Celebrate Springfield's Route 66 history with 'Birthplace of Route 66 Festival'

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Get your kicks by attending the annual "Birthplace of Route 66 Festival" in downtown Springfield.

The festival begins Friday, August 11 at noon. It lasts through Saturday night August 12. The schedule is new this year. In the past the festival has lasted through Sunday.

Springfield is the birthplace of the Route 66 name. This event celebrates that naming. See the 'Mother Road's history come alive with hundreds of classic cars, live music, food and exhibits. And do not miss the Route 66 parade of classic cars Friday evening.

FRIDAY EVENTS:

9-11 a.m.: Check-in & Registration for Car Show Route 66 Springfield Visitor Center -- 815 E. St. Louis St.

9 a.m.- 6 p.m. America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66
interactive exhibit at The Discovery Center -- 438 E. St. Louis St.

10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m.: Memories of the Mother Road: Route 66 through Springfield History Museum on the Square --157 Park Central Square

12 p.m. Musical performances begin Branson Experience Stage --
Park Central Square

12 - 4 p.m. Authors, Artists, Collectors & Associations The Old Glass Place
-- 521 E. St. Louis St.

12-4 p.m. Car & Motorcycle Show -- The Route 66 Motor Mile

12-4 p.m. Open Road Girl Rally Motorcycle Village
Aaron Sachs Stage

12-6 p.m. Packet Pick-up for 6.6K/3.3K -- Run/Walk Vendor Village

12 -9 p.m. Vendor Village 417 -- E. St. Louis St.

4:30 p.m. Parade Check-in & Pre-parade Party Birthplace of Route 66 Roadside Park -- 1200 W. College St.

6:30 p.m. Birthplace of Route 66 Parade from the intersections of Grant Ave. & College St. to St. Louis St. & National Ave.

7:30 p.m. Gates open for Signature Concert Series featuring headliner act Big & Rich -- Tickets available at gillioztheatre.com -- Motorcycle Village Aaron Sachs Stage

7:30 p.m. Musical performances Branson Experience Stage -- Park Central Square

9 p.m. Movies at Founders special Birthplace of Route 66 Festival Outdoor Movie showing Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs -- Jordan Valley Park
635 E. Trafficway St.

SATURDAY EVENTS:

6:30-7:30 a.m. Packet Pick-up for 6.6K/3.3K Run/Walk Vendor Village
-- 417 E. St. Louis St.

7-10 a.m. Check-in & Registration for Car Show Route 66 Springfield Visitor Center -- 815 E. St. Louis St.

8 a.m. 6.6K/3.3K Run/Walk Expo Center Lot -- 635 E. St. Louis St.

8 a.m. Gypsy Tour Poker Run registration --Motorcycle Village

9 a.m.- 6 p.m. America’s Road: The Journey of Route 66
interactive exhibit at The Discovery Center -- 438 E. St. Louis St.

10 a.m. Musical performances begin Branson Experience Stage --
Park Central Square

10 a.m. Vendor Village 417 -- E. St. Louis St.

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Authors, Artists, Collectors & Associations The Old Glass Place -- 521 E. St. Louis St.

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Car & Motorcycle Show -- The Route 66 Motor Mile

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Private Car Collection show & the “Mother Roadster” Charity Build on display Abou Ben Adhem Shrine Mosque -- 601 E. St. Louis St.

10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Gillioz Theatre tours and showing Ozark Jubilee episodes
Gillioz Theatre -- 325 Park Central East

10:30 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Memories of the Mother Road: Route 66 through Springfield at the History Museum on the Square --157 Park Central Square

10 a.m.-11 p.m. Various Bands, Events and Vendors -- Motorcycle Village

3 p.m. Bike and Car Show awards Motorcycle Village

8 p.m. Signature Concert Series featuring Three Dog Night Tickets available at gillioztheatre.com at the Gillioz Theatre -- 325 Park Central East

CHEVY DEALERS OF THE OZARKS' BRANSON EXPERIENCE @ PARK CENTRAL SQUARE:

Friday, August 11
Noon: Dream

1:30 p.m. Country Rock N' Blue

3 p.m. Marty Robbins Experience

4:30 p.m. George Dyer

7:30 p.m. Million Dollar Quartet

Saturday, August 12

10 a.m. Mark Chapman Band

Noon: Baldknobbers

3 p.m. Rock N' Roll Revival

4:30 p.m. AYO

6 p.m. Sons of Britches