EVENTS Red Poppy Festival Annual event returns after three-year hiatus A fter two years of pivoting to an October event due to the pandemic, the Red Poppy
RED POPPY LAYOUT
BY EDDIE HARBOUR
The Red Poppy Festival includes three stages, vendor areas around the Square and a parade route that circles the downtown area.
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Celebrate Stage 3
Festival, the city of Georgetown’s signature event, will return this year to its normal place on the calendar for the rst time since 2019. “After three long years … we are excited about the return of the Red Poppy Festival and are super happy to have Jack Ingram as our Saturday evening headliner,” said Cari Miller, Georgetown Convention & Visitors Bureau tourismmanager, in an email. Scheduled for April 22-24, the free- to-attend festival will be headlined on the Main Stage by a pair of country musicians, Jack Ingram and Chris Knight, April 23. In addition to the main stage, the festival will also have two other performance stages, the Mayfair and Celebrate, that will host a variety of musicians, artists and troupes across April 23 and 24. Local groups scheduled include Dance Empower, AcroTex Gymnastics, Arts Avenue Theater and Dance, and the Jazz Daddies. In addition to those three stages, the festival will also feature 110 artisan vendors and 22 food vendors spread across downtown. Other popular events at the festival include a parade April 23 at 10 a.m., a Pet Parade hosted by WagHeaven at 11 a.m. April 24 and the Car Show April 23. The festival is scheduled to open April 22 with Dysfunkshun Junkshun at 7 p.m. on the Main Stage, while Austin’s Peterson Brothers will perform April 23.
Jack Ingramwill headline the Red Poppy Festival. (Courtesy city of Georgetown)
Central Texas blues and folk artist Ryan Paul Davis will close out the Main Stage on April 24. The city also outlined details to alleviate festival trac and parking. The Red Poppy Lot between Ninth and 10th streets and Main and Church streets, will be reserved for those with mobility challenges, and a proper placard or license plate will be required to park at the lot. The city will also oer free shuttle service April 23 to and from the fes- tival at First Baptist Church, 1333 W. University Ave., and East View High School, 4490 E. University Ave. While this is the rst Red Poppy Festival since 2019, in 2020 and 2021 the city hosted Popptoberfest in October in lieu of the April event. As plans for the Red Poppy Festival’s return in 2022 began to form, there was discussion on whether to retain the October event to give the city two festivals on its calendar. “There was talk that we might do both,” Miller said. “We did a presen- tation to council in November, and they decided that we would not do anything for this October .”
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With a variety of performers across three stages, the Red Poppy Festival’s biggest names will appear on the Main Stage. https://poppy.georgetown.org Friday, April 22 • Dysfunkshun Junkshun, 7 p.m. Saturday, April 23 • Preachers on the Radio, 11:15 a.m. • The Jerrells, 12:30 p.m. • Memphis Kee, 2 p.m. MAIN STAGE DOCKET
• Peterson Brothers, 6 p.m. • Chris Knight, 7:45 p.m. • Jack Ingram, 9:30 p.m. Sunday, April 24 • Marcy Grace, noon • Blue Vibe, 1:15 p.m. • Sneaky Peaches and the Fuzz, 2:30 p.m. • Ryan Paul Davis, 3:45 p.m. W. 11TH ST.
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