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A side event is a small tournament usually run in conjunction with a quizbowl tournament (the "main event"). Typically, a "side event" is partnered with an academic tournament so that it can draw in more players.

Side events usually cover a niche selection of subjects, while "main events" usually cover a standard distribution of all subjects. Subject tournaments are common examples of side events. Colloquially, "side event" can also refer to a niche tournament or question set in itself (such as a vanity tournament), regardless of whether it is actually paired with a "main event."

Trash tournaments sometimes have certain attributes of side events (running in the evening or on Sunday after a larger academic tournament, providing 10 or fewer rounds, being unabashedly reflective of the authors' vanity interests) but are rarely categorized as "side events" unless they are further specialized to some subdistribution of trash. Similarly, official History Bowl events are not considered "side events."

The phenomenon of side events being announced without any real plan to actually write or hold them was satirized by Triacontakaipentagon in 2013.

Side event weekends

The difficulty of attaching side events to any given tournament has spawned side event weekends, in which primarily side events are played. Side event weekends are held routinely in the Midwest, and the NorCal Weekend of Quizbowl has been held since 2016.

List of side events by year

See also multiple category trash tournaments.

2020

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
Internet Charity Tournament packet sub à la Festivus
proceeds were donated to the CDC and local charities
Let's Remember Yet More Guys Sports packet sub organized by Andrew Hart

2019

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
Age of Empires Ancient and Classical History Will Alston
CANONEXPANSION Science Geoffrey Chen, Vishwa Shanmugam, Akshay Govindan
Lederberg Trinity Science Eric Mukherjee, Aakash Patel, Geoffrey Chen, Steven Silverman, Paul Lee, Jonathen Settle, Jaimie Carlson, Anson Berns, Fred Zhang, Sohum Shenoy, James Lasker, Justine French
Fight the Power Vol. 2 Hip-hop Connor Mayers, Andy Huff, Shane Mosley, Ryan Rosenberg, Vishwa Shanmugam, Sohum Shenoy, Rohan Vora
GOLBEZ Video Games Jason Thompson, Billy Busse, Andrew Wang
Imaginary Landscape 5 Audio Music Kevin Wang (TJ), Benjamin Xu, Michael Yue
Let's Remember Some More Guys Sports packet submission organized by Andrew Hart
META All-Subject sans science Nour Hijazi, Jakob Myers, Hari Parameswaran
RULFO Literature, Fine Arts Justine French, Anson Berns, Max Shatan, Vishwa Shanmugam, Jakob Boeye, Keaton Martin, Darren Petrosino, Mazin Omer, Shubham Sengar, Michael Li
Scattergories 3 Will Nediger's choice Will Nediger
STAR BOWL Science Fiction Victor Prieto
Look at this Photograph Visual Trash Erik Christensen
Mixtape Trash Music packet submission run by Harris Bunker
The Unanswered Question Fine Arts
TUPAC Audio Trash Music Andy Huff
BUMPY ii Visual Film Julian Bosse
Guerilla History History organized by Nitin Rao but posted about by Will Alston
STIGMATA Visual Trash Frances Clark-Murray
MUSES The 9 Muses Bradley McLain, Mitch McCullar, Iain Carpenter, Ethan Ashbrook, Bryan Lu, Tim Cho, Govind Prabhakar

2018

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
Eyes That Do Not See IX Visual Art Mike Bentley
ACRONYM 11 Trash Play Quiz Bowl
Historature History, Literature Will Alston, Sameen Belal, Ankit Aggarwal, Eric Mukherjee, Jaimie Carlson all proceeds from the event were donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society
GMX Geography Gabe Brison-Trezise
SOUNDTRACK Audio Trash Steven Silverman, Aakash Patel
PACENSC Pokemon Luc Wetherbee, Daniel Xu
RAPTURE Religion Vasa Clarke packets
The Human Use of Human Beings Modern Things Mike Bentley
"Yo, Pass the AUX Cord, You'd Better Not Read" II Trash Fort Osage packets
Words and Objects Objects and groups of objects Rahul Keyal, James Malouf, Bruce Lou, Will Nediger

