International Tulsa Route 66 Festival

This was the official website for the 2004 International Tulsa Route 66 Festival.
Content is from archived material as well as other sources.

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Come celebrate Tulsa's place in this American treasure -- the home of Cyrus Avery and the heart of Route 66. Drawing thousands of visitors from around the world, this four-day event in Tulsa's historic Brady Village features.

Historic Brady Village off I-244 and Archer between Denver and Cincinnati just north of downtown Tulsa
Thursday, June 10 - 4 pm - 11 pm
Friday, June 11 - 10 am - 11 pm
Saturday, June 12 - 10 am - 11 pm
Sunday, June 13 - 10 am - 4 pm


Free Parking and Free Transportation!!!

Free festival parking is provided at OSU-Tulsa in the East Lot, which is accessible from Greenwood Ave. traveling north to John Hope Franklin Blvd. After parking, hop on one of our free shuttles which will run to the festival, as well as make stops at the Adam's Mark, Blue Dome District and Expo Square.



2004 John Steinbeck Awards Evening

Classic Cars and Motorcycles

Kid's Korner: Route 66 Through the Decades


  • Towers and Tunnels
  • Boston Avenue Methodist Church
  • Historic Mayo Hotel
  • Historic Tribune Building
  • Oklahoma Route 66 - East and West
  • Tulsa -- Crossroads on the Arkansas
  • Historic Greenwood District


Route 66 CPA Run – 5K Run and Walk

Two FREE Entertainment Stages

Route 66 Artists, Authors & Collectors Expo


Car Tours & Rallies:

  • “Average Joe” Lake Tour Road Rally
  • Route 66 Road Rally
  • Route 66 Car Tours
  • 32nd Annual Leake Car Show & Auction
  • Cocktails and Tailgates


Tulsa Artists' Coalition Gallery

A contemporary take on the Route 66 theme can be found at the Tulsa Artists' Coalition Gallery, located at 9 East Brady, in the festival area. This juried art exhibit features Oklahoma artists working in a variety of media. Meet the artists at the opening on Thursday, June 10, 4-10 p.m. Awards will be announced at the opening at 7 p.m. The juror was Carter Hall, sculptor and art instructor at Rogers State University. The exhibit will be open to the public during regular festival hours June 10-13. The artists, listed in alphabetical order: Sabine Barnard, Cynthia Brown, Mel Cornshucker, Marilyn Dillon, Debbie French, John Gaskill, Cynthia Harris, Stanley Hess, Lou Hodgson, Carol Herndon Klenda, Virgil Lampton, Glen McBeath, Zene McCrary, Matt Moffett, Mary Jane Porter, Tom Richardson, Clint Stone, Steve Tomlin & Cassandra Wonderly.

Route 66: A Celebration of America’s Main Street

Official U.S.P.S. Festival Postmarks

Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa "Chautauqua 2004: Route 66" featuring Cyrus Avery, John Steinbeck, Henry Ford, Thomas Hart Benton and Bob Wills!

June 8 - 12 - (Workshops Noon & 1:30pm; Performances 7:30pm nightly) - OSU Tulsa - FREE to the public!


Route 66 Memorabilia Exhibit at TU

The University of Tulsa School of Art is hosting a Route 66 exhibit at the Alexandre Hogue Gallery in Phillips Hall (2935 E. Fifth St.) June 9-18. The exhibit, belonging to Laurel Kane, owner of Afton Station (a familiar landmark on historic Route 66), is an extensive collection of postcards, maps, signs and many other collectibles which showcase the eight states through which the historic road runs. The Opening Reception will be held on June 9 from 4 to 6 p.m. Root beer floats, pink lemonade, and other old-fashioned road treats will be served.

TU Memorabilia Exhibit

Showcasing memorabilia from the University of Tulsa, this exhibit will run June 10 & 11 (8AM-5PM) at the Shaw Alumni Center on the University of Tulsa campus (corner of 8th and Evanston). The event is hosted by the University of Tulsa Heritage Committee. Guest parking is available directly across the street and the exhibit is free and open to the public. For more information, please call the TU Office of Alumni Relations at 918-631-2555.

Tulsa Pow Wow

Presented by Tulsa Indian Club Inc. and American Indian Heritage Center, the Tulsa Pow Wow will feature gourd dancing, round dancing, intertribal dancing, artists and arts & crafts. The Pow Wow is Saturday, June 12, 1PM to midnight, at Expo Square Pavilion. For more information, contact Tulsa Indian Club Inc. (918) 458-4263 or (918) 671-2417.

