Modesto American Graffiti Festival


American Graffiti Festival

Car Show and Festival June 7-9, 2019

American Graffiti Car Show and Festival
Modesto Municipal Golf Course
400 Tuolumne Boulevard
Modesto, CA 95351
North Modesto Kiwanis (888) 746-9763

This annual event is presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis. Friday night features the classic car parade downtown at 7 p.m. The car show and festival is Saturday from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. & Sunday from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Check out the classic cars, stroll through hundreds food craft and specialty booths. Live music throughout the festival each day

June 9, 2017 Car Parade 6:30 p.m.
10th Street Plaza
Modesto, CA
After the cruise parade it's a party atmosphere.

American Graffiti Car Show & Festival June 10-11, 2017

Details may change:

Friday night, June 10 the Classic Car Parade Downtown at 6:30pm. The car show & festival is Saturday from 9am to 5pm & Sunday 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 All proceeds go to local charities. Tickets are only available at the gate. Adults $10 and Children 12 and under are free.

June 18 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 4:00pm. Tickets $5. State Theatre, 1307 J Street. 209-527-4697.

Annual Back to Graffiti at the Fruit Yard
Annual Back to Graffiti weekend with Mesquite BBQ and live music as the classic cars start to arrive. Live music at 8pm. Free to the public. Annual Back to Graffiti Classic Car Show. Featuring raffle prizes, music, vendors and more!
Mesquite BBQ will be available throughout the day. Free to the
public. The Fruit Yard 7948 Yosemite Blvd. 209-577-3093.

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. 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. Awards presented at 3:00pm. Elks Lodge 645 Charity Way. 209-529-0366.

American Graffiti Film @ State Theatre TBA 2017

Join in the annual screening of American Graffiti, a crowd-pleaser starring Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, Richard Dreyfuss, Cindy Williams, Candy Clark and many more. The State owns a 35mm archival print, stored and maintained year-round in the UCLA film vault, and it's that pristine print that you'll see. Every year they also roll back admission so, bring 10 of your closest personal friends and have a blast! The State's frothy and now-famous root beer floats will also be available so get here early, while there's plenty of A&W root beer and French vanilla ice cream left. 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. Watch the gang from Mel's Drive-in as they spend the last summer night of 1962 together before heading to college. Nominated in 1974 for five Oscars, American Graffiti is one film that never fails to leave viewers feeling good. Rediscover drag racing, Inspiration Point and drive-ins all over again in this nostalgic look at the '60s. The incredible soundtrack brings you the most memorable rock 'n' roll hits of the era. Join us for feel-good glimpse of the good old days when American Graffiti makes its annual one-day run at The State.
Doors at 5:30; film at 6:30 p.m.
State Theatre Box Office (209) 527-4697

Romance, Racing and Rock n Roll. Where were you in '62? Grab your candied colored custom or your screaming machine and come to Modesto, CA for Graffiti Summer Graffiti Modesto
Our hometown hero George Lucas was born and raised in the City of 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. Graffiti in Modesto 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. All the scenes in his great movie either happened here in Modesto or were inspired by events in our city. Mel's Drive-In (in 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.
Both are gone now, but the memories live on, and Modesto continues to recreate its past glory as the classic car and cruisin' center of the California Central Valley!

For years, Modesto has recognized and celebrated the era that George Lucas immortalized. For most of a decade, the celebration was limited to one or two major events: Back to Graffiti began as a two-day car show and entertainment venue at the Fruit Yard, a great restaurant and produce market just outside Modesto! The Kiwanis American Graffiti Classic Car Show, which since 1999 has included a huge static car show, and since 2002, a downtown parade of at least 500 classic cars!

These are just some of renowned Rock'n'Roll Artists who have appeared at Graffiti Summer:
The Beach Boys
Little Richard
Frankie Avalon
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
The Isley Brothers
Bobby Vee
The Diamonds
Frankie and The Fable Tones (including Frank from Vito and the Salutations)
Buddy Holly Winter Dance Party

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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