Party Like a Gamer: Guide to the Best Free Parties at E3 2016

Jun 14, 2016 1:30:00 PM

Burke Gibney


If you are in Los Angeles this week and looking for something to do, whether you are attending E3 or not, there’s a party for you. Here are CN's picks of the hottest E3 parties happening for FREE. Note that some of these are sold out already, so be sure to check the event website for the latest status. Have a blast at #E32016 and party like a #gamer in LA!

Have a blast at #E32016 and party like a #gamer in LA!



CN's Best free parties of E3 2016:

Doritos #MixArcade

Where: LA LIVE, 800 W Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015
How to Go: Free for E3 Live registrants
What: Steve Aoki, Bold Orchestra & Empire of the Sun, Wiz Khalifa, Big Boi, and Rae Sremmurd performing. “A six-story, fully functioning retro arcade game that will combine the elements of technology, gaming and music in new and unique ways, including being controlled by fans onsite and watching live on Twitch.”

E3 Live! #E3live

When: Wednesday, June 15, 12pm-10pm

Where: Los Angeles Convention Center

How to Go: Free with registration

What: Demo gadgets, games, and gear; hear live music; and enter dance competitions (what?). There will be VR demos and gaming industry celebrities. Purchase games, exclusive gear, and collectibles.

Forge E3 Jam

When: Wednesday, June 15, 7pm-10pm

Where: PWNshop, 1397 W Sunset Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90026

How to Go: Free with RSVP

What: VGM chiptunes and meet your favorite video game composers, including Maclaine Diemer (Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns)


When: Wednesday, June 15, 7pm-11pm

Where: Target Terrace LA Live, 800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015

How to Go: FREE

What:Showcase where some of the dopest and most creative indie games, across many genres and platforms, will be available to play.”

WIGI E3 Party

When: Wednesday, June 15, 8pm-1am

Where: ExhangeLA, 618 S Spring Street, Los Angeles, CA 90014

How to Go: Free with RSVP

What: Women In Games International hosts “Music, lights, dancing, fun, and networking with the most diverse crowd of any E3 party!”

Survios E3 Party

When: Wednesday, June 15, 8pm

Where: Survios HQ, 3249 South La Cienega, Los Angeles, CA 90016

How to Go: FREE with RSVP

What: EXPERIENCE 20+ of the hottest virtual reality games. MEET the community that drives VR—engineers, investors, filmmakers, and game developers. DJ Anton Tumas (Subtract Music), drinks, food trucks, and more!

Gamevil and Com2uS party in K-Town

When: Wednesday, June 15, 9pm - 2am

Where: Gaam Restaurant, 3465 West 6th St. #300, Los Angeles, CA 90020

How to Go: FREE

What: A night of fun in the heart of K-Town to eat, drink, and party the Korean way with fellow mobile gaming insiders!

E3 Drink Up!

When: Thursday, June 16, 6pm-9pm

Where: LA Biergarten, 750 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA 90014

How to Go: FREE with RSVP

What: Live music from GRIMECRAFT and 2ToneDisco. Drink and food specials throughout the evening. Twitch will be providing the first 50 through the door with a complimentary drink ticket.

Warhorse Studios E3 community Party

When: Thursday, June 16, 8pm

Where: Casey's Irish Pub, 613 South Grand, Los Angeles, CA 90017

How to Go: FREE with RSVP

What: There will be a demo of the NEWEST version of their game. Talk to the developers of KCD. Enter the contest for some prizes and have some drinks! Music from Adam Sporka, the sound designer for Warhorse Studios.

If the E3 parties aren’t your thing, let us leave you with another reason to attend E3 in Los Angeles; It creates a platform for big game releases for the world to enjoy. This one is our #CNwin for the show:


Be sure to follow Convention Nation on Twitter @ConventioNation for our #CNwins of E32016! If you missed it last week, check out our social media roundup of the hottest tweets and press releases leading up to E32016!

Come back to after E3 and write a review to tell everyone what you thought of the event!

E3 2016 is underway in Los Angeles this week and in true LA style, whether you are a gamer or not, there are parties all over town every night of the week for gamers and locals to attend and been seen at. Many of the events are FREE and just require an RSVP on the event website to be added to the list.

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