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American Graffiti Festival & Car Show
Welcome to the 22nd annual American Graffiti Festival. Festival dates are Friday August 20 (parade night), Saturday August 21 and Sunday August 22 (Festival show days). The Festival grounds will be at the Modesto Municipal Golf Course located at the corner of Tuolumne Blvd. and Roselawn Avenue in Modesto, California.
August 20 — The Parade on Friday August 20th starts at 5:30PM and will once again run from downtown to McHenry Avenue, making a U-turn at Brigsmore Avenue then proceeding back into downtown. This year the parade has been limited to the first 800 registrations for the Festival and Car Show.
August 21 — Modesto: American Graffiti Festival & Car Show is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Modesto Muni Golf Course, 400 Tuolumne Blvd. Organized by Kiwanis Club of North Modesto as a fund-raiser for local nonprofits.
August 22 — Modesto: American Graffiti Festival & Car Show continues Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Modesto Muni Golf Course, 400 Tuolumne Blvd. Sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of North Modesto as a fund-raiser for local nonprofits.
Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum
Modesto, California USA is the home of American Graffiti, the award winning film by George Lucas. The film is known around the world and it is a positive part of Modesto’s history. The culture of Modesto USA still represents the small town charm, but with the benefits of being a larger city. Our “classic car culture” currently draws visitors from around the world, especially during the annual Graffiti Summer.
Modesto USA has developed some tourist locations, but lacks a showcase museum, that captures and celebrates the spirit of American Graffiti. A new non-profit has been created to design and develop the year-round Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum and Experience that will attract visitors from near and far away. The Graffiti USA Museum will be the cultural center for our classic cars, our rock and roll history, and will tell the stories that inspired Modesto native George Lucas to make his landmark film that paved the way for his future creations like Star Wars.
Our Mission is to grow the attraction of Modesto as a destination for events, entertainment, vacations, and tours while capitalizing on the nostalgia and Modesto’s cultural history celebrating Modesto’s love affair with the automobile.
Our Vision is a thriving Graffiti USA Classic Car Museum that brings people, revenue, events, students and business to downtown Modesto. We see a healthy and thriving tourism attraction for Modesto all year long based on Modesto’s authentic classic car history, people and events. The Museum will create an immersive experience, taking the visitor back to the days of the cruise, with replica store fronts and murals of the Graffiti Era, that will be the backdrop to the cars and memorabilia on display.
Our museum committee is made up of 22 local residents who are passionate about the establishment of a car museum in Modesto. They are giving their time, treasure, knowledge and support to make our Graffiti USA history come to life in this amazing experience museum.
Graffiti USA, Board of Directors
John Sanders – Chairman
Retired businessman, early cruiser and co-founder of the American Graffiti Festival, Legend of the Cruise Inductee
Brent Burnside – Vice Chairman
Owner of Burnside Auto Body Shop, Chair of the North Modesto Kiwanis American Graffiti Festival
Michael Johnson – Secretary/Treasurer
Retired school teacher, background in set and building design
Doug Ridenour – Modesto City Council
Retired Modesto police officer, classic car owner and club member
Cecil Russell – Past CEO, Modesto Chamber of Commerce
Former VP Save Mart Supermarkets and early 90s Graffiti Nite organizer
Ron Pippin – Building and construction businessman, car guy
Chris Murphy – Co-Owner, Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group, publisher of Modesto View. Founder of the Modesto Historic Cruise Route and Walk of Fame
Dennis Wilson – Civil engineer and Legend of the Cruise inductee , classic car guy
COUNCIL OF ADVISORS
Brad Hawn – Car guy, structural engineer
Don Wood – Automobile appraiser, Legend of the Cruise Inductee
Peter Hischier – Long time car guy and Gene Winfield associate, Legend of the Cruise Inductee
Jim DiMartini – Stanislaus County Supervisor, almond farmer and car collector
Brian Gini – Owner of Collins Electrical Contractors
Ted Brandvold – Mayor of Modesto, commercial architect
Dave Gianelli – Attorney
Jerry Sauls – Owner, Wille Printing Co. and a car guy, Legend of the Cruise Inductee
Craig Lewis – Real estate professional
Tom Watling – Vintage car dealer
Joe Pope – Former General Motors Car dealer
Bob Rose – Vintage car memorabilia restorer
Ken White – Author of Modesto History books
Graffiti USA Museum Address
610 N 9th Street. Modesto, Ca 95350
Graffiti USA Mailing Address
3731 Finch Rd
Concert in the Park
Modesto Band of Stanislaus County’s “Concert in the Park” happens every Thursday evening for six weeks during summer.Link to page
Family Movies and Dive-In
Summer fun Family Night Movies in Graceada Park and Dive-In at Johansen are a great way to get to know your community.Link to page
For over 30 years, the Modesto Certified Farmer’s Market has been drawing those in search of farm fresh produce from all over the region to downtown Modesto. On 16th street, adjacent to the library, between H and I, you will find the freshest produce the Central Valley has to offer.Link to page
Throughout the month of June, you will find everything from street fairs to classic car parades, concerts, and an impressive showcase of American Graffiti culture as we celebrate this important pillar of our community.Link to page
Music in the Plaza
Enjoy live downtown musical entertainment every Friday evening from April through mid-September!Link to page
California in modesto car shows
American Graffiti Festival
Cancelled in 2020
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
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 www.americangraffitifestival.com. 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
Hank Ballard and the Midnighters
The Isley Brothers
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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