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 2012 Guinness recognized the ZPC as the “World’s Largest Gathering of Zombies.”

Where is the Zombie Pub Crawl?

The West Bank neighborhood of Minneapolis. Plus, this year we’re adding two large parking lots in Downtown to the fun, because we need somewhere to put Phil, our 50-foot inflatable zombie. And the ferris wheel.

Maps and a complete itinerary are available here.

When is it?

Saturday, October 12, 2013. 4 PM until 2 AM.

Where should I park?

Check out our Parking and Transportation pages for this information.

How many people attend the Zombie Pub Crawl?

Around 30,000.

Where do I buy my wristband?

Go here to purchase your tickets online. Beginning Friday, September 27, you can redeem your ticket for a wristband at any of these Ragstock locations:

  • Minneapolis: 1433 West Lake Street Minneapolis, MN 55408
    Phone: 612-823-6690
  • Maplewood: 
3001 White Bear Avenue Space 2056A 
Maplewood, MN 55109

  • Mall of America: 
358 South Avenue 
Bloomington, MN 55425
    Phone: 952-854-5133
  • Golden Valley:
 7924 Olson Memorial Highway
 Golden Valley, MN 55427
  • Rosedale: 410 Rosedale Space 315 Roseville, MN 55113
  • Roseville: 2195-B Snelling Avenue Roseville, MN 55113
  • Ridgedale: 12401 Wayzata Blvd #1180 Minnetonka, MN 55305
    Phone: 952-546-1628
  • Northfield: 420 Division St. S., Northfield, MN 55057
    Phone: 507-645-9081
  • Mankato: 1850 Adams St., Suite 126, Mankato, MN 56001
    Phone: 507-625-3315
  • St. Cloud: 4201 W. Division St. Suite 79, St. Cloud, MN 56301
    Phone: 320-251-8962
  • Duluth: 9 W. Superior Street, Suite 100, Duluth, MN 55802
    Phone: 218-722-1201
  • Eau Claire: 4800 Golf Road, Space 112, Eau Claire, WI 54701
    Phone: 715-835-6710

While you’re there you also get 20% off your zombie purchase, which is a pretty sweet deal.

If for some reason you decide not to get your wristband early at Ragstock, you can pick it up at a will-call station. There are three: The Cabooze, Seven Corners, and the Quarantine Zone (at Portland and 4th St). Here’s that map again.

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.

Not this year. Minneapolis only. That’s why we’re calling it “Quarantine.”

How much does it cost?

A ZPC wristband is $25 until October 1. Then the price lurches to $35. Get your ticket now!

And then get on the email list using the form in the upper right of this page so you can hear about our early-bird tickets next year. Those were sold for $12.99 this year, and they sold out in hours.

What about the Zombie 6.66K Run. Does my wristband get me into that?

No, there’s a separate ticket for the run. Although you get a nice discount if you go to both the run and the pub crawl.

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.

Can you mail me my wristband?

Sorry, no. You can pick it up at any Ragstock location in the metro area two weeks prior to the crawl, or you can pick it up at any will-call location throughout the crawl.

Where will the Will-Call stations be?

The Cabooze, Seven Corners, and the Quarantine Zone.

I heard the Zombie Pub Crawl was going to be at Harriet Island.

I don’t know why people keep saying that. Look at the map.

I also heard it was going to be at Nicollet Island.

No. But the Zombie 6.66K Run does go past Nicollet Island.

Who’s playing the Zombie Pub Crawl?

Who isn’t? We’ve got a ton of local bands and DJs, as well as SUBLIME with Rome, the Ying Yang Twins, Flock of Seagulls, Marijuana Deathsquads, Bubba Sparxxxx, Get Cryphy, an R. Kelly “Trapped in the Closet” singalong, and the debut of the World Brain-Eating Championships. For a full list, check out the Entertainment page.

Wait, did you say World Brain-Eating Championships? Is Joey Chestnut going to be there?


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 Accommodations page for the full list.

How do I get to the Zombie Pub Crawl?

Directions and transportation options to the Downtown/West Bank neighborhoods are available on the Transportation page.

Are there any all-ages venues at the Zombie Pub Crawl?

The Quarantine Zone is all ages. EVERYTHING ELSE IS 21+.

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.

OK, I get the whole wristband thing. But what’s up with “Activating” it?

That means you can link your wristband to your Facebook page. You can use it to check in while you’re at the ZPC, let your friends know where you are, participate in crawl-wide scavenger hunts, sign up to win cool prizes, and other neat stuff. This is optional, of course.

Do I have to be 21 to go to the Zombie Pub Crawl?

No! The Quarantine Zone is all ages. Everything else is 21+ though.

Who’s the official poster artist of the Zombie Pub Crawl?


Can I buy a screenprint of the poster?

You sure can. Check out Dwitt’s website.

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.

Ummm… no.

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 a large food truck court at the Quarantine Zone, and another on Cedar Avenue. Eat up.

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.