April 28-30, 2017
The 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 (the Festival’s central event) 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 Taligate 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 a FREE concert from the Bandstand at this plein air “mini-festival.” Face painting, balloon animals, storytelling, and FREE rides in the Nantucket Hotel’s antique fire truck round out the mix. Do stop to peruse the eclectic wares at the bustling Festival Marketplace at the foot of Main Street, where you’ll find food and family-friendly activities.
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!
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) 228-364312:30 PM, April 30. 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. Registration from 10 AM-12 PM at the corner of Main & Federal Streets. Suggested donation: $5. Proceeds benefit Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals. Parade starts in front of Polo Ralph Lauren.
1-3 PM, April 29. Children’s Beach Family Picnic. Grab your picnic lunches, and head to Children’s Beach for a free concert. Local favorites The Offshore Blues Band will perform. At 1 PM, Pirate Robin will speak of the pirates that sailed Nantucket Sound. From 1:30-3 PM, take a ride around Brant Point in an antique fire truck, thanks to The Nantucket Hotel & Resort. Activities also include balloon animal-making, puppet show, a photo booth, and more! Don’t forget to bring a blanket.
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