Up & Coming Weekly

October 17, 2023

Up and Coming Weekly is a weekly publication in Fayetteville, NC and Fort Bragg, NC area offering local news, views, arts, entertainment and community event and business information.

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12 UCW October 18 - 24, 2023 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM e undead are coming. For the 13th year, the Zombie Walk is tak- ing over downtown Fayetteville. A free family-friendly event, the Zombie Walk convenes the undead on Oct. 27, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Zombies of all ages are invited to come and enjoy the festivities. For this year's event, the Cool Springs Downtown District Zom- bie Walk is bringing back old favorites and adding some new, soon-to-be favorites: food, fun, music and a little of everything in between. Returning this year is a perfor- mance stage on Person Street. Tan & Sober Gentlemen, Tumbao and Stone Dolls are set to entertain the undead. Each band will bring its own vibe and style of music, a sure win for the zombies set to attend. According to their website, "e Tan & Sober Gentlemen aim to bring these traditions full circle. ey play Irish tunes, ballads and pub songs right next to the Appalachian fiddle tunes of their youth, melding the two into what they call "Irish-American hillbilly music." Bringing some Latin fusion is Tumbao. "¡Tumbao! offers a taste of Salsa, Funk, Cumbia, Latin rock, Reggae, and R&B, all loaded with brass - truly one of the best night parties around." e all-female Stone Dolls will bring the best of the '70s, '80s, '90s and today. is year, another new attrac- tion will be introduced: wrestling. Catch a show by Ring Wars Caro- lina Pro Wrestling team on the corner of Ray Ave and Hay Street. But the most anticipated new addition is the Rocky Horror Sing- A-Long Trolley. Riders will hop on for a Time Warp of a time, singing along to all their Rocky Horror Show favorites. e only experi- ence that is not free, tickets are $30 per rider. ere are two trolley rides to catch, 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. e trolley picks up riders from the Bright Light Brewing Company at 444 W. Russell Street. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Cool Springs Downtown District's office at 910- 223-1089. Zombies will have more than brains to fill their tummies at the food truck rodeo and an oppor- tunity to explore "Artist Alley" on Anderson Street and purchase new goodies from local vendors. Zombies traveling by car can find spaces in the two downtown park- ing decks, Franklin Street Parking Deck, 208 Franklin Street, and Hay Street Parking Deck, 472 Hay Street. Remember it's a takeover, so Hay, Anderson and Person Streets will be closed to traffic. Don't forget, wear your best cos- tume for a chance to win a prize as the top undead of the night. Or- ganizers ask that attendees refrain from bringing functioning or previ- ously functioning weapons. Lauren Falls, Marketing and Events Director for the Cool Springs Downtown District is ex- cited about this year's event, recog- nizing all of the amazing sponsors who make this event possible and free. "e Cool Spring Downtown District would like to thank BackARound Records, City of Fayetteville, Healy Wholesale, e Arts Council of Fayetteville and Cumberland County, Metronet and First National Bank for spon- soring the Zombie Walk," Falls said. While vendor spots are officially closed for this year, Falls encour- ages those interested in being a vendor for 4th Fridays in the 2024 season to send an email to info@ coolspringfay.org. FEATURE No need to fear, it's just the Zombie Walk's 13th Year by AMBER LITTLE Sarah Mills, a local cosplay artist, strolls through downtown Fayetteville Sunday, Oct. 15. Mills will be attending the 13th annual Zombie Walk in full costume. Photos by Aly Hansen. AMBER LITTLE, Staff Writer. COMMENTS? Editor@upandcomin- gweekly.com. 910-484-6200.

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