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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 – ACCESSIBLE PARKING AVAILABLE

Shuttle Service:

A free shuttle service will be provided by Flash Transportation to the Red Poppy Festival on Saturday only.  Hours: 9:00 a.m until after the Saturday Night Concert.  You can park and ride the shuttle at First Baptist Church, 1333 W. University Avenue.  Driving Directions from Austin to shuttle service: Take IH35 north to exit 261.  Turn left onto State Highway 29.  Drive approximately 1 mile.  Turn left into First Baptist Church parking lot at 1333 W. University Avenue.  Driving Directions from Waco/Dallas/Fort Worth to shuttle service:  Take IH35 south to exit 261.  Turn right onto State Highway 29.  Drive approximately 1 mile.  Turn left into First Baptist Church parking lot at 1333 W. University Avenue.

Driving Directions to Red Poppy Festival from Austin:

Take IH35 North to exit 261. Turn right onto Highway 29. Travel east to Rock St., take a left at the traffic light. (Rock St. is a block west of the festival)

Driving Directions to Red Poppy Festival from Waco/Dallas/Fort Worth:

Take IH35 South to exit 261. Turn left onto Highway 29, crossing IH35 bridge. Travel east to Rock St., take a left at the traffic light. (Rock St. is a block west of the festival)

Red Poppy Festival Street Closure Maps:

Friday, April 22, 6:00 a.m. – Saturday, April 23, 6:00 a.m.

Saturday, April 23, 6:00 a.m. – Noon

Saturday, April 23 – Sunday, April 24, 11 p.m.

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.

Contact Us/More Info

For Red Poppy Festival information, contact: The Georgetown CVB, (800) 436-8696 or cvb@georgetown.org For more information about Georgetown, including lodging and dining, please go to: VisitGeorgetown.com.