April 27th, 28th and 29th 2018 – Whether you are a Georgetown native, just getting here or somewhere in between, you’ll want to join in the fun at the Red Poppy Festival right here in Georgetown, Texas!
Bring the whole family because there is something for everybody; including a Parade with bands, floats and all the trimmings, a Classic Car Show, Live Music, Concerts, Art Displays, Kid’s Area with games and fun, artisan shopping booths and Live Music on several stages! And it’s all happening on the Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas. And did I mention Free Admission?!
The Red Poppy Festival is definitely a Georgetown tradition so plan to come to everything this year! That’s what we are doing! Be sure to bring your chairs and blankets and your cooler, no glass please.
2018 Schedule of Red Poppy Festival Events
Friday, April 27 2018
6pm – Festival Opens
6pm – Arts & Crafts Booths & Food Court Open
7pm – Friday Night Kick-off Concert Dysfunkshun Junkshun – FREE – Bring your own chair, Red Poppy Stage
9pm – Arts & Crafts Booths & Food Court Close
Saturday, April 28, 2018
10am – Festival Opens
10am – Arts & Crafts Booths Open
10am – Kid’s Fun Zone & Food Court Open
10am – “Paint the Georgetown Red” Parade
10:45am – Georgetown Palace Education Program (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
11am – Car Show Opens
11am – Avery Logan (Mayfair Stage)
11:15am – Georgetown Conservatory of Dance (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
11:15am – Walburg Boys (Red Poppy Stage)
12pm – Performing Arts Studio (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
12pm – Bethany Becker (Mayfair Stage)
12:30pm – The Mrs. (Red Poppy Stage)
1pm – Cooper Elementary/Allegro (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
1pm – TomZap (Mayfair Stage)
1:30pm – Ford Elementary (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
2pm – Arts Avenue For Kids (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
2pm – Porch Turtles (Mayfair Stage)
2pm – Mike Hamilton (Red Poppy Stage)
3pm – Dance Empower (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
3pm – Jo Ellen and the Box of Chocolates
3:45pm – Sue’s Dance (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
4pm – Cam Dozier (Mayfair Stage)
4:30pm – East View Jazz Band (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
5pm – Alex Winters (Mayfair Stage)
Saturday Night Concert on the Red Poppy Stage:
6pm – Matthew McQueen
7pm – Kid’s Fun Zone Closes
7:20pm – Presentation of Taste of Poppy winners
7:30pm – Prophets and Outlaws
9:20pm – National Anthem
9:30pm – Red Poppy Stage – Saturday Evening Concert Headliner: Joe Nichols
Sunday, April 29, 2018
11am – Festival Opens!
11am – Kid’s Fun Zone Opens
11am – Georgetown Showcase – Meet and Greet City Vehicles
11am – John McDonough (Mayfair Stage)
11am – Memphis Kee (Red Poppy Stage)
12pm – Georgetown Ballet (Celebrate Stage)
12pm – Xander Ortiz (Mayfair Stage)
12:30pm – Irish Dance Center (Celebrate Stage)
1pm – Parker Jensen (Mayfair Stage)
1pm – Georgetown High School Jazz Band (Celebrate Stage)
1pm – Them Duqaines (Red Poppy Stage)
1pm – Chet the Daytripper Meet and Greet (Visitors Center near 7th & Main)
2pm – Jeremy McBee (Mayfair Stage)
2pm – Kiwanis One in the Hole Ball Drop (7th St. & Austin Ave.)
2:15pm – Coloring Contest Awards (Celebrate Stage)
2:30pm – Clickety Cloggers (Celebrate Stage)
2:30pm – The Mighty Pelicans (Red Poppy Stage)
3pm – Folkwine (Mayfair Stage)
3:15pm – Cedar Park Dance Company (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
4pm – Kid’s Fun Zone Closes
4pm – EVHS Jazz Band (Celebrate Georgetown Stage)
4pm – Kat Whitlock (Mayfair Stage)
4pm – Morningstar (Red Poppy Stage)
5pm – Festival Closes
710 S. Main Street
2018 Food – The food court will be open during the festivities all three days with plenty of choices for everybody! And don’t forget about the permanent eating establishments around the square who will be serving some delicious food during the Red Poppy Festival 2018!
2018 Red Poppy Festival Parade – The Red Poppy Festival Parade (10am Saturday) includes both Georgetown Marching Bands, the Georgette’s, Sparklers, color guards, princesses, clowns, floats, businesses, school and community organizations! Parade Participation Application links below. Learn More About the Red Poppy Festival Parade Here.
2018 Classic Car and Truck Show – April 28, 2018 8:30am – 3pm, The Red Poppy Festival Classic Car & Truck Show will be held April 29 from 11am to 3pm. To enter this classic car and truck show vehicles must be from 1991 or earlier. Awards will go to the Top 20 with an additional award for Best Car and Truck. There will not be vehicle classes, meaning the best vehicles will be recognized regardless of make, model and year. Cars will be displayed on the most beautiful town square in Texas!
2018 Shopping at over 120 unique Artisans Booths and The Unique Shops Around the Square – For this event you can add over 120 booths to the already fantastic shopping found around the Georgetown Square! Enjoy a variety of handmade jewelry, wood furniture and art, home decor and even a glass blower!
2018 The Red Poppy 5K and Fun Run – The Georgetown Running Club is hosting the Red Poppy 5K that will start at 8am in San Gabriel Park. The race will start and end along the San Gabriel River and feature a timed 5K run/walk and Fun Run with age group awards, sponsor booths, and tons of fun! Fun course that is ideal for the walker to the competitive runner and everything in between. Great for strollers too!! Registration and More Info Here.
