A Guide to Bloomin'

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Spring is here! The wildflowers are in full bloom, the sun is out, and the outdoor festivities and events are just around the corner. Now is the perfect time to get outdoors and enjoy festivities before the weather heats up. The Bloomin’ Temple Festival has been regarded as a fan-favorite local event for several years. This year's Bloomin' Festival features both paid admission and free activities for the whole family. This family-friendly experience has plenty to see, do, and shop. Here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming festival.

What is Bloomin’?

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This City of Temple festival is a family-friendly event that takes place in downtown Temple. This special event features live music from many great bands and singers/songwriters, as well as on-site food and local business vendors. This year marks the 18th Annual Bloomin' Temple Festival. Bloomin' Temple Festival is one of Central Texas's most popular events due to its fun activities and convenient location. The festival attracts over 13,000 locals and visitors annually and is held each year on the last Friday and Saturday in April. Last year's festival saw some big changes, and this upcoming Bloomin' will be bigger and better than ever.

The 2023 Bloomin' Temple Festival will have special activities taking place at each of the venue locations. Visitors can share in the excitement as they prepare to listen to incredible music from local organizations and well-known bands, see fascinating cars, and seek thrills at the carnival.

Experience laughter, fun, and entertainment at this local event you won’t want to miss. 

When Does The Festival Take Place? What Time Does It Start?

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The festival takes place on Friday, April 28th and Saturday, April 29th.  

The MLK Festival Grounds will be open from 6 PM to 11 PM on Friday, April 28th and 11 AM to 11 PM on Saturday, April 29th. The Market Trail Medley (Free Event) will include the Santa Fe Plaza, Market Trail, and The Yard Food Truck Plaza. Friday hours will be from 5 PM to 8 PM, while Saturday this portion of the evnet will be open from 11 AM to 5 PM.

Where Will the Event Be Held?

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The event will be held along the Santa Fe Plaza, Santa Fe Market Trail, and The Yard Food Truck Plaza and the MLK Festival Grounds. The MLK Festival Grounds have been newly renovated. This will be the first Bloomin' Temple Festival held at the MLK Festival Grounds since renovations took place. Bloomin Temple will feature several venue locations with incredible family-friendly activities at each stop along the event route.

Who Are the Musical Acts for the Event?

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CEFCO Stage Located by 3rd and Avenue B:

  •  Friday
    • Performers and band information coming soon!
  • Saturday
    • Performers and band information coming soon!

Mac Haik Stage Located on The Plaza: 

  • Friday
    • Performers and band information coming soon!
  • Saturday
    • Performers and band information coming soon!

The car show will take place at the Santa Fe Plaza on Saturday, April 29th. Visitors can check out the cars and marvel at the classic, sports, and all-around fascinating cars from 11 AM to 3 PM. The car show  is fun for all members of the family, but especially car enthusiasts and transportation lovers. For vehicles entering the car show competition, judging will begin at 11:30 AM and will be based on the Interior, Exterior and Paint, Engine, and Wheels and Tires. The top four vehicles and a People's Choice Winner will receive awards, so be sure to visit the car show and vote on your favorite car. 

Will There Be a Kidz Zone?

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Yes! There will be a Kidz Zone for the upcoming Bloomin' Temple Festival. More information on featured activities will be announced soon! 

What Can You Bring To Bloomin'?

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Bloomin' Temple is an outdoor, special event which means you're going to be spending a lot of time in the sun and around the event area. We recommend guests apply sunscreen before leaving the house and be prepared with sunglasses and/or hats to help block some of the sun's rays. Guests can bring lawn chairs or picnic blankets to the event to sit on grassy areas. Coolers are also allowed if guests wish to keep a few cold drinks handy. The temperatures will be rising so be sure to wear light, comfortable clothes, stay hydrated, and apply plenty of sunscreen. 

Prohibited Items

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Guests should be respectful and courteous to the event venues and staff. The following items are prohibited from the event:

  • Unauthorized vendors and solicitors and materials including handbills, stickers, giveaways, samples, etc.
  • Weapons (except legally permitted firearms)
  • Glass bottles/containers
  • Personal grills
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Explosives or other hazardous items
  • Non-collapsible chairs
  • Laser pens or other similar products
  • Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind

Where Should Attendees Park?

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Event attendees can park in street-side parking or various parking lots throughout the downtown Temple area. Check out the City of Temple's Parking Map to find public parking spaces available for the event.

Spring Into Bloomin'

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Get ready to experience a fun-filled weekend of laughter, entertainment, live music, and warm Texas weather. The 18th Annual Bloomin' Temple Festival will feature both free and paid activities and events. Make the most of this year's Bloomin' celebration by visiting the local food and product vendors, listening to live music, setting your sights on the gorgeous cars in the car show, or by playing a few carnival games. Bloomin' Temple Festival is the place you will want to be on April 28th and April 29th in downtown Temple!

Have additional questions about the Bloomin’ Temple Festival? Find more information at Temple Parks and Recreation Bloomin’ Temple

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