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Posted on: June 2, 2017

It's American Graffiti Month in Modesto

yellow car mural American Graffiti

Enjoy the spirit of “American Graffiti” all month long with events starting June 3rd!


June 3 American Graffiti

Ready for root beer floats & dancing in the aisles to one of the best film soundtracks in history? Don your best duds from the late ‘50s and early ‘60s, or dress as your favorite character from American Graffiti. George Lucas’ consummate coming-of-age film, set in Modesto will be playing at the State Theatre Saturday. Showtime 2:00pm. Tickets: $3. State Theatre, 1307 J Street. For more information please call (209) 527-4697.


June 4 12th Annual Graffiti Classic Car Show

Check out the Modesto Area Street Rod Association’s 12th annual classic car show at the McHenry Village Shopping Center. Show goes from 9:00am to 3:00pm featuring live rockin’ oldies by The Hot Rods Band. Raffle drawings all day long, special dignitary awards and over 50 trophy sponsor awards. *Celebrating 50 years of Camaro 1967-2017 with special parking and custom designed t- shirts for the first 50 Camaros parked in the designated area. Car entry fee $25.00 till May 30th, $30.00 after, includes lunch for two. Free admission for spectators. A portion of all proceeds go to local charities. Early registration packet pick up on Saturday, June 3rd from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the McHenry Village back parking lot. Love classic cars, spend the day with us. For more information call Ray at (209) 521-6607 or visit www.modestoasra.com.


June 5-8 Mid-Valley Chevy Club

Enjoy free classic car shows at a different location each night from 5-8pm.

Mon. American Chevrolet 4742 McHenry Ave.

Tues. Vintage Faire Mall 3401 Dale Road

*Wed. Downtown Modesto 10th Street Plaza

Thur. Cool Hand Luke’s 2505 Patterson Rd, Riverbank

*Staged cars will be in the 11th & K Streets parking lot. Contact Mid Valley Chevy Club at 209-499-2163. www.midvalleychevy.com.


June 7 Graffiti Cruise Route Presentation

Don’t miss the Legends of the Cruise Route presentation. Join us as we honor new inductees. A new slate of local legends will be added to our Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame at  7:00pm, 10th Street Plaza, Downtown Modesto. Come celebrate the inductions of John Sanders, “Big Jon” Enberg, Rick Walker, Worth Weldon, Bobby Gaines, Bell & Gaines, and the Modesto Throttlers. More information at www.modestocruiseroute.com


June 9 Official Kiwanis Classic Car Parade

The route travels through Downtown Modesto and goes down McHenry Ave. to Orangeburg and back to downtown. The parade will feature thousands of classic cars, hot rods & street rods. Event starts at 6:30pm in Downtown Modesto. You do not want to miss it! To enter your classic car visit www.americangraffitifestival.com.


Immediately following the Classic Car parade June 9th, we invite you to join us in Downtown Modesto to stay & ‘hang out’ on the Historic Graffiti Cruise Route! Live entertainment & music including a very special tribute to Chuck Berry! Special parking for classic cars. For more information call 209-529-9303.


June 10 California Beach Boys Tribute Show

If you love the Beach Boys, you don’t want to miss this concert! Showtime 7:00pm. State Theatre, 1307 J Street. For more information please call (209) 527-4697.


June 10 Modesto Nuts Graffiti Night

Take me out to the ballgame to enjoy action packed baseball, classic cars, 50’s and 60’s music, root beer floats and fun contests. Modesto Nuts take on the Stockton Ports, Game time 7:05pm. Fireworks after the game. John Thurman Field, 601 Neece Drive. www.modestonuts.com or 209-529-0366 


June 10 The Doo Wop Project

Featuring current and former stars of “Jersey Boys” and “Motown: The Musical,” and their hot band, it’s a night filled with classics including Dion and the Belmonts’ “I Wonder Why,” Thurston Harris’ “Little Bitty Pretty One,” The Del-Vikings “Come and Go With Me,” The Capris’ “Morse Code of Love,” and many more! Show starts at 8:00pm at the Gallo Center, 1000 I Street. Call 209-338-2100 for tickets or visit www.galloarts.org.


June 10th & 11th American Graffiti Car Show & Festival

This 19th Annual event is presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis. The car show & festival is Saturday June 10 from 9am to 5pm & Sunday June 11 from 9am to 3pm. Check out the classic cars, visit Gene Winfield as he chops a car, stroll through hundreds of specially selected food & vendor booths. Live music throughout the festival each day. All proceeds go to local chari-ties. Municipal Golf Course, 400 Tuolumne Blvd. 1-888-746-9763 or www.americangraffitifestival.com.


June 17 24th Annual Back to Graffiti at the Fruit Yard

Join us for the longest running classic car show in Modesto commemorating George Lucas’ American Graffiti movie. Car Show will feature raffle prizes, music, vendors and more! Registration $35.00. Free to the public. 9:00am The Fruit Yard, 7948 Yosemite Blvd. 209-577-3093.


June 17 Sing-a-long Grease

Dress up as your favorite character from the film, compete for prizes, & dance in the aisles with Rydell Highs most famous graduating class. There will be fun giveaways, drink specials, contests and prizes. Showtime 3:00pm. Tickets $5. State Theatre, 1307 J Street. 209-527-4697.


June 25 The 10th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show

Classic cars & custom hot rods! Free admission. Car show starts at 9:00am. Car participants parking is 7:00-8:30am. Car registration $25 in advance & $30 day of the show, includes lunch for two. Music, food & beverages available for purchase. Breakfast 7:00am-10:00am. Proceeds to benefit Modesto Elks. Awards presented at 3:00pm. Elks Lodge 645 Charity Way.


Fri & Sat Nights (all summer long)
A & W Root Beer Classic Cars, Elvis, Hula Hoop contest, Karaoke & Root Beer Floats served by Car Hops on Roller Skates. 1404 G Street


Wednesday Nights (all summer long)
Velvet Creamery. Classic Car Show, Activities, Raffles & more! 2204 McHenry Avenue


Classic Car mural (pictured) by Aaron Vickery

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