16th Annual Rt. 66 Mother Road Festival

Celebrate the Golden Age of Route 66…the cars, the music, the food, the friends……all brought together along Illinois’ Route 66.

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Schedule of Events>

Map of the Festival>

  • Friday Night! Rt. 66 City Nights Cruise For Crime Stoppers – over 1,000 classic cars cruise the city streets! $5 Donation to Crime Stoppers of Sangamon & Menard Counties requested to participate
  • Burnout Competition Saturday afternoon
  • Feast your eyes on the gorgeous rides in the Monet of Cars – all cars on display from Dick Levi’s private collection.
  • The Travel Illinois Expo showcasing unique travel opportunities to Route 66 motorists traveling through Illinois communities along the Mother Road
    Live Entertainment –on the Hot Rod Stage with classic hits from the 50’s, 60’s & 70’s
  • Performance Marketplace for the restoration enthusiast – vendors on display throughout downtown
  • Over 40 classes of car awards with CASI certified national judging!

Road Closures start at noon on Friday September 22. (Parking will be limited. No admittance to underground parking after noon however can leave underground parking up until 6:00pm Friday)

Cars will be parked on the following streets limiting access to non-participating vehicles:

4th Street at Jackson

5th Street at Jefferson

6th Street at Capitol

7th between Jefferson and Capitol

Washington between 2nd and 7th

Adams between 3rd and 5th

Adams between 6th and 9th

Monroe between 3rd and 7th

Capitol between 2nd and 7th

Our Spooky Downtown

On October 28, downtown is bursting with Halloween goodness, practically from dawn to dusk!

All Day Long: Spooky Rock Hunt!

Springfield Vintage and #SpringfieldILrocks have teamed up for a massive downtown rock hunt! You can paint some rocks like artist Felicia Olin did (see left) and drop them off at Springfield Vintage before October 28 and they will be hidden around downtown — or you can simply be on the hunt that day for super cool, collectible rocks! Email Springfield Vintage for more information>

9:30 – Noon: Halloween at the Market

This festive event wraps up the 2017 market season. Local organizations and businesses combine efforts to create FREE, fun-filled activities for the whole family, including children and dog costume contests, hands-on activities (build your own spiderweb with the Kidzeum!), and special guests. Prizes will be awarded to 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in all four categories.

Noon to 4 pm: Halloween Family Carnival at the Hoogland


This family-friendly carnival has grown BIGGER this year and will feature carnival booths with prizes and candy, performances of your favorite Halloween songs by the Hoogland Kids, Teens and Juniors and everyone is dressed up in their most elaborate costumes! If you are feeling in a spooky mood, dare to venture through their haunted house! They also have a new haunted house for younger children where little ones can walk through Charlie Brown’s Pumpkin Patch. Parents can find a great place to relax and have a fall beverage while the children experience Minny Mouse’s Tea Party, Willy Gaston’s Dart Throw, and the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.


4:30 – 6:30 pm: Shop Spooky Specials

Downtown businesses are getting in on the Halloween fun, too! They’ll be staying open later on this particular Saturday with treats, fun and specials — and not many tricks:

Augie’s Front Burner – Stop by for candy!
Cold Stone Creamery – Stop by for candy!
Daisy Jane’s – Make and Take Halloween crafts!
Milk & Honey Fresh Market – Stop by for candy!
Murphy’s Loft – Stop by for candy, free Halloween koozies & 10% off!
Recycled Records – Stop by for candy & Used CD’s/DVD’s are buy 2 get 1 free!
The Roost – Dare for a spooky walk-through!
SAA Collective in the Hoogland – Free gift to costumed visitors (while supplies last)!
Springfield Vintage – They’ll pay your sales tax!
Studio on 6th – Stop by for candy; enjoy a free gift with purchase; and make your mark on the pumpkin!
Udder Hut – Special is Wormy Froyo! Plus… Fish for Apples
Urban Sassafras – crafts & cookies for kiddos!
Wild Rose – Free Face Painting and a tasty treat!
Wyndham Lobby – Stop by for candy and warm apple cider!
Z Bistro – Special dinner is Spaghetti Brains with Eyeballs! Plus… Fish for Apples
411 Bar & Grill – Stop by for candy!