2017

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
Eyes That Do Not See VIII Visual Art Mike Bentley
Let's Remember Some Guys Sports packet sub organized by Andrew Hart
There Will Be Stock Clues Food John Lawrence, Max Schindler
Math Monstrosity Math Conor Thompson
GRAB BAG Trash that Mike Bentley likes Mike Bentley
João Myth Eddie Kim packets
Jordaens Visual Arts Visual Arts Jordan Brownstein, Sarang Yeola packets
Yo, Pass the AUX Cord, You'd Better Not Read Trash Fort Osage packets
XENOPHON History and Literature Nour Hijazi, Hari Parameswaran packets
RAGU Renaissance Art Hari Parameswaran, Pranav Sivakumar packets

2016

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
Eyes That Do Not See VII Visual Art Mike Bentley
The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes Visual Film Will Nediger
Tricon: The 4D IMAX Experience Subdistribution based on never-ran side events packet sub organized by George Berry

2015

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
Eyes That Do Not See VI Visual Art Mike Bentley
Chicago Open History 2015: Quizbowl's New Chains Discovered Chicago Doubles Jeff Hoppes packet sub

packets

RILKE Literature Singles John Lawrence, Nick Jensen packets
Chicago Open Visual Arts Visual Arts Stephen Liu, Doug Graebner packets
Feynman's BONGOS Science Will Overman, Farah Kabir packets

2014

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
Lederberg Memorial Science II Science Eric Mukherjee
Triacontakaipentagon 2.5 Subdistribution based on never-ran side events packet sub organized by Matt Weiner
The Mike Cheyne Memorial Battle Royal Tribute to Mike Cheyne packet sub organized by Mike Cheyne

packets

3M: Chicago Open History Doubles History Doubles Mike Larsen, Mike Cheyne, Eric Mukherjee packets

2013

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
Chicago History Doubles History doubles packet sub
Triacontakaipentagon Subdistribution based on never-ran side events packet sub organized by Matt Weiner
Collin Parks's Byzantine History Tournament Byzantine History Collin Park
Eyes That Do Not See V Visual Art Mike Bentley
HUSKY III Visual trash Mike Bentley, University of Washington packets could not be found
TAMIL Visual trash Connor Teevens packets
Angels in the Architecture Architecture Aidan Mehigan packets
Schindler's Lit Literature Max Schindler packets
Geography Monstrosity 5 Geography
Alston Barbarians Packet Barbarians Will Alston packet
Cheyne American History Packet American History Mike Cheyne packet
Cheyne Death Packet Deaths in history Mike Cheyne packet
The Joe Flacco Memorial Trash Packet Mike Cheyne packet
The Kenan Thompson Memorial SNL Packet SNL Mike Cheyne packet
Cheyne Thought Packet Mike Cheyne packet
Cheyne Wrestling Packet Wrestling Mike Cheyne packet
Nediger Common Links Packet Common Links Will Nediger packet
Nediger Death Packet Death in literature Will Nediger packet
Nediger Literary Works by Non-Literary Figures Packet Literary Works by Non-Literary Figures Will Nediger packet
Fernando Arrabal Tournament of the Absurd Extreme difficulty Jerry Vinokurov
CAHOOTS Guerilla trash organized by Carleton
Disney Packet II Disney Mike Cheyne packets

2012

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
EPCOTT Disney Drew Scheeler no posted packets
Cheyne Disney Packet Disney Mike Cheyne written in response to EPCOTT, with a focus on film/TV rather than the theme parks

could not find forum announcement

Community: It's Streets Ahead! Community Drew Scheeler packets
Chicago History Doubles History doubles packet sub

packets

Dragonball Z Tournament Dragon Ball Z Ryan Dillon, Connor Teevens packets
HUSKY Visual Trash Mike Bentley, University of Washington packets
ANFORTAS Myth Ike Jose packets
Film Tournament Film Mike Cheyne packets
WELD Literature Doubles Will Nediger packets
YMIR Myth Ben Zhang, Joe Brosch, Ankit Aggarwal packets
Eyes That Do Not See IV Visual Art Mike Bentley
This Tournament Has Eleven Thousand Writers Guerilla trash Packet sub organized by Mike Bentley

packets

Never Say Never "Awful trash" Eliza Grames and Melanie Keating packets
TERP Maryland packets
CAHFLS Loyola packets
Teevens Trash Connor Teevens packets
Bayou a Drank Tulane packets
The Questions Concerning Technology Technology Will Butler packets
Feats of Strength Matt Weiner packets
Cheyne American History Packet American history Mike Cheyne packets
Cheyne Death Packet Death Mike Cheyne packets
Byzantine History Set Byzantine History Collin Parks does not appear to have ever been posted

