American Graffiti Summer

Calendar of Events

June 1-2

Modesto Symphony Orchestra’s “Beethoven Meets Graffiti”
The first half of this MSO program will feature three original works from three local composers commissioned to create musical expressions of Modesto’s annual ode to cars, Graffiti Festival. Complete with images and video of the 2017 classic car Festival, the pieces will also feature original choreography from Central West Ballet. The Classics Season concludes with Gustav Holst’s enormously influential and enduring masterpiece The Planets. For tickets, visit www.galloarts.org.

June 2

“American Graffiti” at The State
Watch George Lucas’ consummate coming-of-age film on the big screen. Doors open at 3 p.m.; movie starts at 4 p.m. For tickets call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

June 3

13th annual American Graffiti Classic Car Show
Modesto Area Street Rod Association’s 13th annual classic car show will be held at the McHenry Village Shopping Center. Show time 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more information call (209) 529-0366 or (209) 988-6052 or visit www.modestoareastreetrod.com.

June 4-7

Mid-Valley Chevy Club
Car shows are free and at a different location each night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
• Monday — American Chevrolet, 4742 McHenry Ave.
• Tuesday — Vintage Faire Mall, 3401 Dale Road
• Wednesday — Downtown Modesto, 10th Street Plaza
• Thursday — Cool Hand Luke’s, 2505 Patterson Rd, Riverbank
Contact Mid Valley Chevy Club at 209-531-3495 or www.midvalleychevy.com

June 6

Historic Graffiti Cruise Route Presentation
Starting at 6:30 p.m. in the 10th Street Plaza, local celebrities will be inducted into the Historic Graffiti Walk of Fame, followed with live music from the Third Party Band.

June 8

Official North Modesto Kiwanis Classic Car Parade
The parade will cruise through Downtown Modesto and go down McHenry Avenue to Orangeburg Avenue and back to downtown starting at 6:30 p.m. To enter your classic car visit www.americangraffitifestival.com.

June 8

Downtown Cruise-In
Immediately following the Classic Car parade, we invite you to join us in Downtown Modesto, 1010 10th Street to stay and ‘hang out’ on the Historic Graffiti Cruise Route! Musical entertainment includes a Buddy Holly tribute with live bands from 9 p.m. to 11 p.m. Special parking for classic cars. For more information call 209-529-9303.

June 9-10

American Graffiti Car Show and Festival
This 20th annual event is presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis. The car show and festival is held 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at the Municipal Golf Course, 400 Tuolumne Blvd. Check out the classic cars, stroll through hundreds of specially selected food and vendor booths. Live music throughout the festival each day. For more information, call 1-888-746-9763 or visit www.americangraffitifestival.com.

June 10

Graffiti Summer Concert: Frankie Avalon
For members of a certain generation, there probably isn’t a time that Frankie Avalon was not a part of their lives. The former teen heartthrob’s career has spanned three generations in music, television and movies, including a string of gold record hits such as “Venus,” “Why” and “De De Dinah.” Those years have been succeeded by another career as one of the busiest theater and casino performers in the country. He tours six months out of every year, and how perfect that this year’s tour brings him to the Gallo Center for the annual Graffiti Summer concert! For tickets, call 209-338-2100 or visit galloarts.org.

June 16

Modesto Nuts Graffiti Night
Take me out to the ballgame to enjoy action packed baseball, classic cars, ‘50s and ‘60s 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 Dr. For ticket info, call 209-572-4487 or visit www.modestonuts.com.

June 16

The 25th annual Back to Graffiti at the Fruit Yard
The 25th Annual Back to Graffiti Classic Car Show featuring raffle prizes, music, vendors and more will be held starting at 9 a.m. at The Fruit Yard, 7948 Yosemite Blvd. This event is free to spectators. For registration info, call 209-577-3093.

June 24

The 11th annual Rod & Custom Car Show
The Modesto Elks will hold a classic car and custom hot rod show from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way. Breakfast is served from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. This event is free for spectators.
For registration information, call 209-5290366.

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