Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Festival Events
Festival Events

The 2017 Daffodil Festival will be held on Nantucket April 28-30, 2017

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The last weekend of April, the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce holds their annual Daffodil Festival - a weekend of events to celebrate springtime awakening on Nantucket Island. The first occasion, a very simple affair in the 1970s, included an antique car parade in which islanders showed off their classic cars, followed by a community tailgate picnic in 'Sconset.

Now, decades later, the Daffodil Festival on Nantucket  includes art shows, tours, parades (including the antique car parade  and tailgate picnic), exhibitions, contests, lectures, and, of course,  the annual Nantucket Daffodil Flower Show. There are activities for all ages, and faithful festival-goers  dress up for the occasion and participate enthusiastically!  The Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce organizes a Daffy Hat Contest, a Children's Parade featuring decorated bikes,  strollers, wagons, and other self-propelled vehicles, the Antique Car Parade, a window decorating contest, the famous Sconset Tailgate Picnic, a Family Picnic at Children’s Beach, and more!  The Pine Woods  Morris Dancers often perform throughout the day at various locations.

The tailgate picnic in Siasconset that follows the Antique Car Parade is a favorite among everyone who attends this Nantucket festival. Picnics can be elaborately staged or simple and casual. Click here for a couple of recipes that you might want to try for your Daffodil Festival tailgate picnic.

Additional special Daffodil Festival weekend events for 2016 include Daffodil Festival brunches, parades, and a Daffodil 5k on Sunday morning, May 1, hosted by the Nantucket Triathlon Club. Check our up-to-date Calendar of Events for a listing of more activities as information becomes available.

Daffodil Flower Show - 2016

The 42nd Annual Nantucket Community Daffodil Flower Show, sponsored by the Nantucket Garden Club and approved by The American Daffodil Society, will be held on Saturday, April 30 from 2 pm to 5 pm and Sunday, May 1 from 10 am to 4:30 pm at Bartlett's Ocean View Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Road. On Saturday, April 30 only there will be free shuttle busses to the show from Washington Street across from The Greenhound building starting at 1:45 pm and continuing all afternoon. The last bus will return from the farm at 5:00 pm. Admission to the flower show is free, but donations will be accepted toward the Garden Club’s Daffodil Planting Fund.
The entire Nantucket community is encouraged to enter the arrangement, horticulture and photography sections of the show.  Entry cards and show schedules with detailed instructions on how to enter the show will be available at island florists and garden centers April 1. A complete schedule of the show classes and instructions for entries is below. All exhibitors must bring their entries to Bartlett's Farm either on Friday, April 29 between 3-6 pm or Saturday, April 30 between 7-9:30 am. No late entries will be accepted.  Children and first-time exhibitors are encouraged to enter on Friday afternoon when members of the Garden Club and experts from the American Daffodil Society will be available to answer questions and help with entries.   
Anyone can enter the show with their daffodils.  It's fun. The American Daffodil Society has a web site where there is a database with thousands of daffodils photos, to assist all exhibitors with the identification of their entries.
Last fall, the Nantucket Garden Club with the assistance of the Irene Egan and CPS middle school students classified and distributed daffodil bulbs to Nantucket students to plant and enter in the show. All youth of the island are encouraged to enter their daffodils, flower arrangements, and photographs.
The artistic theme for this year's show is "Found on Nantucket" chaired by Susan Balling and Bee Gonnella. To enter the Photography section, daffodils must be represented in some form in all photographs.

The artistic theme for this year's show is "Streets and Lanes of Nantucket" chaired by Bee Gonnella and Jephtha Tausig. The titles for arrangements are:

"Main Street"
Mass Arrangement A mass arrangement is a profusion of flowers of various forms and sizes (Not to exceed 30 inches in width or depth, including accessories)

"Lover's Lane"
Men’s Arrangement (Not to exceed 30 inches in any direction, including accessories}

"Crooked Lane"
Small Arrangement (Not to exceed 14 inches in any direction, including accessories)

"Cobble Court"
Miniature Arrangement (Not to exceed 8 inches in any direction, including accessories)

"Friendship Lane"
Youth Arrangement middle and high school Adult involvement is limited to selection of plant material (Not to exceed 30 inches in any direction, including accessories)

"Shell Street"
Youth Arrangement pre-school and elementary

"Union Street"
Family and Group Arrangement (Not to exceed 30 inches in any direction)

In addition to the flower arrangements and daffodil horticulture sections of the show, there will be a special section for Photography entries of daffodils in a landscape, a garden setting, a flower arrangement or a natural or unusual setting. The entry classes have been expanded this year to include both black white photos and color photographs as well as images that have been computer manipulated. Daffodils must be represented in some form in all photographs. Entry Classes are for Adult either Amateur or Professional and Youth from the High School-Middle School and Lower Schools. Complete rules are found in the Flower Show Schedule.