Overall hours for festival activities are as follows for each of the two days:
- Friday, Aug. 9: 12 p.m. (noon) - 11 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 10: 7 a.m. - 11 p.m.
The car/motorcycle show hours, specifically, are:
- Friday, Aug. 9: 12 p.m. (noon) - 4 p.m., cars/trucks only
- Saturday, Aug. 10: 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., cars/trucks and motorcycles
Festival activities are FREE, including the car/motorcycle show and all music performances! Vendors throughout the festival area will be selling a variety of food, beverages and merchandise.
There’s plenty of parking in downtown Springfield just a few minutes' walk from Park Central Square. Visit itsalldowntown.com/getting-around to see all free, paid and private parking lots and garages.
Restrooms are located along College Street west of Grant Avenue, at the north end of Park Central Square, and east of the square near Jefferson Avenue and Olive Street.
The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival is a rain or shine event!
With close to 450 vehicles registered so far, you won't want to miss the parade on Friday evening, Aug. 9! It starts at 6 p.m. at Grant Avenue and College Street (Route 66). The parade travels east on College Street through Park Central Square, continues east on St. Louis Street and ends at National Avenue.
Prime, grandstand seating is available starting at 5 p.m. at the Expo Center lot on St. Louis Street, across from University Plaza. There you can enjoy a cold beverage and snacks, listen to Route 66-era music and enjoy a performance by Springfield Little Theatre. Or, bring a lawn chair and watch along the route.
Motorists should expect road closures and traffic delays in downtown Springfield starting the morning of Thursday, Aug. 9 through Saturday, Aug. 11 due to the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival.
Below is a comprehensive list of the closures. Barricades will be in place at several downtown intersections by Thursday, Aug. 9.
3-4 a.m., Thursday, Aug. 9
The tuning fork locations along Jefferson Avenue between McDaniel Street and Olive Street will close early Thursday morning. SPD will begin identifying illegally parked vehicles for tow by 5 a.m.
2 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10
- Park Central Square
- Jefferson Avenue and Phelps Street
- St. Louis Street from the Springfield Convention & Visitors Center to Jefferson Avenue
- Kimbrough Avenue from Trafficway to McDaniel Street
9 a.m., Friday, Aug. 10
- St. Louis Street and Jefferson Avenue
- Jefferson Avenue and Olive Street
- St. Louis Street and Benton Avenue (including the Discovery Center exits)
- St. Louis Street and Kimbrough Avenue (westbound traffic on Kimbrough at Sherwin-Williams)
1:30 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10
- St. Louis Street and Kimbrough Avenue (eastbound and westbound)
- St. Louis Street and AT&T driveway
- Park Central West and Patton Avenue
- Boonville Avenue and Park Central North/Olive
- South Avenue and Park Central South/McDaniel
- Park Central East and Robberson Avenue
The Springfield Police Department will provide traffic direction and control for the staging of Friday’s Birthplace of Route 66 Parade route starting at 3 p.m. The locations below will reopen after the conclusion of the parade at 7 p.m.
3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10
- Kansas Expressway and Olive Avenue
- College Street and Nettleton Avenue
- College Street and Fort Avenue (north side)
- College Street and New Avenue (south side)
- College Street and Broadway Avenue
- College Street and 9th Avenue (south side)
- College Street and Missouri Avenue (south side)
- College Street and 8th Avenue
- College Street and Douglas Avenue (south side)
Officers will then provide traffic direction and control along the route of the parade for the duration of the event. Public Works staff and volunteers will assist the SPD with traffic control by manning and/or monitoring the barricades.
The parade will travel east on College to Park Central Square at which point the two rows of cars will split and “zipper” around the square and re-join into two rows at Park Central East. The route will continue along Park Central East onto St. Louis Street, past Kimbrough and the grandstand to National Avenue. The parade will terminate at National and St. Louis, with participants being directed in columns of two into the open southbound lanes onto National Avenue.
5:30 p.m, Friday, Aug. 10
- Kansas Expressway and College Street
- Grant Avenue and College Street
- Hayden Avenue and College Street
- Main Avenue and College Street
- Market Avenue and College Street
- Campbell Avenue and McDaniel Street
- College Street and Campbell Avenue/Park Central West
- St. Louis Street and Hampton Avenue
- St. Louis Street and Florence Avenue
6 p.m., Friday, Aug. 10
- Grant Avenue and McDaniel Street
- Grant Avenue and Walnut Street
- Grant Avenue and Tampa Street
- Kimbrough Avenue and Trafficway
- Kimbrough Avenue and McDaniel Street
- Kimbrough Avenue and Walnut Street
- St. Louis Street and JQH Parkway
- St. Louis Street and McCallister
- Holiday Inn Express driveway and St. Louis Street
- Walgreens driveway and St. Louis Street
- Steak n Shake driveway and St. Louis Street
- St. Louis Street and National
- Trafficway and National Avenue.
- Come to the Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis (east end of the car show), Friday and Saturday to experience the vibrant annual gathering of authors, artists, associations & collectors affiliated with Route 66. Offering creative displays of memorabilia, information about their products and services and items for sale, you're sure to find something to interest you. Come visit with them about Route 66 and see what they have to offer. Admission is FREE.
- Learn all about Route 66 in Springfield with the History Museum on the Square’s exhibit “Memories of the Mother Road: Route 66 Through Springfield” 10:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3-12.
- Watch the Disney classic “Cars” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Aug.10 at the Gillioz Theatre, 325 Park Central East. Admission is FREE.
- You can also visit the many businesses located in and around the festival footprint for a variety of food, beverages, goods and services.
Official Birthplace of Route 66 Festival merchandise can be purchased at the merchandise tent at St. Louis Street and Park Central East in the Vendor Village.
It's not just cars! The show includes hundreds of vehicles, both cars, trucks and maybe even other vehicles. Every era will be on display in downtown Springfield, from the first cars ever manufactured to ratrods. Don’t miss it! For a look at last year's show, check out the car show page.
Motorcycle Village is a bike lover’s dream! See lots of cool bikes in the charity bike show, participate in the Gypsy Tour Poker Run or Open Road Girl Rally, shop for moto gear and see people doing awesome death-defying bike tricks!
Please take any lost and found items to the festival information tent in Park Central Square or the festival merchandise tent at St. Louis Street and Park Central East.
If you have lost a child, or are helping a lost child try to find their parents, please call 911 so the Springfield Police Department can assist.
This year, all musical acts are FREE! Hear the hottest Branson acts and other local bands at the Branson Experience stage on Park Central Square. The Aaron Sachs stage, located at McDaniel St. and Jefferson Ave., will feature local and regional acts. Bands on the Aaron Sachs stage will be group into a Friday Country Music Jam on Friday and a Blues and Rock & Roll Party on Saturday.
Springfield is officially recognized as the birthplace of what became known as the iconic "Mother Road." It was on April 30, 1926 at the Colonial Hotel, via telegram, that Springfield businessman John T. Woodruff and Oklahoma businessman Cy Avery first proposed U.S. 66 as the name of the new Chicago-to-Los Angeles highway. Route 66 meandered across the city from Kearney Street to Glenstone Avenue to St. Louis Street, through Park Central Square to Olive and College streets, then headed west along what is now Chestnut Expressway.
This festival is a cooperative effort among the City of Springfield, KY3/KSPR, Aaron Sachs & Associates, and festival founders David Eslick, Tommy and Glenda Pike, the Jack Stinson family, the West Central Neighborhood Alliance, Downtown Springfield Association and the Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau.