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

June 10, 2017

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

Kirkwood will host its 2nd Route 66 Festival on Saturday, June 10, 2017, in downtown Kirkwood from 5-11 p.m. This year’s theme of “Cars & Guitars” speaks to the transportation and music history of the region. Live music and vintage vehicles will anchor this outdoor event.

The City of Kirkwood, the Downtown Kirkwood Special Business District, and the Kirkwood-Des Peres Area Chamber of Commerce are coordinating the event. Kirkwood Electric is the festival’s Presenting Sponsor.

Festivities include:

  • Live music from six bands, on two outdoor stages (staggered start times)
  • A vintage car show
  • Craft Beer Garden at Kirkwood Station Brewing, 105 E. Jefferson Street
  • Tritone Festival of local guitar makers and related equipment
  • An instrument “petting zoo” by School of Rock
  • Vendor booths
  • Food and drink from downtown merchants

Musical entertainment on the two outdoor stages will include:

  • Big Mike Aguirre and the Blu City All Stars
  • Farshid Etniko
  • Javier Mendoza
  • Dave Glover Band
  • Petty Cash Junction
  • Matt "The Rattlesnake" Lesch Band

Trixie Delight will perform inside Kirkwood Station Brewing beginning at 8 p.m.  

The Kirkwood Arts Commission will sponsor the display of a large-scale guitar sculpture, titled Heritage, by Brian Watson from Augusta, Missouri. He created the sculpture in 2015 from found materials. Visitors are invited to use the display to create their own photographs. The guitar display will be presented 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.

Most of Downtown Kirkwood’s numerous stores, locally owned boutiques, and restaurants will be open during the event.  Festival activities will be located on North Kirkwood Road and on the two blocks of Jefferson that intersect Kirkwood Road.

Road Closures: These two blocks of Jefferson, between N. Clay and N. Taylor Avenues, as well as Kirkwood Road between Argonne Drive and Adams Avenue, will be closed to vehicular traffic starting early in the morning on June 10.

In 2015, the first-ever Route 66 Festival in Kirkwood celebrated the region’s transportation glory days with the start of the annual Hemmings Motor News Great Race, a vintage-car rally and race that took off from 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 Great Race.

Updates and announcements about the Festival will also be posted on the City’s Website at and on the Festival’s Facebook page at:


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