Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Festival Information
Festival Information

The 2019 Daffodil Festival will be held on Nantucket April 26-28, 2019

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

Here are the Events for the 2018 Daffodil Festival

Friday, April 27

NEW MARIA MITCHELL EXHIBIT.
Celebrate famed local astronomer Maria Mitchell & her legacy at this exhibit running through January 2019 (included in price of admission). View during open hours at Whaling Museum, 13 Broad St. 508-228-1894 nha.org

8-11 AM. EARLY-BIRD BIRD WALK.
Join MMA's Field Ornithologist Ginger Andrews on a unique birding experience around the island! (Nantucket is an excellent birding venue.) Transportation (limited spaces) provided and a limited number of excellent binoculars available for loan. Members: $5; Non-Members: $20. Call 508-228-9198 to pre-register (required). mariamitchell.org/learndiscover/ adult-walks-field-trips.

8:30- 9:25 AM. FABULOUS MANSIONS OF THE CLIFF & BRANT POINT EXERCISE WALK.
A 2.5 mile, 55-min. non-stop exercise walk—with historic commentary—past some of the most spectacular island summer homes. Featuring stellar views of Nantucket Sound. Gather 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main St., in front of Pacific Bank. $20/adults; $15/seniors (65+) and teens; $5/ages 7-12. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. Nantucket Walking Tours. 508-332-0953

10-11:30 AM & 2-3:30 PM. FIFTY SHADES OF FABULOUS: THE STORY OF NANTUCKET WALK.
Led by the 3-time runner-up in the Nantucket History Quiz Bowl, this 2/3 mile stroll around the beautiful downtown area features the dynamic story of "the most important small town in American history." Please arrive 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main St. in front of Pacific Bank. $20/adults, $15/seniors 65+ and teens, $5/ kids 7-12, under 7, FREE. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. Nantucket Walking Tours. 508-332-0953

4-6 PM SPRING INTO DAFFY WITH MINER WINES.
Spring is here and it's time to celebrate with some of e'pernay's favorite wines! Join Chris Berry from Miner Family Wines and enjoy sampling selections from this family-owned winery in the Oakville appellation, in the heart of Napa Valley. Complimentary. RSVP: info@ epernaywines.com. 1 N Beach St., corner of Easton St. 508-228-2755 epernaywines.com

5-7 PM SMALL WORKS, BIG CAUSE EXHIBIT.
All are welcome to the opening reception for this year's Small Works, Big Cause show by PAN (Photographer's Alliance of Nantucket). Prints all $40 (cash only), with proceeds benefiting Fairwinds, Nantucket's Counseling Center. Handlebar Café, 15 Washington St. nantucketphotographers.net

5-7 PM. BRIX WINE SHOP TASTING.
"Spring in a Glass" Wine Tasting. Warming temperatures mean it's time to break out light, easy drinking wines that awaken your palate. Come kick off Daffodil Weekend as we pour this season's hottest springtime sips! BRIX Wine Shop, 1 Windy Way. info@brixnantucket.com 508-228-9123. brixnantucket.com.

6 PM. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT THEATER PRODUCTION.
Visit theatrenantucket.org/events for details. Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. Bennett Hall, 62 Centre St. 508-228-4305

6-8 PM FOUND IN TRANSLATION ART EXHIBIT RECEPTION.
Patrons are invited to write a brief reaction to the first-floor artwork on display, and view the 2D and 3D exhibits upstairs, featuring works on paper and 3-D works by Artists Association of Nantucket members! (Exhibition on display until May 21.) Cecelia Joyce & Seward Johnson Gallery, 19 Washington St. 508-228-0294. nantucketarts.org

6-8:30 PM. THE FLOWER POWER PARTY.
Launch into Daffodil Festival with N Magazine & the Nantucket Historical Association. Heavy hors d'oeuvres, festive libations, photo booth, and prize for the best "blooming" outfit! Tickets: $95. Whaling Museum, 13 Broad St. nha.org

7-8:20 PM & 8:45-10:05 PM. THE ORIGINAL NANTUCKET GHOST WALK.
Begun in 1998, the island's first (and oldest) Ghost Walk features 5 of the Town's most famous haunted locations. The island's most popular walking tour ever, led by the original guide. Please arrive 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main Street, in front of Pacific Bank. $20/ adults; $15/seniors (65+) and teens; $5/kids 7-12. Under 7, FREE. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. 508-332-0953.