66 Bags Exhibit

Tulsa Artists’ Coalition & Living Arts of Tulsa presents this first phase of the Tulsa Woody Project exhibit curated by Charlotte Rhea.The exhibit opens Thursday, June 3, 2004, 5:00-9:00pm at Living ArtSpace, 308 S. Kenosha Ave. (just east of downtown Tulsa) and continues through July 1. It will be open daily at Living ArtSpace during the Festival June 10-12, 9:00am-7:00pm; June 13, 10:00am to 5:00pm; and Regular Gallery Hours: Saturday, 1:00-4:00pm, Thursday, 5:00-8:00pm or by appointment. For further information call: (918) 585-1234 or contact Steve Liggett [].

Tulsa Photography Collective Route 66 Exhibit

Photography exhibit at OSU-Tulsa (North Hall 151) open daily through the Festival - 8:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m. Photographers exhibiting documentary photographs of Route 66 include: Don Emrick, Roberta Henley, Charlie Johnson, Ed Main, Nancy Large Resnick, Cynthia Marcoux, Anne Thompson, and David Varmecky - panoramas of Chain of Rocks Bridge over the Mississippi River and the only Marsh style bridge on Route 66 which is near Baxter Springs, Kansas.



“A Walking History Tour of Downtown Tulsa”

During the 1920s, Tulsans enjoyed the wealth of big oil and a building boom, and they wanted local architecture to reflect the modern, progressive city they called home. Art Deco was the popular style of that time.

These 1 to 1½ hour walking tours, led by members of the Tulsa Historical Society, will focus on Tulsa's pre-Art Deco and Art Deco architecture.

  • Date: Friday, June 11, 2004
  • Times:10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m., 1:30 p.m.
  • Place: Tours will begin and end at festival host hotel, the Adams Mark, 100 East 2nd Street
  • Cost: Free
  • Registrations:20 per tour
  • Space still available!

Please go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for registration info.



This building is one of the most significant examples of art deco architecture in the world, and is listed as a National Historic Landmark. Boston Avenue Methodist Church is an 8,200-member congregation located in the heart of downtown Tulsa. Established in 1893, it currently ranks as the eighth largest United Methodist congregation in the United States.

  • Date: Saturday, June 12, 2004
  • Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.
  • Place:Boston Avenue Methodist Church, 1301 South Boston Avenue
  • Cost: Free
  • Registrations: Unlimited
  • Shuttle will run 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 from the festival host hotel, the Adams Mark, 100 East 2nd Street.
  • Parking is available on the north and south of the building.
  • Space still available!

Please go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for registration info.



The pride of the Southwest and one of Tulsa’s many notable landmarks, the historic Mayo Hotel was built in 1925 by John and Cass Mayo. It was modeled on the famous Plaza Hotel in New York and has hosted many notable guests including Elvis Presley, President Kennedy, and Joe DiMaggio. J. Paul Getty lived there for several years.


The tour will include a display of many one-of-a-kind pieces from Beryl Ford's personal collection. Mr. Ford is Tulsa's number one chronicler of history and an expert on Route 66 as it came through Tulsa on Admiral (Federal Drive) and 11th Street.

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2004

Time: 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Place: Mayo Hotel, 121 West 5th Street

Cost: Free       

Registrations: Unlimited

Shuttle will run 1:00, 2:00, 3:00 and 4:00 from the festival host hotel, the Adams Mark Hotel, 100 East 2nd Street.

Space still available!

Please go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for registration info.





The Tribune Building was built in 1924 and was home to Tulsa's first daily newspaper, the Tulsa Democrat. It was later renamed the Tulsa Tribune which ceased publication in 1992. The six-story building was listed on the National Register July 16, l979. American Residential Group purchased the building in 1999 and revitalized this landmark by converting it into 35 loft homes featuring 12–18 foot ceilings, marble window seals, and beautiful views of the Tulsa skyline. The units are leased with an option to buy in the future. Many original features of the building remain including the lobby’s terrazzo floor along with marble wainscoting and stairs. The tour will include a visit to the observation deck on top of the building for a great view of the Festival grounds and refreshments served by the hosts.


Dates: June 10, 11 & 12.

Time: 12:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Place: Tribune Lofts, 20 East Archer

Cost: Free

Registrations: Unlimited & no reservations needed.

Hosts: Becky Weaver and Amber Williams

The Tribune Building is in Brady Village just across the street from the main Festival area, corner of Main & Archer.




“Mother Road” Bus Tours


Welcome to America’s Main Street!


For those whose goal isn’t just reaching a destination, but rather enjoying the journey, U.S. Route 66 was – and still is – the consummate remedy for the urge to roam. This is your chance to experience the “Mother Road” from a climate-controlled, luxury motor coach.


