What do apricots, beer and lumber have in common? Summer fun, of course

Get your motors running, festival lovers – June is nearly here, revving up with a fresh batch of celebrations.


June heralds a host of festivals, not the least of which is the monthlong homage to cars, cruising and all other things “American Graffiti” in Modesto. Graffiti Summer brings its annual celebration of coming-of-age nostalgia with film screenings, car shows, parades and more. For a calendar of those events, see the special Graffiti Summer insert in today’s Bee or our online Scene calendar.

But there’s more than just Graffiti Summer going on across the greater Modesto and Mother Lode region with fests and fairs that help kick off the summer season. One of the larger events held annually in June has been canceled for this year, however, the Modesto Scottish Highland Games. The St. Andrews Society was forced to forgo what would have been its 36th annual event because of flooding and downed trees at its Tuolumne River Regional Park home. According to a message on the St. Andrews Society website, the group did research other locations, but in the end decided not to hold the games in 2017.

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