Saturday – “American Graffiti”
at the State
Ready for root beer floats, a costume contest and dancing in the aisles to one of the best film soundtracks in history? Don your best duds from the 1950s and 1960s enter a costume contest for prizes. Showtime 6:30 p.m. Tickets: $3. State Theatre, 1307 J St. (209) 527-4697
Monday-Thursday – Mid-Valley Chevy Club
Never miss a local story.
Car shows are free and at a different location each night from 5 to 9 p.m. Monday: American Chevrolet, 4742 McHenry Ave. Tuesday: Liquid Trends, 500 Glass Lane Wednesday: Downtown Modesto; cars enter at K and 12th streets. Thursday: Cool Hand Luke’s, 2505 Patterson Road, Riverbank. Contact Mid-Valley Chevy Club at (209) 499-2163 or www.midvalleychevy.com
June 6 – North Modesto Kiwanis
Classic Car Parade
The annual Classic Car Parade route has expanded. The route will remain through cool downtown Modesto, but this year it is expanding to go down McHenry Avenue to Orangeburg and then back to downtown. The parade on June 6 will feature close to a thousand classic cars, hot rods and street rods starting at 7 p.m. in downtown Modesto. You do not want to miss this amazing event. To enter your hot rod, visit www.americangraffitifestival.com
June 6 – 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 and outdoor activities. Velvet Creamery, 2204 McHenry Ave., (209) 544-9029
June 7 and 8 – American Graffiti
Car Show & Festival
This 16th annual event is presented by the North Modesto Kiwanis. June 6: The Classic Car Parade rolls through downtown at 7 p.m. June 7-8: The car show and festival runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday. Check out the classic cars, stroll through hundreds of specially selected food and vendor booths. Live music will be on tap throughout the festival each day. Modesto Junior College West Campus, 2201 Blue Gum Ave. (888) 746-9763 or www.americangraffitifestival.com. All proceeds go to local charities.
June 7 – The Hit Men
Featuring the former stars of Franki Valli and The Four Seasons! The ’60s, ’70s and ’80s big-name chart-busting groups created beloved hits that have been heard for generations and are woven into America’s consciousness. Now, some of the greatest artists who were instrumental in the success of these fabulous songs have reunited to form The Hit Men. Show starts at 8 p.m. at the Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St. Call (209) 338-2100 or visit www.galloarts.org.
June 14 – Sing-a-long with “Grease”
Dress up as your favorite character from the film, compete for prizes and dance in the aisles with Rydell High’s most famous graduating class. There will be fun giveaways, drink specials and contests. Showtime 6:30 p.m. Tickets $5. State Theatre, 1307 J St. (209) 527-4697
June 14 – 21st annual
Back to Graffiti at the Fruit Yard
The longest-running classic car show in Modesto kicks off at 9 a.m. with 50/50 raffle, music, vendors and more. The Fruit Yard’s mesquite barbecue is available throughout the day. The Fruit Yard, 7948 Yosemite Blvd., Modesto. (209) 523-4479 or (209) 577-3093
June 20 – “Hopping at the Hangar” Sock Hop
A fundraiser for the Central Valley Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force: $25 per person, includes barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs and all the fixin’s. Dancing to ’50s and ’60s music surrounded by classic World War II planes makes for an magical night. No-host bar and soda fountain. Must be 21 or older to attend. No tickets sold at the door. June 20, 5 to 10 p.m. at Hangar 1-S, 700 Tioga Drive. For tickets, call (209) 605-4313. Tickets sold in advance only.
June 20 and 21 – Graffiti Night
with the Modesto Nuts
Take me out to the ballgame to enjoy action-packed baseball, music from the 1950s and 1960s, root beer floats and fun contests. The Modesto Nuts take on the High Dessert Mavericks. Game time 7:05 p.m. Fireworks after the game. (209) 572-4487 or www.modestonuts.com
– Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau