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-          Steampunk and Victoriana

-         Costuming/Cosplay

-         Period Dancing

-         Reenactors and Recreationists

-         Gaming

o   Live Action Role Playing (LARP)

o   Role Playing Gaming

o   Tabletop/Strategy

o   Video Games

-          Science and Technical

-         Other Groups of Interest

-         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.

 

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

                                                                           

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

 

Current Print Issue: #23, October 2014 / Last Online Update: 2015-01-27

 

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Events

 

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

 

Upcoming Events

Conventions, Faires and Festivals

 

Only a selection of the events created by or attended by the groups on this list.

 

 

Gaslight 5 Committee Meeting (Jan 28, 2015; 7 – 9 pm)

Planning this year’s San Diego Steampunk Convention

Mission Valley YMCA,  5505 Friars Rd, San Diego, CA 92110

 

San Diego Book Discussion Group (Jan 28, 7 pm)

Quantum Thief  by Hannu Rajaniemi

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego CA 92117

Free

All Ages

 

2015 First Winter Bonus GBM (Jan 28, 8 pm) – UCSD Anime club

Location: TBA (UCSD)

 

Gam3r Bowl (Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2015) – Gaming Con

930 10th Ave, San Diego, California 92101

$5/day

Facebook

 

Waltz and Such (Jan 30, 7:15 – 9:45 pm)

45-minute Lesson then open dancing, mixers and requests

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

$2 suggested donation

All Ages

 

Celebrating John Williams (Jan 30; 8 pm) – San Diego Symphony Concert

Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Tickets: $35 - $95

All Ages

 

Celebrating John Williams Special Event (Jan 31, 5 pm)

Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Tickets: $550 - $1000, includes VIP tickets to concert

 

Victorian Nights Ball (Jan 31, 6:30 – 10:15 pm)

Balboa Park Club, Pan American Road West, San Diego CA 92101

Tickets: $35

Facebook

All Ages

 

Celebrating John Williams (Jan 31; 8 pm) – San Diego Symphony Concert

Copley Symphony Hall, 750 B Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Tickets: $35 - $95

All Ages

 

San Diego English Country Dancers Sunday Dance (Feb 1, 6 – 9 pm)

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

Caller: Tom Amesse

$ 6 - 8

All Ages

 

Waltz and Such (Feb 6, 7:15 – 9:45 pm)

45-minute Lesson then open dancing, mixers and requests

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

$2 suggested donation

All Ages

 

The Marvel Experience - San Diego (Feb 7 - 22, 2015)

Fight alongside Marvel superheroes as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s latest recruit in a 360 degree 3-D theater

A Live Interactive Experience, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar CA 92014

Tickets: $29.50 ($5 ticketmaster charge for online purchases).

 

StreetPass San Diego @Majora's Mask 3D Preview Day (Feb 7, 1 – 4 pm) – Video Games

GameStop, 3030 Plaza Bonita Rd, National City, California 91950

Free

 

San Diego English Country Dancers Sunday Dance (Feb 8, 6 – 9 pm)

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

Caller: Ellen Riley

$ 6 - 8

All Ages

 

Waltz and Such (Feb 13, 7:15 – 9:45 pm)

45-minute Lesson then open dancing, mixers and requests

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

$2 suggested donation

All Ages

 

SCECD Special Valentine’s Day Dance  (Feb 14, 6:30 – 9:00 pm)

Christ Lutheran Church, 4761 Cass St, San Diego CA 92109

Caller: Sharon Green, Live Music With Ryan Sandburg (and friends?)
Admission is $8 for SDECD members, $10 for non-members

 

Club Cosplay: The Nerds’ Night Out Ultimate Valentine’s Date Night (Feb 14, 7 pm)

House of Blues San Diego, 1055 5th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Tickets: $15 - $30

All Ages to 10 pm, then ages 18+

 

Waltz and Such’s Centennial Tribute at IDASDC Festival (Feb 15, 12 – 5 pm)

Social Dance Demos and Teaching

Balboa Park Club, Pan American Road West, San Diego CA 92101

Free

All Ages

 

San Diego English Country Dancers Sunday Dance (Feb 15, 6 – 9 pm)

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

All Callers Night

$ 6 - 8

All Ages

 

Tunnel Tour (Feb 17, 7:30 pm) – Author’s Event

A panel featuring Kiersten White, Stephanie Diaz, Maggie Hall, Shannon Messenger and others!

Mysterious Galaxy, 5943 Balboa Ave, Suite 100, San Diego CA 92117

Free

All Ages

Facebook

 

Steampunk Bellydance Workshop (Feb 20, 6 – 7:30 pm)

Instuctor: Laura Tempest Zakroff

Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center,  3925 Ohio St, San Diego, California 92104

$25

 

Steampunk Soiree! (Feb 20, 2015; 8 pm) – Concert

The Nathaniel Johnstone Band, The Velveteen Band, Poplock Holmes

Queen Bee's Art & Cultural Center, 3925 Ohio St, San Diego, California 92104

Tickets: TBA

 

Westercon 68 Planning Meeting (Feb 21, 1 – 3 pm)

Join in and help create the upcoming Westercon

Private residence, for location contact chair@westercon68.org

 

San Diego Star Wars Society Monthly Meeting (Feb 22, 3:30 pm)

Toby Wells YMCA, 5105 Overland Ave, San Diego, CA 92123

Potluck (Not mandatory but suggested.)

