This dancing-zombie event in San Jose promises to be a ‘Thriller’ – but will it set a record?

Several hundred costumed dancers participate in Thrill the World in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 24, 2009.
Several hundred costumed dancers participate in Thrill the World in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 24, 2009. AP file

Pull that red-and-black leather jacket out of the depths of your closet and dust off your ’80s dance moves.

Adira Dance & Costume in San Jose once again is looking to set the Guinness World Record with its massive dance off re-creating Michael Jackson’s classic choreography from his 1983 “Thriller” video.

The performance is part of Thrill the World, an annual worldwide event of simultaneous dance dedicated to Jackson’s horror-themed song. Each October, thousands of people participate in cities across the globe.

Everyone is invited to come and watch the San Jose event. Or better yet, learn the dance movies on YouTube, dress up like a funky zombie and get in on the action yourself. The music starts at 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 at Adira Dance & Costume (2038 Lincoln Ave.). For more information:

Brubeck Festival

What: Bored by haunted houses and Oktoberfests? Why not head to Stockton and catch the last night of the Brubeck Festival? Celebrated violinist Regina Carter, who has toured with Wynton Marsalis, will perform music from Ella Fitzgerald at the annual jazz festival celebrating UOP alumnus Dave Brubeck.

When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28

Where: Faye Spanos Concert Hall, University of the Pacific (3601 Pacific Ave., Stockton)

Cost: $25 general admission; $10 student



What: The majestic, multihued hot air balloons, which depart from the Clovis Rodeo grounds early each morning, are the big draw for this festival, now in its 43rd year. As the orbs soar across the sky, attendees can listen to live bands, eat food and participate in activities including the new “International Village” exhibit.

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29

Where: Pollasky Avenue between Third and Seventh streets, Clovis

Cost: Free


Golden Oak Honey Festival

What: Paso Robles will be abuzz with its annual festival dedicated to honey. Guests can attend seminars dedicated to the sweet stuff, participate in a beehive hairdo contest or try their luck at the spelling bee. Food and craft vendors also will be on hand.

When: 9 a.m.- 3p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28

Where: Paso Robles Downtown City Park

Cost: Free