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New Orleans music festival music

Z-Day Fest is what separates us from the rest. Wherever we go, wherever you are, when Z-Day is in town you can count on the absolute best New Orleans musicians playing for you on the festival stage.

You won’t find cheesy 80′s cover bands, nameless DJs or truck stop country folk bands on our stage — expect to hear original, engaging, and distinctly unique sounds from bands and musicians who know how to rock a crowd, and who create the melodies for which New Orleans is internationally famous.

So arrive early and plan to stay late, because the obstacle course is only half the attraction at Z-Day. Check your city’s Z-Day page to view the musical acts and special events lineup.

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It’s here. Z-Day Fest, a New Orleans music festival bringing you the best local music from internationally acclaimed bands who will be keeping Runners, Zombis, and festival ticket holders dancing well into the evening hours.

Z-Day Fest is unlike any other event that’s ever happened because it’s taking place alongside the Z-Day 5K Zombie Run & Obstacle Course. These are two events that will have you covered in blood and mud while you dance in the crowds. For the serious zombie enthusiast, the runner looking for an ultimate challenge, or any music fan, Z-Day is bringing it all home to New Orleans!

Festival Details

  • Time
    Begins with First Runner Heat, Ends 1 Hour After the Last

  • Place
    Laketown Park, Kenner (New Orleans), LA

  • Price
    Varies by Location (included with Runner/Zombie registration)

  • Ages
    All ages welcome

  • Parking
    Free for ticket holders

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Links for press, media, and registration

Media Access

Are you a member of the media or press seeking access to the event? Please click here.

Purchase Zombie/Runner Tickets

Ready to register as a Runner or Zombie so that your Festival ticket is free? Here you go.

Vendor Application

Are you a food vendor or local merchant wanting to establish a presence at Z-Day? Get started here.

Z-Day Fest FAQs

Are food and beverages available at Z-Day?

We will have a wide variety of food and beverage (both non-alcoholic and beer/spirits) vendors present at the Z-Day Festival. Please be sure to bring cash as we can not guarantee credit/debit card acceptance.

Are outside food and drinks permitted?

We have assembled a great selection of snack and refreshment selections from Greater New Orleans vendors. We do ask that you respect their businesses by limiting outside food and drink only to that needed for post-run rehydration and carbohydrate replenishment, or for what is needed to appease small children. **Coolers are not permitted.**

Can I enter the Festival before/after my scheduled run time/Zombie shift?

Yes. Your ticket is valid from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM on the date of the Festival. Please come and go as you please during these times.

Can I register/pay at the event?

You may register on-site for the event, but it does not entitle you to a free event shirt or guarantee you an event medal after finishing the 5K. These items will be ordered in an exact quantity for pre-registered participants and are not promised to be available for registrants signing up in person or online within 10 days of the event.

Can registered Zombies & Runners enter the Festival?

Yes. Zombie and Runner tickets allow entry for the registered person into the Z-Day Festival.

Do I get a free event shirt with Festival registration?

No,  unfortunately not. Only registered Runners and Zombies will receive a complimentary event shirt. You can however purchase one on your own within the Festival grounds.

Do you issue refunds for any reason?

Refunds are only issued if the request is in compliance with our Events & Z-Day Refund Policy (click here to view). Refunds are not issued for races/runs/marathons/athletic events as an industry standard. Tickets are transferrable to another individual of appropriate age and eligibility. If you find someone to transfer your ticket to, please email registration@nolazombi.com. The 5K and Festival proceeds both are benefits for the SPCAs of Louisiana and Jefferson Parishes, so we hate taking money away from the animals!

How many people are expected at this event?

A lot. Seriously, a lot. Come prepared for at least moderate crowds. (It’s a New Orleans festival, ya heard?)

Is parking available?

Yes. FREE parking is available at both the Pontchartrain Center and the Treasure Chest Casino at the end of Williams Boulevard (4545 Williams Blvd., Kenner, LA).

Is transportation available to Z-Day 5K & Fest?

Yes. You may purchase roundtrip shuttle service for the event by clicking here.

What bands are playing Z-Day Fest?

Our lineup for September 21, 2013 includes: Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes, Flow Tribe, Hot 8 Brass Band, Little Freddie King, and The Stooges.

What is the age limit for Z-Day Fest?

We welcome zombie enthusiasts of all ages into Z-Day Fest. Minors do not need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian, however we do strongly recommend it for the sake of safety.

What makes Z-Day different from the other zombie runs?

Simple. Z-Day has been planned by local New Orleanians who know how to throw a party. We have obstacles designed by military professionals, a professional musical lineup featuring Flow Tribe and Johnny Sketch, zombies made-over by the world class special effects talents of Illusion Industries, a HUGE location on the shore of Lake Pontchartrain, plus blood and mud will be everywhere! We encourage you to participate as a portion of our proceeds stay right here in the Greater New Orleans Area to benefit the SPCAs of Orleans and Jefferson Parishes.

Will I be able to use my credit or debit card at the event?

We’re going to try but can’t make assurances. Bring cash to be safe. Z-Day 5K & the Z-Day Fest are being held in a large lakefront park therefore data connections aren’t available to communications networks. We will be at the mercy of cellular networks during the date of the event, and these networks are susceptible to the elements as well as heavy data volumes from the thousands of mobile phones that will be on-site.