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2020 Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival
Date & Time
9/25/20 - 9/27/20
6:00 PM - 2:00 PM

EVENT CANCELLED- Due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and within the guidelines of the Restore Illinois’ Phased Reopening Plan, the Board of Directors for Illinois Route 66 Events, Inc. has announced that the 2020 International Route 66 Mother Road Festival, scheduled for September 25-27, will be cancelled for this year. The cancellation includes the Travel Expo, which is run by the Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway.

Join us as we celebrate the cars, the music, the fun and nostalgia that Route 66 has brought to generations when the 19th Annual International Route 66 Mother Road rolls into historic downtown Springfield September 25th – 27th.

Weekend Show Highlights

Admission is FREE for spectator
Friday night Route 66 City Nights Cruise with up to 2,000 classic cars cruising into downtown Springfield
Burnout Competition Saturday at 2PM at 7th & Washington
Live Entertainment on the Hot Rod Stage, Friday - Sunday
Performance Marketplace for the restoration enthusiast - vendors on display throughout downtown
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 selfieson66.com.
Downtown Springfield, Inc. Farmers Market,  Saturday
Cruise The Shops Poker Race brought to you by Downtown Springfield, Inc. Saturday $5 To Play, Sign up at 6th & Capitol
State Capitol Photo Op! Stage a photo of your car with the majestic Illinois State Capitol Building as your backdrop (4th & Capitol)
Don’t miss the “sneak peek” of the NEW Living Legends program coming Spring 2020 to Springfield – Springfield Visitors Center, Saturday, Noon - 5PM

Register your ride at Route66Fest.com with a chance to be awarded one of over 40 CASH honors, judged by CASI certified national judges
FESTIVAL HOURS: Friday, Sept. 27, 6PM – 10PM, Saturday, Sept. 28, 9AM– 10PM and Sunday, Sept. 29, 9AM – 2PM.

Complete schedule of events & map of festival layout visit Route66Fest.com.

“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, presented by Sylvania Automotive. Over 2000 cars participated in 2018 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 through “Cruise the Shops” presented by Downtown Springfield, Inc.; visit some of the other destinations along Illinois Route 66 at the Travel Illinois Expo. For sure you don’t want to miss Dick Levi’s “Monet of Cars” along Sixth Street, an amazing collection and a festival tradition. Maybe you’ll even want to enter the Miss Route 66 Festival Pin-Up Contest.

Live music has always been a staple of the International Route 66 Mother Road Festival and that continues this year, with four bands, hitting the Main Stage throughout the weekend. NCR will bring their combination of Modern Country, Classic Rock and Pop to the Main Stage on Friday. On Saturday, a trio of bands will hit the stage, starting with The Fundamentals, who play a mixture of Oldies Pop and Rock. For the Love of Lennon, will share their Tribute to the Beatles. Jukebox will wrap up the evening with Party Hits from the 70s to today.