Join us as we travel east and west along Oklahoma Route 66 – to view famous Oklahoma landmarks, shop in interesting and unusual antique and gift shops and feast in landmark eateries along the way.


Both tours include a continental brunch, a hearty lunch, goodie bag stuffed with information on attractions along the way and an Oklahoma Route 66 Association trip guide.       





Date: Thursday, June 10, 2004

Time: Depart 8:00 a.m. from festival host hotel, the Adams Mark, 100 East 2nd Street

Return to hotel 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $66 per person

Registrations: 50       

Hosts: Sally and Don Ferrell

Sally and Don Ferrell reside in Chandler, Oklahoma on historic Route 66. For 25 years they worked as reporters, editors and publishers of the Chandler newspaper. They are avid supporters of “The Road”. Don is a former State Senator and serves on the Board for the OKC Bombing Memorial. Sally served six years as the Oklahoma Advisor for the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is the recipient of the George Shirk Award for Historic Preservation - the top award given by the state.


Space still available!

Please go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for registration info.




Date: Friday, June 11, 2004

Time: Depart 8:00 a.m. from festival host hotel, the Adams Mark, 100 East 2nd Street

Return to hotel 4:30 p.m.

Cost: $66 per person

Registrations: 50

Host: Dr. Guy Logsdon

Dr. Guy Logsdon is a native Oklahoman and has worked at a wide variety of occupations – photographer, cowboy, entertainer, teacher, librarian and writer. As an entertainer, he has performed for audiences throughout the nation, including featured appearances at the Smithsonian Institution’s “Annual Festival of American Folklife”. He is an internationally recognized authority on the life, times and music of Woody Guthrie as well as Will Rogers, the Dust Bowl and American Indian history, arts and crafts.

Space still available!

Please go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for registration info.





“From Stand Watie to Steinbeck"


This tour will deal with histories – and physical sites and locations – of the peoples who have come to and through what is now Tulsa. Learn about the removal of the Five Civilized Nations into Indian Territory; Native American battles of the Civil War; coming of the railroads; beginnings of the Oil Industry and the Great Depression, and migration of “economic refugees” to, through and from Tulsa via Route 66.


Date: Saturday, June 12, 2004

Times: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Place: Tours will begin and end at festival host hotel, the Adams Mark, 100 East 2nd Street

Cost: $25 per person

Registrations: 50

Host: David Breed, Chairman of the Tulsa Preservation Commission and Executive Director Western Neighbors

Space still available!

Please go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for registration info.




Tour the historic Greenwood District!


Learn how African-American pioneers managed to transform the undeveloped land just north of the Frisco Railroad tracks into a thriving Midwest mecca that became known as America’s “Black Wall Street”.


Tour Greenwood Cultural Center set up to revitalize efforts in this historic district. The Center houses an impressive collection of historic memorabilia that will give you a taste of Greenwood’s unique history. It is also home to the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame established to preserve and illuminate the true art forms of jazz, blues and gospel music.


Visit a number of historic churches along the route ending up at Friendship Baptist Church where you will enjoy church service with Pastor Weldon Tisdale and his famous brother, NBA basketball player and contemporary jazz recording star, Wayman Tisdale. Enjoy down-home cookin’ – “after-church lunch” offered by the ladies of Friendship.


Date: Sunday, June 13, 2004

Time: 9:00 a.m.

Place: Bus tour will begin and end at festival host hotel, the Adam's Mark, 100 East 2nd Street.

Cost: $25 per person (price of lunch is not included)

Registrations: Limited to 50

Host: Chuck Cissel, Entertainer and Executive Director, Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame

Space still available!

Please go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for registration info.





Friday, June 11, 2004


A highlight of the 2004 International Tulsa Route 66 Festival, this evening features a lavish western-style banquet, entertainment and dignitaries all framing the presentation of the prestigious Steinbeck Award and the Avery Award.


Festivities will take place in the elegant Adams Mark Hotel Ballroom, 100 E. 2nd Street beginning with a reception at 6:00 p.m. to be followed by the dinner and awards presentation at 7:00 p.m.


Reservations are $39 per person and may be made by calling 909-336-6131 or online at Master Card, Visa, Discover and American Express are accepted. Reservations are required and must be made before June 1, 2004. Cancellations will not be accepted after that date.


This annual event is sponsored by the National Historic Route 66 Federation a worldwide, nonprofit organization dedicated to directing attention to the importance of U.S. Highway 66 in America’s cultural heritage, to preserving its corridor and to revitalizing the economies of its communities.


