June 9, 5pm-11pm, in Downtown Kirkwood





Route 66 Cars and Guitars Festival 2018

The Route 66 Cars and Guitars Festival Returns to Downtown Kirkwood on June 9

The City of Kirkwood will host its 2nd annual Route 66 Cars and Guitars Festival on Saturday, June 9, 2018, in downtown Kirkwood, 5:00 to 11:00 p.m. 

The festival's theme of "Cars and Guitars" speaks to the rich transportation and music history of the region.  Live music and vintage vehicles will anchor this outdoor event.

We still need volunteers.  Sign up here!

Click on the image below to enlarge the band schedule.

Kirkwood Electric is the festival's Presenting Sponsor

Click here for the Sponsorship Rate Brochure. 

Click here for the Vendor Application. 

Click here for the Car Application.  NOTE: The final pre-approval deadline is June 4.

Festivities include:

  • FREE Live music from six bands, on two outdoor stages (with staggered start times)
  • A vintage car show
  • A Beer Wagon, hosted by local service clubs, serving beer and wine
  • Vendor booths
  • Food and drink from downtown merchants and from area service clubs

FREE Musical entertainment on the two outdoor stages - Schedule Coming!

  • Funky Butt Brass Band
  • Soulard Blues Band
  • Big Love (a Fleetwood Mac cover band)
  • PowerPlay (R&B/Motown)
  • Trip Daddys (Rockabilly, Rock Classics)
  • Matching Shoe

We recommend attendees bring their own lawn chair for the musical performances.


Thank you to our sponsors:

  • Kirkwood Electric, Presenting Sponsor
  • Kirkwood Water
  • City of Kirkwood
  • Downtown Kirkwood Business District
  • Kirkwood-Des Peres Chamber
  • Missouri RiverRunner
  • St. Anthony's 
  • First Bank
  • Kirkwood Arts Commission
  • Kirkwood Arts Foundation
  • Suntrup Ford
  • Bric Partnership
  • Alpine Shop

The Guitar Will Be Back!  The Kirkwood Arts Commission will again sponsor the display of Brian Watson's large-scale guitar sculpture, titled Heritage.  Brian's scuulpture anchored the 2017 event, and it will be back! He created the sculpture in 2015 from found materials. 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.