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.
The Red Poppy Festival is definitely a Georgetown tradition so plan to come to everything this year! That’s what we are doing!
This is all the information that is available for the Red Poppy Festival 2018…we will update as more information becomes available.
Here are some Pictures from the 2017 Red Poppy Festival. Enjoy!
2017 info below this line…
For tips to help maximize fun at this years Red Poppy Festival and an online map of the festival grounds, indoor restrooms, pet info and more; go to 8 Tips For Having a Great Time at Red Poppy Festival 2017!
Schedule of Red Poppy Festival Events
Friday, April 28
6pm – Festival Opens
6pm – Arts & Crafts Booths & Food Court Open
7pm – Friday Night Kick-off Concert Groove Knight – FREE Bring your own chair, Red Poppy Stage
9pm – Arts & Crafts Booths & Food Court Close
Saturday, April 29
9am – Red Poppy 5K
10am – Festival Opens
10am – Arts & Crafts Booths Open
10am – Kids Area & Food Court Open
10am – “Paint the Georgetown Red” Parade
10:45am – Performing Arts Studio (Celebrate Stage)
11am – Car Show Opens
11am – Xander Ortiz (Mayfair Stage)
11:30am – Walburg Boys (Red Poppy Stage)
11:45am – Georgetown Conservatory Dance (Celebrate Stage)
12noon – Bob & Johnny (Mayfair Stage)
12:30pm – McCoy Elementary Choir (Celebrate Stage)
1pm – Wound Loose Band (Red Poppy Stage)
1pm – Memphis Key (Mayfair Stage)
1pm – Cooper Elementary Choir (Celebrate Stage)
1:30pm – Ford Elementary Choir (Celebrate Stage)
2pm – Arts Avenue For Kids (Celebrate Stage)
2pm – Midnight Butterfly (Mayfair Stage)
3pm – Car Show Awards (Red Poppy Stage)
3pm – Velvet Sparrow (Mayfair Stage)
3pm – Dolce Music Studio (Celebrate Stage)
3:45pm – Sue’s Dance (Celebrate Stage)
4pm – John McDonough (Mayfair Stage)
4:30pm – Not Past 11 (Celebrate Stage)
5pm – Katie & Caleigh (Mayfair Stage)
6pm – Michael Hamilton (Red Poppy Stage)
7pm – Kids Area Closes
7pm – Blue Water Highway (Red Poppy Stage)
7:20pm – Red Poppy Taste Awards Presentation (Red Poppy Stage)
9:20pm – National Anthem (Red Poppy Stage)
9:30pm – Red Poppy Stage – Saturday Evening Concert Headliner: Diamond Rio
Sunday, April 30
11am – Festival Opens
11am – Arts & Crafts Booths Open
11am – Kids Area & Food Court Open
11am – Justice Kaigler (Mayfair Stage)
11am – Garrett Ford and The Limestone Cowboys (Red Poppy Stage)
11am – Georgetown Ballet (Celebrate Stage)
12pm – Dino from One Resistance Music (MayFair Stage)
12pm – Irish Dance Center (Celebrate Stage)
12pm – Kevin Fitzpatrick Trick Roper Show (Red Poppy Stage)
1pm – Morgan Nicole (Mayfair Stage)
1pm – Georgetown High School Jazz Band (Celebrate Stage)
2pm – Kiwanis’ One in the Hole Ball Drop (Austin Avenue)
2pm – Kate Elizabeth (Mayfair Stage)
2:15pm – Coloring Contest Awards (Celebrate Stage)
2:30pm – Kevin Fitzpatrick Trick Roper Show (Red Poppy Stage)
2:30pm – Clickety Cloggers (Celebrate Stage)
3pm – Matthew McQueen (Red Poppy Stage)
3pm – Zero Gravity (Mayfair Stage)
3:15pm – Dance Empowerment (Celebrate Stage)
4pm – Kevin Fitzpatrick Trick Roper Show (Red Poppy Stage)
4pm – Avery Logan (Mayfair Stage)
4pm – East View High School Jazz Band (Celebrate Stage)
4:30pm – Matthew McQueen (Red Poppy Stage)
5pm – Festival Closes
710 S. Main Street
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 2017!
