Lincoln's Festival on Route 66


Lincoln's Festival on Route 66
Trails, Rails & Roads - July 20 - 22

Join Us for a Family-Friendly, 10th Anniversary Celebration of Lincoln!

Even More to See and Do - Most Events are Free

Help us celebrate ten years of sharing our local ties to Abraham Lincoln – along with Lincoln’s connections to Shakespeare and our communities’ links to historic Route 66!  Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 is part of our communities’ observance of the Illinois Bicentennial in 2018.  Three days of programs bring to life some of the exciting events and people that have made history in Illinois over the past 200 years.

Lincoln-themed films, including one especially for children, a variety of concerts, theatrical and living-history performances, a car show, a Civil War encampment and battle reenactments, a historic bike show, and and an exhibition of rare Lincoln artifacts are just a few of this year's festival highlights.  There will also be a variety of presentations by distinguished scholars, lots of great interactive activities for the kids, including period games and crafts, and many ways for everyone to connect with local and state history.  Mr. Lincoln will again be present throughout the festival.  He enjoys meeting with festival goers of all ages, posing for photos and sharing his experiences as an attorney traveling the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit with his Bloomington friends.   

If you've never before attended Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66, you'll find it to be a lively, entertaining, informative, and memorable event for every member of the family.  Those who have attended before will enjoy the expanded number of venues and great new programs.  Local stories of Lincoln and Route 66, the building of the Illinois Central Railroad, the literary impact of Shakespeare on Lincoln, and the creative, inventive, entrepreneurial individuals who lived in McLean County are all chapters in our state’s 200-year history. Join us on the journey!  Read More ...


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We are honored to have earned the following designations:
2017 Looking for Lincoln Signature Event

2017 Illinois Route 66 Red, White and Blue Corridor Signature Event

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Activities, Presentations
& Entertainment


Offering fun and interesting activities for adults and children alike, Lincoln's Festival on Route 66 is popular with residents of Central Illinois, and beyond.  People return to the festival year after year because there's always something new to see, learn or experience.  

Laughter is the joyous universal evergreen of life.
— Abraham Lincoln


Bloomington - Normal, Illinois

Bloomington - Normal is located in the heart of Central Illinois on the old Route 66 at the intersection of I-55, I-74, I-39 and Route 9.  The Central Illinois Regional Airport (CIRA) offers daily flights into and out of the community and Amtrak trains arrive and depart from the Uptown Normal station on a daily schedule.  Those traveling from out of town who wish to stay overnight have a wide range of lodging and dining choices.  (Visit the BN Convention & Visitors Travel Page for details and coupons.)

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Businesses & Individuals

We are honored and grateful for the wide range of support we receive from organizations, businesses and individuals throughout the Bloomington-Normal area.  A number of our supporters and sponsors have been with us since the festival's inception in 2009.  We are pleased to report, however, that our list of sponsors continues to grow annually.  Below are some of our key supporters.  See the full list of our supports and sponsors.