The 66th Annual “Birthplace of Route 66 Festival” happens on August 12th-14th, 2016 and this year Route 66 is celebrating 90 years on the mother road! There is so much to do during the weekend on Park Central Square, including the second annual Route 66 parade, a car and motorcycle show, ice cream social, concerts at the Gillioz Theatre, free music from local bands, a drive-in movie, a vendor village, a 6.6k race and a gathering of authors, artists, collectors and associations. You won’t want to miss out. Here is a line up of the featured events throughout the weekend!
A huge part of the festival weekend is the concerts at the Gillioz! On Friday August 12th, Asleep at the Wheel will be rocking out with Rhonda Vincent and The Rage as part of the Icon Series of events. In their 44th year, the band continues to introduce the western swing genre to a new generation on tour and takes audiences on the ride of a lifetime with their song “A Ride with Bob.” Tickets range from $54 – $84 and can be purchased HERE! On Saturday August 13th, the Marshall Tucker Band will be taking over the Gillioz with some southern rock tunes. The group’s style combines rock, country, jazz and features extended instrumental breaks. You can purchase tickets HERE!
This two day car and motorcycle show is the place to be if you enjoy historic vehicles. You can see all types of cars this weekend from various decades! It’s all taking place on Park Central Square in downtown SGF, Saturday from 10am to 4pm and Sunday from 10am to 4pm. There are sure to be cars, trucks and motorcycles that will enthuse everyone!
Got your racing shoes on? Experience Route 66 through historic downtown Springfield during the Route 66 6.6K (4.10 miles) and 3.3K (2.05 miles) runs. They begin at the Mediacom Ice Park on Sunday, August 14 at 8 am. Trophies will be awarded for winners of each age group, overall male/female and masters male/female. The entry fee for both events is $30, and day of entry registration is $35. To register for the races, click HERE!
This year marks the 2nd Annual Birthplace of Route 66 Parade, including more than 350 cars and motorcycles, several floats, special guest appearances and fun entertainment for the whole family! A new route will be unveiled, with the parade starting at College and Grant and ending at St. Louis and National. The parade is organized by class and will have cars ranging from the vintage era (1900-1929) all the way to the modern era (1974-1989).
The team at Aaron Sachs & Associates is celebrating 25 years in the Ozarks with free music all weekend long! On the Aaron Sachs stage, you can find bands like Tripwire, Sequel Dos, Anthony Gomes, Machine Gun Symphony, The Detective, Lindsay Ell, Dakota Smith and Barrett Barber (contestant on “The Voice”). All weekend, they will have attractions for the whole family, including a motorcycle stunt show, Harley Davidson demo rides and a motorcycle parade headlined by the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association. To find more information and see the schedule, visit their website.
A gathering of authors, artists, collectors, associations, and preservation and tourism enthusiasts working with Route 66 will take place from 10am to 4pm on Saturday, August 13th and Sunday, August 14th at the Old Glass Place (501 E. St. Louis St). Come visit them and see some fantastic collectibles and learn a little bit about the history of Route 66.
Be sure to stop in at the Route 66 Springfield Visitor Center on 815 E. St. Louis to learn more about other stops in town that will give you a look into of Route 66’s festivities! Don’t forget to follow all of the action on social media as well: