Fri, Apr 28, 2017 - Sun, Apr 30, 2017, 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Nantucket Chamber of Commerce
Zero Main Street, Nantucket, MA, 02554
Longitude X Latitude: -70.09722850000003, 41.2838053
HOW MUCH: Free
The Nantucket Daffodil Festival celebrates their 43rd anniversary in 2017. The festival will open on Friday, April 28th and run through Sunday, April the 30th. The festival features an antique car parade, a children’s parade, a family picnic, a Daffodil theme hat pageant and a daffy dog parade.
The 43rd annual Daffodil Festival Weekend promises to banish the 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.
Here are some of the events for each day, with Saturday being the main day of the festival.
Friday, April 28:
Friday features a wide range of events like historical walking tours, sales at local shops, an iPhone Photo Workshop, a lighthouse tour, wine tastings, a daffodil dinner, theatrical premieres, a ghost walk and more.
Saturday, April 29, 9:30 am to 3:00 pm, 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. The 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
Saturday, April 29. 10:30 am: 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 vehicles 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 bandstand, Harbor View Way. Sponsored by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. (508) 228-3643
Saturday, April 29, 10:45 am: 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. Sponsored by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. (508) 228-3643
Saturday, April 29, 12:30 pm: 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. The parade will be held at Children’s Beach. It is sponsored by Geronimo’s.
Saturday, April 29, 1:00 to 3:00 pm: 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.
Saturday, other events include the walking tours, a flower show, more wine tastings, sales at local shops, and ghost tour walks.
Sunday, April 30th:
Sunday features a wide range of events like historical walking tours, sales at local shops, the flower show, a lighthouse tour, wine tastings, ghost walks and more.
The event is sponsored by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. See their site for more information.
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