Annual Downtown Events
It seems like there’s always something happening downtown, from a quaint musical performance outside Georgetown Winery to a major festival spanning the entire Square and surrounding streets. Here’s a look at the events that take place throughout the year:
- Second Saturday Market Days and Concerts Visit the Square on the second Saturday of the month from March to November and you’ll find an outdoor marketplace of jewelry, art, and clothing, delicious food and drinks, and antiques and collectables. Guests also enjoy live music and a kids’ area, making the whole day a fun, family-friendly event!
- The Georgetown Swirl One of the newer yet most exciting happenings in town, the Swirl brings downtown businesses and patrons together for shopping, dining, and musical entertainment around the Square. Don’t forget to bid in the Swirl Wine Auction, which benefits the Main Street Facade and Sign Grant Program and the Williamson Museum.
- Georgetown Quilt and Stitchery Show Local business HandCrafts Unlimited presents this affair, featuring a silent auction, vendors, raffle quilt, scissor sharpening, challenge block, and tea room.
- Southwestern Arts Festival Held at nearby Southwestern University, this event is fun for all with free kids’ activities, musical performances by university and GISD students, Zumba and yoga lessons, art displays, fabulous food, and a charity raffle.
- Red Poppy Festival One of Georgetown’s most beloved annual events, Red Poppy Festival kicks off with a street dance followed by a weekend of live music, student performances, artisan booths, an eclectic and amazing food court, a classic car show, and the hometown parade. You won’t want to miss this one!
- Festival of the Arts Organized by top local musicians and arts leaders, this event takes place at venues all over downtown and brings in world-reknowned musical talents to delight all who attend.
- Art in the Square The cooler days of fall bring out the art in downtown Georgetown. More than 150 artists gather on the Square to display and sell their creations, turning the streets and sidewalks into a buzzing outdoor gallery.
- Chisholm Trail Days Georgetown was once a stop on the Chisholm Trail, a route for cattle drives back in the 19th Century. Nowadays, we like to celebrate this history with an authentic longhorn cattle drive, Western music, a children’s corral, traditional Texas barbecue, and lots more cowboy fun in San Gabriel Park.
- Ghost Tours on the Square When the summer heat is dead and gone, the Square comes alive with visions of something darker! Costumed-guides lead tours tours through Georgetown’s oldest buildings, recounting history through local voices of the past.
- Gallery Georgetown For those of an artistic nature, this evening of art appreciation is a feast for the senses. Local galleries and restaurants come together to display fine works of art and present fine local wine and cuisine, all while live music fills the Square. Several 0ff-Square galleries participate as well, giving attendees a look at art displays around town.
- Lighting of the Square It’s the official start to the holiday season in Georgetown; the Lighting of the Square kicks off the festivities with traditional carolers, hot chocolate, and cookies and a mass countdown to switching on thousands of lights on rooftops and the courthouse. The annual event is a favorite for locals and visitors alike.
- Christmas Stroll The first weekend in December, the Square is transformed into a hotspot for the holidays with a festive marketplace, Bethlehem village, activities just for kids, and a parade with local flair. Downtown businesses are decorated to the nines and the streets are alive with merriment. It’s a truly magical time in Georgetown!
- Candlelight Services Making the most of holiday peace and joy, the candlelight services at Southwestern University are a seasonal tradition for many. Held at the Lois Perkins chapel, the event incorporates a timely message with traditional carols and the beautiful music of the University Chorale.
- Holiday Home Tour in Historic Georgetown If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in one of the many amazing old homes in the downtown area, this is the event for you! Held the second weekend in December, the Home Tour features five local historic properties decorated in their holiday finest. It’s a peek into both the past and present!
For more information on these and other Georgetown events, please visit the Georgetown Convention and Visitors Bureau or call 800.436.8696.