Plan now for our July 19-21 Festival! Come celebrate our ties to Abraham Lincoln – and historic Route 66!  Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 offers three days of programs, most of them free.

NOTE: The location for the 1 p.m. performance of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival’s Theatre for Young Audiences has been moved from Museum Square to the the shady lawn of the Ewing Cultural Center 48 Sunset Road, Bloomington (at the corner of Emerson Street and Towanda Avenue). Free event parking is available at St. John's Lutheran Church, across the street from the Ewing Cultural Center. 

Also, the times for the vintage baseball games have changed to 10:00, 11:30, 1:00 and 2:30.

Experience theatrical and living-history performances, a classic car cruise-in right in downtown Bloomington, the play Mr. Lincoln, a Civil War encampment and battle reenactments, a historic bike show, presentations by distinguished historians, exhibitions of rare Lincoln and Route 66 artifacts. live music and children’s activities.

Of course, Mr. Lincoln will again be present throughout the festival sharing his experiences as an attorney traveling the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit with his Bloomington friends, and for your selfies! 

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. 

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

Most events and activities are free!



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.



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