Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Festival Information
Festival Information

The 2018 Daffodil Festival will be held on Nantucket April 27-29, 2018

For complete information on visiting Nantucket Island, go to Nantucket.net.

Here is a sample of Daffodil Festival Weekend Events held in 2017

Nantucket's annual celebration of Springtime with special events.  Organized by the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce

Friday, April 28

8 to 8:45 AM - Men's Breakfast
A nutritious breakfast & chance to socialize.  $3.  Saltmarsh Senior Center, 81 Washington St. Reservations: 508-228-4490 .

8 AM - Nantucket Walkabout Hike: Shawkemo Hills
Sweeping views of Nantucket Harbor, learn about the formation of Coatue, Great Point, the Haulover, & more. Reserve at 508-422-7466 or NantucketWalkabout.com

8:30 AM - Historic Mansions of Main Street and the 1746 Windmill
A 2 mi, 45 min., nonstop exercise walk with historic commentary. past historic mansions of Nantucket.  $15, cash only.  Meet at Main & Centre sts, by bank steps 10 min early.  508-332-0953

9 AM to 5 PM - Daffodil Festival Scavenger Hunt
Learn more about Nantucket and have fun with a scavenger hunt  Pick up a Scavenger Hunt 20 Question brochure at the Chamber of Commerce Office, upstairs at Zero Main St.  $10/team.  508-228-3643. A Nantucket Chamber of Commerce event

9:30 AM - Ara's Tours
Experience Nantucket with Ara's Tours. Reserve a seat by calling or texting 508-228-1951. Repeated at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, & later.

10 AM - Van Tour of Nantucket
See Nantucket by van with Gail, a 6th generation Nantucketer. Tours depart from 25 Federal St. 508-257-6557. Repeated at 1 pm & 3 pm.

10 AM - Daffodil Weekend Sale
Celebrate spring at Blue Beetle, 12 Main Street, with 50% to 75% off select items.  Add our exclusive Pandora style Daffodil Charm Bead to your collection.

10 AM - Fifty Shades of Fabulous - The Story of Nantucket
Led by 3-time runner-up in Nantucket History Quiz Bowl on a 3/4 mi, 90 min stroll. Hear the story of the most important small town in American History.  $20; $15 65+ & Teens; $5 Ages 7-12. Cash Only.  Meet at Main & Centre sts, by bank steps 10 min early.  508-332-0953

10 AM to 12 PM - Photography Workshop with Capture Nantucket
Learn how to compose & capture interesting images on your phone.  Tour locations vary. Tours include transport, tutorial & refreshments. 
$60 (2-hour tour)  capturenantucket.com for details & to book.

10 AM to 12 PM - Meeting:  Young Creatives Co-Working Space
Young Creatives mission is the eco-spiritual, social, and financial development of Gen Y.  Nantucket Atheneum Learning Lab, 1 India St

11 AM to 2:30 PM - All-You-Can-Eat Buffet
Fish Fry (Grilled Sword & Fried Pollock) + Nachos, Pizza & Salad Bar.  Easy Street Cantina, corner of Easy St. & Broad St. 508-228-5418

11 AM to 4 PM - Whaling Museum Open
Nantucket's world-class museum devoted to Nantucket history at 13 Broad Street, 508-228-1894.

11:30 AM to 3 PM - Spring Lunch Special in Brant Point Grill
A 2-course lunch overlooking Nantucket Harbor for $25, served Mon.-Sat.for spring at the Brant Point Grill, 50 Easton St. 508-228-2500

11:30 AM to 4 PM - Spring Sell Off
Huge savings at Freedman's of Nantucket to make room for new inventory, 14 Centre St.

1:30 PM - Jeff Tuohy Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.

2 to 6 PM - Capture Nantucket's Lighthouse Tour
Visit & photograph 2 lighthouses: Brant Point & Sankaty Head. Learn the history of each while capturing impressive images along the way.  Tour Price: $140, including transport, tour, & refreshments.  Visit capturenantucket.com for details and to book.

3 PM - Great Writers on Nantucket
Hear how Melville, Hemingway, Steinbeck & others were inspired by Nantucket on a 2/3 mi, 90 min stroll.  $20; $15 65+ and Teens; $5 Ages 7-12.  Cash Only.  Meet at Federal & India sts by Atheneum fence 10 min early.  508-332-0953

3:30 to 5 PM - Grand Opening of Barnaby's Place
Kids can meet, eat, read, and create in this new healthy kids' cafe inside Nantucket Bookworks, 25 Broad Street.