2017 Food Vendors – Once Upon A Cone, Hill Country Kettle Korn, Pecos Pete’s Tea, FullHouse BBQ, Flavorlicious, M & M Concessions, Hello Sweetie, Ragley Concessions, Crepe Crazy, Cristi & Ali, Hula Cowgirl, Redfin Seafood, Schnitzels & Giggles, Wagyu on Wheels, Booty Loco, Evil Wiener, Lonesome Prairie Nuts and Kona Ice.
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. Parade entry application here.
Classic Car and Truck Show – The 2017 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! Registration ends March 31st.
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! Vendor applications links below.
The Red Poppy 5K – will start at 9am on Saturday, April 29. Challenge your family, friends, and co-workers to come out and run/walk the race. The race will start and end in front of Georgetown High School. The race will feature a timed 5K run/walk with 10 year age group awards. Fun course that is ideal for the walker to the competitive runner and everything in between. Great for strollers too!! Register here.
Red Poppy Bike Ride – The 13th Annual Red Poppy Charity Bike Ride is sponsored by Georgetown Sertoma Club, Sun City Cyclist and Georgetown Cyclopaths. The ride kicks off at 8am on Saturday April 29 at the Georgetown High School Annex, 2211 N Austin Ave, Georgetown, TX 78626. MAP
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. Register Here
Do both the 5K and Bike Ride – A Red Poppy 5K Charity Run will begin at 9am, and for those who’d like to participate in both the Run and the Ride, they will need to register for both, make sure they can complete the Run in 40 minutes, and be ready to begin the Ride by 10 a.m. Then they can select a Ride route of 50 miles or less. Course closes at 4pm.
Kid’s Fun Zone – As you would expect from the wonderful city of Georgetown, there’s plenty of fun for the kiddos too! There will be an obstacle course, a Huge Slide, Bounce House, Basket Ball Game and Toddler Playground and it’s all FREE.
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 Sunday edition of the Williamson County Sun and in their free paper that comes in the mail too. If you don’t receive the Sun or don’t want to wait you can go by the Visitor’s Center on the square at 103 W. 7th Street and pick-up some copies for your children to color.
The age categories are 2 and 3 years old, Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st grade, 2nd and 3rd grade, and 4th and 5th grade.
There will be a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winner in each category. Winners will be presented a trophy at the Red Poppy Festival on Sunday April 30th.
Bring or mail your artwork by April 7th to The Georgetown Public Library, Attn: Red Poppy Festival, 402 West 8th Street, Georgetown, Texas 78626
Poster Contest – Announcing the 2017 Red Poppy Festival Winning Artist, Carla J. Clay! Mark your calendar for the Artist Reception on Friday April 7, from 6 – 8 p.m. at the Georgetown Visitors Center on the Square! Come meet Carla in person as she signs the 2017 Red Poppy Festival Poster featuring her winning art! The first fifty people will receive a FREE poster! (Posters are regularly priced at $5.) You can read more about Carla on her website: outlierart.com.
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.
Red Poppy Reserved Tables – Would you like to have a chance to rent a reserved table at the Red Poppy Festival Friday or Saturday Night? If so, you can put your name in the hat for the drawing for these tables, but you must hurry; applications due March 17th at 5pm. More Info Here.
Kiwanis’ One in the Hole Ball Drop – 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.
Red Poppy Taste Awards Cooking Competition celebrating all things poppy. The competition is open to chefs, bakers, and cooks of all kinds, levels, and backgrounds. Entries will be accepted on April 26. There are two categories: Sweet and Savory.
The winners will be announced April 29 and will receive an award on stage during the Red Poppy Festival Saturday Night Concert. If you would like to enter please download the 2017 Red Poppy Taste Awards Application. Winners announced at 7:20 on Saturday night on the Red Poppy Stage.
Shuttle – The City has arranged for a Shuttle to make it easier to get to the Red Poppy Festival 2017. 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.
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. 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.”
Free Parking Locations
Williamson County Parking Garage at Rock Street & 4th Street
Austin Avenue & 5th Street on the West side of Austin Avenue near The Monument Cafe
6th Street & Rock Street
10th Street and Main Street
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 information, contact: The Georgetown CVB, (800) 436-8696 or email@example.com