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Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66
Date & Time
7/19/19 - 7/21/19
1:00 PM - 4:00 PM


The Lincoln’s Festival on Route 66 has grown in interest and attendance since the Route 66 theme was added to the festival in 2017. The Illinois Shakespeare Festival (ISF) is expanding its role in the festival this year, announcing a symposium exploring the fascination that Abraham Lincoln had with William Shakespeare’s writings.  

This year at the festival, music lovers can also enjoy two outdoor concerts. There will be wagon rides, and a trolley between locations all day on Saturday. 

The Bloomington-Normal Jaycees will present the 3rd annual car show on Saturday at Franklin Park.  This event is a fundraiser for local charities. Franklin Park will also be the setting for a nineteenth-century-style “Saturday in the Park,” with children’s old-fashioned games, a band concert playing Lincoln-era tunes, picnic-style foods, face painting, and kids’ carnival activities. The 10th Calvary will return with civil war re-enactments and an encampment on the Illinois Wesleyan University campus. 

Sprague’s Super Service on Route 66 in Normal will welcome visitors on Saturday and Sunday, with a display of electric cars on Sunday. 

On Saturday, the David Davis Mansion will present a program, and Abraham Lincoln impersonator, Kevin Wood will make appearances in various locations throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday.

The Bloomington Public Library (BPL) will have a full three days of programming for children and adults. The McLean County Museum of History will feature several presentations throughout the weekend. Help us celebrate 11 years of sharing our local ties to Abraham Lincoln – along with Lincoln’s connections to Shakespeare and our communities’ links to historic Route 66!  

Downtown Bloomington
200 N Main St
Bloomington, IL

(309) 824-8862