Red Poppy Festival in downtown Georgetown on April 26-28

Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the City’s signature event on the most beautiful town square in Texas at the Red Poppy Festival. The festival kicks off on Friday night and runs through Sunday with three days of music, entertainment, family fun, and features more than 120 arts and craft vendors.

Pat Green is the headliner Saturday night. Mason Lively will open for Green at 7:30 p.m. Longtime festival favorite Dysfunkshun Junkshun is back for the Friday night concert at 7 p.m. There is no admission charge for the concerts or other festival activities. Feel free to bring your own chair and cooler if you are coming for the day.

Other festival highlights include the Red Poppy Parade on Saturday at 10 a.m., and the Car Show on Saturday at 11 a.m. On Sunday, come see the One-in-the-Hole ball drop with 28,000 ping pong balls dropped on Austin Avenue at 2 p.m.

The Red Poppy Kid’s Fun Zone is open 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The Fun Zone is free and includes an obstacle course, a huge slide, a bounce house, a basketball game and a toddler playground.

The Red Poppy Festival is on track to become a zero waste event. Food vendors are using compostable plates, dishes, drinking straws, napkins, cutlery, and cups. Look for recycling and composting eco-stations and help the festival to become zero waste. In 2018, attendees helped divert nearly 70 percent of waste generated at the event from the landfill.

Have a great poppy-themed recipe? Entries for the Red Poppy Taste Awards, a cooking competition featuring all things poppies may be submitted on April 24 between 10-11 a.m. Winners for both the sweet and savory categories will be announced on stage Saturday night. For more information, visit redpoppyfestival.com/things-to-do/red-poppy-taste-awards.

On Friday, April 26, at 6 p.m. the City will unveil a commemorative sculpture by Gail Allard, founder of Salado Glassworks, at the northwest corner of Seventh and Main streets. The sculpture will be a permanent fixture on the Square. The piece celebrates Georgetown’s designation as the Red Poppy Capital of Texas and the incredible benefits the festival has brought to the community during the past two decades.

For a full schedule and all the details, go to RedPoppyFestival.com.

Where are the poppies? For a map showing the locations of red poppies in Georgetown, stop by the Visitors Center at 103 W. Seventh St. (Or see an online map at redpoppyfestival.com/things-to-do/red-poppy-tour.)

For a complete schedule and more details, including information on parking and road closures, visit RedPoppyFestival.com.

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