2011

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers
Chicago Open History Doubles Guerilla History Doubles packet sub organized by Bruce Arthur

packets

Geography Monstrosity III Geography
GUERILLA Guerilla the packet names imply it is the third of its name, but no announcement for it (or any previous iterations) has been found

packets

Eyes That Do Not See III Visual Art Mike Bentley

2010

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
Bruce Arthur's Wild Kingdom Animals Bruce Arthur
Spring Offensive History Bruce Arthur, Donald Taylor, Shantanu Jha, Ahmad Ragab, Andrew Chrzanowski, Sandy Huang
BELFAST Fine Arts Tanay Kothari
Eyes That Do Not See II Visual Art Mike Bentley
VAIN (Videogames are Extremely Niche) Video Games Mike Bentley
Eyes That Do Not See I Visual Art Mike Bentley
Jean-Baptiste Lully Memorial Fine Arts Abid Haseeb, Lloyd Sy, Shantanu Jha
Chicago Open Literature Doubles 2010: SuperJha Saves Tournaments Lit Ike Jose, Shantanu Jha
TIDUS (Tournament Involving Digital UniverseS) Video Games Jeremy Eaton
Geography Monstrosity II Geography Jeff Hoppes packet submission edited by Jeff
GUERILLA I Guerilla All-Subject
Harry Potter Tournament (Name/Date TBA) Harry Potter Saul Hankin
Bill Cullen Memorial Open Game Shows Nathaniel Kane
PERV (Popular Entertainment Represented Visually) Visual Trash Logan Anbinder, Paul Marchsteiner
Minnesota RPG Tournament Video Games guerilla event held during Minnesota Open 2011, with themed packet submissions by Eric Mukherjee, Mike Cheyne, Mike Bentley, Matt Lafer, Dwight Wynne, Ryan Westbrook, and Ike Jose
MELD (Mildly Experimental Literature Doubles) Literature Doubles Will Nediger
Julius Civilis Classics Tournament Classics Speedcheck Dallas Simons intended to be played by attendants of the National Junior Classical League convention
Unnamed Chipola Lit/Fine Art Singles Tournament Literature, Fine Arts Chipola College

2009

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
The Experiment II Extreme difficulty Ryan Westbrook
EuroFest History Doubles Bruce Arthur packets
RMPFest II RMP Bruce Arthur, Shantanu Jha, and Dominic Machado
Cheyne-Berry Comics Tournament
Tyrone Slothrop Lit Literature Tommy Casalaspi packets
Cheyne Vanity Lit Tournament Literature from off-beat Mike Cheyne packets
Chicago Literature Doubles
Geography Monstrosity I
Mahfouz Memorial Literature Singles: The Game of Fates Literature Singles Ike Jose packets
Gaddis II Extreme difficulty Jonathan Magin, Ahmad Ragab, Shantanu Jha, Mike Bentley, Gautam Kandlikar, Chris Chiego, Eric Mukherjee, and Jerry Vinokurov
Minnesota Guerilla Sports Tournament
KLEE Arts Doubles Shantanu Jha, Aaron Rosenberg, Ted Gioia, Guy Tabachnick, and Chris White packets
Lederberg Memorial Science Science Eric Mukherjee
Science Nonstrosity Science
Dream Tournament
Ferdinand Tonnies Memorial Trash Tournament Trash Andrew Yaphe, David Sea, Michael Arnold, and Mike Sorice run as CO Trash

