The North Modesto Kiwanis' American Graffiti Car Show and Festival features 650 show cars all made before 1973. The event kicks off with an evening car parade followed by a two-day festival featuring 100 craft and food booths, kids games, DJs, and live oldies music. Performers include The Sensations, Hot Rods Band and The Kyle Barker Band. Special guest is George Barris, "King of the Kustomizers," who designed the Batmobile, Greased lightning ("Grease") and The General Lee ("Dukes of Hazard"). The event is part of Graffiti Summer, celebrating Modesto native son George Lucas' 1973 film, "American Graffiti."
WHEN: Parade 7 p.m. today; festival 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
WHERE: Parade downtown Modesto. Festival Modesto Junior College East Campus, 435 College Ave.
TICKETS: Parade free; festival $7 adults, free to children 12 and under; $2-off coupons available at parade and other locations
Sing along with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John to such hits as "Summer Nights" and "We Go Together" in the movie "Grease." The State Theatre is showing the singalong version of the hit 1978 film about high school romance. The event is part of Graffiti Summer, celebrating Modesto native son George Lucas' 1973 film, "American Graffiti."
WHEN: 8:30 p.m. today
WHERE: State Theatre, 1307 J St., Modesto
Listen to the "American Graffiti" soundtrack live. Retro bands such as The Diamonds, Bill Hayley's Comets, The Teenagers tribute groups, The Clovers tribute group and more will perform golden oldies. Songs will include "Why Do Fools Fall in love," "Love Potion #9," "Sixteen Candles" and "Come Go With Me." The event is part of Graffiti Summer, celebrating Modesto native son George Lucas' 1973 film "American Graffiti."
WHEN: 8 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: Rogers Theater, Gallo Center for the Arts, 1000 I St., Modesto
Juneteenth, also called "Freedom Day" or "Emancipation Day," commemorates the day when blacks in Texas finally learned that slavery had been abolished. They learned the news June 19, 1865, almost two years after President Lincoln ended slavery. The city of Modesto is celebrating with a festival that includes visits by the Buffalo soldiers, food and craft booths, hip-hop and R&B concerts, youth performances and more. The Cartel Band featuring Lamarr "Deuce" Lubin, Capitol recording artist Sassy, local youth poet Rosa Stanley, DJ Honeybee and others will perform. There will be a giveaway of 500 children's books with African-American themes and high school students will read some of them to younger children. The importance of education will be stressed throughout the event.
WHEN: 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday
WHERE: King-Kennedy Memorial Center, Mellis Park, 601 N. Martin Luther King Drive, Modesto
Comedy songwriter Sean Morey has been on "The Bob and Tom Radio Show" for more than 20 years and has appeared on "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and Jay Leno. His songs include "The Man Song," "The Woman Song," "He Said-She Heard," "It's All About Me" and "Ghost Chickens in the Sky." Show is open only to those 16 and older.
WHEN: 8 p.m. today
WHERE: The Seasons, 945 McHenry Ave., Modesto
TICKETS: $15 in advance, $18 at the door