Route 66 Festival Returns to Kirkwood with Cars & Guitars on June 10

June 10, 2017

Route 66 Festival

The 2017 Route 66 Festival: Cars & Guitars will take place in downtown Kirkwood on Saturday, June 10 from 5:00 – 11:00 p.m. The City of Kirkwood, Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District and the Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce are coordinating the event. Kirkwood Electric is the Presenting Sponsor of the event.

Live music and vintage vehicles are the key elements of the outdoor event. Additional festivities include beer tasting from several local breweries in the beer garden, entry fee required, at Kirkwood Station Brewing (105 East Jefferson St.), Tritone Festival of local guitar makers and related equipment, an instrument “petting zoo” by School of Rock, vendor booths and more. Downtown Kirkwood’s numerous stores, locally-owned boutiques and restaurants will be open during the event.  Festival activities will be located on North Kirkwood Rd. and East and West Jefferson Streets.

There will be free live music on two stages from some very talented local musicians: Big Mike Aguirre and the Blu All Stars Petty Cash Junction, Dave Glover Band, Javier Mendoza, Farshid Etniko, and Mathew Lesch.  Plus, Trixie Delight will perform inside Kirkwood Station Brewing beginning at 10 p.m. Sound engineering for the event performers will be managed by students from Vatterott College ex'treme Institute by Nelly.

Kirkwood Area Arts Commission is planning the display of a very large scale guitar sculpture by  Missouri artist Brian Watson. Visitors are expected to use the display to create their own commemorative photographs. The guitar display is also in honor of Mel Bay, the Kirkwood musician who literally wrote the book that many professional and amateur musicians have used to learn to play music.

In 2015, the first-ever Route 66 Festival in Kirkwood celebrated the region’s transportation glory days and the start of The Great Race, a vintage-car rally and race that started in Kirkwood, traveled along historic sections of the original “Mother Road” of historic Route 66 and ended in Santa Monica, California. Kirkwood was voted the “Best Overnight City” by the organizers and participants of the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race.

Updates and announcements about the Festival will be posted on the City’s Website at  and on the Festival’s Facebook page at: Festival activities will be located on North Kirkwood Road. and East and West Jefferson Streets. In preparation for the festival, there will be some street closings beginning overnight on June 9.

Thank you to our sponsors:

City of Kirkwood, Kirkwood Electric, Kirkwood Water Department, Amtrak Missouri River Runner, First Bank, St. Anthony's Medical Center, Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District, Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chamber, BRiC Partnership, Alpine Shop and Suntrup Ford.