Saturday, April 28

7AM-6 PM SMALL WORKS, BIG CAUSE EXHIBIT
All are welcome to the opening reception for this year's Small Works, Big Cause show by PAN (Photographer's Alliance of Nantucket). Prints all $40 (cash only), with proceeds benefiting Fairwinds, Nantucket's Counseling Center. Handlebar Café, 15 Washington St. nantucketphotographers.net

7:30-8:30 AM EARLY MORNING DAFFY DAY YOGA PRACTICE.
Join Shannah Green for a one-hour 'Root to Rise' session. $25 / single drop-in. Supta Yoga, 9 Amelia Dr. 203- 273- 2408. suptayoganantucket.com

8:30-9:25 AM. FABULOUS MANSIONS OF THE CLIFF & BRANT POINT EXERCISE WALK.
A 2.5 mile, 55-min. non-stop exercise walk—with historic commentary—past some of the most spectacular island summer homes. Featuring stellar views of Nantucket Sound. Gather 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main St., in front of Pacific Bank. $20/adults; $15/seniors (65+) and teens; $5/ages 7-12. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. Nantucket Walking Tours. 508-332-0953

9-10:15 AM DAFFY DAY YOGA PRACTICE.
Join Carlisle Hodges for a 75-minute 'Freestyle Flow'! $25/single drop-in. Supta Yoga, 9 Amelia Dr. 508- 273-2408. suptayoganantucket.com

9:30 AM-2 PM ATHENEUM USED BOOK SALE.
Browse hundreds of previously enjoyed books and media for all ages at great prices! Hardcover: $2; softcover and media: $1. Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India St. 508-228-1110. nantucketatheneum.org

9:30 AM - 3 PM. 44TH ANNUAL DAFFODIL FESTIVAL WEEKEND ANTIQUE CAR PARADE & TAILGATE PICNIC
Presented by Cape Air / Nantucket Airlines. Visit Town early to view the beauteously bedecked vintage cars line up on Main Street. (Drivers are often garbed in themed costume!) Vote on your favorites. "People's Choice" ballots are available outside the Chamber office at Zero Main Street. Car staging begins at 9:30 AM. Parade starts at 12 PM, following this route: right on Centre Street, right on Broad Street, right on South Water Street, and back up Main Street. Cars continue left on Orange Street and head out of Town, around the Rotary and out Milestone Road to 'Sconset. Cars park along the right. All picnics are eligible to win ribbons. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce signature event. 508- 228-1700.

9:30 AM - 4 PM. ELECTRIC VEHICLES & BIKES AT CHILDREN'S BEACH!
Electric bicycles & information from 9:30 AM-4 PM, with electric car test drives from 12-4 PM. Sponsored by Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce, Town of Nantucket, and REACH Strategies.

9:30 AM. DAFFODIL WEEKEND SHOPPING AT BLUE BEETLE.
We're celebrating the arrival of spring after a long winter! Featuring a great selection of new spring and summer must-have clothing. Special for this weekend, an exclusive Pandora-style Daffodil Charm Bead. Enjoy our spring sale, 50%-75% off select items.12 Main St. 508-228- 3227. bluebeetlenantucket.com

10 - 11:45 AM. GAIL'S TOURS.
Tour Nantucket by vehicle with a sixthgeneration islander! Hear "Gail's Tales" on this unique, in-depth 1.75 hr. tour. Departing daily from Visitor Services, 25 Federal St. Call in advance for reservations. (508) 257-6557

