June festivals, fairs get motor running of Modesto-area residents

pclark@modbee.comMay 23, 2013 

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(DARRYL BUSH/dbush@modbee.com) - Classic cars parade down J Street on Modesto's American Graffiti Summer car parade, in Modesto, Calif., Friday, June 11, 2010.

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From festivals to fairs to music in the park to a massive celebration of all things Graffiti, June will be packed aplenty with things to keep you busy.

Below is a rundown of some of the bigger events next month across the valley and Mother Lode.

And they kick off right from day one, with two big festivals: the St. Andrew's Society's annual homage to all things Celtic and Patterson's celebration of the apricot. Following the list of festivals and fairs is a quick look at Modesto's annual Graffiti Summer celebration.

SCOTTISH HIGHLAND GAMES AND GATHERING OF THE CLANS — June 1: This family festival features athletic events, caber toss, Scottish hammer, putting the stone, bagpipers, Celtic music, children's games, dancing, heritage and history information, Avenue of the Clans, vendors, food and beverage booths. $13, free age 12 and under. Tuolumne River Regional Park, 1200 Tioga Drive, Modesto. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. www.standrewsmodesto.org.

PATTERSON APRICOT FIESTA — May 31-June 2: This annual Patterson festival features a parade, fireworks, entertainment, children's activities, food booths, an apricot pie eating contest and more. 5 to 11 p.m. May 31; 9 a.m. to dusk when fireworks begin June 1 and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 2. Downtown Patterson. www.apricotfiesta.com.

MOBAND — June 6-July 11: The annual Thursday evening concerts at Mancini Bowl return with a "Party in the Park" theme. Take your blankets and picnic dinners to Graceada Park, Needham and Sycamore, for the 8 p.m. show times. And if you aren't into making your own picnic, many downtown restaurants will make to-go dinners to take to the park. Beer and wine are permitted. Free. www.modestoband.org.

JOHN MUIR FESTIVAL — June 8: Learn about Muir's travels along the historic Muir Route. Exhibits, hands-on nature education, nature hikes and tours, demonstrations, art and photography and live music. $3 age 12 and older; $10 for a family of four. 10-5 p.m., Coulterville Park, Highway 132/49.

SATURDAY IN THE MINES — June 8: Living history, anvil firing, period music, games, contests, crafts, horseshoes, bucket brigade, gold mining in the creek, hoop races, food and drink. 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Angels Camp Museum, 753 S. Main St., Angels Camp. (209) 736-2963.

MERCED COUNTY FAIR — June 12-16: The usual county fair suspects return, including agricultural exhibits, food, rides, a tractor pull, destruction derby, bull riding and more. Entertainment includes the Rhett Walker Band, Pablo Cruise, Jason Michael Carroll, Evolution: The Ultimate Tribute to Journey and Korina Lopez. June 12-14, 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m.; June 15-16, 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Fair admission is $5, free age 5 and under; separate grandstand entertainment every day except Sunday. Admission $5, free 5 and under. Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Blvd. www.mercedcountyfair.com.

TUOLUMNE LUMBER JUBILEE — June 13-16: The 64th annual event celebrates the logging industry with a queen coronation, vendors, carnival, parade, games, arm wrestling, logging contests, tug-of-war and more. 5-9 p.m. June 13, 3-10 p.m. June 14, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 15, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 16. Downtown Tuolumne City. (209) 743-6796.

JUNETEENTH CELEBRATION — June 14-15: Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Festivities include music, art and photography displays, cultural performances, contests, a Black Business Expo, barbecue, community resource booths, children's activities, guest speakers and a celebration of dads. 6-8 p.m. June 14, 1-6 p.m. June 15. King-Kennedy Memorial Center at Mellis Park, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive. For more, call (209) 522-6902.

FATHERS DAY BLUES AND BBQ FESTIVAL — June 16: Music by Wingnut Adams Band, Caravan Of All-Stars, Tessie and the Poor Man Band, Jeramy Norris and the Dangerous Mood, Guitar Mac, Lee Bootz. 10 a.m. St. George Hotel, 16104 Main St., Volcano. $15; additional cost for barbecue. (209) 296-4458.

