June brings music, festivals and fairs to heat up the region

05/31/2014 10:50 AM

05/31/2014 11:05 AM

Get ready for a June of fun in the sun as music, festivals and fairs begin to heat up the summer calendar.

All that fun includes the annual celebration of cars, sock hops and the early 1960s, Graffiti Summer. It’s a monthlong salute to George Lucas and his film homage to his teenage years in Modesto, “American Graffiti.”

Events kicked off Friday with a handful of fetes, including Patterson’s annual celebration of the apricot, which continues today and Sunday. Also on tap this weekend are the annual Pick and Gather Festival, John Muir Festival, Diggins Tent Town and Twain Harte A La Carte. Here’s a look at these events and others:

Patterson Apricot Fiesta – through Sunday. The annual Patterson festival features a parade, fireworks, entertainment, children’s activities, food booths and more. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday. Downtown Patterson. www.apricotfiesta.com.

John Muir Festival – today. The fifth annual festival fetes author, naturalist and Sierra Club founder John Muir. Nature hikes, music, speakers, children’s activities, food vendors, art, photography, woodworking, natural crafts and other booths. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Lake McClure Horseshoe Bend Recreation Area. $10 general, $8 seniors and free for children age 12 and under. (209) 878-3501.

Twain Harte A La Carte – today. A celebration of wines and gourmet foods under the pines, this annual event is a fundraiser by Soroptimist International of Twain Harte to benefit the region’s charities. There will be a silent auction, raffles and a live auction. $35. 5-7 p.m. Meadow Plaza, Meadow Lane, Twain Harte. (209) 928-1616.

Diggins Tent Town 1852 – today. Columbia State Historic Park presents the annual living history event, sponsored by Friends of Columbia and Columbia State Historic Park. More than 160 costumed volunteers re-enact life in an 1850s mining camp. There will be period dress, food and entertainment as the stories of the early miners struggling to “strike it rich” come to life. 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Columbia State Historic Park, 11255 Jackson St., Columbia. $5 general, $1 children under 12. (209) 588-9128 or www.parks.ca.gov/Columbia.

Pick and Gather Festival – today-Sunday. This organic farm festival features live music on three stages, bluegrass, folk, acoustic blues, Americana, classical and more. A powwow, organic and native food, how-to demos, storytelling and poetry, artisans, Irish step and belly dancers, a farmers and craft market, activities for children, alternative energy showcase, tractor hay rides and more will be available. 10 a.m. to dark today, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sunday. $10 general, $5 children and seniors. Proceeds go to Save Our River Parks. River Dance Farms, 12230 Livingston Cressey Road, Livingston. (209) 761-0081. www.riverdancefarms.com.

Moband – Thursdays through July 10. The annual Thursday evening concerts at Mancini Bowl return with a “Rockin’ the Bowl” theme. Take your blankets and picnic dinners to Graceada Park, Needham Street and Sycamore Avenue, for the 8 p.m. show. Beer and wine are permitted. Free. www.modestoband.org.

Scottish Highland games and gathering of the clans – June 7. This family festival celebrates all things Celtic, with nods to the Scottish, Irish, Cornish, Norwegian and Welsh cultures. The annual fest 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, a California challenge shinty match, vendors, food and beverage booths. $13, free age 10 and under. Tuolumne River Regional Park, 1200 Tioga Drive, Modesto.

9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Royal flush crapper derby & craft faire – June 7. Presented by Twain Harte Rotary, this outhouse race benefits the Twain Harte community and Twain Harte Elementary School’s efforts to raise money for a music program. Races all day, vendors, music by Chains Required beginning at 5 p.m. Event is 9 a.m.-8 p.m. at Eprosion Park, 22901 Meadow Drive, Twain Harte. Free. (209) 481-5790.

Merced county fair – June 11-15. Agricultural exhibits, food, rides, a tractor pull, destruction derby, bull riding and more. Entertainment includes the Lincoln Brewster, Marshall Tucker Band, WAR, True 2 Crue and hypnotist Alan Sands. 5 p.m.-12:30 a.m. June 11-13, 3 p.m.-12:30 a.m. June 14, noon-12:30 a.m. June 15. Fair admission is $5, free age 5 and under; separate grandstand entertainment daily. Merced County Fairgrounds, 900 Martin Luther King Blvd. www.mercedcountyfair.com.

Reggae in the hills – June 13-15. Three-day music festival features a variety of bands including Junior Reid and the One Blood Family at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds. Food, camping available. Tickets $75-$200, with three-day pass for $110. www.reggaeinthehills.com.

Father’s Day Blues and BBQ festival – June 15. Music by Tessie Marie and the Poor Man Band, Jeremy Norris & the Dangerous Mood, Richard the Rockstar with Scott Berrian, and Nedra & Julio In Glasses . Doors open 10 a.m., music starts at noon. St. George Hotel, 16104 Main St., Volcano. $15; additional cost for barbecue. (209) 296-4458.