10 - 11:30 AM. FIFTY SHADES OF FABULOUS: THE STORY OF NANTUCKET WALK.
Led by the 3-time runner-up in the Nantucket History Quiz Bowl, this 2/3 mile stroll around the beautiful downtown area features the dynamic story of "the most important small town in American history." Please arrive 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main St. in front of Pacific Bank. $20/adults, $15/seniors 65+ and teens, $5/ kids 7-12, under 7, FREE. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. Nantucket Walking Tours. 508-332-0953

10 AM – 12 PM. AUTHOR BOOK SIGNINGS AT MBC.
Meet Blue Balliett and purchase her new title "Out of the Wild Night." Local author Nancy Thayer will also be signing her new book "A Nantucket Wedding." Mitchell's Book Corner. 54 Main St. 508-228-1080. mitchellsbookcorner.com

10 AM - 5 PM. FREEDMAN'S OF NANTUCKET SPRING SALE!
65% Off Spring Sale. 14 Centre St. (508) 228-3291

10 AM - 8 PM. REOPENING OF BARNABY'S PLACE!
Stop by Barnaby's Place, a new children's snack bar inside Nantucket Bookworks! 25 Broad St. 508-228-4000. barnabybearnantucket@ gmail.com nantucketbookworks.com

10:30 AM. 44TH ANNUAL DAFFODIL FESTIVAL CHILDREN'S PARADE.
Sponsored by Wendy Rouillard, author of Barnaby Bear, and Christina Hall of Nantucket Island Resorts. Fun for children of all ages and their families! Decorate your bicycle, wagon, skateboard, baby carriage or other self-propelled vehicle with a Daffodil theme, or simply come decked out in your best Daffy gear! Ribbons awarded to all participants. Children under 10 should be accompanied by an adult, and all children on bicycles MUST wear a helmet. Staging begins at 10:15 AM at Children's Beach bandstand, Harbor View Way. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce signature event. 508- 228-1700.

10:45 AM. 44TH ANNUAL DAFFODIL FESTIVAL HAT PAGEANT.
Show off your creativity with a festively decorated, Daffodil-themed hat (elegant or goofy... it's all fabulous fun!) and join the Pageant! Open to men, women & children. Ribbons awarded in adult and children's categories. Starts immediately after Children's Parade. Children's Beach bandstand, Harbor View Way. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce signature event. 508-228-1700.

11-11:30 AM. NANPUPPETS AT CHILDREN'S BEACH.
Grab your picnic lunches, and head to Children's Beach for original performance of Lizza Obremski's phenomenal Nanpuppets to delight all ages. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce signature event. 508-228-1700. nanpuppets.com

11 AM - 1 PM. "PACK A PERFECT PICNIC" WINE TASTING.
With wine as a key ingredient in your perfect picnic scenario, why not make it 'green' ? Sample a selection of earth-friendly vinos as you learn to distinguish among organic, biodynamic and sustainable wines. Don't forget your handy recyclable, reusable GoVino wine glasses! Complimentary. RSVP: info@epernaywines.com e'pernay Wine & Spirits, 1 N. Beach St., corner of Easton St. 508-228-2755. epernaywines.com

12:30 PM. 8TH ANNUAL DAFFY DOG PARADE
Sponsored by Geronimo's. All friendly, leashed pooches are welcome to participate! (Daffy costumes & decorations strongly encouraged.) 1st, 2nd & 3rd place prizes awarded; must be registered to win. Register from 10 AM-12 PM at the Federal & Main St. corner table. Suggested donation: $5. Proceeds benefit Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals. Parade will be held at Children's Beach. A signature event of the Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce. 508-228-1700.