4:30 – 6:30 pm: Annual Halloween Safety Event

Please join the Springfield Police and Fire Departments at Springfield Fire Station #1 at 825 E. Capitol Street
Learn great Safety tips for Halloween
Have a ghoulishly good time Trunk or Treating
Climb and explore rescue vehicles
Meet McGruff the Dog
Enjoy face painting and other children’s activities
Get .99 cent kids meal coupons from Sonic
Questions? Call 217-.788-8360 ext. 4238

5:30 – 7:30 pm: Trick or Treat at the Old State Capitol

The Illinois Executive Mansion Association can’t host the Governor’s popular event at the Mansion this year because of renovations, so they’re inviting Children Pre-K through 5th grade to this FREE event for Halloween treats at the Old State Capitol.

7:30 pm – 8:30 pm: First Annual Halloween Parade to benefit The Parent Place

Families will line 5th and 6th Streets around the Old State Capitol as floats, children and other special Halloween guests parade the streets in this lighted evening parade! Contact 753-8730 to enter.

8 pm: Rocky Horror Picture Show

It’s the return of The Rocky Horror Show brought to you by ADHD Productions in association with the Hoogland Center for the Arts, and Club Station House. This weekend marks the eighth year of the the live production at the Hoogland!

9 pm – ?: Zombie Walk

Redbird Electric is hosting a Zombie Walk. More details coming…..

And….don’t ever forget Lincoln’s Ghost Walk!

Check our calendar for other downtown Halloween events that don’t fall on October 28.

Oktoberfest at Frankie’s Brewhaus

Frankie’s Brewhaus’ annual street party between 6th and 7th Streets on Washington. Details at the link.

Street Closure information:

The city will bag the meters on Washington between 6th and 7th street on Thursday, September 14 at 4 pm. Friday at 10 am Public Works will barricade Washington between 6th and 7th Street, leaving one drive lane from the bank to enter onto 6th street.

At the end of Friday night, event coordinators will open the south park and drive lanes to allow for Saturday’s Shriners Parade access on Washington as they will disembark between 7th and 9th street on Washington. Public works will barricade Washington again for Saturday’s Oktoberfest festivities after the parade.
Streets will reopen by Sunday September 10 at 7 am.

Downtown Fashion Show – Dare to be Different

Experience the rebirth of downtown fashion shopping for yourself! And bring your girlfriends!

Downtown Springfield Inc. and President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel are showing off the trendy fashions of our downtown merchants at a runway show timed perfectly for those fall shopping sprees. Trendy, classic, casual, eclectic — you can find it all. Women’s, men’s, kid’s — in the last few years, our stores have dialed up their fashion options for you and the price points are divine. We’re tired of downtown fashion being the best-kept secret in Springfield and we’ll let it all out on the runway!

Join us to walk the red carpet and check out the trunk show at 5 pm.

The runway show starts promptly at 6 pm. Tickets are $30 in advance online and $35 at the door. Plus check out some “fashion editor and publicist” options for fun, premium seating and service in the ticket options in the link.

Tickets include admission, hors d’oeuvres and non-alcoholic drinks. Cash bar available.

Proceeds benefit DSI’s work to revitalize downtown and create foot traffic for our small business community, and Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault.

