What is the Zombie Pub Crawl?
The Zombie Pub Crawl is an annual occurrence in Minneapolis during which thousands of people pretend to be dead and wander the streets, boozing and dancing and carousing and having the time of their lives. Which is kind of ironic when you think about it, considering everyone’s dead. It’s like a cross between Mardi Gras and a George Romero movie.
It began with 150 zombies in Minneapolis in 2005 and has grown every year since, as any good zombie mob does. There are many copycat events around the world, but this is the original.
In 2014 Guinness recognized the ZPC as the "World's Largest Gathering of Zombies."
Where is the Zombie Pub Crawl?
The Warehouse District of Downtown Minneapolis, in the bars and parking lots along 1st Avenue North near the Target Center.
Visit the Location section for information on participating bars and directions to the ZPC.
When is it?
Saturday, October 14, 2017. Door at 5PM, entertainment starts at 6.
Where should I park?
How many people attend the Zombie Pub Crawl?
Where do I buy my wristband?
Go here to purchase your tickets online, or visit a Ragstock location listed below after Friday, September 29 to purchase your ticket and get your wristband.
Beginning Friday, September 29, you can redeem your ticket for a wristband at any of the Ragstock locations below. Make sure you bring your ZPC ticket, whether it be printed or on your phone, as it is required to pick up your wristband. You can also pick up your friend’s wristband if you have their ticket with you. That's a nice zombie.
Important: Do not lose your wristband, we cannot replace it. Guard it like your precious brainz.
While you’re there, you’ll also get a discount everything in the store! Zombie makeup, fake blood, costume supplies, everything you need for your ZPC look. And the sooner you get your wristband, the bigger the discount:
Sept 29-Oct 1: 30% off!
Oct 2-8: 20% off
Oct 9-14: 10% off
If for some reason you decide not to get your wristband early at Ragstock, you can pick it up at the event at the Target Center box office will-call. But why wait in line when you can get it early AND save on your zombie supplies? Seriously, it's a no-brainer. Go to Ragstock.
And I need a wristband to get into the Zombie Pub Crawl?
My friend told me I could get into the bars without a wristband.
Your friend lied to you. You should reconsider the company you keep.
I thought the Zombie Pub Crawl was in St. Paul too.
Nope. Just Minneapolis.
How much does it cost?
Regular admission to ZPC is $39. VIZ tickets are $90 while they last. Ticket prices will go up the day of the event. So be a fast 28 Days Later zombie, not a slow George Romero zombie, and get yours quick right here.
Looking for the Horde discount? Check out our “Horde Leader” program and get free tickets + drink tokens by turning your friends!
Are masks allowed?
Yes, masks are allowed. But keep in mind you may be asked to remove it at any time by security.
Can I bring in fake weapons?
Our security staff has been instructed to only allow weapons that are clearly fake. If you bring realistic-looking weapon props, we can't guarantee that they won't be confiscated at the gate.
Additionally, in light of recent events, this year we're taking the additional measure of prohibiting all gun props, regardless of how "unrealistic" they may look.
So no guns?
Correct. Every year we get several groups who arrive dressed as "zombie hunters," complete with realistic-looking weaponry, and that's just not going to fly this year. So: No guns. Hope you understand.
What security measures are you taking in light of the recent events in Las Vegas?
We absolutely understand your concerns, and share them. Security is our number-one priority at Zombie Pub Crawl.
We employ a large staff of security guards, as well as off-duty MPD officers, to ensure a safe and fun environment for all zombies. We work closely with the First Precinct (whose station is located right next to our event) year-round in developing a comprehensive safety plan for this event, and we are confident that it is among the safest events of its kind in the nation.
This year we are taking extra precautions as well, including heightened security screenings at the entrance gates and a complete ban on all gun-related costume items.
If you have any further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
What does the VIZ ticket get me?
VIZs (Very Important Zombies) VIZs get private viewing areas of the two outdoor stages, private VIZ bathrooms, 2 free drinks, private VIZ entry to the festival grounds, and special gift goodies from our sponsors. And snacks.
I bought a VIZ ticket. Can I pick my wristband up at Ragstock too?
Yes. Make sure the wristband you get says “VIZ” on it!
And what’s up with the VIZ bag?
