Zombie Fest to return to downtown Bradenton

The undead return to downtown Bradenton this Saturday for their annual party on Old Main Street. The Fourth Annual Zombie Fest is scheduled for 5-10 p.m. on Old Main Street (12th Street West). The historic downtown street will close to vehicular traffic at 2:30 p.m. between Manatee to Third avenues. Open alcohol consumption is permitted on Old Main Street when the barricades are in place, but alcohol must be purchased from one of the bars or restaurants on Old Main Street and glass bottles are prohibited on the street. Old Main Street will be closed to vehicular traffic from 2:30 p.m. until about 11 p.m. If you drive to Zombie Fest, park in one of the downtown parking garages, the public parking lot at Third Avenue West and Old Main Street, along Barcarrota Boulevard or other downtown parking not located within the designated areas of the party. Public parking is free on the weekends. Feel free to dress up in a Halloween costume or stop by Classic Ink, 306 Old Main St., where professional artists will be decorating guests in zombie makeup for a $20 donation. Classic Ink’s “Zombification Station” opens at 1 p.m. Saturday. Zombie Fest will not have vendors or live music on the street this year but food, drink and entertainment can be found inside Old Main Street’s bars, restaurants and coffee shops. You must be 21 to get inside the bars. Music will be provided by DJ Odi Diaz, an artist at Classic Ink. Zombie Fest is presented by the Old Main Street Merchants Association and Classic Ink.