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American Graffiti helps heat up the fun in Modesto during June

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POSTED June 2, 2012 2:18 a.m.

MODESTO - Cruise into Modesto next Friday for the start of Graffiti Summer as the city celebrates the bygone era and the film that put Modesto on the pop culture map.

Hometown hero George Lucas was born and raised in Modesto, graduating from Thomas Downey High School in 1962. Only a little more than a decade later, he co-wrote and directed one of the top-100 movies of all time.

American Graffiti was released in 1973 with a great nostalgic look back at cars, music and teenage years, portraying an age of innocence in 1962 when the “fabulous fifties” were turning into the “turbulent sixties.” All the scenes in his movie either happened here in Modesto or were inspired by events in Modesto. San Francisco was just a stand-in for the real deals in Modesto, Burge’s on 9th Street and Al’s Drive-In on McHenry Avenue.

Thursday, June 7

MoBand Concert in the Park

Moband’s first concert in the annual summer concerts in the park series, with music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. 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. For more information visit

Friday, June 8

Historic Graffiti Route Ribbon Cutting

Starting at 6:30pm on the corner of 10th and I Street. Kicking off the event will be a self-guided tour of the historic route. Followed by the ribbon cutting of the route on 10th and 11th Street. In appearance will be American Graffiti Stars, Bo Hopkins, Gene Winfield, Paul Le Mat, and Candy Clark. For more info call us here at (209) 526-5588.

Friday, June 8

Official Kiwanis Classic Car Parade

The official Classic Car parade featuring hundreds of classic cars, hot rods, street rods will be roaring into Downtown at 7pm. You do not want to miss this amazing event!

Friday, June 8

Velvet Creamery Cruise-in

Immediately following the parade, all classic cars are welcome to head down to the Velvet Creamery where there will be plenty of parking & outdoor activities. Including burgers & shakes. Velvet Creamery, 2204 McHenry Ave. 209-544-9029.

Friday, June 8

Johnny Rocket & The Thrust

Concert at Modesto’s 10th Street Centre Plaza will be rockin’ out to music from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Concert is from 6pm - 9pm. For more information call the Downtown Improvement District at 209-526-9303

Friday, June 8

The Sensations | The Modern Doo Wop Girl Group

Join The Firkin and Fox June 8th for ‘50s food and drink, music, servers in poodle skirts and a performance by the Doo Wop girl group The Sensations. Music starts on the patio during the parade and then the party moves inside until midnight. For more information call (209) 575-2369

June 9-10

American Graffiti Car Show & Festival

This 14th Annual event is presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis.

Friday night, June 8, will once again feature the Classic Car Parade Downtown at 7pm. The car show and festival is Saturday, June 9, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, June 10, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Check out the classic cars, stroll through hundreds of specially selected food, craft and specialty booths. Live music is provided throughout the festival each day taking place at the MJC West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave.

Saturday, June 9

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.

The show starts at 8 p.m. at the Gallo Center, 1000 I Street, Modesto. For more information and tickets please call the Gallo Center 209-338-2100.

Saturday, June 16

Modesto Blues Festival

Including art and music from the Cafe R&B, MOFO Party Band, 2nd Tradition Band, Tommy and The Edsels, and much more. Please no outside drinks or food. 209-581-1695

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