Festival Cancelled for 2021
As a partner in the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival, the City of Springfield is canceling the 2021 Birthplace of Route 66 Festival due to COVID-19 concerns. A surprise kick-off concert that would have been announced for Aug. 12 is also canceled.
The 2019 festival’s attendance was 65,000 over two days, and we were projecting to top 75,000 this year. We think this is the right thing to do to protect participants, staff, spectators (who come from all around the world) and our community.
We hope to be back in 2022.
ALL 2020 and 2021 car show registrations will be automatically refunded in order to be able to start fresh and avoid confusion for 2022. We assure you that our current car show participants will be the first to know when we start 2022 Car Show Registration and will be able to register first.
- If you paid online with a credit card you will receive a refund directly from Eventbrite’s website.
- If you paid with a cash or check the WCNA will be mailing you a check to the address we have on file for you.
- If you do not see a refund to your account or check in your mailbox within 30 days, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. Or if you are unsure how you paid, please email us at the same email address, and we can help you out.
2019 Festival Highlights
Win a Car!
Even though the festival has once again been cancelled, the Mother Roadster Foundation WILL give the car away this year. The date, time and place are yet to be determined, but it will take place around the same time as the festival would have been. For the latest, please follow the Mother Roadster Foundation's Facebook page.
Will you help us? Without this festival, and the many others we missed this year and last due to COVID-19, the children of Shriners Children’s hospital are the ones suffering. Last year we were unable to present a check to the hospital, and this year's will be substantially less given the current circumstances.
So, please, please, please:
- Buy a chance to win.
- Share with all your friends on social media.
- Don’t like our car? Donate to the Shriners Children’s Hospital directly.
How to celebrate Route 66 between now and next summer
- Explore local sections of Route 66 and support the local restaurants and retailers. Springfield City Council will be reviewing the expansion of sidewalk cafes, so there will be new ways to enjoy your favorite 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 is open with COVID precautions 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. Hubcaps on Rt. 66 has been installed and is on display as a part of Sculpture Walk Springfield.
- Get your kicks by taking a virtual trip down the Mother Road through Springfield, Missouri with the Route 66 Story Map created by City of Springfield Geographic Information Systems staff. Special thanks to the C.H. Skip Curtis family for providing photographs and captions that make this map possible.