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Daffodil Weekend Offers Plenty for the Whole Family

A series of events highlight this annual festival.

This is my first post as a contributor to the Nantucket Chronicle. As a writer who covered Nantucket’s arts & entertainment, religion and non-profits for several years, I look forward to once again covering this unique community. In the coming months I will be bringing you news of some exciting events, festivals, art openings and more. Please feel free to email me with story ideas and the Nantucket events you’d like to promote at [email protected]. Have a great Daffodil Weekend and I look forward to hearing from or seeing you soon. - Josh

Daffodil Weekend is an annual rite of spring for Nantucketers and all who descend upon her shores at the end of each April. It is the unofficial start to the summer season, and admittedly a grasp at extending those months of the year Nantucket is most famous for.

Though spring begins much earlier it marks the start of the shoulder season, when the closed-up storefronts wipe off the dust, restore the air of life, and once again welcome in old friends and new visitors alike.
The entire weekend is surrounded with excitement, but this year, as with every, Saturday offers a myriad compilation of events for the whole family.

There is, of course, the well-known vintage car parade that will take off from (a closed off to traffic) Main Street at noon, a display of mostly man-made beauty, yet all festooned with the celebrated yellow flower. (For a full calendar of events on Daffodil Weekend click here.)

There is also the annual flower show, which serves as a two-day centerpiece for the festival. Presented by the Nantucket Garden Club and an American Daffodil Society approved event, this flower show is a feast for the senses that includes many varieties and even a photography competition. To be held at Bartlett’s Farm once again, the festival opens to the public Saturday, April 27, from 2 to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 28, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There will be a free shuttle service from the Greenhound building on Washington Street from 1:45 p.m. on. For the full program of flower show events follow this link.

In addition, a favorite of the festival is the Sconset Tailgate Picnic that takes place at the end of the parade route. This is a time for friends and family to gather together for an annual tradition with great food on a cherished portion of the island.

Be sure to mention some of your favorite Daffodil Weekend activities in the comments field!


Joshua Gray's picture

I would be remiss if I did not mention the used book sale at the Nantucket Atheneum on Saturday, April 27 at 10 a.m. The library sales are some of my favorite events to go to every year. Not only do you get great books at great prices, you are aiding one of the most treasured and hallowed institutions on Nantucket! Hope to see you there.