Minneapolis’s Zombie Pub Crawl will celebrate 10 years of gory fun this October, but this year the walking dead will come out of their graves at a new location.
To accommodate the growing number of participating zombies and to cut down on the distance between the bars and the outdoor music stages, the this year’s festival, called “ZPC X,” will take place on three blocks of 1st Avenue on Saturday, Oct. 11. The tentative plan is to have festivities on 1st Avenue between 3rd and 6th streets.
Last year, the annual gathering of corpses took place in the West Bank neighborhood, and instead of sending people to St. Paul, the Star Tribune parking lot near the Metrodome was used. With construction of the new Vikings stadium, however, this was not an option this year, according to ZPC Co-Founder Chuck Terhark.
“There isn’t room just on the West Bank for 25,000 to 30,000 zombies, so we had to find somewhere else to go to make all the zombies into one area,” Terhark said. “It kind of stinks because we love the West Bank, and we worked with those bars forever.”
The new festival area will include two outdoor stages, room for vendors, food trucks and more than a dozen bar areas.
The event will have more stages and bands than last year’s “Zombie Pub Crawl IX: Quarantine,” which featured Sublime with Rome, Flock of Seagulls, the Ying Yang Twins and the World Brain-Eating Championships as entertainers on four stages.
The full lineup of entertainment will be released Aug. 5 and will include national and local acts spanning the musical genres of rock, hip-hop and EDM and the return of the World Brain-Eating Championships.
For the first time, ZPC will also take the road this year and creep its way over to Kansas City on Oct. 4. Terhark said he wanted to make use of the zombie pub crawl trademark and expand its reach.
ZPC started in 2005 with 150 zombies in Northeast Minneapolis and has transformed into the world’s largest zombie pub crawl with more than 30,000 zombies in attendance annually.
“I think it’s successful because it was very good timing. We started doing it before the whole zombie explosion happened in popular culture,” Terhark said. “Pub crawls in general were getting popular at that time, too. People go to it and have a really great time and come back year after year.”