packets

GARBAGE Trash packet sub Fred Morlan, Evan Nagler

2008

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
Gunpei Yokoi Memorial Tournament Video games, visual fine arts, european history, and meta Mike Bentley packets
RMPFest RMP Bruce Arthur, Michael Arnold, William Dix, Seth Kendall, Evan Nagler, Charles Meigs, Chris Chiego, Grace Li
Chicago History Doubles: The July Crisis History Doubles Bruce Arthur packets
Chicago Open Lit Literature Doubles Jonathan Magin, Ahmad Ragab, Eric Mukherjee, Dave Letzler, Dennis Jang, Shantanu Jha packets
Chicago Movies Tournament Movies packets
Gaddis Extremely difficult doubles Jonathan Magin, Ahmad Ragab, Dennis Jang, Shantanu Jha, Mike Bentley, Gautam Kandlikar, Charles Meigs, Greg Peterson, and Katy Peters
MO Lit: An Encounter Literature Andrew Hart packets
The Richard Eberhart Memorial Impossible Speedcheck Shootout Literature Speedchecks played at Minnesota Open

packets

JECHT Video games Jeremy Eaton played as doubles at Minnesota Open

packets

2008 FOGHAT Trash Jeremy White, Ben Lea never posted
Eric Axel Karlfeldt Memorial Open Trash Andrew Yaphe, David Seal, Michael Arnold packets

2007

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Notes
The Experiment Extreme Difficulty Ryan Westbrook
CO History Doubles: The Guns of August History Doubles Bruce Arthur packets
Chicago Open Lit Literature Singles Jonathan Magin packets

2006

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers
Seth Teitler Myth Tournament Seth Teitler
Berkeley Science Monstrosity
Chris Frankel History Doubles Chris Frankel

2005

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers
Jacopo Pontormo Art

2004

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers
Berkeley Movies Tournament
Berkeley Science Monstrosity
Folly and Glory Lit Singles

2003

No recorded side events in this year

2002

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers
Berkeley Science Masters
Anthony de Jesus Singles
"S.O.B." Singles

2001

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers
Herbert Spencer Singles
Mark Discordia Singles
"Fleetwood" Mac Singles
Andy Goss Trash Singles

2000

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers
Chicago Open Singles

1999

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers
Chicago Open Singles
Case Western Trash Singles

1998

Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers
Chicago Open Singles

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Season Tournament Name Tournament Subject or Gimmick Writers Site(s) held Winner(s) Stats
2010? Doug Graebner's Painting Tournament
2010? Dan Passner's Judaica Bowl
2010? Gautam Kandlikar's India Tournament
2009? Zach Foster's Military History Tournament
2011? High Schooler Produced Japanese/Asian Lit Thing
2012? Fred Morlan's Music Tournament
2011? Matt Duchan's Sports Tournament
2013? Nolan Esser's Rock Music Tournament
2010? Nathan James's "Chad C. Mulligan Open" Mini-ACF Tournament
2011? "Krik? Krak! Moo: Electric Blankets are Optional" Short Literature Tournament
2008 Andy Watkins's "20th Century Side Event"
2011? Bruce Arthur's "Amazing Planet" Animal Tournament
2011? Shan Kothari's Music Tournament
2011? Andrew Hart's Arrested Development Tournament
2011? Joe Brosch's Anime Tournament
2013 Summer Aidan Mehigan's Architecture Tournament
2011? Michael Hausinger's Engineering Tournament
2010? Andy Watkins's "Science, Dismal and Gay" Tournament of Science, Economics, and Poetry
2012? Isaac Hirsch's Hats Tournament
2009 Matt Weiner's "Henry Darger Tournament of the Unreal"
2007? Andrew Ullsperger's Science Tournament
2008? Ryan Westbrook's "Varying Difficulty" Tournament
2008? Rom Masrour's Movie Tournament
2010? Andy Watkins and Hannah Kirsch's "Uwe Boll" Common Links Tournament
2011? "The Eric and Ben Myth Tournament"
2025 Ted Gioia's "Secret Literature Tournament for Andrew Yaphe"
2011? Jeff Geringer's "Trastastrophe III"
2010? Bruce Arthur's "Your Choice Fest"
2008? Matt Chadbourne's Math Tournament
2011? Fred Morlan's Movie Tournament
2012? Aaron dos Remedios's Board Game Tournament
2011 Ike Jose's "Thought" Tournament