Harbor Drive Closing to Traffic for San Diego Comic-Con 2023

As has been the case since 2018, Harbor Drive will one again be open to San Diego Comic-Con attendees only, the San Diego Convention Center, City of San Diego, and Port of San Diego announced today.

All traffic (which includes bikes, scooters, and skateboards as well as cars) will be closed between First Avenue and Park Boulevard during Comic-Con on the following days and times:

  • Wednesday, July 19: 2pm-10pm
  • Thursday, July 20: 7am-10pm
  • Friday, July 21: 7am-10pm
  • Saturday, July 22: 7am-10pm
  • Sunday, July 23: 7am-8pm

Harbor Drive will reopen to traffic after the hours listed above, or earlier if deemed appropriate by public safety officials.

The three main exceptions to this rule are again emergency vehicles, ADA drop-off and pick-up, and those who purchased parking for the convention center. Those individuals will need to show their permit from the First Avenue side when entering after 7AM.

In addition, only badged members (attendees of Comic-Con 2023) may access the front drive, stairs and surrounding sidewalks of the San Diego Convention Center. 

It’s unclear yet how this year’s WGA strike and a potential SAG strike could impact San Diego Comic-Con, but should any group decide to protest at or near the convention, they would likely have to do so further back by the hotels, as was the case for the annual religious protests.

Note that the map in the Embarcadero Marina Park South is marked as a “Line Queueing Area” near the fishing pier. Comic-Con has previously used this area for line queueing as well — which is how it was also marked on last year’s map. The Plaza Park where the tents are near Hall H is marked in blue as “Badged Members Only” (which is how it’s appeared in previous years on these maps).

You can read the full announcement here.

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