2018 Red Poppy Bike Ride – Saturday April 21st 2018 – There’s a new location and date for the Red Poppy Bike Ride in 2018! This popular, family friendly ride offers participants 5 routes ranging from 12 to 100 miles.
Enjoy a spring bike ride on beautiful country roads though picturesque Williamson County. All routes of approximately 14 (Family Circle), 21, 40, 62, and 100 miles with start and finish at Rentsch Brewery this year.
Routes of approximately 15, 40, 63, and 100 miles will START & FINISH at the Annex. Ride starts at 8am, with no “Ride only” riders leaving after 9am. Learn More and Register
2018 Kid’s Fun Zone – As you would expect from the wonderful city of Georgetown, there’s plenty of fun for the kiddos too! Open 10am to 7pm on Saturday and 11am to 4pm on Sunday. The Fun Zone includes an obstacle course, a huge slide, a bounce house, a basketball game and a toddler playground. And it’s all FREE.
2018 Red Poppy Kids Coloring Contest, sponsored by the Williamson County Sun! – It’s easy to enter. The picture to color can be found in the March 11th Sunday edition of the Williamson County Sun and at the Visitors Center. More details here
2018 – Poster Contest – Announcing the 2018 Red Poppy Festival Winning Artist, Helen Faythe Green! Mark your calendar for the Artist Reception on Friday April 6th from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Georgetown Visitors Center on the Square! Come meet Ms. Green in person as she signs the 2018 Red Poppy Festival Poster featuring her winning art! The first fifty people will receive a FREE poster! You can read more about Helen Faythe Green here.
2018 Red Poppy Tour – Navigate your own tour of the Red Poppies growing in Georgetown using the interactive map or printable map. Georgetown’s red poppies typically bloom mid to late March through mid to late April. Packets of seeds are available in the Visitors Center on the Square.
2018 Red Poppy Reserved Tables – “To continuously enhance the Red Poppy Festival, the Convention & Visitors Bureau Advisory Board has voted to allocate the reserved tables for Sponsors in efforts to increase the sponsorship value. Should you be interested in becoming an official Red Poppy Festival Sponsor, please visit the following link for further information: Become a Red Poppy Sponsor
2018 Kiwanis’ One in the Hole Ball Drop 7th and Austin Ave – at 2pm on the last day of the Red Poppy Festival 28,000 numbered ping pong balls are dropped from 50 feet (from the top of a Georgetown Fire Truck Ladder). The balls drop onto a “putting green” that has five designated holes. If the ball with your number lands in a hole, you win. Learn more and purchase your balls here.
2018 Red Poppy Taste Awards Cooking Competition – The annual “Red Poppy Taste Awards” is a cooking competition celebrating all things poppy. The competition is open to chefs, bakers, and cooks of all kinds, levels, and backgrounds. There are two categories: Sweet and Savory. Must be submitted on April 25. Winners will be announced and presented their trophy on the Red Poppy Stage on Saturday evening, April 28! To see all the rules and to enter, download the Red Poppy Taste Awards Entry Form.
2018 Zero Waste – The Red Poppy Festival is on track to become a zero waste event. Food vendors are using compostable plates, dishes, drinking straws, napkins, cutlery, and cups. Look for recycling and composting eco-stations and help the festival to become zero waste. In 2017, attendees helped divert nearly 70 percent of waste generated at the event from the landfill.
2018 Free Shuttle Service on Saturday Only – A free shuttle service will be provided to the Red Poppy Festival on Saturday only.
You can park and ride the shuttle from First Baptist Church located at 1333 W. University Avenue. MAP
The drop off location will be a block down from the Red Poppy Stage at the corner of Austin Avenue and 9th Street. MAP
The shuttle will run continuously Saturday starting at 9am until midnight.
2018 Parking – To ensure the safety of our Old Town Residents, parking in the Old Town Neighborhoods will be limited and towing will be enforced when vehicles are left in a No Parking Zone.
The Williamson County parking garage at Rock and Fourth streets and the public parking lot on Austin Avenue between Fifth and Fourth streets (next to The Monument Cafe) will be open during the festival. Public parking lots on Martin Luther King Jr. Street at West Eighth and West Sixth streets are also available.
The City parking lot at Sixth and Main streets will be closed starting at 6 a.m. on Friday, April 27.
There is no charge for parking.Designated parking area for Guests with disabilities will be available at the parking lot located at 10th & Main Street. A valid disability parking permit is required.” MAP
2018 Free Parking, Restrooms and ATM Locations
We’ve created a post that includes maps for free parking, restrooms and ATM locations in downtown Georgetown.
Here’s a full list of Georgetown Restaurants too!
History of Georgetown Red Poppies
“Seeds from poppies in Europe were sent to Georgetown right after World War I. Henry Purl Compton (known as “Okra”) who served in the American Expeditionary Forces sent them to his mother. She planted them at her home which is now 507 East 7th Street. From there, they were spread (by birds, bees, and people!) down the river and over much of Old Town.
“On April 25, 1990, Georgetown was certified by local residents and the Texas Legislature as the “Red Poppy Capital of Texas.” Red poppies have been a part of Georgetown’s landscape for over seventy years. Red poppies have grown naturally in street and highway right-of-ways, in vacant lots and parks lands, and in native and cultivated areas of our citizen’s yards. We understand that Georgetown is one of the few locations in the United States where red poppies reseed themselves from year to year. Each April as the poppies bloom, Georgetown celebrates with the annual Red Poppy Festival.” from the City
For Red Poppy Festival 2018 information, contact: The Georgetown CVB, (800) 436-8696 or email@example.com
Here are some Pictures from the 2017 Red Poppy Festival. Enjoy!