Solar Eclipse Activities

On Saturday, August 19, Springfield Makerspace will be creating safety viewers and other eclipse-themed craft projects from 1-5 p.m. at the Lincoln Public Library.
On Monday, August 21, you can find the Wyndham Springfield City Centre sales team out and about in the downtown neighborhood handing out “eclipse bags!” They will be stocked with a pair of eclipse glasses, moon pies, and sun chips — much better than glasses recalled from Amazon! Plus they’ll have an eclipse themed specialty drink at The Grille that day.
Radio station WYMG-FM 100.5 is hosting a viewing party at the Bank of Springfield Plaza, located outside of the BOS Center in downtown Springfield. The station will give away 400 pairs of eclipse viewing glasses. Music will be played and food and drink will be sold. The event runs from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Yoga7even’s Monday/5:30 pm class will transform into a New Moon/Solar Eclipse class! A solar eclipse on the same day as a new moon is a powerful cosmic event making it a supercharged new moon. They will be doing a fun Chandra Namaskar (moon salutes) as well as Surya Namaskar (sun salutes) to invite balancing energy. Let’s release old patterns & focus on a strong intention to invite new possibilities with the new moon!!
If you are traveling south, realtor Phil Chiles of Capital Real Estate Group and his wife are parking cars for the Egyptian Board of Realtors at the Bald Knob Cross.

Downtown Fashion Runway Show Highlights Our Comeback

Downtown Springfield Inc. and President Abraham Lincoln Springfield – a Doubletree by Hilton Hotel proudly invite local fashionistas of all ages and styles to a one-stop trunk show and runway experience featuring trendy fashions from downtown shops, timed perfectly for fall shopping sprees. Trendy, classic, casual, eclectic — you can find it all. Women’s, men’s, kid’s — in the last few years, our stores have dialed up their fashion options for you and the price points are divine.

Thursday, August 24, 2017
5-6 pm Red Carpet (for you!), Trunk Show, Cocktails
6-8 pm Runway Show & Silent Auction

Tickets are now available at the door for $35.

“We’re expecting to surprise a few people who haven’t shopped downtown for a while,” said Lisa Clemmons Stott, DSI Executive Director. “The downtown merchants are really excited to show their new lines of clothing and they’ve had a great time working together to make the night a memorable one.”

In 2012, the CLUE Group did a market study of downtown Springfield for us and reported that we had a serious lack of women’s fashion choices. Our entrepreneurs responded to the demand, and today you can see many trendy ensembles in the store windows downtown. Plus you get the curation and customer service that only a downtown shop can provide. That’s why we’re hosting a fun night of downtown fashion to highlight what you may not even realize is available in the district. Say you’ll be there on Facebook>

Tickets are $30 online and $35 at the door with proceeds benefiting DSI in their work to revitalize downtown and Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault, a downtown non-profit working to heal the trauma of sexual assault. This is the first year that PCASA has teamed up with DSI on the Dare to be Different Fashion Show. The ticket price includes admissions and appetizers. A frozen cocktail bar (with options for non-alcoholic versions) and other items will be available for purchase. Our guide for the night is Troy Armstrong, chosen by SJR Readers in both 2016 and 2017 as Best DJ.

In addition to the Trunk Show & Silent Auction, more than 70 looks will be curated for the runway by these 13 downtown area businesses featuring Springfield models of all ages, shapes and sizes:

Fashion Looks Provided By:
Daisy Jane's
Iris & Ivy
Itty Bitty Fashion Truck
Jim Herron Ltd.
Murphy's Loft
Recycled Records
The Roost
Springfield Vintage
Studio on Sixth
Sumac Shop at Dana Thomas House
What the Shirt
Wild Rose
Urban Sassafras
 We also cannot thank the event committee enough: Jane Mosey-Nicoletta, Jean Bruner-Jachino, Shelley Vaughan, Linda Renehan, Robert Sabin, Troy Armstrong, Alicia Bibb, Krissy Olsen and Tricia Schlosser.


“Amaranth Apple” Music & Food Fest

Gates Open on Friday, July 14 at 5 p.m.
Gates Open on Saturday, July 15 at 3 p.m.
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Thanks to Our Generous Sponsors

Isringhausen Imports returns as premier sponsor of DSI’s summer festival. “We love downtown and we appreciate the work that DSI is doing to revitalize the neighborhood. We couldn’t be more pleased to support this festival which brings thousands of people to the district,” said Geoff Isringhausen, President and CEO.

