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2019 Calendar of Events

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All Summer Friday Nights - A&W Drive-in
  1404 G Street. Classic Cars, Elvis, Hula Hoop contest, Karaoke & Root Beer Floats served by Car Hops on Roller Skates.

All Summer Wednesday Nights - Velvet Creamery
  2204 McHenry Ave. Classic Car Cruise-In, Activities, Raffles & more!

June 1 American Graffiti (1973)
  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, and join in the fun! Doors open at 1 p.m.; movie starts at 2 p.m. $5. State Theatre, 1307 J Street. For tickets call (209) 527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

June 1 The Platters
  Though the performers’ names have changed down through the years, the oh-so-memorable music remains a wonderful constant. The Platters charted 40 hit rec-ords - among them “Only You,” “The Great Pretender,” “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” and “Twilight Time.” Experience the distinctive sound of one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era! 7:30pm. Gallo Center, 1000 I Street. Phone: 209-338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

June 2 14th Annual Graffiti Classic Car Show
  Modesto Area Street Rod Association’s 14th annual classic car show at the McHenry Village Shopping Center. Show time 9:00am to 3:00pm. New this year, special parking area , celebrating Pre ’49 “Street Rods”. Parking in this area is strictly for street rods and is limited to the first 48 street rods (1948 year models and older only). Participants choosing to park in this area will receive a custom designed 2019 Graffiti Classic street rod t-shirt. DJ playing rockin’oldies. Raffle drawings all day long. Special dignitary awards and over 50 trophy sponsor awards. Car entry fee $30.00 till May 29th, $35.00 after, includes lunch for two. Admission is free for spectators. A portion of all proceeds go to local charities. Early registration packet pick up on Saturday, June 1st from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the McHenry Village back parking lot. Free ice cream cones to all that attend the early registration pick up.

For more information call (209) 529-0366 or (209) 521-6607 or visit www.modestoareastreetrod.com.

June 3-6 Mid-Valley Chevy Club Park n' Shine
  Car shows are free & at a different location each night from 5-8pm.

- Mon. Century Center 2401 E Orangeburg Ave. (NEW)
- Tues. Vintage Faire Mall, 3401 Dale Road
- Wed. Downtown Modesto, I & J Streets *
- Thur. Cool Hand Luke’s, 2505 Patterson Rd, Riverbank

*Staging will start at 1PM in the 11th & K Streets parking lot. Parking begins at 3PM..
For Complete Park-n-Shine event listing directions, visit www.midvallechevy.com/2019-Park-n-Shine.html. or call 209-531-3495.

June 5 Historic Graffiti Cruise Route Presentation & Car Show

The spirit of "American Graffiti"endures today on 10th & 11th Streets in Downtown Modesto on the Historic Cruise Route, that inspired George Lucas' film. People across America and all over the world are invited to have a rockin' good time as the "Walk of Fame" Class of '19 is unveiled on the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, on 10th Street between J & K Streets in conjunction with the Mid Valley Chevy Club's Park n' Shine. Fantastic music will be provided by the Third Party Band.

The Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route Walk of Fame sidewalk markers celebrate the Legends of the Cruise that made it all happen. They are the cruisers, the racers, the musicians, the students, the DJs and the dreamers that brought Modestocana to life then & now.

Six local legends will be added to the Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame:

  • Steve Pedego
  • Dub Kyle
  • Bill Terpstra
  • Bob Piccinini
  • Jerry Sauls
  • Road Rebels Car Club

Interviews will be available on June 5th.

Founding Legends of the Cruise from 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018: George Lucas, Leroy Applequist, Bart Bartoni, Chuck Billington, Candy Clark, Pete Hischier, Bo Hopkins, Paul Le Mat, Terry McGrath, Gene Winfield, Century Toppers Car Club, Bennie Furtado, Gerry Ramirez, Wendell Reed, Dennis Wilson, Charlie Reynolds, Don Monaco, Judy Felix Walk, Glen Wild, Dwight Trammel, Frank Burnett, The Faros, John Sanders, "Big Jon" Enberg, Worth Weldon, Bobby & Bell Gaines, the Modesto Throttlers, Ecurie Awol Racing Club, Don Wood, Allen Grant, Paul Corgiat, Roy Farriester & Jack McCoy.

The Legends of the Cruise "Walk of Fame" markers were created by Chris Murphy and were fabricated and donated by Modesto View, Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Flying Turtle Concrete.

