Georgetown Red Poppy Fest
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.
Come early and stay late. Family-friendly entertainment doesn’t get any better than this!
Artists and Artisans
Over 120 unique handcrafted artisans! All the artisan booths will be open beginning Friday Night, 6 p.m. – 9 p.m.! Artisan booths will open again Saturday at 10 a.m. and Sunday at 11 a.m. There will be a great variety of handmade jewelry, wood art and furniture, home decor, an on-site glass blower, and so much more! You’ll be sure to find something you love!
Classic Car Show
The 2017 Red Poppy Festival Classic Car & Truck Show will be held April 29, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Kiwanis’ One in the Hole Ball Drop
Try your luck at the Kiwanis’ One in the Hole Ball Drop! Check out the details at oneinthehole.org.
Red Poppy Festival Parade
The Red Poppy Festival Parade hosts the combined High School Marching Bands, Georgettes, Sparklers, color guards, princesses, clowns, floats, businesses, school and community organizations – all decorated and costumed in RED! The Parade will be held on Saturday, April 29 and kickoff is at 10:00 a.m. Come cheer on your neighbors and friends. Wear red and help us Paint the Town Red! Everyone loves a Parade!
Red Poppy Bike Ride
It’s the 13th Annual Red Poppy Ride! Enjoy a spring bike ride on beautiful country roads though picturesque Williamson County. All of the 2017 Red Poppy Bike Ride information will be coming soon at redpoppyride.org.
Red Poppy 5K
The Red Poppy 5K that 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!! After the race go into downtown Georgetown and enjoy the Red Poppy Festival. To find out more and to register, please go to RedPoppy5k.
Red Poppy Taste Awards
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. 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!
Red Poppy Tour
The Red Poppy flower has become an integral part of Georgetown history. Although the flowers no longer grow wild as they once did, the citizens of Georgetown have worked diligently to preserve the City’s history and beauty by cultivating these wonderful Red Poppy flowers in locations across town, especially in Georgetown’s Historic Old Town! Plan a tour for the Spring! This year we have a fun, Interactive Red Poppy Map!
Click here for a printable Red Poppy 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. September through November is the best time to plant the red poppy seeds for blooming in the Spring. Poppies grow best in direct sunlight. To plant the seeds, sprinkle the seeds in the desired area, then water. The plants will grow about two to three inches by December.
Friday, April 28
- 7:00P Friday Night Concert featuring Groove Knight! FREE! (Bring your own chair.)
Saturday, April 29
- 10:00A Red Poppy Festival Parade
- 11:30A Walburg Boys
- 1:00P Wound Loose Band
- 3:00P Car Show Awards
- Saturday Night Concert featuring Diamond Rio! FREE! (Bring your own chair.)
- 6:00P Michael Hamilton
- 7:20P Red Poppy Taste Awards Presentation
- 7:30P Blue Water Highway
- 9:20P National Anthem
- 9:30P Diamond Rio
Sunday, April 30
- 11:00A Garrett Ford and The Limestone Cowboys
- 12:30P Kevin Fitzpatrick Trick Roper Show
- 1:00P King V Blues
- 2:00P Kiwanis’ One in the Hole Ball Drop
- 2:30P Kevin Fitzpatrick Trick Roper Show
- 3:00P Matthew McQueen
- 4:00P Kevin Fitzpatrick Trick Roper Show
- 4:30P Matthew McQueen
- 5:00P Festival Closes