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April 24th, 25th and 26th, 2020 – 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.
We are just starting to update this page with the 2020 info. We’ll have more for you as it becomes available from the City of Georgetown.
Whoo Hoo! We’ve just learned that for Red Poppy Festival 2020 the headliner for Saturday Night will be Mark Chesnutt.
2020 Red Poppy Festival Schedule of Events
Friday, April 24th
6pm – Festival Opens
6pm – Arts & Crafts Booths & Food Court Open
7pm – Friday Night Kick-off Concert – TBA
9pm – Arts & Crafts Booths & Food Court Close
Sunday, April 26th
11am – Festival Opens
11am – Kid’s Area Opens
4pm – Kid’s Area Closes
5pm – Festival Closes
Much of the information on this page is shared courtesy of the city of Georgetown.
2020 Red Poppy Festival Location
710 S. Main Street
See Map Below
Cost – Free
2020 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 2020! Food Vendor Link
2020 Red Poppy Festival Parade Info and Map – Saturday April 25th 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! 2020 Red Poppy Parade Info Here.
2020 Classic Car and Truck Show – Saturday April 25th, 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
2020 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 when available.
2020 – Red Poppy Poster Contest – The Red Poppy Poster Contest Winner for 2020 has been announced! The winner is Aisling Kelleher! The image is being made into a poster and it will be on T-Shirts, both will be offered at the Red Poppy Festival. See the 2020 artwork and get more info here.
2020 Red Poppy Bike Ride – The 16 Annual Ride will be held on Saturday April 18th, 2020.
Enjoy a spring bike ride on beautiful country roads through picturesque Williamson County. The Red Poppy Ride benefits the SERTOMA scholarship program for Georgetown ISD and the Williamson County Childrens Advocacy Center.
The ride will start at Richarte High School, 2295 N. Austin Ave.
There are five well-supported routes of approx. 12 miles (Family Circle), 29 miles, 40 miles, 62 miles and 100 miles, so there’s something for everyone. All routes pedal through moderately flat terrain interspersed with rolling hills on the eastern side of Williamson County. More Info and Registration Here.
2020 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.
2020 Red Poppy Kids Coloring Contest, sponsored by the Williamson County Sun! – It’s easy to enter. The picture to color can be found in an upcoming edition of the Williamson County Sun and at the Visitors Center, when available. Winners will be presented a trophy at the Red Poppy Festival on Sunday. More details here when available.
2020 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.
2020 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 when available.
2020 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 25th! Rules and entry form here when available.
2020 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.
2020 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
2020 Free Shuttle Service on Saturday Only –
2020 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)
2020 Free Parking Lot Locations – Coming
2020 Street Closures – Coming
2020 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 2020 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.