• Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2018

  • 44th Daffodil Festival Weekend 
    April 27-29, 2018 ~

    The Chamber's 44th annual Daffodil Festival Weekend—April 27-29—is our "kitschy" kickoff to spring and pays homage to the island's bold and brilliant signature bloom. This wacky, whimsical and wonderful weekend attracts revelers of all ages to our shores for a series of fun and festive events, featuring an Antique Car Parade. 100+ vintage vehicles (and motorcycles!) vie for prizes in the categories of Best Decorated, Most Authentic and People's Choice. The Daffy Hat, Dog and Children's Parades add to the festivities, with ribbons awarded for the most inventively decorated chapeaux, hounds and kids' "trikes."  Cars motor out to 'Sconset for the traditional Tailgate Picnic (awards abound) welcoming participants, locals and visitors alike for an al fresco post-Parade "nosh."  (Pack a bountiful basket of brunch fare as you bask in the sun's benevolent rays... the scenery is incomparable!) 

    Put on your daffiest “chapeau”, adorn your pampered pet in Daffy-themed garb, bedeck your vintage Packard in brilliant buttery yellow, and join us!  It's a daffo-delirious spring weekend of  fun!  #ACKdaffy

    9:30 AM-3 PM, April 28.  Annual Daffodil Festival Weekend Antique Car Parade & Tailgate Picnic Presented by Cape Air / Nantucket Airlines.Visit Town early to watch the beauteously bedecked vintage cars line up on Main Street! (Drivers are often garbed in themed costume.)  Vote on your favorite vehicles. “People’s Choice” ballots available outside
     the Chamber office at Zero 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! 

    10:30 AM, April 28.  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 "Daffiest" 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.  

    10:45 AM, April 28. 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 bandstand, Harbor View Way.  

    11-11:30 AM, April 28.  Nanpuppets at Children's Beach.  Pack a lunch and head over to Children's Beach for a not-to-be-missed original show by Lizza Obremski and her phenomenal Nanpuppets!

    12:30 PM, April 28. 8th Annual Daffy Dog Parade. All friendly and leashed pooches are welcome to participate! Daffy costumes & decorations strongly encouraged. Prizes awarded for 1st, 2nd & 3rd place; must be registered to win. Register from 10 AM-12 PM at the table set up at the corner of Federal & Main Streets. Suggested donation: $5. Proceeds benefit Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals. Parade will be held at Children's Beach. 

    Our official Daffodil Guide is on its way to the island!  Here is our digital version, feel free to download it.