 am - 6 pm)

AT EASE Games, 8990 Miramar Rd., #140, San Diego, California 92126



Pumpkin Spiced Halloween Guild Ball Bash (Oct 29, 2016; 10:30 am - 9 pm)

Pair A Dice Games, 2020 Hacienda Dr, Ste A, Vista, California 92081



SD Steampunk Visits Guillermo's Exhibit (Oct 29, noon - 3 pm)

LACMA Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90036

Tickets: $15


Mad Hatter Tea Party (Oct 29, 2 - 5pm)

Keys Creek Lavender Farm, 12460 Keys Creek Rd, Valley Center, California 92082

Tickets: $25 - 50


Signing: Brent Weeks (Oct 29, 2 pm)

The Blood Mirror

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Ste 100, San Diego, CA 92111


Force of Will - Masquerade Tournament (Oct 29, 6 - 11 pm)

AT EASE Games, 8990 Miramar Rd., #140, San Diego, California 92126



Summer Movies in the Park: Hocus Pocus (Oct 29, 6 - 9 pm)

Otay Lakes County Park, 2270 Wueste Rd, Chula Vista, California 91915



Yu-Gi-Oh Invasion:Vengence Sneak Peak (Oct 29, 6 - 10 pm)

Level Up Gaming, 3762 Mission Ave, # 103, Oceanside, California 92058


San Diego Sabers Saturday Sparring Session (Oct 29, 7:30 pm) - Lightsabers

Nobel Recreation Center Playground, San Diego, California 92122


San Diego Symphony: Danny Elfman, Music from the Films of TIm Burton (Oct 29, 8 pm)

Jacobs Music Center, 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Tickets: $20 - 75


Underground Lightsaber Fighters - Halloween Battle! (Oct 29, 8 - 11 pm)

Balboa Park Fountain, Park ave, San Diego, California 92101


Midnight Madness: The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Oct 29, 11:59 pm)

Ken Cinema, 4061 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116

Tickets: $8.50



Active Lifestyle Nerds 4th Annual Bookclub Selection Meetup (Oct 30, 1 - 4 pm)

Nerd In Shining Armor by Vicki Lewis Thompson  and choosing books for coming year.

Presidio Park, 4288 Cosoy Way, San Diego , CA


Halloween Book Celebration (Oct 30, 2 pm)

Patrick Sheane Duncan, Matt Lewis, Thommy Hutson, Robbie Angel, Vince Churchill

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Ste 100, San Diego, CA 92111


Active Lifestyle Nerds: Halloween Beach Bonfire at Mission Bay (Oct 30, 5 pm)

De Anza Cove at Mission Bay, 2731 N. Mission Bay Drive, San Diego, CA


Yu-Gi-Oh Sneak Peak (Oct 30, 6 - 10 pm)

Level Up Gaming, 3762 Mission Ave, # 103, Oceanside, California 92058



San Diego English Country Dancers (Oct 30, 6 - 9 pm)

Rancho Bernardo Swim & Tennis Club, 16955 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego CA 92128

$6 - 10


Mrs. Lovett's Meat Pies at London Bakery (Oct 31, 7 - 9 pm)

An event for San Diego Steampunk

The London Bakery, 632 Main Street, Ramona, California 92065


San Diego Role Playing Association: Mysteries of Mesoamerica -Call of Cthulhu (Nov 2, 6 pm)

Villainous Lair, 3220 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA


San Diego Sabers Wednesday Practice (Nov 2, 7:30 pm) - lightsabers

Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park, 3905 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116


Event: Two Scientists Wallk Into A Bar (Nov 3, 5:30 - 9:30 pm)

50 Scientists, 25 Bars throughout San Diego



How to Make a Spaceship (Nov 3, 6:30 - 8 pm)

Peter Diamandis (founder of Xprise Foundation), Julian Guthrie (Author, How to Make a Spaceship), Brian Binnie (SpaceShipOne Pilot)

Great Hall, UCSD, 9500 Gilman Drive, #0550, La Jolla, CA 92093

Free and open to the public


Sci-Fi Movie Night: Ghosts of Mars (Nov 4, 6:30 - 9:30 pm)

Palomar Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1600 Buena Vista Dr, Vista, CA


San Diego Role Playing Association: Stargate RPG (d6) (Nov 6, noon - 4 pm)

Villainous Lair, 3220 Adams Ave., San Diego, CA


San Diego Sabers Wednesday Practice (Nov 9, 7:30 pm) - lightsabers

Must join Group to see events.