4 to 6 PM - Marvelous Whites for Daffy Madness
Wine tasting at Epernay Wine & Spirits, 1 N. Beach Street. Choose your favorite tasty beverages to fill your picnic basket for all your Daffy plans.  508-228-2755

4:30 PM - Foggy Roots Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.

5 to 7 PM - Timbukblues Performs Live
Live Music at The Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street.  508-228-2595

5:30 PM - Spring Dinner Special in Brant Point Grill
A 3-course lunch overlooking Nantucket Harbor for $35, served nightly for spring at the Brant Point Grill, 50 Easton Street. 508-228-2500

6 PM - Movie:  Grey Lady
A Boston police officer goes to Nantucket to investigate the murder of his partner, but he finds more than he bargained for. Filmed on Nantucket. Showing in The Dreamland Main Theatre, 17 S. Water St.

7 PM - The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Town Route
Nantucket's first & oldest Ghost Walk features 5 of the island's famous haunted locations.  Led by the original guide, it is 1 mi. long & lasts 80 min.  $20; $15 65+ & Teens; $5 Age 7-12.  Cash Only.  Meet at Main & Centre sts, by bank steps 15 min. early.  508-332-0953

7 to 11 PM - An Evening to Honor Dr. Timothy Lepore
The Rotary Club of Nantucket is hosting an evening honoring Dr. Timothy Lepore and his work with the Addiction Solutions clinic. There will be music & dancing by Blues Brothers Band and FM STATION from Boston.  Hors d'oeuvres; cash bar.  Tickets $75 at www.cfnan.tix.com

7:30 PM - An Interactive Staged Reading:  "Dark & Stormy"
A spoof of those "Dark & Stormy" mysteries from the golden age of cinema. Set on Nantucket, the venerable Fogler family grapples with mistaken identities, murder, inheritance, wind, rain, thunder and candelabras. Tickets $20 at whiteherontheatre.org. Held at The White Heron Theatre, 5 North Water Street.  508-228-2156.

8 to 10:30 PM - Live Music in Brant Point Grill
Enjoy the music of Sean Lee in the Brant Point Grill Lounge in The White Elephant, 50 Easton Street.

8:45 PM - The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Town Route
Nantucket's first & oldest Ghost Walk features 5 of the island's famous haunted locations.  Led by the original guide, it is 1 mi. long & lasts 80 min.  $20; $15 65+ & Teens; $5 Age 7-12.  Cash Only.  Meet at Main & Centre sts, by bank steps 15 min. early.  508-332-0953

10 PM to 1 AM - DJ More Juice
Party at The Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street

Saturday, April 29

8 AM - Nantucket Walkabout Hike: Smith's Point
A great hike to see seals, piping plovers, terns,and a glimpse of Tuckernuck Island. Reserve at 508-422-7466 or NantucketWalkabout.com

8:30 AM - Historic Mansions of Main Street and the 1746 Windmill
A 2 mi, 45 min., nonstop exercise walk with historic commentary. past historic mansions of Nantucket.  $15, cash only.  Meet at Main & Centre sts, by bank steps 10 min early.  508-332-0953

9 AM to 5 PM - Daffodil Festival Scavenger Hunt
Learn more about Nantucket and have fun with a scavenger hunt.  Pick up a Scavenger Hunt 20 Question brochure at the Chamber of Commerce Office, upstairs at Zero Main St.  $10/team. 508-228-3643.  A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

9:30 AM - Ara's Tours
Experience Nantucket with Ara's Tours. Reserve a seat by calling or texting 508-228-1951. Repeated at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, & later.

9:30 AM - Daffodil Festival Antique Car Parade
Staging for the antique car parade begins at 9:30 am, walk among these classic cars and enjoy the daffodil decorations.  The parade begins at 12, when the cars will drive through town and then out to Sconset for a tailgate picnic. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

9:30 AM to 1:30 PM - Capture Nantucket's Lighthouse Tour
Visit & photograph 2 lighthouses: Brant Point & Sankaty Head. Learn the history of each while capturing impressive images along the way.  Tour Price: $140, including transport, tour, & refreshments.  Visit capturenantucket.com for details and to book.

9:30 AM to 2 PM - Daffodil Used Book Sale
Daffodil Weekend Used Book Sale.  We have hundreds of previously enjoyed books and media for all ages at great prices!  Hardcover books $2, Soft cover Books and Media $1.  Atheneum Gallery, 1 India St

10 AM - Free Vernal Pool Walk
Learn about the vernal pools in Squam Swamp, bodies of water that form only during the spring, and the unique creatures that live there.  The Discovery Walk is open to all ages, led by NLC Resource Ecologist Emily Molden. Nets & other equipment provided, wear durable clothes & boots. Registration required: 508-228-2818.  

