Route 66 Days & Nights in Nob Hill & Summerfest: July 23-24

July 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Concerts, Events, Freebies, Live Performances, Music

There’s nothing like a street festival to make the most of summer – and is there anywhere better for a street festival than old Route 66 herself? We think not. Join in the party this weekend, July 23-24, 2010, for free live entertainment, car cruise, and more…

This is the first annual Nob Hill Route 66 Days & Nights event, and it coincides with the last Summerfest of the season. There’s a lot going on:

Friday July 23 from 5 pm to midnight:

The Blast from the Past custom and classic car gathering descends on Route 66 near Kelly’s Brew Pub, Mayor Berry formally opens the event, and Nob Hill will play host to sidewalk entertainers, with shops and restaurants open late.

Saturday July 24:

Festivities start at 2 pm include three car shows (you have to pay/donate to participate in your motor), kids’ activities, an alternative arts and artisans’ market, tours of Nob Hill, and sidewalk sales. Some highlights:

  • The 10th Annual Neon Cruise by the Old Route 66 Car Show Group parades Nob Hill around dusk
  • Summerfest (in partnership with the New Mexico Jazz Festival) starts at 7 pm with four stages featuring free live music including Los Pleneros de la 21. See the full schedule of Summerfest bands and stage locations.
  • The Nob Hill 5K race starts at 11 pm – good luck to ’em all! I’m an avid running fan, especially when I can watch it with a beer in my hand.
  • ABQ Trolley Co. hosts a special Route 66 Trolley Cruise at 5:30 pm – you can save $5 on tickets by buying online in advance for $15 (they’re $20 on board the trolley on the day).
  • ABQ Trolley Co will also run as a shuttle along Central Avenue to save your aching feet, with an all-day ride pass for $5 available on board.

Check out all the Route 66 Days & Nights in Nob Hill events and times, plus parking suggestions.

If you really want to get into the spirit of the thing, I’d suggest dressing in a cute little Doris Day-type pedal pusher outfit or go rockabilly. (The Doris Day suggestion is meant for the gals, but there’s no judgment here.)

–Tania


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