Ward Canyon Neighborhood Park, 3905 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116



Project Oracle (Oct 28 - 30, 2016) - CANCELLED


Fall Escondido Renaissance Faire (Oct 29 - 30; Nov 5 - 6, 2016; 10 am - Dusk)

Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido CA 92029

Tickets: $15/day



San Diego Historical Games Convention (Nov 11 - 13 , 2017)

Theme: Revolution

Hampton Inn San Diego Kearny Mesa, 5434 Kearny Mesa Rd., San Diego, CA 92111

Membership: $40, Registration limited to 150

Special Guest: Mark Herman

Facebook Group


Viennese Nights: A Victorian Ball (Feb 17 , 2017)

The Balboa Park Club, 2144 Pan American Rd W, San Diego, CA 92101

Tickets: TBA


San Diego Comic Fest (Feb 17 - 20, 2017)

Four Points by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Dr., San Diego, CA 92123

Guests: David Brin, Eric Lewald and Julia Lewald, Vivek J. Tiwary, more

Memberships: $50

Facebook - Twitter - Instagram


ConDor (Mar 3 - 5, 2017) - SF&F Convention

Four Points by Sheraton, 8110 Aero Dr., San Diego, CA 92123

Memberships: $30 to 7/1/16; then ?



Kingdom-Con (Apr 27 - 30, 2017) - Gaming Convention

Location: TBA

Rooms: TBA

Memberships TBA

Facebook Group


San Diego Comic-con International (Jul 19 - 23, 2017) - Comic and Media Convention SOLD OUT

San Diego Convention Center, 111 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101



Gam3rcon (July 19 - 24, 2017) - Gaming Convention

NewSchool of Architecture & Media Design, 1249 F Street San Diego, CA 92101

Memberships: $30 to 3/1/16, then $60



Costume Con 36 (May 11 - 14, 2018)

Theme: Ports of Call

Location: TBA, San Diego CA

Registration: $90 to 12/31/16, then TBA

Contact - Facebook - Twitter - Instagram




Monsters! (Oct 25, 2014 - Dec 31, 2016) - Art Show

San Diego Museum of Man, 1350 El Prado, San Diego CA 92101

General Admission: $12.50


Cute, Cute Kawaii! Japan's Pop Culture Movement (Jun 23 - Oct 23)

Japanese Friendship Garden, 2215 Pan American Rd E, San Diego, CA 92101

Tickets: $35 ($30 for Garden members), $15 for makeup


Reliquary: Ivonne Carley & Carrie Anne Hudson (Oct 8 - 22)

3800 Ray St, San Diego, CA 92104


Edgar Allan Poe art exhibit (Oct 22 - Nov 26, 2016)

Ashton Gallery at Art On 30th, 4434 30th St, San Diego, California 92116






- General


Com Station Z

A forum for persons with and interest in Science Fiction and Fantasy to meet like-minded individuals and contribute in positive ways to our community.

Contact: Kathy Frizbie - Facebook



The science fiction, fantasy and gaming club at UCSD.

Email - Facebook


San Diego Science Fiction and Fantasy Meetup

Hosts various SF&F and gaming events.



S.T.A.R. San Diego

Online social SF group that also participates in local conventions and holds an birthday celebration in October.

The organization was founded in 1972.



- Media


501st Stormtrooper Legion

A Star Wars fan club celebrating the movies using costumes and props of the stormtrooper characters in their various incarnations.



California Association of Pop-culture Enthusiasts


Crazed Imaginations

Shadow casts midnight shows of The Rocky Horror Picture Show every Friday in at the La Paloma Theatre Encinitas and third Saturdays at the Ken Cinema in Kensington.

Check website for special events and themed showings.



Doctor Who and Other Cool Shows/Movies meetup

The group gathers to watch, discuss, and celebrate Doctor Who and other SF media.


Doctor Who San Diego

Online group for local fans of The Doctor


East County Ghost Busters

Haran'galaar Clan San Diego - Mandalorian Mercs - Star Wars Cosplay group


IKV Stranglehold

Dedicated to preserving the Klingon lifestyle through costuming, reenactment, outings, and social events.

We also welcome Pirates at the Stranglehold, and do Steampunk as the League Of Supremely Evil Revolutionaries otherwise known as L.O.S.E.R.

Contact (K'Han Den yo' aj') - Facebook (Klingons) - Facebook (Pirates) - Facebook (L.O.S.E.R)


Imperial Sands Garrison

Stormtrooper Garrison for San Diego and Imperial Counties.


The Mars Society of San Diego hosts The Mars Movie Night

Monthly showings, usually third Friday of the month.

Contact: Gerry Williams


San Diego Browncoats

Local fan group for Joss Whedon's Firefly TV show and Serenity movie.

Contact - John Monteaguado - Facebook


San Diego Fan Force

A Star Wars fan club and the official San Diego chapter of Fan Force (a global Star Wars fan community).