10 AM - Independent Book Store Day
Stop into Mitchell's Book Corner at 54 Main Street and Bookworks at 25 Broad Street for a day of fun and to support your Island independent book store.  Special bookstore merchandise and more.

10 AM - Daffodil Weekend Sale
Celebrate spring at Blue Beetle, 12 Main Street, with 50% to 75% off select items.  Add our exclusive Pandora style Daffodil Charm Bead to your collection.

10 AM - Van Tour of Nantucket
See Nantucket by van with Gail, a 6th generation Nantucketer. Tours depart from 25 Federal St. 508-257-6557. Repeated at 1 pm & 3 pm.

10 AM - Fifty Shades of Fabulous - The Story of Nantucket
Led by 3-time runner-up in Nantucket History Quiz Bowl on a 3/4 mi, 90 min stroll. Hear the story of the most important small town in American History.  $20; $15 65+ & Teens; $5 Ages 7-12. Cash Only.  Meet at Main & Centre sts, by bank steps 10 min early.  508-332-0953

10 AM to 2 PM - Sconset Cottage, Gardens, & Bluff Photo Tour
Walk the streets of 'Sconset & photograph picturesque cottages & beautiful gardens. We tour the town area, walk along the Bluff, then down to the beachfront. $90, incl. transport, tour, & refreshments. Visit capturenantucket.com for details and to book.

10 AM to 2 PM - Vegan Bake Sale
Vegan treats sold at The Handlebar Cafe, Washington Street.  Proceeds benefit two animal sanctuaries in Massachusetts.

10:15 AM - Daffodil Festival Children's Parade
For children of all ages & their families.  Kids bring bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons, skateboards, baby carriages, or other self-propelled vehicles decorated for Daffodil Weekend.  Youngsters under 10 should be accompanied by an adult, and all kids on bicycles must wear helmets.  Children's Beach, Harbor View Way. 508-228-1700. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

10:30 AM - Daffodil Festival Weekend Hat Pageant
Open to men, women, and children.  Parade around Children's Beach, Harbor View Way with your fun, beautiful, and outrageous Daffy hats. 508-228-1700. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

10:30 AM to 12 PM - Book Signing with Bretworth B Apthrop
Bretworth Barry Apthorp will sign copies of "Maisie and the Nantucket Daffodil Parade" at Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.

11 AM to 1 PM - Sparkling Wine Tasting
Wine tasting at Epernay Wine & Spirits, 1 N. Beach Street. Be sure to have a bottle of your favorite bubbly for the Winner's Circle celebration.  508-228-2755

11 AM to 4 PM - "Dear Absent Ones: The Seafaring Pinkhams"
An exhibit in the Nantucket Whaling Museum that explores the seafaring life of Nantucket whalers through the eyes of the Pinkhams, an island family who harvested the seas across generations.  Open daily at 13 Broad Street.

11:30 AM to 4 PM - Spring Sell Off
Huge savings at Freedman's of Nantucket to make room for new inventory, 14 Centre St.

12:15 PM - Daffy Dog Parade
Daffy costumes and decorations strongly encouraged; all friendly and leashed dogs are welcome to participate.  Register at the Children's Beach Stage between 10 am and 12 noon.  Suggested donation $5 to benefit Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals.

1 to 3 PM - Daffodil Festival Tailgate Picnic
Set up your picnic along Main Street, Sconset and enjoy this celebration of spring. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

1 to 3 PM - Daffodil Festival Family Beach Picnic
Bring your picnic and a blanket for this fun, free in-town alternative to the Sconset tailgate picnic.  Live music. Perfect for families with young kids, it's held at Children's Beach, Harbor View Way. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

1:30 PM - Earth Got the Blues Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.

2 to 3:30 PM - Minecraft Club
Using the MinecraftEdu game, which allows for all players to be in one world at the same time. Space is limited, call to register 508-228-1110.

2 to 4 PM - Photography Workshop with Capture Nantucket
Learn how to compose & capture interesting images on your phone.  Tour locations vary. Tours include transport, tutorial & refreshments. 
$60 (2-hour tour)  capturenantucket.com for details & to book.

2 to 5 PM - 43rd Community Daffodil Flower Show: Opening Day
Approved by the American Daffodil Society this show is held at Bartlett's Farm at 33 Bartlett Farm Road with entry classes for horticulture, flower arrangements, and photography.  Free shuttle from Greenhound Building on Washington Street to Bartlett's Farm today only during the show. Nantucket Garden Club. Free to the public; donations welcome.