MODESTO UNPLUGGED MUSIC FESTIVAL — June 21-30: National players and local favorites will join in the sounds of bluegrass, Americana, old-time country, swing, gypsy, folk, anti-folk, orchestral-folk, acoustic pop/rock, Irish/traditional, roots, blues, vintage ukulele and more. Times, prices and locations vary, with shows at a variety of downtown clubs and theaters. Festival passes currently available. (209) 543-5306.

GRAFFITI SUMMER EVENTS:

EIGHTH ANNUAL GRAFFITI CLASSIC CAR SHOW — June 2: Presented by Modesto Area Street Rod Association. Music by the Hot Rot Band, raffles and more. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. McHenry Village,1700 McHenry Ave. Free. (209) 577-5819. www.modestoASRA.com

CONCERT IN THE PARK: "GRAFFITI NITES" — June 3-6: Part of MoBand's music series, "Graffiti Nites" features music from the 1950s and '60s. 8 p.m. Graceada Park, Sycamore and Needham streets, Modesto. www.modestoband.org

MID-VALLEY CHEVY CLUB CAR SHOWS — June 3-6: June 3: Locations vary in Modesto: American Chevrolet, 4742 McHenry Ave.; June 4: Liquid Trends, 500 Glass Lane; June 5: Downtown Modesto, K and 12th streets; June 6: Cool Hand Luke's, 2505 Patterson Road, Riverbank. 5-9 p.m. (209) 499-2163. www.midvalleychevy.com

GRAFFITI CAR SHOW AND FESTIVAL — June 7-9: Classic and custom car show, festival including cars, food and music. Downtown car parade on Friday night with Grand Marshall George Lucas. Sponsored by North Modesto Kiwanis Club. 7 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. $7; free under age 12. (888) 746-9763.

VELVET CREAMERY CRUISE-IN — June 7: Following the Downtown Classic Car Parade, all are welcome to cruise over to the Velvet Creamery to park and enjoy outdoor activities. Velvet Grill & Creamery, 2204 McHenry Ave. (209) 544-9029.

20TH ANNUAL BACK TO GRAFFITI AT THE FRUIT YARD — June 14-15: Event features live music by River Rising on Friday and a mesquite barbecue. Saturday features the classic car show, 50/50 raffles, Elvis music by Rob Ely and vendors. Friday, 8 p.m.-midnight; Saturday, 9 a.m. The Fruit Yard, Yosemite Avenue and Albers Road, Modesto. (209) 577-3093.

GRAFFITI NIGHT WITH THE MODESTO NUTS — June 15: A night of 1950s and '60s music, root beer floats and special contests. The Modesto Nuts take on the Bakersfield Blaze. Fireworks after the game. 7:05 p.m. John Thurman Field,601 Neece Drive, Modesto. (209) 572-4487. www.modestonuts.com

HOPPING AT THE HANGAR — June 21: Sock Hop fund-raiser for the CAF Central Valley Squadron. Event includes barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs, music and dancing among classic WWII planes. 21 and over. 5-10 p.m. Hangar 1S, 700 Tioga Drive, Modesto. $25, must be purchased by June 14, tickets will not be sold at door. (209) 605-4313.

MODESTO NUTS AND HOT RODS — June 21: Ball game and Graffiti Summer car show as the Modesto Nuts take on the Visalia Rawhides. 7:05 p.m. John Thurman Field, 601 Neece Drive, Modesto. (209) 572-4487. www.modestonuts.com

BOOGIE WOOGIE ROCK'N ROLL'N MUSIC AND ART DANCE PARTY — June 22: Event features art, and music from Rod Piazza, Mighty Flyers, Tommy and The Edsels, MOFO Party Band, The 44s and more. No outside food or drink. Free admission. 4 p.m. J Street between 11th and 13th Streets Free. (209) 581-1695.

SIXTH ANNUAL ROD & CUSTOM CAR SHOW — June 30: Classic cars and custom hot rods, food and beverages for purchase. Proceeds benefit Modesto Elks. Breakfast, 7-9 a.m.; car show, 9 a.m. Elks Lodge-Modesto, 645 Charity Way. Free, car registration is $25 in advance, $30 day of show. (209) 529-0366.

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