Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2023
If you’ve ever been to Nantucket in the springtime, you’ve likely heard of “Daffy Weekend”. Held on the last weekend in April, the annual Daffodil Festival kickstarts a series of events to celebrate the spring season on Nantucket. Known for the Antique Car Show and ‘Sconset tailgate picnic, the Daffodil Flower Show, the Children’s Bike Parade, and numerous contests for best Daffy hats and lavish costumes-this is a weekend you don’t want to miss out on! This year's 47th Annual Daffodil Festival 2023 will be held on April 27-30, 2023.
How it started
In the 1970s, summer resident Jean MacAusland donated a million daffodil bulbs to be planted along Nantucket’s pathways and roads. The Nantucket Garden Club then organized its first Annual Daffodil Flower Show in 1974. A few years later, the spring festivities included an antique car parade followed by a community tailgate picnic in ‘Sconset. In 1983, 80 cars registered for the parade and 40 more crashed the party, and the rest was history!
Where it’s going
Fast forward to current time, the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce now hosts the Annual Daffodil Parade, which includes the Antique Car Show and ‘Sconset tailgate picnic, Daffy Hat Pageant, Children’s Bike Parade, Daffy Dog Parade, Daffy Festival Bazaar, along with various family events at Children’s Beach. For more information and a detailed itinerary of events click here.
The Nantucket Garden Club also continues to host the Annual Daffodil Flower Show at Bartlett’s Farm. This year the theme is “Seas of Daffodils” and events will be held from Saturday April 29th-Sunday April 30th. They continue to donate thousands of Daffodil bulbs each year to be planted by school children and over 4 Million daffodils can now be seen island wide.
Need a place to stay for Daffy Weekend? Contact an agent today to Book your Nantucket Rental.