Every VIZ gets a VIZ bag, with drink tokens and other sweet surprises. Pick up your bag at Will Call (at Hubert’s - 6th St & 1st Ave N) at the ZPC.
Can I purchase a ticket at Ragstock directly?
Can I pick up my friend's wristband at Ragstock?
Yes, as long as you have your friend's printed ticket. You must have one ticket per wristband that you are picking up.
I don't have a printer to print my ticket.
You can have it mailed to you. Just choose that option when purchasing your ticket. But it's easier and faster to print it yourself if you can.
I bought my tickets, but never got a confirmation email. What gives?
Send an email to email@example.com
from the address you used to buy the tickets, and we'll resend your confirmation email.
Can you mail me my wristband?
Sorry, no. You have to pick it up at Ragstock before the crawl or at the Target Center box office on the day of ZPC.
Is there Will Call at the Zombie Pub Crawl?
If you don’t get your wristband early at Ragstock, you can pick it up at the corner of 1st Ave North and 6th Street during the event. But you should really go to Ragstock and get it, so you can get a discount on your ZPC supplies.
I live within the ZPC festival area. How do I get to my residence?
There are two entrances to the festival area: one at 1st Ave & 6th St, and the other at 1st Ave and 3rd St. Prior to 5 PM, anybody can pass through those areas. After 5 PM, our security guards have been notified to allow entrance to anyone (out of costume) who lives within the restricted area. Each entrance gate will have a separate lane off to the side labeled "VIZs + Residents"—just go there, tell them you live in the area, and they'll let you in.
I’m from out of town…
That’s awesome! Thanks for coming.
… and I need a place to stay.
There are lots of hotels along or near the ZPC route, check the Hotels
section for the full list.
How do I get to the Zombie Pub Crawl?
Directions and transportation options to the Warehouse District in downtown Minneapolis are available on the Parking and Transportation
Are there any all-ages venues at the Zombie Pub Crawl?
No. The Zombie Pub Crawl is a 21+ event.
So I have to be 21 to go?
Yes. It’s a pub crawl.
OMG YES SHUT UP.
Are there free drinks?
No. But there will be limited-edition cans of Grain Belt, aka "Brain Belt," for sale at all bars. These things are super awesome and will probably be very collectible some day.
Why do we even need wristbands? I don’t think I should have to pay to get into a pub crawl.
Proceeds from the crawl go to pay for entertainment, security, city permits, insurance, porta-potties, stages, barricades, staff, and charities
. We’ve got national acts, the best local bands, cheap drinks, and thousands of zombies roaming throughout both Twin Cities. If you don’t think it’s worth paying to get all that AND be part of the largest pub crawl on Earth, then stay home.
Do I really need a wristband to get into the bars?
Yes. We’ve been over this.
Who's the official poster artist of the Zombie Pub Crawl?
Is this really world’s largest pub crawl?
Is this really the world's first and best Zombie Pub Crawl?
Is it OK if I spray fake blood all over the sidewalk, or all over the walls and windows of local buildings and businesses?
No! Seriously. No. That is vandalism. There will be cops present, and if you get caught dumping fake blood on anything, or vandalizing anything, you will face the full punishment of the law.
What about breaking windows? That’s cool, right?
If you do that, you’ll be arrested. Not kidding.
Wait, I thought the Zombie Pub Crawl was the one time a year that the law doesn’t apply to me.
So no fake blood?
You can have fake blood all over yourself if you like. Just don’t spray it on other people’s stuff. (That includes windows, sidewalks, street signs, and bathrooms.)
But I can still stagger into traffic, right?
Jesus, are you serious? No!
Will there be food?
Yes! Remember Zombie Pub Crawl Rule #1: Eat something! There will be many food trucks.
What about tipping? Do zombies tip?
Zombies always tip their bartenders.
I’ve got stuff I want to sell at the Zombie Pub Crawl. Is that cool with you?
Probably. Go to the Vendors
page for more info about becoming a ZPC vendor.
I want to do people’s make-up!
OK. If you want your own tent in the vendor area, go here
I've always wanted to see a 50-foot inflatable zombie. Will I get to do that this year?
What’s the ZPC cheer again?
“What do we want?
When do we want ‘em?
That’s pretty sweet.
Hold on, you haven’t magically predicted the exact question I was going to ask you.
Ok, email us through the form on the Contact
page and we’ll do our best to respond.