Thousands gathered on July 21 to celebrate a U.S. historic treasure — Route 66. Nob Hill in Albuquerque came to life during the Route 66 Summerfest with live music, including headliner Irma Thomas, known as the Soul Queen of New Orleans.

Central Avenue from Girard Boulevard to Washington Street was lined with street performers, vendors and food trucks.The heat didn’t stop Burqueños of all ages from rock climbing, dancing and carnival games.

The Old Route 66 Car Show brought some of that old fashion feel back to the road with more than two blocks of cars lined up, hoods popped.

If you missed this year’s Summerfest, no worries there are two more this year. Downtown Summerfest is on August 4 in Civic Plaza, and the Cottonwood mall will wrap up the summer season with the Westside Summerfest.

Madison Spratto is the news editor for the Daily Lobo. She can be contacted by email at or on Twitter @Madi_Spratto.