Nantucket Daffodil Weekend 2013
From March to mid-May, over three million daffodils of every color, shape and size bloom on Nantucket. If you'll be on island during this great tradition... be sure to stop in to Lola 41 for lunch, dinner, or a pre/post festivity cocktail!
Call (508) 325-4001 for reservations
Originated by the late Jean MacAusland, a summer resident of Nantucket and former publisher of Gourmet magazine, who persuaded the Nantucket Garden Club to sponsor a daffodil show on the island in 1974. The first planting of daffodils took place along Milestone Road. Each year thousands of bulbs were added to the fields & roadsides, slowly achieving the ultimate goal of one million daffodils. In the early 1980s, Mrs. MacAusland ordered another eight tons of bulbs directly from the Netherlands and with the help of professional landscapers planted another 100,000 daffodil bulbs. Island residents embraced the idea with enthusiasm and many began to join in the planting. In the fall of 1994, the Garden Club planted an additional 10,000 “late-blooming” bulbs, hoping to extend the daffodil season. Today an estimated three million blossoms, which have naturalized over the years, bloom along the island’s roadsides, gardens and shop windows with blossoms of yellow, orange, white and even pale pink.
Daffodils are in bloom for about five weeks – early and late bloomers from March to mid-May. Springtime on Nantucket brings delightful weather and offers opportunities for seal cruises and outdoor activities such as bicycling, hiking, fishing, photography, bird watching and nature study. Visitors are encouraged to leave their cars behind, as all activities are accessible by walking, bicycle, or taxi.
2013 Highlighted Weekend Events
1st Annual Daffodil Festival Scavenger Hunt
Friday-Sunday, April 26-28 - Get a team together (up to 6 people, must be one adult per team) and scour the downtown area for answers to questions in our Daffy Scavenger Hunt Brochure, created by Look Book author Barbara Tibbetts. Correct answers to all 20 questions give the team a chance to win one of three fabulous prize packages.
First Prize: A half day fishing charter & lobster dinner for six from Sayle's Seafood.
Second Prize: A Nantucket Bike Tour for the family, a full season family pass to all Maria Mitchell Properties & $50 gift certificate to Sea Dog Brew Pub
Third Prize: A half-day kayak rental for the whole team from Sea Nantucket Kayak and Stand Up Paddle Board Rentals, Four Passes to any Nantucket Historical Association property & Four Passes for an NHA walking tour.
Scavenger Hunt Clue Brochure is available at the Chamber Office, Zero Main Street, Second Floor on Friday, April 26 from 9 AM-5 PM, and Saturday from 9 AM-4 PM. Answers must be returned by Monday, April 29 at 9 AM. A lock box will be placed outside the Chamber at Zero Main for the hours when the Chamber is closed. $20/ team. 508-228-3643.
Annual Window Decorating Contest
Judging begins at 12 PM on Friday, April 26th. Merchants are encouraged to beautify their store windows with an original Daffodil Festival theme. Ribbons for Most Creative & Most Traditional are awarded at 4 PM.Stop by the Chamber office at Zero Main Street, for a list of participants and winners!
Annual Antique Car Parade
The grand event, held on Saturday, April 27th, features over 100 daffodil bedecked antique cars (pre-registration necessary for participation). The decorated cars are staged on Main Street beginning at 9:30 AM, where they are judged in various catagories including Most Authentic, Most Traditional Decorating, Most Creative Decorating and People's Choice. The parade begins at 12 PM by taking a right onto Centre Street, down Broad Street, a right onto So. Water Street & back up Main Street before taking a left on Orange Street, through the Rotary, out Milestone Road to 'Sconset. Important Reminder: Main Street will be closed to traffic from 6 AM - 1:30 PM. Cars will be towed at owner's expense.
Annual Daffodil Children's Parade
This event, beginning at 10:15 AM (10:30 start) on Saturday, April 27th at Children's Beach, is fun for children of all ages & their families. Decorate your bicycle, wagon, skateboard, baby carriage or other self-propelled wheeled conveyance with a Daffodil theme. Cookies, lemonade & ribbons for all! Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult & all children on bicycles must wear a helmet. Sponsored by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce & White Elephant Hotel.
Annual Daffy Hat Pageant
Beginning at 10:45 AM, Saturday, April 27th at Children's Beach Bandstand is the Annual Daffy Hat Pageant! Show off your creativity! Festively decorate a daffodil-themed hat - from elegant to goofy - & come join the pageant! Open to men, women & children! Ribbons awarded in Adult & Children’s categories.
6th Annual Daffy Dog Parade
Is your dog in the daffodil spirit? Enter your decorated pup in this fun pageant on Main Street following the Antique Car Parade on Saturday, April 27th at 12:30 PM. Prizes and ribbons will be awarded to the Best Daffodil-themed dogs in 1st, 2nd and 3rd place. All dogs must be leashed and play well with others. Pre-registration required on the corner of Federal and Main Streets the morning of April 27th from 10 AM - 12 PM.
Annual Daffodil Tailgate Picnic
Bring along your picnics & blankets from 1 - 3 PM on Saturday, April 27th and check out the antique cars on Main Street in 'Sconset! Those attending are encourged to bike or carpool. For information, please call the Chamber at 508-228-1700. Important Reminder: The public is reminded that the Tailgate Picnic in Sconset is held on public property and that, by law, open containers and consumption of alcohol is prohibited on a public way. Due to emergency vehicle concerns, parking will only be allowed on one designated side of certain streets and will be strictly enforced. Main Street 'Sconset will be closed to traffic from 7 AM - 3 PM on Saturday, April 27th.
39th Annual Daffodil Flower Show
Free admission! Enjoy show entries in horticulture, arrangement & photography at Bartlett's Ocean View Farm. Saturday from 2 - 5 PM. The show is approved by the American Daffodil Society.