12:55 PM. MET LIVE: CENDRILLON LIVE PERFORMANCE.
Massenet's sumptuous take on the Cinderella story, with Joyce DiDonato in the title role, paired with mezzo-soprano Alice Coote in the trouser role of Prince Charming, Kathleen Kim as the Fairy Godmother, and Stephanie Blythe as Madame de la Haltière. Bertrand de Billy conducts Laurent Pelly's imaginative storybook production. Nantucket Dreamland Theater, 17 South Water St. 508-332- 4822. nantucketdreamland.org

1-2:45 PM. GAIL'S TOURS. See 4/28, 10 AM.
Tour Nantucket by vehicle with a sixthgeneration islander! Hear "Gail's Tales" on this unique, in-depth 1.75 hr. tour. Departing daily from Visitor Services, 25 Federal St. Call in advance for reservations. (508) 257-6557

2-3:20 PM. NOTORIOUS NANTUCKET TOUR.
Learn the forbidden history of Nantucket that no other tour dares to reveal! Delve into the dark world of opium dens, secret trysts, gigolos, con artists, hippie hysteria, and a house of ill-repute. Ages 13+. Gather 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main St., in front of Pacific Bank. $20/adults; $15/seniors (65+) and teens. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. Nantucket Walking Tours. 508-332-0953.

2-5 PM. 44TH ANNUAL NANTUCKET DAFFODIL REGIONAL SHOW.
Sponsored by Nantucket Garden Club (members of Garden Club of America). Enjoy the many cultivars of daffodils on display as well as creative floral arrangements and imaginative photographs at this bona fide daffodil show! Download the program here. Free to the public, with shuttle bus service to Bartlett's Ocean View Farm from the Greenhound Building, 10 Washington St. starting at 1:45 PM. nantucketgardenclub.org

3-3:45 PM. GAIL'S TOURS. See 4/28, 10 AM.
Tour Nantucket by vehicle with a sixthgeneration islander! Hear "Gail's Tales" on this unique, in-depth 1.75 hr. tour. Departing daily from Visitor Services, 25 Federal St. Call in advance for reservations. (508) 257-6557

4-6 PM. DAFFODIL CELEBRATION CRAFT BREW TASTING.
Let your Daffodil Weekend continue at this afternoon beer tasting celebration of New England Craft Breweries. Discover spring seasonal finds and limited release brews as we reveal a selection of new beers never before seen on island! Beer munchies provided. Game on! Complimentary. RSVP: info@epernaywines.com e'pernay Wine & Spirits, 1 N. Beach St., corner of Easton St. 508-228-2755. epernaywines.com

6 PM TERMS OF ENDEARMENT THEATER PRODUCTION.
Visit theatrenantucket.org/events for details. Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. Bennett Hall, 62 Centre St. 508-228-4305

DAFFODIL CELEBRATION DINNER.
Join Chef Greg as he prepares a multi-course SPRING meal in the demonstration space. $65/ person. Cash Bar. Nantucket Culinary Center, 22 Federal St. RSVP: joy@nantucketculinary.com 508-228-2665. nantucketculinary.com

7-8:20 PM THE ORIGINAL NANTUCKET GHOST WALK.
Begun in 1998, the island's first (and oldest) Ghost Walk features 5 of the Town's most famous haunted locations. The island's most popular walking tour ever, led by the original guide. Please arrive 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main Street, in front of Pacific Bank. $20/ adults; $15/seniors (65+) and teens; $5/kids 7-12. Under 7, FREE. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. 508-332-0953.

7-8:30 PM. LISA REDFERN IN CONCERT.
Award-winning Mainebased songwriter Lisa Redfern boasts 11 solo recordings, including original songs, jazz standards, folk tunes, hymns and Christmas songs; she has opened for Dave Mallett, The Roches, Cindy Kallet, Livingston Taylor and Pete Seeger. Check her out at lisaredfern. com. Free admission. Nantucket Atheneum, Great Hall. 1 India St. 508- 228-1110. nantucketatheneum.org

