Nerd Culture

9 Nerdy Things to Do in Metro Phoenix This June

The time has finally arrived, geeks. It's June, which means Phoenix Comicon is here. Ready to put on your probably-way-too-layered cosplay and go out into 112-degree weather to hang out with thousands of other people doing the same? Great. But remember: We're all in this together. And also remember: deodorant. Here's a guide to an array of nerdy events this month, including (duh) Comicon — as well as eight other great things to do.

Phoenix Comicon 2016
Phoenix Comicon isn't a nerdy thing to do in Phoenix, it's the nerdy thing to do in Phoenix, the largest local celebration of geek culture all year. From Thursday, June 2, through Sunday, June 5, the entire Phoenix Convention Center — plus much of the surrounding area — will host a giant showfloor of comic creators and local vendors, an array of panels on varying aspects of geek culture, a film festival, a series of concerts, and thousands of cosplaying attendees. Catch appearances from actors such as Doctor Who's Alex Kingston and Billie Piper, Lord of the Rings' Sean Astin, and Karate Kid's Ralph Macchio and William Zabka. Seriously, if you're a Phoenix-based nerd, you have no excuse for missing this one. Tickets for the full four days cost $70, while single-day tickets vary in price. Buy them now, or learn more at the event's website.

"To The Edge of the Universe"
The Marston Exploration Theater is one of ASU's greatest hidden gems, with an astounding planetarium system that allows them to render 3D stereographic projections in 4K resolution. If you want to see it in action, come watch "To The Edge of the Universe," a journey deep into the cosmos and back. The event will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1, and will last an hour. General admission is $7.50, and students pay $5.50. To find out more, visit ASU's website.

When You Wish: The Story of Walt Disney
You've seen dozens of his films, but how much do you know about Walt Disney? The new musical When You Wish tells the story anew at Phoenix Theatre. Celebrate the inspirational life of the legendary creator and become a part of the magic until Sunday, June 12. Tickets range from $36 to $81, and they're selling out fast. Learn more and purchase tickets at Phoenix Theatre's website.

Star Wars vs. Star Trek: The Music of Deep Space
The eternal Star Wars/Star Trek debate continues at 8 p.m. on Thursday, June 2, with the Phoenix Symphony. The Symphony will perform classic musical works from throughout the long histories of both franchises, from A New Hope to The Force Awakens, from The Wrath of Khan to Into Darkness. Patrons are encouraged to come in costume, and can even vote on their phones to decide which series will get the final number. Tickets range from $15 to $45 per seat. To learn more and buy tickets, visit the Symphony's website.