The festival is also supported by these other generous sponsors: Chick Fritz Distributing |
Hy-Vee | Signature Rental | President Abraham Lincoln a Doubletree by Hilton | Vachel Lindsay Association | Downtown Heritage Foundation | NPR Illinois | City of Springfield | Midwest Family Broadcasting | Capitol Radio Group | State Journal-Register | Crowdson Creative | Illinois Times | Marine Bank | Don Smith Paints | Rammelkamp Bradney | Kerber, Eck & Braeckel | US Bank | Ald. Andrew Proctor | Ald. Kristin DiCenso | Evan Lloyd Architects | Innovate Springfield | Visit Springfield | Old State Capitol Foundation

Read all about the origins of the name of the festival, after Vachel Lindsay’s mystical fruit from which you can taste the true beauty of Springfield>

Say you’ll be there on Facebook>

Full Music Lineup

Friday, July 14

  • 6 pm: Josh Reilly (Springfield native)
  • 7 pm: Amy Benton (Springfield)
  • 8 pm: Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts (Rockford)
  • 10 pm: Chuck Mead (Nashville)

Saturday, July 15

  • 3 pm: Bruiser Queen (St. Louis)
  • 4 pm: The Starter Jackets (Springfield)
  • 5 pm: Captain Ivory (Detroit)
  • 6:30 pm: The Handcuffs (Chicago)
  • 8 pm: Matthew Sweet (Omaha)
  • 10 pm: The Cold Stares (Nashville)

Experience Food

Augie’s Front Burner

  • Bunn Gourmet Short Rib Slider ~ 5 tickets
  • Augie’s Fish Taco ~ 3 tickets
  • Pork Belly BLT ~ 5 tickets
  • Watermelon ~ 1 ticket
  • Peach Sangria ~ 5 tickets

AZTCA Mexican Grill, LLC

  • Pork Tacos ~ 5 tickets
  • Chicken Arepas ~ 5 tickets
  • Pork Cilantro Quesadilla ~ 5 tickets
  • Chicken Fiesta Chimichanga ~ 4 tickets
  • Apple Cinnamon Chimichanga ~ 3 tickets


  • Deep Fried Burger Bomb 3 ~ 5 tickets
  • Spiked Watermelon Punch ~ 5 tickets

B&W Good Eats and Treats

  • Walking Pony Shoe ~ 5 tickets
  • Chicken & Waffles ~ 5 tickets
  • Fried Green Tomatoes ~ 3 tickets
  • Homemade Hamburgers & Fries ~ 5 tickets
  • Buttercake ~ 2 tickets


  • Mac & Cheese with Bacon Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • BBQ Pork & Coleslaw  Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • Chili Cheese Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • Stir Fry Chicken Cone ~ 5 tickets
  • Fries ~ 3 tickets
  • Cheese Fries ~ 4 tickets
  • Funnel Cake Fries ~ 5 tickets

Family Kettle Corn

  • Small Kettle Corn ~ 1 tickets
  • Medium Kettle Corn ~ 4 tickets
  • Large Kettle Corn ~ 5 tickets

Fields Of Sweets

  • Butter Cookies ~ 1 ticket
  • Lemon-Raspberry Bars ~ 1 ticket
  • Ice Cream Cone Sundae ~ 3 tickets
  • NY Style Cheesecake ~ 2 tickets
  • Berry Shortcake ~ 3 tickets

Frankie’s Brewhaus

  • Applewood Bacon Pork Sliders ~ 4 tickets
  • Brisket Sliders ~ 4 tickets
  • Honey Bacon Wrapped Apples ~ 4 tickets
  • Peach Apple Sangria ~ 4 tickets

The Globe Tavern

  • Apple Bourbon Chicken Wings ~ 5 tickets

Gyros Stop

  • Gyros ~ 4 tickets
  • Western Gyros ~4 tickets
  • Greek Nachos ~ 5 tickets
  • Pita Chips and Hummus ~ 3 tickets
  • Baklava ~ 2 tickets


  • Bacon Wrapped Mac and Cheese Balls ~ 5 tickets
  • Maple Bacon Wontons ~ 5 tickets
  • Smoked Pork Apple Eggrolls with Maple with BBQ ~ 5 tickets
  • Panzanella and Havarti Salad Cup ~ 4 tickets
  • Chambord White Chocolate Raspberry Bread Pudding ~ 4 tickets
  • Mama’s Strawberry Lemonade Shake Up ~ 5 tickets

Nancy’s Pizza

  • Cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage Deep Dish Slice ~ 4 tickets
  • Cheese, Pepperoni, Sausage Thin Slice ~ 4 tickets
  • Cannolis ~ 2 tickets


  • Shaved Ice ~ 3 tickets
  • Ice Blended Lemonade ~ 4 tickets
  • Ice Blended Coffee ~ 4 tickets
  • Real Fruit Smoothies ~ 5 tickets

Twisted Deli

  • Grandpa Big Johns BBQ Pork ~ 4 tickets
  • Ambers Awesome Chicken Bacon Ranch Wrap ~ 4 tickets
  • Juliettes Chicken Fiesta Wrap ~ 4 tickets
  • Brad~O~Nator ~ 4 tickets


  • Cheeseburger ~ 4 tickets
  • Gyros ~ 5 tickets
  • Ribeye Sandwich ~ 5 tickets
  • BBQ Bacon Cheeseburger ~ 5 tickets
  • Gyros Bacon Burger ~ 5 tickets

Lindsay Lounge Performances

On the northeast lawn of the Old State Capitol | Access with General Admission

Sponsored by: Downtown Heritage Foundation, Illinois Times & Midwest Family Broadcasting
Programmed by: The Vachel Lindsay Association

Friday, July 14th

5:00—Poetry Out Loud performance

6:00—Expressions in the Dark reading

7:00—UIS Creative Writing reading

8:00— Ghost Stories on the Prairie by the Top Hat Tellers

9:00—Jessica Knight of Looming

10:00— A.D. Carson

Saturday, July 15th

3:00—Kick-off with Job Conger

3:30—Poetry for the young (and young at heart) with Zaxxon Nation

4:00—Vachel Lindsay Association illustration contest award ceremony

5:00— Poetry Out Loud

6:00— Micah Walk

7:00— Ben Bedford and guest

8:00—Ghost Stories on the Prairie by the Top Hat Tellers

9:00— Best Short Films of the The Route 66 International Film Festival

10:00—Best Short Films of the The Route 66 International Film Festival

General Information

Gates Open on Friday, July 14 at 5 p.m.
Gates Open on Saturday, July 15 at 3 p.m.
Download the Festival map>

Parking & Transportation

The underground parking garage underneath the Old State Capitol (entrance on 6th Street) is open late especially for our festival until midnight. We also encourage you to enjoy yourself and stay safe by calling a taxi or an Uber at the end of the night.

Overnight Stays

Stay safe! Make it a weekend! Three downtown hotels are offering special Festival Packages which include free admission and food & drink tickets.

A block from the festivities

President Abraham Lincoln A Doubletree by Hilton
Up to 20% Off Best Available Rate for the DoubleTree by Hilton Springfield with purchased tickets of the Amaranth Apple Festival!

Wyndham City Centre
A great savings for the Amaranth Apple Festival!

Just a hop, skip and a jump away

Carpenter Street Hotel
Amaranth Apple Festival goers enjoy $119 plus tax — includes overnight and admission/food & drink tickets

Beer by Chick Fritz Distributing | Wine Lounge presented by The Corkscrew

A fine selection of Coors and Miller Lite products are available for purchase for 4 tickets each thanks to our sponsor Chick Fritz Distributing, your friendly beer distributor since 1947. The beer trucks are parked at multiple locations throughout the Festival.

Thanks to The Corkscrew, you may also purchase glasses of Cappello Cabernet Franc and Cappello Sauvignon Blancwhite by the glass (5 tickets) and sample size (1 ticket) in the Wine Lounge area on the southwest side of the Old State Capitol Lawn.

