Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival – April 29-May 1, 2016

All About Daffodil Festival

Nantucket’s Daffodil Festival began in 1974 when Jean McAusland, (former summer resident and publisher of Gourmet Magazine) persuaded the Nantucket Garden Club to invite the American Daffodil Society to sponsor a daffodil show on island. Since that time, over three million daffodil bulls have been planted on Island!


Over 100 antique cars decorated in daffodils are ready to go!

Sponsored by the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce, the festival weekend offers a myriad of activities for all ages. On Saturday morning, 100 antique cars and motorcycles – all decorated in “Daffy” finery, line up on Nantucket’s cobblestone Main Street for the Antique Car Parade.  Main Street in Nantucket has been named as one of America’s Greatest Main Streets by Travel and Leisure magazine, and is just a few minutes walk from the Brass Lantern.

At noon the cars begins the parade route to Sconset where there will be themed and judged tailgate picnics along Sconset’s beautiful Main Street with hundreds of happy strollers, some with baby carriages and dogs.

In Town Afternoon Events

Daffodils along Bike Path

The miles of bike paths are lined with daffodils where ever you look.

For those who prefer to stay in Town, the festivities move to Children’s Beach for a Family Picnic with food available, a free concert.

Other Saturday in-Town events include the Children’t Parade, the Daffy Hat Festival and the Daffy Dog Parade, so decorate your chapeau – or your pooch – and join the fun!

Or, rent a bike to explore Nantucket’s 65 miles of bike paths – take a picnic lunch or head out to Bartlett’s Farm or Cisco Brewers. After this long grey winter – Daffodil Festival is a perfect way to say “Hello Springtime”!