Zombie Pub Crawl
It’s getting a little colder these days and October is upon us, and that means the undead are preparing to take over downtown Minneapolis’ Warehouse District. The Zombie Pub Crawl, known as the world’s first and largest gathering of zombies via the Guinness Book of World Records, is a one big fiendish pub crawl combined with an ever-growing music festival. The 21-plus event features a fittingly odd lineup of Sum 41, Soulja Boy, Aaron Carter, Girl Talk and dozens of other acts across the area’s entertainment venues. Zombies can also enjoy a brain-eating championship (don’t worry, they’re actually tacos), or just enjoy the costumes of the thousands of fellow undead.
Where: Warehouse District
When: Saturday, Oct. 17
Cost: $16.66-$36.66, VIP tickets available
Book Lovers Ball
Local book lovers will have a chance to meet locally published authors at Milkweed Editions’ Book Lovers Ball. The local publisher is hosting authors such as Michael Bazzet (“You Must Remember This”), Beth Dooley (“Winter’s Kitchen,” forthcoming), Parneshia Jones (“Vessel”), Patricia Kirkpatrick (“Odessa”) and many more. Local literary types can also bid on unique auction items, take photos with authors and dine elbow-to-elbow with other book lovers.
Where: Mill City Museum, 704 S. 2nd St.
When: Friday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.
Cost: $175, other options available
A lot of people didn’t enjoy their high school prom, but you’ve been given a second chance. BIKEFUN!, a local group of bikers who also enjoy throwing cycling-related events, is throwing its own biking-focused prom. Attendees should dress in their fanciest garb — or whatever suits your fancy — with the theme of “over the rainbow.” BIKE PROM will begin at Boom Island Park and continue with a casual bike ride to In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theatre, with plenty of chances for slow dance breaks on the way.
Where: Boom Island Park, 800 Sibley Ave. NE
When: Saturday, Oct. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
In a single night, in 32 movie theaters across the country, Kickstarter will be showcasing the best of its user-backed films, documentaries and shorts. The one night of crowdsourced entertainment will include two feature-length projects, “What We Do in the Shadows” from the creators of the HBO series “Flight of the Conchords” at 7 p.m. and “T-Rex,” a documentary on the life of Claressa “T-Rex” Shields who was the first American woman to win gold in boxing at the 2012 Olympics. A few shorts that made their way to the Sundance Film Festival and others also made it into this cream-of-the-crop film fest.
Where: St. Anthony Main Theatre, 115 Main St. SE
When: Oct. 15 from 7-11:30 p.m.
Harvest Beer Festival
The second annual Harvest Beer Festival will capitalize on the booming craft beer buzz in the Twin Cities to throw a fest for the city’s connoisseurs. The outdoor “beer garden” festival at Bachman’s will showcase an array of local beers and the Fresh Hop Throwdown will give attendees the opportunity to pick their favorites. Guests can pick up snacks at food trucks, assemble their own pretzel necklace and vote for their favorite brews from what the Twin Cities beer scene has to offer.
Where: Bachman’s, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S.
When: Saturday, Oct. 17 from 1-5 p.m.
Cost: $30-50, $10 designated driver
The Scariest Freakin’ Show Ever
In its fifth year, “The Scariest Freakin’ Show Ever” is a terrifying mash-up of sketch comedy, real storytelling and music. The show comes from creators Ryan North and Beau Hays, the minds behind Bryan-Lake Bowl hit “U Betcha! The Making of a Minnesotan Boy Band.” “The Scariest Freakin’ Show Ever” features a cast of Twin Cities veterans Denis Curly, Jim Robinson, Katy Hays, Tina North and Justine Carroll Melchior.
Where: Bryant-Lake Bowl, 810 W. Lake St.
When: Fridays, Oct. 23 and 30 at 7 p.m.
Cost: $14 door, $12 in advance
Thrill the World
Thrill the World, an event in its seventh year hosted by beARTrageous and the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, returns this year for some Minneapolis Halloween festivities. Guests are encouraged to wear their spookiest costumes for this Halloween-style block party where a flash mob will perform a dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” at 5 p.m. Free dance classes are offered at the Kenwood Community Center, 2101 W. Franklin Ave., Oct. 6 and 13 from 6:30-8 p.m., Oct. 10 and 17 from 10-11 a.m. and Oct. 23 from 7-8:30 p.m. There will also be zombie makeovers, Halloween treats and spooky storytelling.
Where: 21st Street West & Penn Avenue South
When: Saturday, Oct. 24 from 3-6 p.m.
Photo by Stephen Maturen
Indeed Brewing Company is once again throwing its annual Hullabaloo with its fall beers, a two-day lineup of bands and plenty of Blue Door Pub fare. The fest marks the return of a local favorite, Indeed’s Yamma Jamma Harvest Ale, and the release of the 2015 Rum King. On Saturday, Oct. 10 an all-day stage presented by First Avenue will feature bands like Fury Things, Frankie Teardrop and more. On Sunday, Oct. 11 The Cactus Blossoms, Mike Gunther and others are set to take the stage as well. While Hullabaloo is welcome for all ages, the brewery prefers the event to be adults-only after 8 p.m.
Where: Indeed Brewing Co., 711 15th Ave. NE
When: Oct. 10-11