The Steinbeck, named for Nobel Prize winning author, John Steinbeck, is presented annually to an individual who has contributed significantly to the preservation of

Route 66.


The Avery, named for Cyrus Avery, Tulsa’s own “Father of the Mother Road”, is presented to an individual or organization for an outstanding preservation project on Route 66.

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The first, longest and most famous run down Route 66 was the 1928 International Transcontinental Foot Race. Fifty-five participants from all over the world ran 3,422 miles, from Los Angeles to New York, principally on old Route 66. The race took 84 days with the runners averaging 40 miles per day. The winner of the $25,000 first prize was Oklahoma’s own Andy Payne.


From this great history, the Route 66 CPA Run was born. This fun 5K Run and Walk was established by it’s lead sponsors …The Bama Companies, Oklahoma Society of CPA’s Accounting Principals and Tulsa University …. as a fund raiser for it’s charity, the Citizen’s Crime Commission. It has doubled in size during it’s eleven successful years of existence, and has become known as the best value for food , prizes and fun of all the runs in Tulsa.


So come join us on a beautiful Festival morning for a fun run, or relaxing walk, through some of the historic sites of Tulsa. Don’t miss this trip down Route 66.


Date: Saturday, June 12 , 2004

Time: 8:00 A.M.

Place: Skelly Stadium, 11th and Florence, TU campus - On old Route 66

Route: Along historic Route 66 between Harvard and Utica (down and back). Finish on the 50 yard line of Skelly Stadium.

Historic Sites: Tulsa Monument Co., Rossi’s filling station, The Bama Pie Co., Tulsa University

Cost: $18.00 in advance, $20.00 on race day

Includes a free race t-shirt and two free TU football tickets

Drawings for prizes and two free tickets on Southwest Airlines

Lots of food, including Bama’s famous sausage biscuit

Shuttle information to be provided later.

Registrations: Unlimited

Make your reservations as soon as possible. For additional information, call Doris Dixon: 1-800-756-2262, Ext. 2108 or email




A “no pressure” fun, scenic drive that the entire family can enjoy!


Entrants can cover the meandering course at their own leisurely pace – on their own schedule – anytime during the festival June 11 – 13. The winner: the team that covers the course in the elapsed time closest to the average elapsed time for the field.


No limit on the number of entrants. The number of seatbelts available will determine the maximum number of contestants per vehicle. This is a traditional SCCA sanctioned gimmick Road Rally, and will award points toward the annual NEOKLA Road Rally Series.


Rally packets contain all the materials needed and can be picked up during pre-determined times at a specified location on the festival grounds. Packets are to be returned to the same location for scoring before 2:00 p.m., Sunday, June 13. Rally results and awards will be announced 3:00 p.m., Sunday June 13.

Vehicle inspection and proof of insurance are required.      

Pre-registration deadline: June 8, 2004

Registration cost: $10 per car before June 8 - $15 per car after June 8

Hosts: Northeast Oklahoma (NEOKLA) Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)

Space still available!

Please go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for registration info.




Tour historic Route 66, “The Mother Road”.


Approximately 100 miles -- four hours road time, with breaks included -- this is an easy-to-follow, no traps, Road Rally. Route instructions with check-points will measure the entrants ability to arrive at unknown locations at times based on simple time-speed-distance calculations.


A driver and navigator are required in each car -- no additional adults allowed. Vehicle inspection and proof of insurance are required.


This will be a traditional SCCA sanctioned regional time-speed-distance (TSD) touring Road Rally, and will award points toward the annual NEOKLA Road Rally Series.


The results and awards will be distributed at the rally end.

Date: Saturday, June 12, 2004

Time: Check-in and final registration: 8:00 a.m.

First car out: 10:00 a.m.

Place: Community Bank & Trust, 2420 Southwest Blvd.

NOTE: Community Bank and Trust will provide breakfast for registrants from 8:00-10:00 a.m.

Cost: Before June 8, $20 per car -- After June 8 $25 per car

Registration limited to 25 cars

Hosts: Northeast Oklahoma (NEOKLA) Region of the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA)

Space still available!

Please go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for registration info.






This is your chance to experience the “Mother Road” in your own motor vehicle!


Join us as we travel east and west along Oklahoma Route 66 – to view famous Oklahoma landmarks, shop in interesting and unusual antique and gift shops and feast in landmark eateries along the way.


Experienced, knowledgeable road guides will provide maps, “rules of the road”, and a goodie bag stuffed with information on attractions along the way.

Dates and Times:

Two tours east and two tours west each day June 10-12

1st Tour 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

2nd Tour 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

One tour east and one tour west June 13

8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.


