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18th Annual Red Poppy Festival Returns to Georgetown, Texas

January 5, 2017

Georgetown, TX –

Known as the “Red Poppy Capital Of Texas,” the city of Georgetown, Texas, will mark the spring season by celebrating its signature red poppies with the 18th Annual Red Poppy Festival, April 28 - 30, 2017. Located downtown in the “Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas,” the festival encompasses three days of concerts, parades, contests, art, food and family fun in the downtown area. The music headliner will be announced in early 2017; past headliners include Tracy Lawrence and Mark Chesnutt.  
 
Georgetown is one of the few places in the United States where red poppies grow naturally every year. On April 25, 1990 the town 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 more than 70 years.
 
WHAT: 18th Annual Red Poppy Festival, admission is free
 
WHEN: Friday, April 28, 6 – 9 p.m.
  • Kick-Off Concert at 7 p.m.
 
Saturday, April 29, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m.
  • “Paint the Georgetown Red” Parade at 10 a.m.
  • Classic Car Show: Cars will be parked on Austin Avenue from  11 a.m. – 3 p.m. Awards given at 3 p.m.
  • Red Poppy Taste Awards Presentation at 7:20 p.m.
  • Concerts on the Red Poppy Stage at 7:30 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
  • National Anthem at 9:20 p.m.
 
Sunday, April 30, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Kiwanis’ One in the Hole Ball Drop at 2:00 p.m.
  • Coloring Contest Awards at 4:30 p.m. on the Celebrate Stage
 
WHERE: Downtown Georgetown, in and around the square
 
Free Parking:
  • 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 – ACCESSIBLE PARKING AVAILABLE
Directions available on festival website from Austin and Waco/Dallas/Fort Worth.
 
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About Georgetown, Texas
Established in 1848 as an agricultural trading center, Georgetown, Texas, offers historic charm to residents and visitors, boasting one of the state’s 26 designated cultural districts and “The Most Beautiful Town Square in Texas.” Not only the home of acclaimed historic restorations and a thriving arts scene, Georgetown is a trend-setter as one of the largest cities in the U.S. to be powered by 100% renewable energy when the municipal utility moves to wind and solar power in 2018.

Georgetown is located 25 miles north of Austin, Texas, and is the county seat of Williamson County. With a vibrant offering of dining, shopping, art and history, plus miles of parks and trails, Georgetown is the perfect destination for a quick getaway or long-term stay. For more information, visit the website and follow on Facebook and Twitter.