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cruises into Downtown Springfield on September 27 – 29!

Registration is now open for participants!

Come celebrate the Golden Age of Route 66…From classic cars to live music & food this festival features over 1,100 cars and over 80,000 spectators. Grab your friends and family and head to Downtown Springfield where you won’t pay a thing, yep it's FREE to spectate and enjoy!  See the cars, enjoy the tasty food and listen to music in historic downtown.

Friday night the 23rd Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival kicks off the weekend with the Route 66 City Night Cruise for Crimestoppers. Cars line up at the Capital City Shopping Center and cruise through Springfield right into the heart of Downtown!  

The festival welcomes CHRIS JACOBS as their 2024 special guest!  Jacobs is a host and television personality well known for his automotive makeover show OVERHAULIN’ and as co-host of SEMA Live, seen on MOTOR TREND NETWORK!

DENNIS GAGE will film an episode of MY CLASSIC CAR Friday night and Saturday during the show.

Live music throughout the weekend at the Isringhausen Imports Main Stage!

Friday 8p-10p: Wowie Zowie Band
Saturday 1p-3p: Reckless Whiskey
Saturday 4p-6p: Pizzazz Dance Band
Saturday 8p-10p: Horizon

What’s happening on Saturday, you ask?? Tons of FUN stuff, that’s what!! Enjoy the Old Capitol Farmers Market. Visit the Springfield Visitors Center to pick up your Explorer Passport, which will take you on a trip on Route 66 to find Springfield "Living Legends".  Also while you are here pick up a copy of our Visitors Guide and be sure to visit our world class sites!

Don’t forget about the Miss Route 66 Festival Pin-Up Contest sponsored by Springfield Vintage.

Then get ready for some smokin' tires and burnin' rubber during the Burnout Competition presented by Isringhausen Imports. It’s the loudest and smokiest burnout and it’s a crowd favorite…and you’ll see why!

Grub on some festival food & drinks while wandering around the downtown browsing cars and taking it all in. 

Wrapping up the weekend on Sunday is the Awards Ceremony on the Isringhausen Imports Main Stage. Stop and see if your favorite car wins an award!
Check back for a list of weekend highlights

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