21st Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival Roars Into Springfield This Weekend – Sept. 23-25

Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway

Back for the 21st year, the Route 66 Mother Road Festival is excited to announce the cars, the music, the fun and nostalgia that Route 66 has brought to generations will return for a 21st year, rolling into historic downtown Springfield September 23th – 25th. 

For the second year, the show will be locally managed by Greg “Coop” and Sue Cooper, with operations headed by Shane “Shaner” McDermith.  Keeping the show local and focused on a community feel with much of the tradition that the Mother Road Festival has become known for, is top priority again in 2022.

Weekend Show Highlights

  • Admission is FREE for spectators
  • Friday night RECON-TECH – Springfield presents the Route 66 City Nights Cruise with up to 2,000 classic cars cruising into downtown Springfield from Capital City Shopping Center up Route 66 on 6th
  • Ultimate Smokey & the Bandit tribute sponsored by RECON TECHS Springfield ( 5th & Adams)
  • Burnout Competition Saturday at 3:00pm 7th & Washington
  • Live Entertainment Friday & Saturday, including “The Blooze Brothers” at 8pm Saturday on the Isringhausen Stage
  • Post your “selfie” at any Illinois Route 66 landmark to Facebook, or Instagram with hashtag #MyIL66 and #visitspringfield to be featured on Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway social media! Info at MyIL66
  • Downtown Springfield, Inc. Farmers Market – Saturday
  • State Capitol Photo Op! Stage a photo of your car with the majestic Illinois State Capitol Building as your backdrop (4th & Capitol)
  • Grab the Explorer Passport and visit our Living Legends of Route 66 throughout Springfield, available at the Springfield Visitors Center
  • Register your ride for a chance to be awarded one of the top honors, show will be judged by CASI certified national judges
  • NEW this year – Route 66 5K Foot Race through the historic downtown, cars and along Route 66
    For more info: https://runsignup.com/Race/IL/Springfield/Route665KFootRace
  • Complete schedule of events & map of festival layout and registration available at Route66Fest.com
  • Awards ceremony at Noon, Sunday, September 25. There will be a presentation recognizing Kim Rosendahl for her long-standing commitment to the Mother Road Festival at this time
  • FESTIVAL HOURS: Friday, Sept. 23, 6PM – 10PM, Saturday, Sept. 24, 9AM – 10PM and Sunday, Sept. 25, 9AM –2PM.

“The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival is a tradition in Springfield,” said Scott Dahl, Director of the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Historic downtown is an incredible backdrop for this classic car event celebrating the allure of Route 66 that brings visitors from around the world.”

Make sure to arrive early to experience Friday night’s Route 66 City Nights Cruise for Crime Stoppers.  Over 2000 cars participated in 2021 as festival goers watched miles of vintage cars parade along Springfield’s legendary Route 66 streets into downtown. With your on-site five dollar contribution to Crime Stoppers, you can enter your ride into the parade and be a part of all the fun!  Find your spot amongst the thousands gathered to see an outstretched line of iconic vehicles. 

The schedule is packed with plenty of family activities for everyone to experience.  Enjoy the unique smell of smoke and tire during the “Burnout competition”; explore all of downtown’s unique shopping and enjoy the local culinary treasures.  Maybe you’ll even want to enter the Miss Route 66 Festival Pin-Up Contest, hosted by Springfield Vintage.

Live music has always been a staple of the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and that continues this year, with music and bands throughout the weekend.

Learn more at: www.route66fest.com or on Facebook @Route66Fest

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