June 6 MoBand Concert in the Park: “Graffiti Night”
  Moband is celebrating their 100th year at this beloved summer time in the park con-cert series. Spread out your blankets, bring a picnic and enjoy the sounds of MoBand. Admission is free and the concert begins at 8:00pm at Graceada Park, get there early and enjoy. Graceada Park, 401 Needham Ave. For more information visit www.moband.org.

June 7 Official North Modesto Kiwanis Classic Car Parade
  The parade will cruise through Downtown Modesto and go down McHenry Ave. to Briggsmore Ave. & back to downtown. The parade will feature thousands of classic cars, hot rods & street rods. 6:30pm in Downtown Modesto. You do not want to miss this amazing event! Car registration includes parade & both days of the festival. Clas-sic Car Registration is $50 before May 27th & after is $60. To enter your classic car visit www.americangraffitifestival.com.

June 7 Downtown Cruise-In
  Immediately following the Classic Car parade June 7th, we invite you to join us in Downtown Modesto, 1010 10th Street to stay & ‘hang out’ on the Historic Graffiti Cruise Route! Musical entertainment & live bands from 9:00pm - 11:00pm. Special parking for classic cars. For more information call 209-526-5588.

June 8-9 The American Graffiti™ Car Show & Festival
  This 21st Annual event is presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis. The car show & festival is Saturday June 8 from 9am to 5pm & Sunday June 9 from 9am to 3pm. Check out the classic cars, stroll through hundreds of specially selected food & vendor booths. Live music throughout the festival each day. Municipal Golf Course, 400 Tuolumne Blvd. 1-888-746-9763 or www.americangraffitifestival.com.

Classic Car Registration is $50 before May 27th & after is $60. Spectator tickets are only available at the gate. Look for admission coupons in the official Graffiti Summer tabloid. Adults $10 and Children 12 and under are free. All proceeds go to local charities.

June 8 Graffiti Summer Concert: Lee Rocker
  Bass player Hall of Famer Lee Rocker and the Stray Cats sold more than 10 million records and were music video pioneers on MTV. The Stray Cat’s mega hits “Stray Cat Strut," “Sexy and Seventeen” and “Rock this Town” have become a part of the fabric of rock and roll. Rocker and his band deliver the hits and a lot more. 8:00pm. Gallo Center, 1000 I Street. 209-338-2100 or www.galloarts.org.

June 8 Sing-a-Long Grease (1978)
  Dress up as your favorite character from the film & join Rydell High’s most famous graduating class for two hours of sing-a-long fun! There will be giveaways including combs, toothbrushes and more. Spend your “Summer Night” with the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies when they return to The State. Showtime 1 p.m.; doors at 2 p.m. Tickets $5. State Theatre, 1307 J Street. For tickets call 209-527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

June 14 Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
  Come be transported back in time by the music of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons! This Graffiti Summer favorite will have you dancing the night away & romancing the 60´s. Purchase your tickets at www.ticketmaster.com. 8:00pm. The Fruit Yard Amphi-theater, 7948 Yosemite Blvd. (209) 577-3093

June 15 26th 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 15 Tommy Castro & the Painkillers
  Live on stage, Tommy Castro & The Painkillers’ road-hardened musicianship brings an unmatched passion to Castro’s blue-eyed California soul and hard-rocking, good-time songs. Killin’ It-Live brings us the live power and raw passion of Tommy Castro & The Painkillers. The opener for the night is the amazing blues guitarist Ron Thompson! Doors open at 7:00pm, Showtime 8:00pm. Tickets: $25; $30; $35. State Theatre, 1307 J Street. For tickets call 209-527-4697 or visit www.thestate.org.

June 23 Graffiti-Con 2019
  Celebrate Modesto in a Fun Comic-Con and Car Show environment. Dress up as your favorite characters or go retro rockabilly. Vendors, Artists and fan clubs, classic cars and more. $5 at the Door, Kids under 12 get in Free with a Paid Adult. 10:00am-5:00pm. Centre Plaza, 10th & K Street. www.graffiti-con.com

June 29 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. 209-572-4487 www.modestonuts.com

June 30 The 12th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show
  Classic cars & custom hot rods! Music, food & beverages available for purchase. Breakfast 7:00am-10:00am. Proceeds to benefit Modesto Elks. Free admission for spectators. Car show starts at 9:00am. Car participants parking is from 7:00-8:30am. Car registration $25 in advance and $30 the day of the show and includes lunch. Awards presented at 3:00pm. Elks Lodge, 645 Charity Way. 209-524-4421.



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