Nerd Culture

7 Nerdy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This July

If you like Batman, Harry Potter, Ghostbusters, Dungeons and Dragons, arcade games, Flight of the Conchords, or zombies, there's definitely an event happening in metro Phoenix this month that'll pique your interest. Here are seven great nerdy things to do during July 2016.

First Friday Invades Bonus Round
As barcades slowly take over Phoenix, Bonus Round has established itself as one of its best nerd hubs. This Friday, July 1, they'll be celebrating with a cookout-style menu for Fourth of July weekend, local artists showcasing their work, and a 15 percent off discount for anyone who uses the light rail to get there. And as always, they'll have their rotating lists of draft beer, their video-game themed cocktails, and their series of arcade cabinets all set to free play. To learn more, check out the Facebook event.

Flight of the Conchords
New Zealand's fourth most popular guitar-based digi-bongo acapella-rap-funk-comedy folk duo rocketed to success in the late aughts with two albums and two seasons of an HBO show. But since 2009, the band went quiet as Jemaine Clement pursued a film career and Bret McKenzie composed the music for the two new Muppets movies. Now, almost a decade later, they're back together and playing at Comerica Theatre on Sunday, July 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets range from $39.50 to $55. Find seats at Live Nation.

Crit Hit! 2016
Cons and roleplaying games are both all about socializing through nerd culture and getting to know people, so the Kickstarter-funded Crit Hit! is a match made in heaven. The tabletop RPG convention will take over the third floor of the Hilton Phoenix Airport Hotel on July 9 and 10. Get your game on in themed rooms for fantasy, science fiction, and horror, where you can play the likes of Dungeons and Dragons, Pathfinder, and Call of Cthulhu. Plus, hear talks from game designers, try new games at the game buffet, and more. Weekend-long tickets cost $31 and are available now at Brown Paper Tickets. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so if you plan to go, buy them now. To learn more, check out the Crit Hit! website.

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