The 4th Annual Long Beach Zombie Street Fest & Zombie Walk, presented by the Long Beach Cinematheque and Mondo Celluloid, will attempt to capture two simultaneous Guinness World Record titles: most people dancing simultaneously in one place to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” (organized by Thrill the World Los Angeles), and the largest zombie walk of all time.
The events have been featured in Los Angeles Magazine’s “The Guide” and selected by AAA’s Westways magazine this month as number four in the feature “Five Southern California Events Worth Driving To, And More.” This year, the anticipated attendance for the events is more than 20,000 people.
The Zombie Street Fest & Zombie Walk will take place from 2pm to 11pm in downtown Long Beach on the promenade between 3rd and 4th streets, with entertainment for all ages including: makeup stations, hundreds of vendors, artists displaying their horror/zombie-themed works of art, food, a beer garden, live music and muralists at the Tinderbox Stage.
Shannon’s on Pine, 209A Pine Ave., will host a haunted house. The Long Beach Pedaler Society, 635 Pine Ave., will host a zombie art show curated by Jason Liwag and Garry Booth of Phone Booth Gallery, with wine by 4th Street’s Art du Vin Wine Bar.
The music schedule is as follows:
3pm Potential Lunatics
4pm (to be announced)
5pm Bell Stray
7pm Bella Novela
8pm Natural Sci-Fi
9pm Wild Pack of Canaries
At 7pm, the flash mob performance will take place, shooting for the Guinness World Record title of most people dancing simultaneously in one place to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Seattle, Washington currently holds the record at 4,800 zombies.
At 8pm, Zombie Walk IV will start at Promenade and Ocean Boulevard. The walk route will be across Ocean Boulevard to the Convention Center, across the bridge, to the Birdcage, and then looping back around.
Also beginning at 8pm will be the “Dead Man’s After-Party” in the Press-Telegram building lot, on Pine Avenue between 6th and 7th streets, with a live performance by Johnny Vatos’s Tribute to Halloween (featuring former members of Oingo Boingo), as well as fire dancing by Sirena Serpentina, food trucks, a beer garden, “World’s Sexiest Zombie Costume Contest” (with celebrity guest judge– actress Rena Riffel of Showgirls and Mulholland Drive. Tickets for the party are $15 presale and $20 at the door.