Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Our 43rd annual Daffodil Festival Weekend promises to banish your winter “doldrums” as the island pays homage to a bold and brilliant bloom. From early April to mid-May, a plethora of daffodils encompassing every hue, shape and size burst forth across the island, adorning roadsides, gardens, and window boxes. This beloved event is a jubilant homage to the advent of Spring, and features an Antique Car Parade & Tailgate Picnic, Children’s Beach Family Picnic, and more. Humans and hounds “strut their stuff” for coveted awards at the wacky and whimsical Daffy Hat and Daffy Dog Parade, while little tykes star in their own procession, decorating bikes and wheeled conveyances Daffy-style.
The Antique Car Parade showcases over 100 meticulously—and creatively—decorated vintage automobiles and motorcycles. Staging begins in the morning on Main Street (take a “selfie” with your favorites!) and at noon, the venerable vehicles perambulate out to the charming village of ‘Sconset for an al fresco Tailgate Picnic. Pack a bountiful basket of brunch fare, and nosh with friends as you bask in the sun’s benevolent rays.
In the Downtown area, the Children’s Beach Family Picnic holds court in mid-afternoon. Tote your blanket and picnic lunch, and enjoy Pirate Talks by Robin of Raven's Walk and Nanpuppets will be on hand with an original performance.
Don your daffiest “chapeau”, adorn your pampered pet in Daffy-themed garb, bedeck your vintage Packard in brilliant buttery yellow, and join us in a daffo-delirious weekend of fun!
If you're in need of Daffodils to decorate your home, office, counter too or hat with head to either Stop and Shop! Thousands of daffodils will be in stores starting April 23rd more beautiful spring flowers will be in stores by April 24th! ! A limited number of daffodil-inspired fascinators and hats will be in stores April 25th, add some pop to your to your Daffodil finery! Come early and get into the Daffy mood!
NCTV is kicking off the season with an amazing DAFFY Film contest! There are prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place! Shoot right from you smartphone and create a short film about Daffodil Weekend on Nantucket this year and submit to us by May 6th, 2 pm. Please click here for more information!
CHAMBER SPONSORED EVENTS
9:30 AM-3 PM, April 29. Annual Daffodil Festival Weekend Antique Car Parade & Tailgate Picnic. Come to town early to watch the bedecked and bedazzled vintage cars line up on Main Street. Drivers are often garbed in themed costume. Vote on your favorite cars, with “People’s Choice” ballots available outside of the Chamber office at 0 Main Street. Car staging begins at 9:30 AM. Parade starts at 12 PM, following this route: right on Centre Street, right on Broad Street, right on South Water Street, and back up Main Street. Cars continue left on Orange Street and head out of town, around the Rotary and out Milestone Road to ‘Sconset. Cars park along the right. All picnics are eligible to win ribbons. Sponsored by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. (508) 228-3643
10:30 AM, April 29. Annual Daffodil Festival Children’s Parade. Fun for children of all ages and their families. Decorate your bicycle, wagon, skateboard, baby carriage or other self-propelled vehicle with a Daffodil theme, or simply come decked out in your best Daffy gear. Ribbons awarded to all participants. Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult, and all children on bicycles MUST wear a helmet. Staging begins at 10:15 AM, Children’s Beach band stand, Harbor View Way. Sponsored by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. (508) 228-3643
10:45 AM, April 29. Annual Daffodil Festival Hat Pageant. Show off your creativity with a festively decorated, Daffodil-themed hat (elegant or goofy, it’s all good!) and join the Pageant! Open to men, women & children. Ribbons awarded in adult and children’s categories. Starts immediately after the Children’s Parade. Children’s Beach band stand, Harbor View Way. Sponsored by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. (508) 228-3643
12:30 PM, April 29. 7th Annual Daffy Dog Parade. All friendly and leashed dogs are welcome to participate. Daffy costumes & decorations strongly encouraged. Prizes for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place; must be registered to win. Register from 10 AM-12 PM at the Children's Beach Stage. Suggested donation: $5. Proceeds benefit Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals. Parade will be held at Children's Beach. Sponsored by Geronimo's
1-3 PM, April 29. Children’s Beach Family Picnic. Grab your picnic lunches, and head to Children’s Beach. Robin of Raven's Walk, will speak of the pirates that sailed Nantucket Sound and Nanpuppets will be sure to delight one and all with an original show.
Sponsored by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. (508) 228-3643
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