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Celeb factor rounds out the freak-and-geek quotient when Comic-Con, S.D.’s hottest summer ticket, flies faster than a speeding bullet into downtown July 18-21. The don’t-miss events? Read on!

The San Diego Convention Center, and all of downtown, will be packed to the gills July 18-21.

1. To be in the know, you have to be in Hall H. Warner Bros., Legendary and Lionsgate Pictures will be previewing their newest projects to lucky Comic-Con guests on Saturday, months before they hit box offices nationwide. The highlight reel is endless: Warner Bros. Pictures will be debuting Gravity, a sci-fi space thriller featuring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, Legendary Pictures is remaking the iconic Godzilla and Lionsgate Pictures is bringing the heat (literally) with The Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. Star alert! Katniss Everdeen (aka the red hot Jennifer Lawrence) and the rest of the Catching Fire cast is popping in for a Q&A as well. Don’t forget your popcorn! July 20. San Diego Convention Center (Hall H), comic-con.org

2. Got a thing for ghouls? Summer leaving you cold? Love downtown best when it’s dead? The annual Zombie Walk: San Diego is your monstrous ne plus ultra. Don your undead makeup and head to Children’s Park, start site for the groaning shuffle through the Gaslamp streets. Post lurch, hit a few hotspots. Last year Robert Downy Jr., Chad Michael Murray, Kristin Kreuk and the casts of Possession and Once Upon a Time were all spotted partying at Katsuya: This year the Starck-designed Asian resto offers a Catching Fire-themed special social hour menu. Shia Labeouf and Lil Kim made the W San Diego their homebase last year: for 2013, find Con-inspired cocktail specials at the Rooftop Bar. July 20. Children’s Park (Front & 1st), sdzombiewalk.com

3. Everyone’s favorite 8-bit video games come back to life this year at Fluxx Arcade. The notorious nightclub has turned geek chic, leading partygoers through the pixilated world of gaming evolution with Rat Pac video clips on the walls and a Donkey Kong Bar with Gameboy-clad cocktail waitresses. Machinima, the brainchild behind videogame standouts Halo and Call of Duty, hosts a private invite-only party on Thursday, but Fluxx is open to the public on Friday and Saturday for nostalgic, nerdy fun late into the night. July 18-20. Fluxx Nightclub, fluxxsd.com

4. After a long day of saving the world, every hero deserves a little taste of home. Local breweries like Monkey Paw, Ballast Point and Green Flash are teaming up to bring the Heroes Brew Craft Beer Festival to life. Dozens of breweries (tip: VIP ticket holders get lounge access and unlimited tastings) and slews of power-packed food trucks will be on hand to refuel the caped crowd, and live music will be booming from a fully solar-powered stage. A portion of the proceeds benefit San Diego Coastkeeper, valiant coastline protector sworn to save our beautiful beaches. Costumes are encouraged and could win you prizes, so here’s your chance to become the Superman or Superwoman you’ve always dreamt of being! July 20. Embarcadero Park North, heroesbrewfest.com

5. Nobody rocks Comic-Con like the Kings of Con. Internet guru and Latino film power player Umberto Gonzalez is notorious for throwing Comic-Con’s best parties and this year’s will not disappoint. Game of Thrones cast members are expected to be in attendance at this exclusive PCD Dollhouse bash. Want an invite? Here’s the scoop: Gonzalez’s next film project is a micro-budget man-on-the-run chase/thriller/action film set in NYC called Breakneck, and the auteur is in pursuit of crowd-sourced funding. Donate $150 (or more) and you and a lucky friend score tickets to the party. If you’re looking for the quintessential intersection of Hollywood and geek, you have royally arrived. July 18. PCD Dollhouse, indiegogo.com/projects/breakneck