22nd Annual International Route 66 Mother Road Festival | Springfield, Illinois | Visit Springfield

September 22, 2023 - September 24, 2023
Fri 6p-10p; Sat 9a-10p; Sun 9a-2p

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

Free For Spectators


Save the date!  The Route 66 Mother Road Festival will be back for 2023! Registration is now open!

  • RECON-TECHS Springfield presents the Friday night Route 66 City Nights Cruise with up to 2,000 classic cars cruising into downtown Springfield.  The cruise will feature a tribute to the local veterans as the 2023 Grand Marshals in the Hail to the Heroes segment of the cruise sponsored by Dan DeWeese Painting & Wood Finishing, Isringhausen Imports, Ascend, and American Legion post #32.
  • Enjoy live music Friday and Saturday at Isringhausen Imports Main Stage at 6th & Washington!
    • Friday 8-10pm, After Sunset (70s to today)
    • Saturday, 1-3pm, Union Avenue (Rockabilly)
    • Saturday, 4-6pm, Dejavoodoo (70’s at it’s best)
    • Saturday, 8-10pm, Neverly Brothers (Elvis to the Beatles tribute)
  • Not to be missed, the Isringhausen Imports Burnout Competition Saturday afternoon at 3pm at 7th & Washington. Register at 7th & Washington at 2:30pm
  • The Miss Mother Road pageant takes place on Saturday sponsored by Springfield Vintage, on the Main Stage
  • Old Capitol Farmers Market - Saturday morning. Fresh, local produce and goods to enjoy.
  • Dennis Gage, host of My Classic Car will be out and about at the festival – Saturday
  • Admire the spectacular automotive eye candy in the "Monet of Cars" featuring cars from Dick Levi on Saturday & Sunday
  • Check out the awesome Isringhausen showcase of cars on Saturday and Sunday near 6th & Adams.
  • 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 & Landmarks 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  
  • Need info on the show or want to check out official car show souvenirs, stop by our official Rt66 Mother Road booth next to Recon Techs at 5th & Adams.
  • CAR/TRUCK SHOW REGISTRATION HOURS: Thursday, Sept. 21 11:30am-6pm, Friday, Sept 22, 11am-8pm, Saturday, Sept. 23, 8am-Noon
  • FESTIVAL HOURS: Friday, September 22: Cruise Line-up 3pm, Cruise into Downtown 6pm, Show hours 6pm-10pm; Saturday, September 23: Show Hours 9am-10pm; and Sunday, September 24 9am-2pm, Awards Ceremony at Noon

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