3:30 PM - Notorious Nantucket Walking Tour
Hear the history of Old Nantucket they dare not tell you anywhere else on this 2/3 mi, 80 min walking tour.  For ages 13+ $20, $15 Age 65+ & Teens.  Cash Only.  Meet at Main & Centre sts by bank steps 10 min. early.  508-332-0953

3:30 to 5:30 PM - Daffy Apres Tailgate Party at The Wauwinet
Live entertainment, special Daffy Snack Menu, bocce & croquet on The Wauwinet Lawn (weather permitting), oysters & rose on The Wauwinet Lawn (weather permitting). Transfers available between 'Sconset Village and The Wauwinet via The Wauwinet Courtesy Van.

4:30 PM - Jeff Tuohy Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.

5 PM - Movie:  Grey Lady
A Boston police officer goes to Nantucket to investigate the murder of his partner, but he finds more than he bargained for. Filmed on Nantucket. The Dreamland Main Theatre, 17 S, Water St.

5 to 7 PM - Sean Lee Performs Live
Local live music at Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street.

6:30 PM - Nantucket Walkabout Sunset Hike: Shawkemo Hills
Sweeping views of Nantucket Harbor, learn about the formation of Coatue, Great Point, the Haulover, & more. Reserve at 508-422-7466 or NantucketWalkabout.com

7 PM - The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Cemetery Route
1-1/3 mi, 90 min stroll featuring Old North Burial Ground, Oldest House & 2 haunted hotels.  Since 1998 led by the original guide.  $20; $15 65+ & Teens; $5 Ages 7-12. Cash Only.  Meet at corner of Main & Centre sts by bank steps 10 min. early. 

7:30 PM - Movie:  Grey Lady
A Boston police officer goes to Nantucket to investigate the murder of his partner, but he finds more than he bargained for. Filmed on Nantucket. The Dreamland Main Theatre, 17 S. Water Street.

8:45 PM - The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Town Route
Nantucket's first & oldest Ghost Walk features 5 of the island's famous haunted locations.  Led by the original guide, it is 1 mi. long & lasts 80 min.  $20; $15 65+ & Teens; $5 Age 7-12.  Cash Only.  Meet at Main & Centre sts, by bank steps 15 min. early.  508-332-0953

10 PM to 1 AM - DJ Brian
Party with DJ Brian at The Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street

Sunday, April 30

8 AM - Sunday Bird Walk
About 2-1/2 hours of birding. All levels welcome. Dress for the weather & wear appropriate shoes. Meet at Nantucket High School parking lot, 10 Surfside Road.

8 AM - Nantucket Walkabout Hike: Polpis Harbor
Walk down to & experience Nantucket and Polpis harbors. See plentiful shorebirds, harbor creatures and incredible views. Reserve at 508-422-7466 or NantucketWalkabout.com

8:30 AM - Fabulous Mansions of the Cliff & Brant Point
A 2-1/2 mi., 55 min., nonstop exercise walk with historic commentary past spectacular homes on Nantucket. Ends at White Elephant, $15. Cash only.  Meet at corner of Main & Centre sts 10 min early. 

9 AM - Daffodil 5K Race
The race begins and ends at Codfish Park under the pedestrian bridge in 'Sconset. The course winds through Sconset Village, along Baxter Road and the Sconset Bluff.  $30; $20 for age 14 & younger. Nantucket Triathlon Club  nantuckettriathlonclub.org

9:30 AM - Ara's Tours
Experience Nantucket with Ara's Tours. Reserve a seat by calling or texting 508-228-1951. Repeated at 12:30 pm, 2:30 pm, & later.

10 AM - Van Tour of Nantucket
See Nantucket by van with Gail, a 6th generation Nantucketer. Tours depart from 25 Federal Street. 508-257-6557. Again at 1 pm & 3 pm.

10 AM - New Guinea Walk & Talk
Join MAAH Site Manager at Nantucket's African Meeting House for a stroll through history.  See the historic New Guinea community where Native residents and residents of African descent settled during the 18th and 19th centuries. $5; $3 for youths & seniors.

