Highlights from 2019 Runners and walkers participating in the 2019 6.6k were greeted with a beautiful morning to compete throughout downtown Springfield on a new route which started at Hollywood Theaters

LIVE MUSIC-with schedule

Live music is a big part of the Birthplace of Route 66 Festival every year.  The lineup for 2020 will be taking shape over the next few months. These are the acts confirmed so far: Artist Lineup: Friday, Aug. 14, 2020 7:15 p.m. Sequel Dose | Aaron Sachs Stage, Motorcycle … Read More


Food, Merchandise and Services No festival is complete without a selection of good food, interesting things to buy and services to make each visit fun and memorable. Vendors interested in participating in the 2021 festival should email Tom Mast at masterfuleventsmo@gmail.com.


Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021 4-7 p.m. Pre-festival Andy’s Frozen Custard social to celebrate Missouri’s Bicentennial, hosted by History Museum on the Square, City of Springfield, and the Downtown Springfield Association. Entertainment will be provided by The Detectives, Shaun Munday and Central High School’s a cappella group the Brotones | Park … Read More

Birthplace of Route 66 Festival partners announce 2017 event lineup

  Please mark your calendar to celebrate all things Route 66 Aug. 11-12 at the seventh annual Birthplace of Route 66 Festival in downtown Springfield. Registration for the 2017 car and motorcycle show will open at route66festivalsgf.com March 13. Printed registration forms will be available widely at participating organizations.   … Read More


Leave Your MarkYou can be part of Springfield’s Route 66 legacy by helping fund the creative components of the Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park. The park already includes a replica of the Red’s Giant Hamburg sign, and future plans include: filling station replica with restrooms, vending machines and visitor … Read More


Birth of the Mother RoadU.S. 66, also known as Route 66, the Mother Road, the Main Street of America, and the Will Rogers Highway, was officially named “U.S. 66,” via telegram at a meeting of highway officials in Springfield, Missouri on April 30, 1926. Calvin Coolidge was President, Prohibition was … Read More


2019 festival visitors once again enjoyed 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, there were items of interest for a wide range of people. 2019 Exhibitors & Vendors


The road that once was the main east-west thoroughfare for travelers now offers scenic tour through America’s past. Many traces of the Mother Road are still visible here along Kearney Street, Glenstone Avenue, St. Louis Street, College Street and Chestnut Expressway.If you begin your tour at 2939 E. Kearney Street … Read More

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