International Tulsa Route 66 Festival
Who's behind the Festival?
International Tulsa Route 66 Festival, Inc. is a non-profit Oklahoma corporation established to produce and promote the 2004 International Tulsa Route 66 Festival. Please see our Who's Who section for a list of Board Members and Festival Chairs. Our sponsors page contains a complete list of supporters.
Who is coordinating the Festival?
Festival Coordinators: The Scissortail Group Ltd., 3704 Southwest Boulevard, Tulsa, OK 74107. Festival local phone number (918) 447-6405 or toll free number 1-877-TULSA66
Where is Tulsa, Oklahoma?
Tulsa is tucked into the curves of the Arkansas River in an area of northeastern Oklahoma accurately called “Green Country.” Tulsa is the second largest city in Oklahoma with a population of about 400,000.
How was Tulsa selected for the Festival?
In December 2002, officials with the National Historic Route 66 Federation, Oklahoma Route 66 Association, City of Tulsa and Tulsa Chamber collaborated to bring the Federation’s annual John Steinbeck and Cyrus Avery Awards ceremonies to Tulsa and began plans for a festival celebrating Tulsa’s role in the development of the “Main Street of America”. Brady Village was selected because of its design as a “24-7” Urban Entertainment District. Public improvements scheduled to be completed in the Brady Village area before Spring 2004 will greatly enhance pedestrian movement in the area.
What is the story of Route 66 as it relates to Tulsa?
Tulsa businessman and later county commissioner Cyrus Avery became a leading advocate for road development – including a new Arkansas River bridge at 11th Street that was dedicated in 1916. During the 1920s, Avery was a leader in a movement to create a “national highway.” His efforts led to Route 66 being commissioned in 1926, and Avery made sure America’s Main Street came right smack through his hometown. When the U.S. Route 66 Association organized in 1927, its first meeting was held in Tulsa. And it was there that Cyrus Avery first coined the name “Main Street of America” for promotional materials. Today, Cyrus Avery is recognized as the “Father of Route 66.” And Tulsa rightfully can claim the title “Home of Historic Route 66 … The Main Street of America.”
What kinds of things will be happening at the Festival?
Street Fair with free live entertainment, Kid’s Korner, Route 66 Invitational Art Show, Route 66 Authors and Artists Expo, Route 66 Memorabilia Exhibits, Classic Car and Motorcycle Exhibits, merchandise vendors, food vendors and more.
What are the Festival hours?
Operating hours are Thursday, June 10 from 4pm to 11pm; Friday, June 11 from 10am to 11pm; Saturday, June 12 from 10am to 11pm and Sunday, June 13 from 10am to 4pm.
What about parking for the Festival?
We will furnish free parking at OSU-Tulsa campus (see MAP) with free & quick shuttle service to the Festival area. Other street parking and commercial parking is available near the Festival area.
Will there be food at the Festival?
Oh, yes. In addition to several restaurants in the area, our food vendors will offer a wide range of food: BBQ, hamburgers, hot dogs, corn dogs, Bratwurst, Cajun seafood, Indian Tacos, fry bread, gyros, etc.
I'm coming from out of town. Where should I stay?
Tulsa has a large selection of hotel/motel accommodations. First, check our list in the Lodging area of this website. If you find no vacancies, email us for additional listings.
Will you allow pets at the Festival?
Pets on leashes in the general Festival area will be permitted.
Is the festival appropriate for children?
Absolutely! Throughout the four-day event there are many activities which the kids can enjoy! Check the Events section of this website for more information.
What other activities are planned during the festival weekend?
Leake Antique Auto Auction, MidAmerica Ford Performance and Shelby Meet,Tulsa Powwow, John Steinbeck & Cyrus Avery Awards Banquet, Route 66: A Celebration of America!, Cocktails and Tailgates Cruise, two sanctioned car rallies, guided car tours east and west on Route 66, guided bus tours east and west on Route 66, Tunnels and Towers Art Deco walking tours of downtown Tulsa, tours of Boston Avenue Methodist Church and historic Mayo hotel, tours of Historic Greenwood District, Stand Watie to Steinbeck “Crossroads on the Arkansas” Tour, Chatauqua on the campus of OSU-Tulsa showcasing Route 66 historical characters Cyrus Avery, John Steinbeck, Henry Ford, Thomas Hart Benton and Bob Wills, Route 66 CPA 5K Race, Route 66 Art-Photography and Memorabilia exhibits at OSU-Tulsa and the University of Tulsa.
Can I volunteer to help with the Festival?
Sure! A festival of this size takes literally hundreds of volunteers. For more information, click HERE and let us know you're interested.
How can I get a Festival schedule/program?
A complete schedule will be distributed in the June issue of Tulsa People magazine and we'll have schedules available during the festival itself. We are also constantly updating this website with schedules of activities.
How far is Tulsa International Airport from Brady Village?
Where can I buy Festival merchandise?
Before the Festival (or after), you can order HERE. Festival merchandise is also available during business hours at Advertising Novelties Company, 1625 S. Boston Ave. (918) 582-1911. During the Festival, merchandise will be available in Brady Village at 114 North Boston Ave.
What is Tulsa weather like in June?
Will Rogers once quipped, "If you don't like the weather in Oklahoma, wait a minute and it'll change." The Festival happens rain or shine. Sunny skies usually abound throughout the state in the summer. June high temperatures are commonly in the 90s and morning lows in the 60s or 70s combine to make this season ideal. Rainfall in the summer is usually associated with isolated, short-lived thunderstorms.
Will there be any ATM machines on the Festival site?
Will there be a First Aid station?
Yes, a First Aid station within the Festival area will be staffed by Tulsa fire department personnel.
What about Lost and Found items?
Any articles found should be turned in at the Festival Administration office at 114 North Boston Ave. To inquire about an item during the Festival visit the Administration office.
How can I get an official Festival poster?
Our poster, "Historic Route 66 in Tulsa: Things That Are Still There" contains photography by Jerry L. Cornelius. Click HERE to see the poster and for ordering information.
Can you send me Tulsa visitor information?
Request a free Tulsa visitor packet HERE. Also, free Oklahoma travel guides and maps can be requested HERE.
I want to run in the Route 66 CPA Run. Where can I get info?
The June 12 run is along historic Route 66 between Harvard and Utica (down and back) and finishes on the 50-yard line of Skelly Stadium. Click HERE for more information.
What is the Oklahoma highway emergency cell phone number?
When traveling on U.S. highways and interstates, you can dial *55 (star 55) on your cell phone and be connected with highway patrol and other emergency services