21st Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

21st Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival

September 23, 2022 - September 25, 2022
Friday: 6 pm - 10 pm; Saturday: 9 am - 10 pm; Sunday: 9 am - Noon

Downtown Springfield
1 Old State Capitol Plaza, Springfield, IL 62701

Free for Spectators


The International Route 66 Mother Road Festival brings street machines, muscle cars and hot rod enthusiasts to historic downtown Springfield for an incredible weekend of family entertainment.

Quick look at the weekend highlights: (Schedule is being added to, so check back often at www.route66fest.com)

  • Friday night Route 66 City Nights Cruise with up to 2,000 classic cars cruising into downtown Springfield
  • Enjoy live music from the Neverly Brothers Friday night
  • Burnout Competition Saturday 
  • The Miss Mother Road pageant takes place on Saturday sponsored by Springfield Vintage
  • One Foot In, The Groove Daddies & The Blooze Brothers hit the stage Saturday.
  • Old Capitol Farmers Market - Saturday morning
  • Admire the spectacular automotive eye candy in the "Monet of Cars" featuring cars from Dick Levi on Saturday & Sunday
  • East Bound and Down, RECON TECHS of Springfield presents the Ultimate Smokey & the Bandit tribute all weekend with finale on Sunday
  • Post your "selfie" at any Illinois Route 66 landmark to Facebook, or Instagram with hashtag #MyIL66 and #visitspringfield to be featured on Illinois Route 66 Scenic Byway social media! Info at #MyIL66.
  • IL State Capitol Photo Op! Stage a photo of your car with the majestic Illinois State Capitol Building as your backdrop (4th & Capitol)
  • Grab the Explorer Passport and visit our Living Legends of Route 66 throughout Springfield, available at the Springfield Visitors Center 
  • Register your ride for a chance to be awarded one of the top honors, show will be judged by CASI certified national judges
  • FESTIVAL HOURS: Registration Thursday, Sept. 22 11:30am-6pm, Friday, Sept 23, Registration 11am-8pm, Cruise Line-up 3pm, Cruise into Downtown 6pm, Show hours 6pm-10pm, Saturday, Sept. 24, Registration 8am-Noon, Show Hours 9am-10pm and Sunday, Sept 25, 9am-2pm, Awards Ceremony at Noon

Questions? Contact Show Manager Greg Cooper at 217-553-5271