We meet regularly to socialize and share our love of Star Wars and other geeky things. We have movie nights, picnics, and monthly meetings.

We also participate in events for children's charities, and attend conventions and theme parks.

Contact: James Floyd - Facebook


San Diego Hetalians - Fans of anime/webcomic Axis Powers Hetalia


San Diego MSTies - Mystery Science Theatre fans


San Diego My Little Pony Convention Planning


San Diego Sabers - Light Saber combat group


San Diego Star Wars Society

Active in the area for charitable and community wide events.

Contact - Facebook


San Diego Vintage Sci-Fi

Meets, usually on third Saturdays, to watch films, TV, and serials made through 1969. Rubber monster suits, cheesy dialogue, and scripts by Robert A. Heinlein and others!

Contact: Gerry Williams


Sci-Fi Movie Night

Monthly meetings in Vista CA


U.S.S. Copernicus - Star Trek interest community


- Anime


Cal Animage Beta Chapter

UCSD anime society, but non students are welcome.

Contact - Facebook - Yahoo



Anime and Manga Group


SD Animanga

Live, eat, and drink anime? Members participate in countless anime events, meetups, and conventions around So-Cal.



Meets in the local San Diego area for discussion, anime viewing, and the occasional potluck.

If you like to watch anime until your eyes ache, and enjoy the company of other anime and manga fans, join this group!


- Other


Fantastic Harry Potter Fans and Where To Find Them - North County Group


Harry Potter Group of San Diego (Meetup)



Science Fiction Writers of San Diego Meetup


General Geek/Nerd


Geek Girls of San Diego

They hold several events every week around the county to play games, craft, watch films, discuss books, and geek out in a variety of ways.



North County Nerdfighters

Getting Nerdfighters together for geeky activities in North County.


San Diego Geeks

Created to give local geeks a way to find each other and talk about all the Geekary they might not be able to with others at work or as often as they might like... or just geek out over all things nerdy from Conventions, comics, cosplay to gaming.
Sub Group of
SoCal Geeks


San Diego-Tijuana Metropolitan Area Nerdfighters

Getting Nerdfighters together for geeky activities.


Vista Nerd Club




Cyborg Knights Book Club

Carlsbad, CA


La Mesa Comic Lovers Book Club

Meets every 3rd Tuesday at La Mesa Library, 8074 Allison Ave., La Mesa CA 91942

Ages 18+


The Royal Manticorian Navy, The Official Honor Harrigton Fan Club

Dedicated to David Webers books series.


San Diego Book Discussion Group

Meets monthly to discuss SF&F literature at Mysterious Galaxy bookstore, 5943 Balboa Ave., Suite 100, San Diego CA 92117


Science Fiction and Fantasy Book Group

Meets monthly at the Oceanside Barnes and Noble, El Camino North Shopping Center, 2615 Vista Way, Oceanside CA 92054




Clarion Writers Workshop

The annual Clarion workshop is widely recognized as a premier proving and training ground for aspiring writers of speculative fiction.

Applicants must submit two complete short stories and be age 18 or older to apply. Scholarships are available.


Science Fiction Writers of San Diego meetup

Dedicated to getting you whatever you need to produce really great SciFi and Fantasy, whatever your career stage.


Steampunk and Victoriana


San Diego Steampunk Events

A place where local Steampunk events can be posted and advertised.


San Diego Tea Duelists

Enthusiasts of the art of tea dueling (obviously).


San Diego Steampunk Meetup


Starburner Galactic Courier Service





San Diego Cosplay and Costume Support Group

Online group for cosplayer and costumer mutual support.


San Diego Comic Con Cosplayers

This group is for anyone who cosplays at Comic Con (The one in San Diego)


San Diego Costume Guild

A group of costumers, professional and hobbyist, who meet to learn and share costuming information and events.

We enjoy creating, displaying, and wearing historical, fantasy, and genre costumes.



San Diegostuck

Local community serving as way to get cosplayers of all stripes (Homestuck, anime, comics, etc.) together at events.



SD Cosplay

Resource for cosplay events, news, guides, and communities. We hold regular gatherings, photo shoots, and parties, as well as convention reviews.

Contact - Facebook


Period Dancing


The Playford Plodders

Dances of England of the mid-17th century.



San Diego English Country Dancers

Dances of the late 18th and early 19th century

Dances most Sundays at the RB Swim & Tennis Club, 16955 Bernardo Oaks Dr., San Diego, CA 92128

Contact - Facebook


San Diego Vintage Dance Society

Dancing in Time....delving into the history and art of social dance, music, manners, & clothing ... from 1800 to 1960.



Waltz and Such

A group of San Diego, CA dancers dedicated to spreading the joy of vintage social dance through weekly classes, practice sessions, and occasional special dance events.

