April 26th, 27th and 28th 2019 – 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.
Here’s the new 20th Anniversary Red Poppy Logo! Isn’t it gorgeous?
This is the 2019 Schedule of Red Poppy Festival Events (Be sure to check back here for updates.)
Friday, April 26th 2019
6pm – Festival Opens
6pm – Unveiling of 20th Anniversary Red Poppy Festival Commemorative Sculpture
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 27th 2019
4pm – Valor & Lace – Mayfair Stage
4:30 – Georgetown Dance Conservatory – Celebrate Stage
5pm – Jo Ellen and A Box of Chocolates – Mayfair Stage
Saturday Night Free Concert on the Red Poppy Stage – Headliner Pat Green
Sunday, April 28th 2019
11am – Festival Opens
11am – Kid’s Area Opens
11am – Georgetown Showcase – Meet and Greet City Vehicles
11am – Crashing Cali – Mayfair Stage
11am – Georgetown Palace Theatre – Celebrate Stage
11:30 – Marcy Grace Band – Red Poppy Stage
5pm – Festival Closes
A lot of the information on this page is shared courtesy the city of Georgetown.
2019 Red Poppy Festival Location
710 S. Main Street
See Map Below
Cost – Free
2019 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 2019! Food Vendor Link
2019 Red Poppy Festival Parade – Saturday April 27th at 10am. The Red Poppy Festival Parade includes both Georgetown Marching Bands, the Georgette’s, Sparklers, color guards, princesses, clowns, floats, businesses, school and community organizations! Parade Participation Application links below. 2019 Red Poppy Festival Parade Applications.
2019 Classic Car and Truck Show – Saturday April 27th, 2019 11am – 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.
Cars will be displayed on the most beautiful town square in Texas! Registration Here
2019 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! Open Friday night, Saturday and Sunday. Artisan Application Here.
2019 Red Poppy Bike Ride – Saturday April 13th, 2019 – It’s the 15th Annual Red Poppy Bike Ride! This popular, family friendly ride offers participants 5 routes ranging from 12 to 100 miles. Tickets and more info here.
2019 – Red Poppy Poster Contest – Announcing the 2019 Red Poppy Festival Winning Artist, Devon Clarkson. While you’re downtown for the Red Poppy Festival be sure to stop by the Visitors Center at 103 W 7th Street and get a poster. They are only $5. Map
2019 Kid’s Fun Zone – Saturday and Sunday, as you would expect from the wonderful city of Georgetown, there’s plenty of fun for the kiddos too! 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.
2019 Red Poppy Kids Coloring Contest, sponsored by the Williamson County Sun! – It’s easy to enter. The picture to color can be found in March 13th edition of the Williamson County Sun (page 14) and at the Visitors Center. Winners will be presented a trophy at the Red Poppy Festival on Sunday. More details here
2019 Red Poppy Tour – Visit our page, About The Red Poppies in Georgetown to see our Red Poppy Photo Gallery, learn how to get seeds, learn about the history, plus find the cities interactive and printable maps so you can take your own Red Poppy Tour.
2019 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.
2019 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. Details and link to play here.
2019 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. Winners will be announced and presented their trophy on the Red Poppy Stage on Saturday evening, April 27th! Rules and entry form here.
2019 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.
2019 Daytripper World Headquarters Grand Opening During Red Poppy – Stop by and check out their new store on the Square. The store will feature Texas-themed goodies and exclusive Daytripper merchandise.
Opening Weekend kicks off at 6pm on Friday, April 26, and lasts all weekend long with extended hours, raffle prizes and special appearances by host Chet Garner. Details and map here
2019 Zero Waste Recycling and Composting – In an ongoing effort to reduce the festival’s impact on the landfill, organizers are working to make the Red Poppy Festival a zero waste event. The City, in partnership with Texas Disposal Systems, is working to divert 90 percent of the waste away from the landfill.
Eco-stations are located throughout the festival so attendees can place recycling, composting, and landfill materials in the appropriate containers.
Festival food vendors are already using compostable plates, dishes, straws, napkins, and cutlery. The city is looking for volunteers to help with this effort. Learn More Here
2019 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.
The drop off location will be a block down from the Red Poppy Stage at the corner of Austin Avenue and 9th Street. The shuttle will run continuously Saturday starting at 9am until midnight.
2019 Rideshare – There will be a designated ride-share pick-up/drop-off point located 406 W. 8th Street. MAP
You will need to contact your favorite ride-share company to schedule a ride. (Info courtesy the City)
2019 Parking Info – The city recommends that you use the Red Poppy Shuttle provided on Saturday beginning at 9am until after the Saturday Night Concert.
To ensure the safety of 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.
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.
2019 Free Parking Lot Locations – See Map
Williamson County Parking Garage at Rock Street & 4th Street
Parking Lot at Austin Avenue & 5th Street on the West side of Austin Avenue near The Monument Cafe
7th Street & Rock Street
10th Street and Main Street – Handicap Accessible Parking Only
(from the city)
2019 Street Closures
Austin Avenue will be closed Friday morning from 6am until Sunday at 11pm. Traffic will be detoured to Rock Street. (This is to allow the placement of the main festival stage.)
Other streets around the Courthouse Square will close at 6am on Friday, April 28 to allow for vendor set-up. Streets around the Square will remain closed through Sunday at 11pm. An expanded street closure area will be in effect on Saturday from 6am to 12noon for the Red Poppy Parade. (from the city)
2019 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!
About The Red Poppies in Georgetown – See Our Gallery of Red Poppy Pics Here
“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.” Courtesy the City of Georgetown
For Red Poppy Festival 2019 information, contact: The Georgetown CVB, (800) 436-8696 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Here are some Pictures from previous Red Poppy Festivals. Enjoy!
Much of the info on this page is courtesy, the city of Georgetown.