West tours - Goodwill Industries, 2800 Southwest Blvd.

East tours - Lyon's Indian Store, 401 East 11th

Registrations: 10 vehicles per tour   

Cost: $5 per vehicle (meals not included)

Host: Northeastern Oklahoma Miata Club

Space still available!

Please go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for registration info.




Deadline April 30



Girl Scouts of Magic Empire Council are invited to participate in a poster contest for the Tulsa International Route 66 Festival. Selected posters will be exhibited at the Kids Zone during the festival. Be sure to plan a visit to the festival and view the posters and take in all the fun!

Use poster board 22” x 28”

Subject is “Route 66 through the Decades”

Finished poster must be laminated (it will be hanging outdoors!)

You may use paint, markers, collage-type materials, photographs, etc.

May be a troop or individual project

Attach a sheet with artists information – please do not put this information directly on your poster – Name(s), Troop # or Juliette, Level, Service Unit, Grade(s), Contact Information (mailing address, phone/email)


Completed poster must be received at the Tulsa Girl Scout Service Center, 2432 E. 51st Street, by Friday, April 30 at 5:00 p.m.


Service opportunities for Cadette and Senior Girl Scouts working at the Kids Zone will be available during the festival, interested girls may contact Kathryn Davis-Robb at 745-5217, 800/707-9914 ext. 217 or by email at



Northern Arizona University Theatre’s

Route 66: A Celebration of America’s Main Street


Campus of OSU-Tulsa

700 North Greenwood

Friday, June 11- 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, June 12 - 2:00 p.m.

Tickets at the door -- $15.00 Adults/$7.00 Children 12 and Under

A musical revue, combining history, literature of the road, images and song featuring a cast of seven young professionals, the storytellers of Route 66, who play over 100 different roles in what has been termed a "hootenanny-style musical seminar," playing instruments from guitar, piano, dobro and banjo to spoons, washboard, and, even, themselves.


Tickets are still available and can be purchased at the performance or for a savings you can purchase pre-event tickets at the festival. Go to an Information Tent during regular festival hours for more information on ticket sales.


This is a re-wakening and awakening experience for those of us who actually traveled Route 66 and those whose only connection with the road lies in a few souvenir shops and Bobby Troupe's classic song "Route 66." Reliving and knowing that history makes for one delightful evening! All those memories and so many more were recaptured in this energetic, enlightening, often melancholy production highlighting Route 66's glorious past and its influence on America from 1926 to its final decommissioning in 1985, the only U.S. highway ever rendered such a fate. --Arizona Daily, July 2003


A hootenanny-style musical seminar...the most definitive work of its kind to tell the Route 66 story. --Route 66 Magazine, Winter 2003


The revue is part history lesson, part cultural experience and thoroughly entertaining. The cast portrays more than 100 different roles from themselves and the myriad of people who experienced the highway, to those whose way of life was devastated when the interstate highway system swept traffic past their towns and places of business. -- Laughlin Entertainment, July 2003




Route 66 Artists, Authors & Collectors Expo

Mathews Warehouse - Brady Village


Authors, artists, photographers and filmmakers who have documented the Mother Road plus collections of Route 66 memorabilia. Also booths & exhibits from all state Route 66 associations


Authors & Artists:

Polly Brown, Bill Calkin/Tammra Radford, Marian Clark, Jerry Cornelius, Rich Cunningham, Buenger Dickson, Dorothy Garlock, Shellee A. Graham, Drew Knowles, Greg Roach, Hugh Foley, Michael Lund, Jerry McClanahan, Bob Moore, Chet Nichols, Russell Olsen, Scott Piotrowski, Emily Priddy, Ellen Robson, Jim Ross, David Sanger, Elizabeth Strickland, Akio Takeuchi, Ken Turmel, Bob Waldmire, Suzanne & Michael Wallis, & Yellow Dog Studios.


Collectors: Jeff Meyer, Mark Potter, Steve Rider, Joe Sonderman & Mike Ward.






Two hundred and fifty car enthusiasts cruise Friday, June 11 to the Leake Car Show and Auction -- the largest all-indoor collector car auction in the United States -- and enjoy a very special cocktail party. Live entertainment, food, drink and hundreds of antiques, classics, customs, rods, muscle cars and more. From there, they will cruise to one of Tulsa's famous Route 66 landmarks, Rosebowl Lanes, where they will enjoy tailgating at its finest with 66 cent food and drink specials.


Come out and watch the cruise for free. It's rare this many fine cars are together in one place for such a historic cruise.



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?

Eight miles.


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