10 AM - Fifty Shades of Fabulous - The Story of Nantucket
Led by 3-time runner-up in Nantucket History Quiz Bowl on a 3/4 mi, 90 min stroll. Hear the story of the most important small town in American History.  $20; $15 65+ & Teens; $5 Ages 7-12. Cash Only.  Meet at Main & Centre sts, by bank steps 10 min early.  508-332-0953

10 AM to 4:30 PM - Annual Community Daffodil Flower Show
The 43rd Community Annual Daffodil Show approved by the American Daffodil Society held at Bartletts Farm at 33 Bartlett Farm Road.  There are entry classes for horticulture, flower arrangements, and photography.  Nantucket Garden Club. Free to the public; donations welcome.

10:30 AM to 2 PM - Sunday Brunch
Savor a new twist on breakfast dishes & savory fare at Proprietors, 9 India Street.  Reservations: 508-228-7477

11 AM to 1 PM - From Our Cellar to Yours Wine Sale
Help us clear our shelves for new arrivals & restock your selection at garage sale prices!  Epernay Wine & Spirits, 1 N. Beach St. 508-228-2755

11 AM to 4 PM - Whaling Museum Open
Nantucket's world-class museum devoted to Nantucket history at 13 Broad Street, 508-228-1894.

11:30 AM to 4 PM - Spring Sell Off
Huge savings at Freedman's of Nantucket to make room for new inventory, 14 Centre St.

12 PM - New Guinea Walk & Talk
See the historic New Guinea community where Native residents and residents of African descent settled during the 18th and 19th centuries. $5 admission; $3 for youths and seniors. 508-228-9833

1 PM - Tricky Dicks Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.

2 PM - Great Writers on Nantucket
Hear how Melville, Hemingway, Steinbeck & others were inspired by Nantucket on a 2/3 mi, 90 min stroll.  $20; $15 65+ and Teens; $5 Ages 7-12.  Cash Only.  Meet at Federal & India sts by Atheneum fence 10 min early.  508-332-0953

2 PM - Movie:  Grey Lady
 Rated R:  A Boston police officer goes to Nantucket to investigate the murder of his partner, but he finds more than he bargained for. Filmed on Nantucket. Showing in The Dreamland Studio Theatre, 17 South Water Street.

4:30 to 5:30 PM - Transcendent Yoga:  Poetry Selections
A yoga class with spoken word.  Dharma Yoga Nantucket instructor Joann Burnham will lead a class that includes poetry recitations.  The class is free, but space is limited and registration is required. Sign up at dharmayoganantucket.com.Atheneum Great Hall, 1 India St

5 to 7 PM - Sean Lee Performs Live
Local live music at Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street.

5:30 PM - Spring Dinner Special in Brant Point Grill
A 3-course lunch overlooking Nantucket Harbor for $35, served nightly for spring at the Brant Point Grill, 50 Easton Street. 508-228-2500

6:30 to 7:45 PM - US Constitution Class with Peter Panchy
Peter Panchy has taught history at Nantucket High School for over 20 years. The Atheneum Great Hall, 1 India Street

7 PM - The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Town Route
Nantucket's first & oldest Ghost Walk features 5 of the island's famous haunted locations.  Led by the original guide, it is 1 mi. long & lasts 80 min.  $20; $15 65+ & Teens; $5 Age 7-12.  Cash Only.  Meet at Main & Centre sts, by bank steps 15 min. early.  508-332-0953

10 PM to 1 AM - Karaoke
Karaoke at the Rose & Crown, 23 South Water Street.  508-228-2595

Daffodil Festival Treats for Tailgating

Daffodil Lemon-Ginger Muffins
These muffins are a delightful with a strong cup of coffee or espresso in the morning and make a bright teatime snack. Recipe makes about 18 dense and flavorful muffins.

  • 1-1/4 cup sugar
  • 3 cups of flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1-1/4 cups of milk
  • 3/4 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tsps. lemon oil
  • 1/2 diced crystallized ginger

Combine the flour, the sugar, the baking powder, and the crystallized ginger in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, mix the milk, the oil, the eggs, and the lemon oil. Stir the milk mixture into the dry ingredients. Line standard muffin tins with foil cupcake liners. Divide the batter into the cups and bake for 20 minutes, or until the top springs back when touched lightly. Transfer the muffins to a rack to cool.

Pineapple Stuffing
Serve hot or cold as a sweet accompaniment to ham, or use it as a condiment in a hearty ham sandwich.

  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple, well drained
  • 5 slices of Portugese bread (slightly stale and cubed)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream butter and sugar thoroughly. Add the eggs, two at a time and beat well after each addition. Add the pineapple. Stir in the bread cubes so that all are moist.
Bake in a lightly greased 1.5-quart casserole uncovered at 350 F for about 45 minutes or until the top is golden and slightly browned.