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Big View- Exciting Graffiti Summer Highlights

Summer 2017 Highlights

This is the month to get our your poodle skirts and saddle shoes, leather jackets, slick back your hair, polish the chrome and get into gear. People from all over the world will be heading to Modesto to experience a slice of ModestoCana served up during Graffiti Summer.

There are some key things you need to know about this month and you better get these events plugged into your calendar. Don’t forget to clip and save our handy Graffiti Summer calendar. Also, we have our FREE ModestoView ap for Apple and Android that will keep you plugged all summer long. Don’t leave home without checking

American Graffiti – The film that started it all
Every Modestan needs to see this movie. This 1973 film change the film industry forever and put Modesto USA on the map for our classic community and car culture. The success of this film propelled George Lucas so he could make Star Wars and the rest is history. The State Theatre will feature a special showing at 2 pm on June 3 with a vintage $3 ticket. So get dressed up and cruise to the State. Psst, maybe even sit in the back row. #homeofamericangraffiti

Rockabilly and Rods Show – June 3
You will be dancing the night away with the bass slappin’ Rockabilly music, classic cars and pin-ups. Super cool bands Greasehound, Voodoo Killer & Little Johnny & the Sleepwalkers will be rockin. 2 pm Free show. Twisted Pig – 2717 Coffee, Modesto

Start Your Engines!
Vrooom Vroom. The first big show out of the gate this year is the Modesto Street Rods Graffiti Classic show at McHenry Village. You will see a huge special show for the anniversary of the Chevy Camaro. There will be food, music, chrome and more. Check out the info on this show and the activities of this very active car club. This is a FREE show.
June 4 – McHenry Village 9 – 3 pm

The Big Show
June 9, 10 & 11
The North Modesto Kiwanis Show is the show of shows in our region. The sweetest street rods, race cars, a huge vendor area and food of all types and a big stage with classic tunes all weekend long. You will see strolling Elvises (Elvii?) and you can try to pick which cars will be the winners of this legendary Modesto car show. There is a new section for some of the new newer specialty cars. The car show is an important fundraiser for non-profits in our region and the quality of this show draws the best cars from all over the western USA. June 10 9-5, June 11, 9-3pm

The Cruise is King
This event kicks off 6:30 pm Friday night, June 9 in Downtown Modesto with the famous American Graffiti Cruise Parade, open only to cars exhibiting in the car show, 1979 and older. This is a family fun night in downtown Modesto and out McHenry.

To get details and exhibit info,
Exhibitor info, check in and festival host location: Clarion Inn Conference Center, 1612 Sisk Rd Modesto

Chuck Berry Tribute!
June 9 – 9-11 pm 10th St Plaza
Bring your guitar and jam to one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time. Right after the Kiwanis American Graffiti Cruise Parade, musicians from all over Modesto will be coming out to rock the night away and pay tribute one of the creators of rock and roll, the legendary Chuck Berry. You will hear so many of your favorite songs. This is a FREE show and there will be local drink and dinner specials around 10th St Plaza. Hail Hail Rock and Roll!

Back to Graffiti
June 17- Fruit Yard
Cruise on out east of Modesto and experience the 24th Annual Back to Graffiti Show, loaded with flashy cars, music and food all weekend long. This is a nice park-like setting and the food at the Fruit Yard is fantastic. This is an important fundraiser for the Shriners, Soroptimists, and Community Hospice. Get more info at

Sing A Long Grease
This will be one of the most fun events as you can get all dressed up, bring the family and see a movie that you know you love, and sing every song at the top of your lungs, along with a packed theatre of Graffiti friends. They even have the words on the screen for the Grease Sing A Long. You need to do this. The State does have a martini bar so it could even be more fun. 3 pm Tix $5

Cool Graffiti Things to do in town.
Classic Community Murals
The spirit of Graffiti USA is now larger than life. All over Modesto, classic murals have been painted to showcase our history and are a very exciting tour. Take your friends, colleagues and family to see fantastic artwork that celebrates our classic car, cruising and music history. Local artists like Aaron Vickery, Tom Nye and Al Faria have created classic murals. World famous muralists like Ella Yates came to Modesto to be a part of our mural movement. Take drive or a bike ride today to see our beautiful classic community murals. You can find a color brochure for the murals at the Destination Modesto, Chamber of Commerce, ModSpot, Downtown Improvement District, Peer Recovery and many local businesses. You can get more info online at

Classic Community Murals were created and sponsored by John Black and Chris Murphy with the support of ModestoView, Peer Recovery Gallery, Sierra Pacific and Wells Fargo and other local businesses. Start with the original at 13th and J and go from there. This is free tour and has many selfie opportunities. Don’t forget to #modestoview your pictures and we will share them.

Modesto Cruise Route
Take a walk back in time. 10th and 11th Streets in Downtown Modesto are the original streets where the cruise of American Graffiti was born. Modesto has an amazing car culture, legendary car clubs, musicians, racers, actors and actresses and Rockabilly and Rock and Roll were born on our local radio stations. This is a 45 minute walk around downtown Modesto. While you learn about our history, you can stop in at our local cafes and restaurants for some refreshment. You can see Modesto Graffiti come to life as each marker has a special video with tailored to each spot. Learn about our history and celebrate the future. Flyers are available on-line and at local businesses.

Walk of Fame
See the people that were the story behind the movie. The Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame is located in 10th Street Plaza where the Cruise Route tour starts and ends. You will have fun and learn a lot.

Hey Kids
I’m Rodney!
I want to introduce you to the reason Modesto is so awesome! It’s our classic cars like me, Penny, Tina, Chuck and others. We are all shined up, ready to cruise and are all powered up for Graffiti Summer. I hope you enjoy everything we have going this year and make sure to check out the Cruise Route, view our murals and enjoy the car shows and check out the chrome. We even have a new coloring book for your summer fun. We have T-shirts, Fuzzy Dice and so many other fun things at our website. You can find me at




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.