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

Please visit the festival schedule page for complete details on when specific activities occur.  The live music page is where you can find the schedule for the two stages.

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.

Limited shuttling is available. Festival-goers can inquire regarding shuttle availability at either the Info Tent or Merchandise Tent. (Employees can radio to locate and dispatch.)

Porta-potty Locations:

  • Park Central West & Patton Alley
  • Park Central East & Robberson
  • Park Central North & Olive
  • Jefferson & Olive
  • Across from the Old Glass Place on St. Louis
  • At the Expo Lot

Indoor bathrooms available at the Old Glass Place, Public Library, Shrine Mosque  OR at any downtown restaurant with your patronage.

The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival is a rain or shine event!

With about 600 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 4:30 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 pre-parade performances, beginning at 5 p.m., by Springfield Little Theatre and International Youth Fellowship. Or, bring a lawn chair and watch along the route.

  • Old Glass Place, 501 E. St. Louis (east end of the car show): 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.
  • Shrine Mosque: Women's World Expo
  • History Museum on the Square: “Birthplace of Route 66 Gallery.”  COST: $16/Adult, $13/Seniors (65 and older), $13/Students with ID (Any Age), $13/Military & Families, $10/Child (Age 4-12), Free Age 3 and under
  • Public Library: in the SW corner of the Square
  • 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 in the merchandise tent at the SE corner of St. Louis Street and Jefferson Ave. near Motorcycle Village.

ATM Locations:

  • On South Street just south of the Square
  • Great Southern Bank at South & Walnut
  • U.S. Bank at St. Louis St. & Benton

Get information about the festival at the Info Tent in Park Central Square on the inner square, in front of the History Museum.

Basic First Aid Stations

  • Info Tent - On Park Central Square on the inner square, in front of the History Museum (NW corner of square)
  • Across from the Old Glass Place (521 E. St. Louis St.)

Please take any lost and found items to the festival information tent in Park Central Square or the festival merchandise tent at the SE corner of St. Louis Street and Jefferson Ave.

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.

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, shop for moto gear and see people doing awesome, death-defying bike tricks!

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. The Aaron Sachs stage will feature a Country Music Jam on Friday and a Blues and Rock & Roll Party on Saturday.

Motorists should expect road closures and traffic delays in downtown Springfield starting the morning of Thursday, Aug. 8 through Saturday, Aug. 10 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. 8.

General Closures

Thursday, Aug. 8, 2 a.m. - reopening by 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11

  • Tuning Fork from Jefferson to St. Louis
  • Tuning Fork from St. Louis to McDaniel
  • St. Louis St. from Jefferson to Benton

Friday, Aug. 9, 1 a.m. - reopening by 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11

  • St. Louis from the Expo Center to Jefferson (Kimbrough to remain open)
  • Park Central Square
  • Park Central East
  • Park Central West
  • Park Central North
  • Park Central South
  • Jefferson from Water to McDaniel
  • Patton from Olive to McDaniel
  • Robberson from Olive to McDaniel
  • McDaniel from Robberson to Jefferson – one way traffic eastbound only
  • McDaniel from Jefferson to Kimbrough – one way traffic westbound only

Saturday, Aug. 10, 6 a.m. - reopening by 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11

  • Benton Ave. from Trafficway to St. Louis St.
  • South Ave. from Park Central South to Walnut St.

Parade Closures

Parade route closure signage will be posted starting Wednesday, Aug. 7 to notify the public that the parade route (Starting at College Street from Kansas Expressway east through Park Central Square to Park Central East continuing on St. Louis Street to National Avenue) will become a no-parking zone starting Friday, Aug. 9 at 5 a.m. The Springfield Police Department will begin towing vehicles illegally parked along the parade route at that time.

SPD will provide traffic direction and control for the parade starting at 3 p.m., Friday, Aug. 9. The below closures will reopen after the conclusion of the parade at 7 p.m. with the exception of Kimbrough Avenue from Trafficway to McDaniel Street, which reopens at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11

Friday, Aug. 9 starting at 11 a.m. All barricades in place by 1 p.m.

Campbell, Kimbrough, National Avenues will remain open until the parade begins at 6 p.m.

  • Nettleton from Olive to College
  • Fort from Water to College
  • McDaniel from Patton to Robberson
  • St. Louis from Jefferson to National
  • College Street from Kansas Expressway to Park Central West. Eastbound traffic onto College Street will close starting at 3:30 p.m. with officers allowing entry to parade participants only to stage their vehicles. Reopens after the conclusion of the parade.
  • Grant Avenue between Tampa and Walnut streets: closes at 5:30 p.m., reopens after the conclusion of the parade
  • Kimbrough Avenue from Trafficway to McDaniel Street: closes at 5 p.m., reopens at 7 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 11

Before getting in your car, check out our Points of Interest page which has photos, addresses and descriptions of twenty sites along Springfield’s stretch of Route 66. You can also take a Virtual Trip on the Mother Road.

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.

You can see an historic marker and new Birthplace Signage at the corner of Jefferson Avenue and Park Central East where the Colonial Hotel once stood.

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.

Event Basics

Friday, Aug. 9

Noon - 11 p.m.


Saturday, Aug. 10

7 a.m. - 11 p.m.


Cost

FREE for activities, including all music. Vendors will be selling food, beverages and merchandise.


Parking

Visit itsalldowntown.com/getting-around to see parking options.


Basic First Aid

  • Info Tent - On Park Central Square on the inner square, in front of the History Museum (NW corner of square)
  • Across from the Old Glass Place (521 E. St. Louis St.)