Soda and water may be purchased from the DSI Stand at the corner of Washington and 5th for 3 tickets each.


Tickets at the Door

Admission is $5 at the gate for everyone 13 and up. Free for 12 and under. Gates are located at 5th and Washington, 6th and Washington, and 5th and Adams.

Food and drink tickets may be purchased for $1/ticket at the Central Ticket Booth after entering the festival.

All proceeds go toward downtown revitalization. Downtown Springfield Inc. is a 501©6 non-profit organization.


VIP Packages

VIP Tent Sponsored by Hy-Vee | Near the Main Stage on 5th Street

Online VIP sales have closed. Online ticket sales ended at noon on Thursday, July 13. There may be a limited number of VIP Passes still available for purchase at the Entrance Gate located at 5th and Adams on either night. ($30 – Single) ($50 – Double)

VIP Pass-holders should check in at the 5th and Adams Gate Entrance.

New this year! The Hy-Vee VIP Lounge, located in close proximity to the main stage, puts all of the festival amenities in one fun party place for 200 lucky people! Those buying VIP Passes will enjoy upfront lounge seating, service, access to private restrooms & a festival goodie bag.

  Discounts on Admission & Food/Drink Tickets

Those who purchased discounted online tickets should check in at the 5th and Adams Gate Entrance.

Early bird ticket sales have closed.

Matthew Sweet – Saturday July 15 at 8pm

This year’s Saturday music headliner is Matthew Sweet, whose 1991 album Girlfriend is heralded as one of the decade’s most critically acclaimed albums and is known for such hits as Girlfriend, Ugly Truth, Sick of Myself, and Time Capsule.After spending the ’80s as a jangle pop guitarist with Oh-OK and Lloyd Cole, as well as a solo artist, Matthew Sweet emerged in 1991 as the leading figure of the American power pop revival. Like his British counterparts Teenage Fanclub, Sweet adhered to traditional song craft, yet subverted the form by adding noisy post-punk guitar and flourishes of country-rock, resulting in an amalgam of the Beatles, Big Star, R.E.M., and Neil Young.

Recorded with guitarists Richard Lloyd and Robert Quine, Sweet’s third album, Girlfriend (1991), became a word-of-mouth critical and commercial hit over the course of 1992, with its title track reaching the Top Five on the Modern Rock charts. For the next five years, as alternative rock was the dominant commercial force in rock & roll, Sweet became a very popular concert attraction and solidified his reputation as the premiere alternative pop singer/songwriter. His next two records, Altered Beast (1993) and 100% Fun (1995) were both critically acclaimed and successful albums, reaching platinum status and making many year-end best-of lists.

Sweet recently completed his new album Forever Tomorrow, recorded at his new studio – Black Squirrel Submarine – in Omaha where he now lives. Matthew engineered, performed on guitars, keyboards, bass and god knows what else, sang lead and background vocals and mixed the recordings. The record was mastered for CD, vinyl and download at the famed Abbey Road Studios in London by Sean Magee, a long time veteran at the studio. Sean won a Grammy for his Beatles reissues, and has recently won accolades for his remastering of the John Lennon solo catalog reissues. The record will be released on June 16, 2017 on Sweet’s label – Honeycomb Hideout – with label support and distribution provided by Sony/ RED Distribution, LLC.

He also backed Mike Myers as Austin Powers (along with Susanna Hoffs) in the faux band Ming Tea in two Austin Powers movies. The Lincoln, Nebraska native also was hired as a consultant on the 2014 Tim Burton film Big Eyes, with many of the Margaret Keane paintings in the film coming from Sweet’s extensive collection.

Read the review by Paste Quarterly for Tomorrow Forever>

Saturday Shop Hop

Free guided Downtown Shop Hop and Art Walk to 12 specialty shops.

Meet at Studio on 6th at 1 pm.

Reservations appreciated, not required: 217-494-4134