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Graffiti Summer is Coming

Graffiti Summer
By Chris Murphy

ModestoUSA is where Graffiti Summer lives all year long. June is coming faster than you think and many of our hall of fame American Graffiti events will be extra special. People from all over the world come to Modesto to experience the place that was the inspiration for George Lucas’ milestone movie. Downtown Modesto features the Historic Cruise Route that is a walking history tour of the music and Graffiti experiences of Modesto. The Walk of Fame showcases our Legends of the Cruise and new inductees will be unveiled June 10 in 10th St Place. The legendary N. Modesto Kiwanis American Graffiti Car Show and the Cruise Parade will be on June 12 featuring the Grand Marshall, Wendell Reed, Parade Champion Gene Winfield, Candy Clark and Bo Hopkins and the other Walk of Fame inductees. The Cruise Parade will go up McHenry to Orangeburg. The car show has a new and bigger location at Muni Golf Course. Yes, good times will be had by all and the show of classic chrome and cars will fill our streets all summer.

This will be an epic Graffiti Summer with will lead off with the showing of the 1973 film American Graffiti at the vintage historic State Theatre on June 6 and the first big car show of the year is The Modesto Street Rods in McHenry Village on June 7. Use our handy dandy guide of events so you don’t miss a thing.

So Modesto, let’s get our Graffiti on! If you are a business, plan some great cruisin’ events and promotions. Have your employees dress retro and play the music from 1956 – 1964. This is our time, this is our story and this is who we are! #ModestoUSA is the home of American Graffiti and we should be proud.

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Graffiti Summer 2015
Fri & Sat Nights, A&W Root Beer, Classic Car Show
Wednesday Nights, Velvet Grill & Creamery, Classic Car Show
June 6-3pm, State Theatre, American Graffiti movie
June 6-5pm, Hangar 1-S, 700 Tioga Drive, Modesto, “Hopping at the Hangar” Sock Hop
June 6-8pm, Gallo Center, “So Good for the Soul”
June 7-10am, McHenry Village, 10th Annual Graffiti Classic Car Show
June 8-5pm, American Chevrolet, Mid-Valley Chevy Club Car Show
June 9-5pm, Vintage Faire Mall, Mid-Valley Chevy Club Car Show
June 10-5pm, Downtown Modesto, Mid-Valley Chevy Club Car Show
June 10 7pm, Downtown Modesto, Historic Graffiti Walk of Fame Unveiling
June 11-5pm, Cool Hand Luke’s, Mid-Valley Chevy Club Car Show
June 11-8pm, Graceada Park, MoBand Concert in the Park – Cruisin’ Dreams
June 12-7pm, Official Kiwanis Classic Car Parade
June 13-7pm, State Theatre, Elvis Presley Tribute
June 13-9am-5pm, Muni Golf Course, Graffiti Car Show & Festival
June 14-9am-3pm, Muni Golf Course, Graffiti Car Show & Festival
June 20-7pm, John Thurman Field, Modesto Nuts Graffitit Night
June 20-6:30pm, State Theatre, Sing-along GREASE
June 28- 9am-4pm, Elks Lodge, 8th Annual Rod & Custom Car Show
Check for updated event and show times

Legends of the Cruise – Walk of Fame
Every visitor to Modesto will have a chance to experience the Historic Cruise Route and see our new Walk of Fame that will have a celebration grand opening on June 10 at 6 pm with the Mid Valley Chevy Club and our local legends. These markers will be in the sidewalk along 10th St beginning in front of the Brenden Cinema. The Walk of Fame celebrates the people that were the inspiration of the movie American Graffiti and George Lucas’ childhood. The mission of the Walk of Fame is to highlight the character and history of Modesto and educate and illuminate these stories to own citizens and visitors alike. Chris Murphy and ModestoView are the creators of the Cruise Route and the Walk of Fame. Take a walk on the walk of fame and enjoy the historic cruise route.

Graffiti Summer Calendar Highlights
It will be an action packed summer here in Modesto USA. These are just some of the epic events that celebrate our American Graffiti history. Get more info at our amazing local event calendar.

State Theatre of Modesto is celebrating American Graffiti with root beer floats and their annual screening of American Graffiti June 6 starring Ron Howard, Harrison Ford, and many more. With admission at $3 and the State’s now-famous root beer floats at just $3, bring the entire family. Dress up in your best duds, go out and enjoy. Doors open at 5:30pm with the film starting at 6:30pm. For additional information visit

Look for something new an exciting called Modesto Graffiti USA to keep your memories and cruisin’ dreams alive all year long.



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.