Juneteenth celebration – June 20-21. Juneteenth is the oldest known celebration commemorating the end of slavery in the United States. Festivities include a youth poetry slam and talent show and a black film festival, entertainment, food, children’s activities and community booths. 6-8 p.m. June 20, noon-6 p.m. June 21. King-Kennedy Memorial Center at Mellis Park, 601 S. Martin Luther King Drive. (209) 522-6902.

Pacheco State Park Kite day – June 21. Watch the sky dance with clever and imaginative kites at the 13th annual Family Kite Day. Other activities include a make-your-own kite table, face painting, pie-eating and bubble-gum blowing contests, nature tables, a sun and wind table, free crafts for kids. Families are encouraged to bring a kite, hats and/or sunscreen, water, lawn chairs and a picnic lunch. $10 state park day-use fee per car. 11:30 a.m-2:30 p.m. Pacheco State Park, 25 miles east of Gilroy and 22 miles west of Los Banos, at the top of Pacheco Pass. www.parks.ca.gov/events.

Tuolumne Lumber Jubilee – June 26-29. The 65th annual event celebrates the logging industry with vendors, carnival, parade, games, music, arm-wrestling, ax-throwing competition, logging contests, tug-of-war, and more. 5-9 p.m. June 26, 3-10 p.m. June 27, 10 a.m.-10 p.m. June 28, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. June 29. Downtown Tuolumne City. (209) 928-1501.

Hilmar Dairy Festival – June 28. The annual bovine blowout features entertainment, art, activities, Little Milkman and Milkmaid contest, a car show, exhibits, vendors and fireworks. 5-10 p.m. Hilmar High football field, 7807 N. Lander Ave., Hilmar. Free. www.hilmarchamber.com.

Charity Classic Car Show – June 28. Murphys-Angels Lions Club seventh annual show features 135 classic cars, 1975 and older, at shaded Utica Park in Angels Camp. There will be awards, drawings, DJ music, vendors and food and drink for sale. Free for spectators. 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Utica Park, 1000 S. Main St., Angels Camp.

Graffiti summer events

Screening of “American Graffiti” – today. Root beer floats, costume contest and screening of classic film. 5:30 p.m. doors open, 6:30 p.m. film. $3. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. (209) 527-4697.

Eighth Annual Graffiti Classic Car Show – Sunday. 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) 521-6607. www.modestoASRA.com.

Concert in the Park: “graffiti Nite” – Thursday. Part of MoBand’s music series, features music from the 1950s and ’60s. 8 p.m. Graceada Park, Sycamore Avenue and Needham Street, Modesto. www.modestoband.org.

Mid-Valley Chevy Club Car Shows – Monday-Thursday. Locations vary in Modesto: Monday, American Chevrolet, 4742 McHenry Ave.; Tuesday, Liquid Trends, 500 Glass Lane; Wednesday, downtown Modesto, K and 12th streets; Thursday, Cool Hand Luke’s, 2505 Patterson Road, Riverbank. 5-9 p.m. (209) 499-2163. www.midvalleychevy.com.

Graffiti car show and festival – Friday-June 8. Expanded downtown car parade begins at 7 p.m. Friday and travels down McHenry Avenue to Orangeburg Avenue and back to downtown. Sponsored by North Modesto Kiwanis Club. Festival, with food and music, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 7, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 8. Modesto Junior College, West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. $7; free under age 12. (888) 746-9763.

Velvet Creamery Cruise-In – Friday. After the downtown classic car parade, all are welcome to cruise over to the Velvet Creamery for outdoor activities. Velvet Grill & Creamery, 2204 McHenry Ave. (209) 544-9029.

The Hit Men – June 7. Former stars of Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons. 8 p.m. $19-$59. Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto. (209) 338-2100 or


20th Annual Back to Graffiti at the Fruit Yard – June 14. Music, classic car show, 50/50 raffles, vendors and more. 9 a.m. The Fruit Yard, Yosemite Avenue and Albers Road, Modesto. (209) 577-3093.

Sing-A-Long “Grease” – June 14. The State screens the newly restored and remastered 35-millimeter print of this old favorite. Dress up as your favorite character from the film, compete for prizes, and dance in the aisles. 5:30 p.m. doors open, 6 p.m. film. $5. State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto. Call (209) 527-4697 or see www.thestate.org.

Graffiti Night With The Modesto Nuts – June 20-21. Graffiti celebration with 1950s and ’60s music, root beer floats and special contests. Fireworks after the game vs. the High Desert Mavericks on June 20; classic car display June 21. 7:05 p.m. John Thurman Field, 601 Neece Drive, Modesto. (209) 572-4487. www.modestonuts.com.

Hopping At The Hangar – June 20. Sock Hop fundraiser for the CAF Central Valley Squadron. Event includes hamburgers and hot dogs, music and dancing, WWII planes. 21 and over. 5-10 p.m. Hangar 1S, 700 Tioga Drive, Modesto. $25, must be purchased in advance, tickets will not be sold at door. (209) 605-4313.

Sixth Annual Rod & Custom Car Show – June 29. Classic cars and custom hot rods, food and beverages for purchase. Proceeds benefit Modesto Elks. Breakfast, 7-10 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) 524-4421.

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