Lincoln's Festival on Route 66


Lincoln's Festival on Route 66
Trails, Rails & Roads - July 14 - 16

Family Friendly - Most Events are Free!  Bigger and Better than Ever!

Our new for 2017 name and tagline speak to the festival’s expanded list of activities and venues celebrating Bloomington-Normal's interesting position at the confluence of dynamic historical events, people and movements that helped to shape our community, state and nation.  The festival’s broadened scope embraces our ties to both Mr Lincoln and Route 66 as part of the Red, White and Blue Corridor of summer events taking place along historic Route 66. 

Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 will highlight Trails, Rails & Roads with living history performances, car shows and cruise-ins for car enthusiasts, period crafts and children’s activities.  Visitors will have the opportunity to witness Civil War skirmishes, explore cavalry encampments and enjoy walking tours as well as a vintage bicycle display.  They’ll also encounter speakers and musicians to share the journey along the prairie path, to the steel rails, and on the Mother Road.  Find out 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.