Get your kicks: Route 66 Summerfest brings family fun, music to stretch of Central - Albuquerque Journal

Get your kicks: Route 66 Summerfest brings family fun, music to stretch of Central

The Route 66 Summerfest also features a car show. (Courtesy of Eric Williams)
The Route 66 Summerfest also features a car show. (Courtesy of Eric Williams)

Summertime. The weather is hot, and being outdoors can be fun.

This weekend, the city of Albuquerque is hosting the Route 66 Summerfest along a mile of the Mother Road.

The event will be highlighted by blues legend Booker T. Jones at 9 p.m. Saturday, July 16.

From 2 to 10:30 p.m., Central between Girard and Washington in Nob Hill will be closed to house family activities as well as three stages of live music and the Old Route 66 Car Show and Neon Cruise.

Bree Ortiz, events and operations manager for the city’s Cultural Services Department, says last year’s Route 66 Summerfest drew about 50,000 people.

“We are expecting the same this year,” Ortiz says.

With the event taking place on Central between Girard and Washington, that portion of Central will be closed from traffic between 6 a.m. and 11:30 p.m. Saturday.

According to Rick De Reyes, spokesman for ABQ Ride, the routes on Central between Girard and Washington will be detoured on Saturday.

A complete list can be found online.

Ortiz says there will also be a variety of food trucks, and the offerings of local beer, wine and other libations at the Cork & Tap garden.

The event is presented by the city of Albuquerque, Nob Hill Main Street and the New Mexico Jazz Festival.

Booker T. Jones is the headliner for Route 66 Summerfest. (Courtesy of Piper Ferguson)
Booker T. Jones is the headliner for Route 66 Summerfest. (Courtesy of Piper Ferguson)

It is free to attend and will feature Booker T. Jones’ Stax Soul & Blues Revue.

Jones is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and is a four-time Grammy Award winner.

Ortiz says there will also be a free group wedding by the Celebration of Love Wedding Chapel at 6 p.m. on the main stage. Couples must have a wedding license, which can be picked up at the City Clerk’s office on the sixth floor at Old City Hall at 400 Marquette NW.

Getting there can be a breeze with the free Park & Ride. Drive to the Park & Ride lot on the southwest corner of University and Lomas and take the bus to UNM’s Johnson Field. Regular Nob Hill street parking will also be available off Central.

If you prefer two-wheeled transportation, take advantage of the free bike valet provided by Esperanza Bike Shop, on Central Avenue west of Carlisle in the Fan Tang parking lot.


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