Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival

Join us on May 6, 2023 for the Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival.

There’s no better way to spend a May afternoon than with savory barbeque, delicious drinks and live music in Downtown Bloomington. Festival-goers will enjoy smoked meats, various adult beverages, and classic cars while listening to live music in Downtown Bloomington!

The Festival is produced by the Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau and is a not-for-profit event.


May 6, 2023  •  200 N. Main Street, Bloomington, IL 61701

Live Music:  4:00pm-10:00pm
Music acts listed below!

BBQ Vendors: 4:00pm-9:00pm
Vendors listed below!

Car Cruise-In: 4:00pm-7:00pm

Zoo Lady face-painting:  4:00pm-7:00pm




Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival – Vendor Policies-Regulations-Waiver-Release


Vendor Items for sale
Brass Pig Smoke & Ale House Notorious P.I.G.: Slow smoked shredded pork topped with our house made bbq sauce and coleslaw
Hink’s Smokehouse

Loaded Mac and Cheese
Pulled Pork
Smoked Chicken
Mads Smoked  Beans
Smoked Mac and Cheese
Corn Bread
Uncle Tony’s
Food For the Soul
BBQ Pulled Pork
BBQ Shredded Chicken
BBQ Rib Tips
BBQ Turkey Tips
Potato Salad
Loaded Nachos

Adult beverages and soft drinks vendor:







Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and watch a full slate of musical acts.

Live music lineup – compliments of NTL Productions:


Radium City Rebels

The “Radium City Rebels” are a Chicago based 50s Rock and Roll band, who celebrate a time before, the internet and cellphones. Set back and enjoy some of our local live performances captured by the very fans that are enjoying the show.


Brett Conlin and the Midnight Miles

Roots-punk quartet based in Bloomington/Normal, IL.  The Midnight Miles is the culmination of years worth of these musicians finding their place in some straight forward rock songs that look back at youth, friendship, and the world that shaped them.


Naptown Hepcats
(Premier Tribute to the Straycats & Brian Setzer)

Naptown Hepcats is the ultimate Stray Cats / Brian Setzer tribute band. We are a high energy band that will get your head boppin’ and your foot stompin’; playing rockabilly right! Using the same gear as the masterful Brian Setzer (a rockin Gretsch guitar, through a tube tape delay and a 1963 Fender Bassman amp) we recreate the experience of a live Stray Cats concert.



Check out a variety of classic cars on the museum square in Downtown Bloomington on May 6, 4:00-7:00pm!

We’ve partnered with the Mid State Cruisers and Twin City Cruisers to bring you some of the best classic and modified cars in the region.


  • The Festival is free to attend.  All performances and activities are complimentary for attendees.
  • Food and beverages will be available for purchase at the participating vendor booths.
  • No outside food or beverages, except water.
  • The “rain or shine” event is primarily outdoors.  Hats and sunscreen are encouraged.
  • Children and strollers are welcome at the event.
  • Parking is available in the Lincoln Deck (southwest corner of Front Street & East Street, one block from festival). All 800 spaces are available for free on weekends.
  • This outdoor event is located in Downtown Bloomington on the museum square at 200 N.  Main St.

Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival Policies


View Sponsorship Opportunities Here

Host: Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau




City of Bloomington, NTL Productions, Twin City Cruisers, Mid State Cruisers, Enjoy Illinois

Car Cruise-In Sponsor:







Supporting Sponsors:





Festival Sponsors:







The Route 66 Red Carpet Corridor Festival is looking for volunteers on May 6, 2023.  An event of this magnitude cannot be staged without the generous support of community volunteers.

Volunteer duties include setup, teardown, entry/exit monitors, and more.

CLICK HERE for more information and to sign up!  Thank you!

McLean County Red Carpet Corridor Info

Normal – Stop at Ryburn Place at Sprague’s Super Service, 305 Pine St., to pick up the Red Carpet Corridor giveaway. This 1930’s gas station, garage, and café is a restored Tudor- style building, with a photo op at the replica gas pumps. Check out the vintage cars that will be showcased. Special hours are 9am-5pm Saturday and Sunday. While in Normal, head to uptown Normal for some great shopping and dining. The Children’s Discovery Museum will be open 9am-5pm Saturday for a nice “play break” for the kids. Learn more at & Uptown Normal.

Chenoa – Stop in Chenoa, the Crossroads of Opportunity, located at Route 66 and Route 24. The Texaco Star is an original gas station location. Weave through town and pass the Matthew T. Scott House listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Shop at the all town garage sales and a big vendor event: Chenoa superior shopping event! Enjoy historic architecture downtown and stop by Chenoa Pharmacy, still maintaining original 1889 floors and cabinetry. Look for the gazebo near the pharmacy for the Red Carpet Corridor giveaway. ​Click here to learn more.

Lexington – Activities on Main Street in downtown Lexington. Experience unique restaurants, discover exquisite boutiques, taste craft beer, enjoy live music, selection of vendors, food trucks, family activities and photo ops. Take a drive down Memory Lane, get a picture with the Lexington neon sign, visit Patton Cabin – the oldest building in McLean County and the nationally recognized Van Dolah Castle. The Red Carpet Corridor Giveaway will be available at Lexington Community Center. Click here to learn more.


Bloomington-Normal Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
101 S. Madison St., Bloomington, IL 61701
Matt Hawkins

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