GRAFFITI SUMMER IS BACK!

Graffiti Summer, traditionally held in June, celebrates the car culture and history that Modesto native George Lucas brought to life in his biopic American Graffiti. For over 20 years the City of Modesto has cleared the streets of downtown and paraded over 1,200 classic cars to tens of thousands of spectators to kick off weekend events for the American Graffiti Festival and Car Show presented by the Kiwanis Club of North Modesto. This is the only official American Graffiti car show in the nation and the parade will take place Friday night, August 20th in downtown Modesto with new protocols for personal space in consideration of spectators.

2021’s celebration of Car Culture begins with the Graffiti Classic Car Show presented by the Modesto Area Street Rod Association (MASRA) on August 15th at McHenry Village. That night, the historic State Theatre will kick-off the week with a showing of American Graffiti, the American classic Lucas wrote based upon his actual high school experiences in Modesto. Events continue nightly Monday thru Thursday evenings with Park-n-Shines around town presented by the Mid-Valley Chevy Club. Those events are open to all car lovers who shine ‘em and show ‘em. On Thursday August 19th after the Park-n-Shine in downtown there will be an installation of new stars in Modesto’s Graffiti Walk of Fame.

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A favorite of families, young and old from near and far, is the American Graffiti Festival and Car Show on Saturday and Sunday, August 21-22. With almost 1,000 cars on display, music, beer gardens, and food (from corn dogs to cotton candy!) show attendees will be able to meet with car owners, take their pictures with cars and grab some memorabilia as well. The show grounds will be at the Modesto Muni Golf Course next to John Thurman Field home of the Modesto Nuts.

A new plan for this year is to add a second weekend that recognizes the cars of the last 25 years and often heralded in the movie franchise Fast & Furious. Plans for that program are in development and interested parties should contact [email protected] for more information.

Several organizations and the new Graffiti USA Museum will be announcing events in the coming weeks. There are concerts planned at The Fruit Yard, more car culture shows at The State Theatre, a come-back tour of Modesto’s famous MoBand in Graceada Park and some special Cars & Coffee events that will all be added to the calendar at GraffitiSummerClassic.com. The majority of programs during Graffiti Summer support local children’s’ charities and non-profits of underserved communities.

But, June is not the only time Modesto gets “all geared up”. There are at least two car shows each month around town.

Every parade has a host of classic cars; from the Celebration of Lights Parade (imagine Santa in a cherry red 1963 convertible Corvette!) to the July 4th Parade, visitors get to see the history of American ingenuity, muscle cars, and touring cars from the early 20th Century.

Be sure to keep up with our Car Culture Calendar and events. Subscribe HERE to keep Classic Car Culture on your radar!

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