Your guide to after parties and events

Just in case you thought that Phoenix Fan Fusion at the Phoenix Convention Center ended once the sun went down, think again.

This year’s Fan Fusion will offer several events including after-parties and evening events that might be worth staying up for.

Several events are back from previous years, including comedy shows, “Queen Lantern Corps Dragstravaganza” and “Masquerade” Costume Contest are back. There are new events as well.

Here are some of the top Friday and Saturday evening events and after parties connected with Phoenix Fan Fusion 2022. Events take place at the Phoenix Convention Center.

For a full schedule of events see this list.

Make sure you check the programming schedule to see which events are for adults 18 and older.

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Queen Lantern Corps Dragstravaganza

Join several drag queens and kings from across the Valley for a geek-themed drag show hosted by Barbra Seville. This after dark event is free. Guests must be 18 years and older to attend. Panelists include Marcus Leathem, Jessica Bechhoever, Gigi DeMilo, Na-il Emmert, Patrick Jervis Jr., Delores Latcher, Hanna Maher, Andi Norton, Elijah Palles, Christopher Rapinz-Kesler, Cierra Ruiz, Jace Ryden, Barbra Seville and Jacqueline Stevenson.

Details: 7-8:30pm, West 301BCD, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020?search_term=queen+lanter

‘Kids Need To Read’ Charity Poker Tournament

This 18 and older event — presented by Lupine Entertainment — will open doors for registration at 7 pm Games start at 8 pm Guests must pay a $20 donation to participate. All guests are invited to watch the tournament for free.

Details: 7 pm-2 am West 106 ABC, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020?search_term=poker

horror trivia

The evening event will include a discussion on cult classic horror films and its history, in addition to a jeopardy style game that invites guests to distinguish all the different genres of horror.

Details: 9-10 pm, North 230, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

Wizarding Game Night

This event features several fun, interactive games from watching Harry Potter characters play Cards Against Muggles and Harry Potter 20 questions. The event is for ages 18 and older.

Details: 9-10pm, West 105BC. memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

A Comedy Show with Fan Fusion

The event will feature a range of local comedians who focus on their two passions: comic books and video games. The event is for people 18 years and older.

Details: Friday 9-10pm, Saturday 7:30-8:30pm, and Saturday 9-11:30pm, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

Anime Rave with DJ Heavy Grinder

It’s a dance party that’s free but includes one of the best DJ’s in town. This event is for ages 18 and older.

Details: 9 pm-1 am, North 120CD, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/view/686239

Burlesque at Phoenix Fan Fusion

Burlesque is back at Phoenix Fan Fusion — it’s free to attend, too. It’s a blend of geeky, nerdy and hot. Guests must be 18 and older to attend the event. General admission seating is free.

Details: 9-11:30 pm, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

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Saturday

Comedy Show with Fan Fusion

The event will feature a range of local comedians who focus on their two passions: comic books and video games. The event is for people 18 years and older.

Details: 7:30-8:30 pm, and 9-11:30 pm, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

PUGS (Phoenix Ultimate Geek Smackdown)

This event features eight fans as they debate comic-fest related topics. Sign up for the PUGS Friday panel event for a chance to make it to the top eight contestants.

Details: 7:30-8:30pm, North 132ABC, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

Grogu’s 51st Birthday Party

It’s baby Yoda’s first birthday. Join Din Djarin to celebrate the birth of his son — the event will feature a full cast of Star Wars friends, too. The evening will be complete with music and a dance party filled with all your favorite Star Wars characters.

Details: 8 pm-1 am, North 120CD, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

Masquerade Costume Contest:

This annual event welcomes anyone to see costume creators on the big stage of the Phoenix Convention Center. It will feature cosplayers who have submitted their costume designs prior to the event. Winners will be announced.

Details: 8-11:55 pm, West 301BCD, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

Drinks with Authors

Join authors and other creators for a drink. The event will include door prizes, giveaways and raffles to support Kids Need to Read.

Details: 8-11:30pm West 106ABC, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

‘Strut your stuff’ dance contest

Doors open at 8:30pm for individuals and groups to sign-up and dance on stage for a panel of judges. If you don’t feel like dancing, you can sign up to be a guest judge. The show will begin at 9 pm where superheroes, furries, zombies, anime otaku, sci-fi fans, video game characters or guests in casual attire can dance and strut on stage. Prizes will be awarded.

Details: 8:30pm to 12am, North 232ABC, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

Star Trek Universal Blender

This year’s Star Trek Universal Mixer will feature “What’s Old is New Again – Star Trek: Strange New Worlds” panel guests including the United Federation of Phoenix, as well as local Star Trek clubs for a casual mixer.

Details: 9-11:55 pm, North 224 AB, https://memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

Doctor Who ‘Smash or Pass’

This 18 and older event answers questions like “I wonder if anybody else agrees that Daleks are hot?” or “How bad is a Slitheen in bed?” The group event will invite guests to answer which Doctor Who characters they would “Smash or Pass.”

Details: 9-10 pm, North 125AB, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

‘Strip a Goddess’

This event blends Jeopardy, Whose Line is it Anyway and strip poker into a game show that tests guests on erotic mythological knowledge — by the end, you may be one of the audience members who helps strip a goddess. This event is for adults 18 years and older.

Details: 9-10 pm, North 223, memberships.phoenixfanfusion.com/schedule/Phoenix_Fan_Fusion_2020

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