If you just want to get to where you’re going, you probably want to avoid the downtown area this weekend. But if you’re looking for something to do, that will be your destination. The Birthplace of Route 66 Festival kicks off this afternoon and goes through Sunday.
City of Springfield public relations director, Cora Scott, said the festival started as a neighborhood event.
"The West-Central Neighborhood Alliance started a car show in their neighborhood, and it has just attracted attention and partners and has grown from six years ago, a small car show, into an expected 30,000 people attending this weekend," Scott said.
According to Scott, today is probably the busiest and most exciting day of the festival. The West-Central Neighborhood Alliance will host a party at the Route 66 Roadside Park at 4:30. The Birthplace of Route 66 parade starts at 6:30. Scott says it will to down historic Route 66 from the west to the east: from Grant and College to St. Louis and National.
"And we have about 400 cars already pre-registered for that parade and 200 motorcycles, floats, entertainment--it's going to be a really fun time, rain or shine, by the way," she said.
After the parade, a free ice cream social will be held in Park Central Square, hosted by Barry Williams.
"People may know him as Greg Brady, and he's going to sing a few songs, we're going to pass out some ice cream and have a really good time," Scott said.
Events the rest of the weekend include a Motorcycle Village with a motorcycle stunt show, music and more, a 6.6K Run/Walk, live music with 22 acts on three stages and more. The signature concert series at the Gillioz tonight and tomorrow night will feature Rhonda Vincent, Asleep at the Wheel and the Marshall Tucker Band.
You can find out more here.
The Movies at Founders Park film series continues this weekend. See “The Little Rascals,” rated PG, during a special drive-in screening at the Expo Center east field tonight (8/12) and “Rocky,” rated PG, tomorrow night (8/13) at dusk at Founders Park. Free tickets are available in advance at any Springfield-Greene County Park Board family center, the Busch Municipal Building, Mediacom Ice Park and Mediacom offices. For more information, parkboard.org/movies
The Price Cutter Charity Championship golf tournament continues through Sunday (8/14) at Highland Springs Country Club. For more information, pricecuttercc.org
The Strafford Branch Library will have crossword puzzles and coloring pages for adults today (8/12) at 4. For details, 736-9233 or thelibrary.org
The event, Beading in the Ozarks, continues through Sunday (8/14) at Inn of the Ozarks in Eureka Springs, Arkansas. Nationally known bead artists from across the US are teaching classes and workshops. For more information, click here.
Kids three to six-years-old are invited to the Little Acorns program, Ant Antics, this morning (8/12) at 9:30 or 11 at the Springfield Conservation Nature Center. To register, 888-4237.
A group of visiting high school students from Springfield’s sister city, Isesaki, Japan, will host Japan Culture Night tonight (8/12) from 6:30 to 8:30 at Greenwood Lab School on the MSU campus. There will be songs, dance, traditional clothing, games, snacks and art. Admission is free. Parking will be available in lots 8 and 15.
The sixth annual Pink for Peitz Benefit Rodeo, to benefit Peitz Cancer Support House, is today and tomorrow (8/12-8/13) at Saddle Club Arena in Mountain Home, Arkansas. For details, click here.
See the documentary, “Hubble,” rated G, tomorrow morning (8/13) at 10 at the Fair Grove Branch Library.
Make “Bite-sized Bestsellers” during the program, “Let’s Make Miniatures,” tomorrow (8/13) at 10:30 am at the Park Central Library. For details, 831-1342 or thelibrary.org
The Second Saturday Art Walk will be held tomorrow (8/13) from 1 to 5 in downtown Springfield. To learn more, itsalldowntown.com
Second Saturday Music in the Park will feature The Cate Brothers at Basin Spring Park in Eureka Springs tomorrow night (8/13) at 5. The Cate Brothers will perform country-style rock and roll, rhythm and blues, soul and funk. Admission is free.
The Missouri Department of Conservation will hold a Bowhunter Education Class tomorrow (8/13) from 8 am to 5 pm at the Andy Dalton Shooting Range and Outdoor Education Center. To register, 742-4361 .
Learn how to save seeds from tomatoes, lettuce, beans, peas and more during “Super Easy Seed Saving” tomorrow afternoon (8/13) at 1 at the Midtown Carnegie Branch Library. To learn more or to register, 862-0135 or thelibrary.org
The Water Festival Fishing Derby is set for tomorrow (8/13) from 8 to 10 am at the Walter Woods Conservation Area in Joplin. Kids will have the chance to catch-and-release fish and register for prizes. All equipment will be provided. To register, 417-629-3423. No registration is needed for the Water Festival from 9 am to 3 pm at Wildcat Glades. For more information, mdc.mo.gov/wildcat
The movie, “Shaun the Sheep,” rated PG, will be shown tomorrow afternoon (8/13) at 2 at the Park Central Branch Library.
The Boy Scouts Troop 132 Car Show will be held tomorrow (8/13) at Fashion Mall, Highway 62 and 65 in Harrison, Arkansas. To find out more, click here.
Learn about the Wild Edibles of the Civil War tomorrow night (8/13) at 7 at the Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery in Branson. After an indoor program, you’ll take a hike to look for some of the edible plants soldiers and citizens of that time relied on. To register, 417-334-4865.
See Cindy Woolf and Mark Bilyeu in concert tomorrow (8/13) at 4:30 at the Library Center. It’s part of the AARP Passport to an Active Summer. All ages are welcome. To register, email aarp.cvent.com/thecreekrocks or call 1-877-926-8300.
A Back to School & Safety Fair will be held tomorrow (8/13) from 10 am to 6 pm at The Mall, 2020 Evergreen Parkway in Lebanon. There will be free haircuts, vision screenings, school supplies, books, inflatables, face painting and more. No registration is needed.
The Moxie Cinema’s Essentials film series continues Sunday (8/14) at 3 and Monday (8/15) at 7 with “Ace in the Hole” from 1951. The series showcases films everyone should see on the film screen. To learn more, moxiecinema.com
The Sunday Concert Series continues Sunday (8/14) at 2 at the Library Center with the Sac River Bluegrass Band.