Dozens of sponsors, food and market vendors, performers and, of course, classic cars are lined up and ready to make this year’s 25th Annual Route 66 Festival an all-day celebration to remember. Festival events are scheduled from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturday, June 10, 2023, in and near City Park in downtown Edwardsville. The festival celebrates Route 66, the iconic 2,440-mile trek that ran from Chicago to the Pacific Coast – and for several decades passed through Edwardsville.
This popular event will get underway at 8 a.m. Saturday, June 10, with the Metro Milers 10k run/walk. The festival kicks into high gear at 10 a.m., when the Roadside Marketplace opens for business with at least two dozen artisan and boutique vendors offering a variety of clothing, hand-crafted goods, pet-related items and more. Feed your appetite with selections from 10 food and beverage providers.
There’s fun for all ages in the family zone, with three face-painting artists, a caricature artist, bounce houses and a petting zoo. And don’t miss the performers, including a local showcase and bands from throughout the region – Midlife, the Matt Taul Band, Soul Cracker and the Well Hungarians — from 11:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. A full schedule of performers and other events can be found at www.edwardsvilleroute66.com and on Facebook (@EdwardsvilleRouteSixtySix).
A special festival feature are historic trolley tours that will highlight some of Edwardsville’s Route 66 sights, including an Instagram-worthy monument, the revitalized West End Service Station (opening that weekend) and other sites. And it wouldn’t be a Route 66 Festival without classic cars: The Land of Goshen Rotary Club is once again hosting a car cruise along with a car show in the nearby Cassens Transport and MCT Park and Ride lots accessible from Kansas Street less than a block from the festival. Registration for the car show and cruise begins at 3 p.m.; the car show runs from 4 to 6 p.m. and the cruise starts promptly at 6:30 p.m.
The City of Edwardsville appreciates the support of its Route 66 Festival sponsors, who make the event possible:
The event’s Mother Road sponsor is Cork Tree Creative, a marketing agency local to the Edwardsville community.
The Hot Rod sponsors include:
- i3 Broadband
- Renewal by Andersen
- Crawford, Murphy & Tilly, Inc.
The Roadster sponsors are:
- Byron Carlson Petri & Kalb LLC
- Viviano Heating and Air Conditioning
- GCS Credit Union
- Madison Mutual Insurance Co.
- Edwardsville Bank
- Phillips 66 Wood River Refinery
- Republic Services
- Sivia Law
- Busey Bank
- BJ’s Printables