Festival Cancelled for 2020
The steering committee for the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival has unanimously decided to cancel the 2020 festival, due to COVID-19 concerns.
While this is unfortunate news, with projected attendance topping 75,000 this year, this seems like the right thing to do to protect participants, staff, spectators (who come from all around the world) and our community.
We now look forward to celebrating the Birthplace of Route 66 next year and hope to make the 2021 festival the best one yet.
Car and motorcycle show participants, musical acts, vendors and exhibitors should have already been notified about the cancellation, but if they have not, contact information is below:
Car show participants who registered online with a credit card should log in to the festival’s EventBrite page with the button below, and request a refund or roll over their registration to the 2021 festival. Those who choose the roll over option will be able to keep their display spots.
Refunds for registrations paid by cash or check: Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Participants have until Aug. 1 to request a refund or it is assumed they want to roll their registration over to 2021 and keep their spots.
2019 Festival Highlights
How to celebrate Route 66 between now and 2021
- Get your kicks by taking a virtual trip down the Mother Road through Springfield, Missouri with the City of Springfield's Route 66 Story Map. Special thanks to the C.H. Skip Curtis family for providing photographs and captions that make this map possible.
- Explore local sections of Route 66 and support the local restaurants and retailers. Springfield City Council will be reviewing the expansion of sidewalk cafes at tonight’s meeting, so there will be new ways to enjoy your favorites establishments and find new treasures.
- Experience the new Route 66 Food Truck Park on St. Louis Street, just west of the Rail Haven Motel on Glenstone.
- Visit the History Museum on the Square with its outstanding exhibits, one of which is all about Route 66. The museum just reopened with new social distancing provisions and is a great outing with friends and family.
- Pay a visit to the Route 66 Car Museum at College Street and Kansas Expressway. Owner Guy Mace has assembled an incredible collection and it’s available throughout the year in your own backyard.
- Check out the public art along Route 66. This includes fun 1950s neon, Springfield SculptureWalk through downtown and a new sculpture that will be added on College Street in early fall.