 

 

 

Gam3r Bowl (Jan 30 – Feb 1, 2015) – Gaming Con

930 10th Ave, San Diego, California 92101

$5/day

Facebook

 

The Marvel Experience - San Diego (Feb 7 - 22, 2015)

Fight alongside Marvel superheroes as S.H.I.E.L.D.’s latest recruit in a 360 degree 3-D theater

A Live Interactive Experience

Del Mar Fairgrounds, 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Del Mar CA 92014

Tickets: $29.50 ($5 ticketmaster charge for online purchases).

 

Vista Civil War Reenactment (Mar 7 – 8, 2015; 10 am – 5 pm)

Antique Gas and Steam Museum,  2040 North Santa Fe Avenue, Vista, California 92083

Free

Facebook

 

ConDor XXII (Mar 13 - 15, 2015) – Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention

Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle N San Diego, CA 92108

Rooms:  $115/night single/double, $130 Triple, $145 Quad

Guest of Honor: S. M. Stirling

Memberships:  $45 to 3/1/15, then $50

Contact – Facebook – Yahoo - Twitter

 

San Diego Festival of Science and Engineering (Mar 14 - 21, 2015)

Interactive demonstrations, hands-on activities and speakers to engage kids and families in science and engineering.

Located throughout San Diego

Facebook

 

Hanadoki Con (Mar 20 – 22, 2015) – Anime Convention

Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle N San Diego, CA 92108

Rooms: $99/night

Membership: $30 to 4/20/14, $35 to 8/31/14, $40 to 12/31/14, $45 to 3/12/15, $50 at door.

Contact – Facebook

 

Anime Conji (Apr 3 - 5, 2015) – Anime Convention

Sheraton Hotel and Marina, 1380 Harbor Island Drive, San Diego, CA

Rooms: TBA

Guest of Honor: TBA

Memberships:  TBA

Facebook - Twitter

 

Balboa Park 2015 -  "The Centennial of the 1915 Panama-California Exposition (Apr 11 – May 31)

Balboa Park, 1549 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101

A community- conceived, planned and organized series of centennial concerts, events and celebrations to both celebrate the park's past and work to secure its future

Free

All Ages

 

Kingdom-Con (Apr 23 -26, 2015) – Gaming Convention

San Diego Crowne Plaza Hotel, 2270 Hotel Cir N, San Diego, CA 92108

Rooms:  TBA

Memberships:  TBA

Contact - Facebook

 

Spring Escondido Renaissance Faire (Apr 25 – 26, May 2 – 3, 2015 ; 10 am - dusk)

Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido 92029

Tickets: TBA

Facebook

 

Potrero War (May 21 – 25, 2015) – Society for Creative Anachonism War

Protrero Regional Park, 24800 Potrero Park Drive, Potrero, CA 91963

Period garb required of all attendees but Day Trippers.  Day Trippers must be off site by 7 pm

Email - Facebook

 

Geek Girls - San Diego Tech Conference (Jun 20, 2015)

The largest Hands-On Tech Conference for Women (and Men) in the area!

All skill levels welcome.

Joan B. Kroc Institute for Peace and Justice, USD, 5998 Alcalα Park, San Diego, CA 92110

Contact Page - Facebook

 

Westercon 68 / Conjecture 13 / Conchord 27 (Jul 2 - 5, 2015) – The West Coast Science Fantasy Conference

Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle N San Diego, CA 92108

Rooms: $119/night s/d; $129 t; $139 q

Guests:  Spider Robinson, John Picacio, Seanan McGuire, William F. Nolan, others.

Memberships: $65 to 4/1/15, $75 to 7/1/15, then $85

Facebook

 

Gam3rcon (Jul 8 - 12, 2015) – Gaming Convention

10th Avenue Theatre and Arts Centre, 930 10th Avenue, San Diego, CA 92101

Memberships: TBA

Contact - Facebook

 

San Diego Comic-con International (July 9 - 12, 2015) – Comic and Media Convention

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

Hotels

Special Guests:

Memberships: Sign up for membership ID for a chance to purchase tickets

Contact

 

Winkie Con 51 (Jul 31 – Aug 2, 2015) – Oz Convention

Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle N San Diego, CA 92108

Rooms: Rates TBA          

Guests: TBA., E

Membership: On sale in October.

Newsletter  - Facebook

 

Twainfest (Aug 2015; 11 am – 5 pm) – Celebrating 19th century writers

Historic Old Town, 4002 Wallace St, San Diego, CA 92110

Free

 

Gaslight Gathering  (Sep 18 - 20, 2015) – Steampunk Convention

Theme:  TBA

Town and Country Hotel and Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle N San Diego, CA 92108

Rooms:  TBA

Memberships: TBA.

Contact

 

Tournament of the Phoenix (Oct 16 – 18, 2015)

Jousting competition with living history camps, food and activites.

Poway Rodeo Grounds, 14336 Tierra Bonita Road, Poway CA 92065

Email - Facebook

 

San Diego Comic Fest (Fall, 2015)

Location: TBA

Guests: TBA

Memberships: TBA

Facebook – Twitter - Instagram

 

So Cal Comic Con (Fall, 2015)

Location: TBA

Guest of Honor: TBA

Tickets: TBA

Contact Page – Facebook - Twitter – Flickr

 

Fall Escondido Renaissance Faire (Fall, 2015)

Felicita County Park, 742 Clarence Lane, Escondido 92029

Tickets: TBA

Facebook

 

Robouniverse Conference and Expo (Dec 14 – 16, 2015)

Tradeshow for Service Robotics industry.

Exploring the incredible field of robotics, including their development, application, and use.

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

Tickets: TBA

Contact - Facebook – Twitter – LinkedIn – YouTube

 

Winter GameFest (Winter , 2016) – Videogames                                                      

Price Center Ballrooms, UCSD, San Diego CA

FREE – But register online in advance to assure a position in tournaments

Bring your own controller or computer policies on all games.

Contact – Facebook - Twitter

 

Cos-Losseum (Feb 6 – 7, 2016; 10 am – 5 pm) – Cosplay Con

Scottish Rite Event Center, 1895 Comino Del Rio South, San Diego CA 92108

Guests: Jevocas Green, Logan Green, Rashaad Santiago, Russ Adams, others.

Memberships: $40

Facebook

 

 

 

Groups

 

SF/Fantasy

 

v 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

 

Darkstar

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.

Facebook

 

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.

Facebook

 

v Media

 

501st Stormtrooper Legion

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

Facebook

 

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.

Facebook

 

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

 

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)

 

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 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

 

v Anime

 

Cal Animage Beta Chapter 

UCSD’s anime society, but non students are welcome.

Contact - Facebook – Yahoo

 

Okorι

Anime and Manga Group

 

SD Animanga

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

 

sd-anime

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!

 

v Other

 

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.

Facebook

 

North County Nerdfighters

Getting Nerdfighters together for geeky activities in North County.

 

San Diego-Tijuana Metropolitan Area Nerdfighters

Getting Nerdfighters together for geeky activities.

 

Book /Reading

 

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

 

Writing

 

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.

Apply: Dec 1, 2014 – Mar 1, 2015  Dates: Jun 21 – Aug 1, 2015

 

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

 

Costuming/Cosplay

 

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.

Facebook

 

San Diegostuck

Local community serving as way to get cosplayers of all stripes (Homestuck

, anime, comics, etc.) together at events.

Contact - Facebook

 

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

 

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.from 1800-1960

 

Waltz and Such

A group of San Diego, California 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

 

Reenactors 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.

Email - Facebook

 

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!

Email - Facebook

d Martial Arts Association (PUMAA). The goal of the preservation society is to preserve and revive traditional forms of martial arts training.d Martial Arts Association (PUMAA). The goal of the preservation society is to preserve and revive traditional forms of martial arts training.

Gaming

 

v Live Action Role Playing (LARP)

 

Dystopia Rising SoCal - South

Post zombie apocalypse LARP

 

San Diego LARP Community (WoD)

A community resource for all World of Darkness LARP games, players, and announcements/updates for the San Diego County region. New or old WoD welcome!

 

San Diego By Night: Crimson Citadel Meetup

A World of Darkness/Minds Eye Theater Vampire LARP

 

v Role Play Gaming

 

Pathfinder Society - SoCal

           

The San Diego Dungeons and Dragons Meetup Group

 

San Diego OSR Fellowship

Old School Renaissance (retro RPG players)

 

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.

 

v Table Top/Strategy

 

Board Games and Beer

Combines boardgames and microbrews at fun events for those who would like to play strategy, social, or other type of game, while enjoying a tasty beverage in local bars and eateries.  

 

Game Night San Diego

Social Board Games

 

San Diego Board Games Group

 

San Diego Couples Game Night

 

v Video Games

 

NintenDiego

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!

Contact – Facebook

 

SanDiegoLan.net

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

Contact – Facebook

 

StreetPass San Diego

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

Contact – Facebook

 

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.

 

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.

Contact – Facebook - Meetup

 

San Diego Robotics Club (meetup)

 

Other Groups of Interest

 

                Know any other groups that don’t fit our current categories?  Let us know at index@sansfis.org

 

Fandom Across the Border

 

Fuerza Rebelde Base Tijuana

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

Facebook

 

Rebel Legion, Mexican Base

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

Facebook

 

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