The Zombie Pub Crawl is the world’s first and largest
festival of the crawling, partying dead.
Certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as the “World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies,” the ZPC gathers thousands upon thousands of undead souls into the Warehouse District of downtown Minneapolis for a night of pub crawling, dancing, world-class live entertainment, and all sorts of other fiendish fun. Costumes encouraged—the gorier, the better! Featuring two outdoor stages, dozens of participating bars, limited-edition “Brain Belt” beer courtesy of Schell’s Brewing, dozens of food trucks, tons of great live music, the World Brain-Eating Championships, and so much more.
2017 marks the 13th year of the Zombie Pub Crawl in MinneapolisJoin the Masses!
Click on a year to view the artwork for that year. All poster and ZPC artwork is done by our super talented buddy Dwitt.
150 people gathered in Northeast Minneapolis and went to six bars, starting at the 331 Club and ending at Psycho Suzi’s, who didn’t know they were coming. We didn’t have a website. We might have had a MySpace page though.
500 zombies gathered again in Northeast and went to a few more bars. A rival Pirate Pub Crawl was started, but quickly retreated when faced with the reality of a zombie horde getting blood all over their fancy pirate shirts.
Having outgrown Northeast, we moved to the West Bank neighborhood, starting at Gold Medal Park and ending with a big party at the Nomad. About 1,000 people showed up.
I’m not sure where that name came from. We almost called it “ZPC 4: Out the Door,” and “ZPC 4: Beach Party” was a strong contender. Anyway. 2,500 people showed up at the West Bank again. This is around the time when other cities started having zombie pub crawls.
We added the Cabooze this year to make room for more zombies. 5,000 people came, and it was generally mayhem everywhere.
This is the year we had to start selling tickets to the pub crawl to pay for security, cleanup, and a bunch of other stuff. We added block parties in downtown and the Cabooze. 14,000 zombies showed up.
You can also check out the ZPC 2010 Official Map, which turned out pretty rad.
We started running out of room to put all the zombies, so we invited St. Paul to the party. Andrew W.K. played in Mears Park, while 2 Live Crew played at the Cabooze. 25,000 zombies showed up. You can also view the 2011 Preview Poster and the ever-awesome ZPC 2011 Official Map.
We moved the St. Paul party to Midway Stadium and called it “Zombie Island” for some reason. There was a full carnival for the zombies, fireworks, and building on fire. DMX played, although he showed up about four hours late. (What a jerk.) In Minneapolis, the Gin Blossoms played, and were actually really good. We had a bunch of metal bands and DJs and other stuff too.
Grain Belt Premium made a limited-edition beer called “Brain Belt,” we set the Guinness World Record for “Largest Gathering of Zombies” at Midway Stadium, and we introduced Phil, the world’s largest zombie (he’s 50′ tall from his waist up. He doesn’t have legs.) About 30,000 zombies showed up. You can also take a look at the 2012 Preview Poster.
In 2013, the zombie horde was lured to a giant quarantined area in downtown Minneapolis using such bait as music (Sublime w/ Rome, Flock of Seagulls, and more), amusements (a giant LED ferris wheel), refreshments (Brain Belt beer), and food (the first-ever Brain-Eating Championships, ft Joey Chestnut, plus food trucks). We also invited Trick Daddy, Ying Yang Twins, and Bubba Sparxxx to the party, and added a “Trapped in the Closet Sing-Along” and a 6.66K zombie charity run as well. Was “ZPC 9: Quarantine” the greatest zombie pub crawl in history? It was, until...
In 2014, the Zombie Pub Crawl celebrated its 10th year with the craziest zombie party yet. The bloody mayhem moved to Downtown's Warehouse District, and invited superstar headliners Steve Aoki and Juicy J to join in the fun. Resistance Pro Wrestling was on hand, as was competitive eating legend Kobayashi, who crushed the competition at the second World Brain-Eating Championships.
After officially being declared the “World’s Largest Zombie Horde” by the Guinness Book of World Records, the Zombie Pub Crawl returned in 2015 with a huge party headlined by Girl Talk, Sum 41, Seven Lions, Lil Dicky, Soulja Boy, Aaron Carter, Mini Kiss, and the return of the World Brain-Eating Championship.
The crawling dead returned to downtown Minneapolis in 2016, and this time they were joined by Rae Sremmurd, Zomboy, Ja Rule, Smash Mouth, ILoveMakonnen, Andrew WK, a bunch of undead burlesque dancers, tons of DJs, and the first-ever ZPC Costume Contest, which was won by a Canadian dude walking around in a demonic bone suit he made out of an actual deer carcass. Which, now that we think about it, is super crazy.
ZPC returns to downtown Minneapolis in 2017 with its biggest lineup yet! Third Eye Blind, Tech N9ne, T-Pain, Sean Kingston, Jillionaire of Major Lazer, the guy who played Jason in the first “Friday the 13th,” the return of the ZPC costume contest… and, of course, the world largest zombie horde. Plus, this year we’re adding “Zombie Week”—a full itinerary of awesome zombie-themed events for all ages during the week leading up to ZPC! Join the horde!