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Daffodil Festival on Nantucket Island

Daffodil Festival on Nantucket Island

As the northeast shakes off the winter chill, Nantucket Island heralds the arrival of spring with our charming Daffodil Festival, a long-standing tradition that paints the town yellow with blooms and festivities. This vibrant event, running from April 25th to April 28th this year, is a perfect blend of community spirit and natural beauty, promising a delightful escape for residents and visitors alike.


Floral Beginnings and Musical Evenings

The festival kicks off with the Nantucket Historical Association's Flower Power Party, a lively celebration at the Whaling Museum featuring light bites, libations, and a contest for the best "blooming" outfit. It's a night of joy and revelry that sets the tone for the fun to come.

The Antique Car Parade

A highlight of the weekend is the Antique Car Parade where vintage cars, adorned with daffodils and often accompanied by costumed drivers, parade through the historic streets of downtown Nantucket. The parade culminates in a tailgate picnic in 'Sconset, creating a festive atmosphere where attendees can enjoy the chance to vote for their favorite floral display on wheels.

Family Fun at Children's Beach

The festival also offers several activities designed to delight the young and young at heart. Children’s Beach hosts the Daffodil Hat Pageant and a decorated bike parade, where creativity shines. Not to be missed is the dog parade, a cute spectacle where pets strut their stuff in daffodil-inspired attire.

Daffodil Bazaar: A Shopper’s Delight

The Daffodil Bazaar offers a unique shopping experience at St. Paul's Church. Local artisans and businesses showcase their crafts, making it the perfect spot to find something special to remember the festival by.

Community and Charity

Integral to the festival’s spirit is the sense of community and charity, with events like the Nantucket Garden Club's Daffodil Flower Show at Bartlett's Ocean View Farm. This event not only celebrates the beauty of daffodils but also supports local planting projects through donations.
More than just a celebration of spring, the Daffodil Festival Weekend is a vibrant, community-led spectacle that brings together the best of tradition, creativity, and local spirit. Whether you’re marveling at antique cars, shopping for unique crafts, or enjoying the scenic beauty of thousands of daffodils, this festival promises unforgettable experiences for all who attend.
For more details and event schedules, please visit the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce’s official Daffodil Festival page.