On Friday, five live bands and more than 70 booths will line Main Street in Mesa to celebrate the best of sci-fi geekdom. There will be costume contests, panel discussions, concept art and comic drawing workshops, strategy gaming contests, science and technology demonstrations by HeatSync Labs, a screening of “The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension” and a ticket giveaway for William Shatner’s upcoming appearance at the Mesa Arts Center.
DETAILS >> 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. Downtown Mesa, Main Street between Robson and Centennial Way. Free. (480) 890-2613 or evtnow.com/nerdvanacon.