Thousands party in Nob Hill celebrating Route 66 Summerfest

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE)- Thousands packed Central Avenue in Nob Hill Saturday to celebrate Route 66 Summerfest.

The day kicked off early with music, food, arts and crafts and more. Visitors got to check out dozens of classic cars, street performers and Nob Hill’s restaurants and stores. The event also featured local food trucks and children’s activities.

Many described the atmosphere as laid back and family friendly, but there was one moment of unease around 7 p.m. when a drone that had been flying over the crowd, in the classic car row area, came crashing down. It landed in a tree and no one was hurt, but some people sitting in the area worried about the safety of the crowd and possible damage to the classic cars.

As night fell, most of the families packed up but the party raged on. Headliner Roomful of Blues played to a large crowd on the main stage, but near the end of their set heavy rain and lightning sent people running for cover.

Overall, visitors say they had a great time, and many residents said this event was a great way to showcase what Albuquerque is all about.

“You see everyone from all walks of life in Albuquerque, and everyone is getting along, just a relaxed atmosphere, something fun to do,” said Albuquerque resident Sheryl.

“This is something to say hey, we have something awesome here and really nice, it’s really cool and awesome, I like it,” said Albuquerque resident Cecilia.

The event was free. Downtown Summerfest is up next. It will be held at Civic Plaza on Saturday, August 8th. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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