Dances of the late 19th and early 20th century. The focus is on having FUN, and dancing with musicality.

Meetings most Fridays, Balboa Park's Casa del Prado, room 207, 1650 El Prado, San Diego CA 92101


Re-enactors and Recreationists


Barony of Calafia

The regional chapter of the worldwide Society for Creative Anachronism,

which studies and reenacts pre-17th-century European society: tournaments, heraldry, crafts, workshops, cuisine, etc.

Facebook - Calendar


Scholars of Alcala - Renaissance Sword Fighting


The Historical Martial Arts Preservation Society of San Diego

Associated with the Poly Unified Martial Arts Association (PUMAA),

the goal of the Preservation Society is to preserve and revive traditional forms of martial arts training, such as bartistu, ninjitsu and pankartion.


The Southern Horde

The Southern Horde is the San Diego Chapter of the Norse Hollywood Dining Vikings.

We welcome Vikings, Valkyries and barbarians of all shapes and sizes to join us on our raids!






Game Night in Hillcrest


Gaymers San Diego


San Diego Gaymer Group


- Live Action Role Playing (LARP)


Carlsbad Medieval/Fantasy LARP


Dystopia Rising SoCal - South

Post zombie apocalypse LARP


Night Terrors Vampire LARP

3rd Saturdays, 3 - 9 pm

Laws of Night Revisited



San Diego LARP Community

A community resource for all LARP games, players, and announcements/updates for the San Diego County CA region.


San Diego By Night: Crimson Citadel Meetup

A World of Darkness/Minds Eye Theater Vampire LARP


- Role Play Gaming


Diego Dungeon Crawlers DCC RPG Meetup


Experience RPG


The San Diego Dungeons and Dragons Meetup Group


San Diego North County Dungeons and Dragons Meetup


San Diego Pathfinder/D&D 3.5 (RPGs) Meetup


San Diego Pathfinder Society

Started to connect the Pathfinder Society Organized Play opportunities in the greater San Diego area. See website calendar for details.


San Diego Roleplaying Association

Meet local GMs who need players, players who need games, and discuss RPGs in general. Many roleplaying events on calendar each month.


-        - Table Top/Strategy


Game Night San Diego


Late Night Magic the Gathering


North County Board Games Group


Point Loma and OB Strategy Game Nights


San Diego Board Game and Magic the Gathering Meetup


San Diego Board Games Group


San Diego Couples Game Night


San Diego Redditors Gaming Club


San Diego Star Trek Attack Wing


- Video Games


Carlsbad Warcraft Hearthstone/Card Games/SDCC Meetup



Couch Conflict! Meetup

Multiplayer Video Games.




Nintendo-based meetup group oriented towards adults but open to all.

We connect Nintendo fans together throughout San Diego county through tournaments, socializing and enjoying the amazing things San Diego has to offer.

Our monthly meetups take place at various county locations, from north to south and east to west!



Pokemon Go Dog Walkers


Pokemon Go Players of San Diego


Pokemon Go Team Instinct of San Diego


Pokemon Go Touring Co

Nintendo 3DS meetups. Always free and open to all, and gathering at least monthly.



San Diego Pokemon Go


San Diego Smash 4 Community


San Diego Team Mystic - Pokemon


StreetPass San Diego

Nintendo 3DS meetups. Always free and open to all, and gathering at least monthly.

Facebook - Twitter - Google+ - Reddit - Instagram


San Diego Video Gaming Society


Science and Technical


Geek Girl - San Diego

Our Mission: to educate and empower every girl and woman at every age level, on every skill level, at every income level on computer technology with fun and provide a legacy by giving back and paying it forward.


Geek Girls of San Diego

Our main focus is to provide a safe social setting for geek girls of similar interests to meet and interact and hopefully create bonds of friendship that will last a long time.


Open Source Makers Lab

2591 Pioneer Ave., Suite G, Vista CA 92081


San Diego Association for Rational Inquiry (SDARI)

An educational and investigative organization which advocates the application of scientific method and open rational inquiry to extraordinary claims of all kinds.

Facebook - Meetup


San Diego Makers Guild


San Diego Robotics Club (meetup)


San Diego Space (Meetup)


Other Groups of Interest


San Diego Furries


San Diego Sphinxes- A Muggle Quidditch team


Fandom Across the Border


Fuerza Rebelde Base Tijuana

A Star Wars fan club located in Tijuana, B.C.



Rebel Legion, Mexican Base, Tijuana

Aother Star Wars which engages in costume recreation at charity events and SF conventions in Tijuana and beyond.


Tijuana Nerd & Geek Meetup




Geek City Guide: San DIego


San Diego Eventful (books)


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