Experience the best of Route 66 with a visit to one of these fun Oklahoma festivals that celebrate the legacy of the Mother Road.
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Charming small towns, friendly locals and quirky roadside attractions draw countless crowds to travel along Route 66 each year. Make the most of your time spent on the Mother Road with a trip to one of these top Route 66 festivals in Oklahoma. From car cruises and wine festivals to chuckwagon meals and music events, these annual happenings embody the very essence of America’s Highway.
Known as the hub of western Oklahoma and home to the Oklahoma Route 66 Museum, the city of Clinton is a time-honored stop along Route 66. If your journey takes you through on the fourth Saturday in May, the Clinton Route 66 Festival is a must-see. This two-day event boasts a burnout contest, stereo competition and battle of the bands on Friday night, while Saturday is packed to the brim with a car and motorcycle show, weiner dog race, hot dog eating contest, poker run and free concert.
Oklahoma has more drivable miles of Route 66 than any other state, and Miami has the honor of having Oklahoma’s longest Main Street on the Mother Road. Classic car lovers will rejoice as these nostalgia-inducing vehicles take to this famous stretch of road during the Revvin’ It Up on Route 66 Car Show. Come out to this one-day event to browse rows upon rows of cars while enjoying live music, entertainment and tasty food. Revvin’ It Up is held each year on either the third or fourth Saturday in June.
The Miami Route 66 Cruise Night is another family friendly event that happens on the fourth Saturday of each month from May through September. You can participate in the festivities by cruising along Route 66 or join the popular meet and greets with fellow cruisers while watching classic cars drive by. Live music, games and door prizes round out the events at this cruise night.
Make a point to visit downtown Bethany on Memorial Day weekend to celebrate at one of the city’s biggest events. This charming city welcomes visitors with murals of historic Route 66 throughout the downtown area, which adds to the festive feel of the Bethany 66 Festival. This family friendly event kicks off with a car cruise and bluegrass concert on Friday, while Saturday is packed with a car show, arts and crafts booths, live music and a children's parade.
Celebrate the legacy of El Reno and Route 66 with a trip to the El Reno Small Town Weekend celebration in June. Packed with fun events for the entire family, this two-day festival features a car show, a pre-1988 car cruise along a closed section of Route 66 and even Hot Wheels races for the kids in nearby Adam’s Park. On Sunday, guests are invited to a homemade cinnamon roll breakfast, a gospel sing and chuckwagon lunch followed by a poker run and the only legal drag race and burnout on Route 66.
Fun roadside attractions, like Totem Pole Park, are just one of the things that make Route 66 unique. This northeast Oklahoma attraction is home to the world’s largest concrete totem pole, as well as the Totem Pole BBQ & Music Fest, held annually the first Saturday in October. Round up the whole gang to explore the on-site, 11-sided fiddle house while tapping your toes to live entertainment. Plenty of great barbecue, craft vendors and children’s activities will ensure that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.
Situated along the stretch of Route 66 that lies between Oklahoma City and Tulsa you’ll find the city of Stroud, known as the wine and grape capital of Oklahoma. Follow the Mother Road right into Stroud’s downtown area where Stroud’s Historic Route 66 Wine & Food Festival is held during the second Saturday in June. The 21-and-over crowd can enjoy samples from over 10 Oklahoma wineries, while all ages will enjoy gourmet food, a car and motorcycle show, vendor booths and live music.
Along the plains of western Oklahoma, Route 66 winds into the city of Weatherford. For over two decades, Weatherford has hosted the Heartland Cruise Car Show, which brings out over 250 classic cars for two days in mid-June. Park your ride and browse rows of cars in Rader Park while enjoying some delicious fair food. The park will also be filled with vendors and games, as well as arts and craft booths to keep you entertained all day long.
For more things to do along Oklahoma’s stretch of Route 66, check out Oklahoma’s Top Attractions Along Route 66.