7-10 PM DAFFODIL WINE DINNER WITH CHEF GREG AND CAMILLE BRODERICK.
Join Chef Greg as he prepares a multi-course meal in the demonstration space, pairing wine with Sommelier Camille Broderick of Camille's Demi-Hour. $150/person. Ticket price includes demonstration, dinner, drinks and gratuity. Nantucket Culinary Center, 22 Federal St. RSPV: joy@nantucketculinary.com 508-228-2665. nantucketculinary.com

8 PM POLAND STRINGS CONCERT.
A night of folk, bluegrass and fine fiddle music for the whole family. Dave Poland, Michael Kopko, Steve Sheppard, and Erik Wendelken reunite for a special performance, with guests Colin Gulley on Banjo, Catherine David, and Seth Connelly. $20/advance tickets; $25 at the door. Cash bar. White Heron Theatre, 5 North Water St. 508-228-2156. whiteherontheatre.org

8:45-10:05 PM THE ORIGINAL NANTUCKET GHOST WALK.
Begun in 1998, the island's first (and oldest) Ghost Walk features 5 of the Town's most famous haunted locations. The island's most popular walking tour ever, led by the original guide. Please arrive 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main Street, in front of Pacific Bank. $20/ adults; $15/seniors (65+) and teens; $5/kids 7-12. Under 7, FREE. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. 508-332-0953.

Sunday, April 29

7 AM-5 PM SMALL WORKS, BIG CAUSE Exhibit.
All are welcome to the opening reception for this year's Small Works, Big Cause show by PAN (Photographer's Alliance of Nantucket). Prints all $40 (cash only), with proceeds benefiting Fairwinds, Nantucket's Counseling Center. Handlebar Café, 15 Washington St. nantucketphotographers.net

8:30- 9:25 AM. FABULOUS MANSIONS OF THE CLIFF & BRANT POINT EXERCISE WALK.
A 2.5 mile, 55-min. non-stop exercise walk—with historic commentary—past some of the most spectacular island summer homes. Featuring stellar views of Nantucket Sound. Gather 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main St., in front of Pacific Bank. $20/adults; $15/seniors (65+) and teens; $5/ages 7-12. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. Nantucket Walking Tours. 508-332-0953

10-11:30 AM. FIFTY SHADES OF FABULOUS: THE STORY OF NANTUCKET WALK.
Led by the 3-time runner-up in the Nantucket History Quiz Bowl, this 2/3 mile stroll around the beautiful downtown area features the dynamic story of "the most important small town in American history." Please arrive 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main St. in front of Pacific Bank. $20/adults, $15/seniors 65+ and teens, $5/ kids 7-12, under 7, FREE. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. Nantucket Walking Tours. 508-332-0953

10 AM - 4:30 PM. 44TH ANNUAL NANTUCKET DAFFODIL REGIONAL SHOW.
Sponsored by Nantucket Garden Club (members of Garden Club of America). Enjoy the many cultivars of daffodils on display as well as creative floral arrangements and imaginative photographs at this bona fide daffodil show! Download the program here. Free to the public, with shuttle bus service to Bartlett's Ocean View Farm from the Greenhound Building, 10 Washington St. starting at 1:45 PM. nantucketgardenclub.org

11 AM - 1 PM. SPRING CLEANING BOTTLE TAG SALE & TASTING.
Need a few bottles on hand for that impromptu POST-DAFFY gathering? Take advantage of our annual WINE SALE where you get to taste before you buy! Refresh your rosé collection, take home some assorted single bottles and get free wine advice to boot! Complimentary. RSVP: info@ epernaywines.com e'pernay Wine & Spirits. 1 N. Beach St., corner of Easton St. 508-228-2755. epernaywines.com

11 AM - 2 PM. CAPE AIR / NANTUCKET AIRLINES DAFFY CELEBRATION.
Celebrate Daffodils and Spring with Cape Air/Nantucket Airlines! Coffee, cookies, and a book giveaway / signing by Helen McCarthy, author of children's books Father's Day Monsters in the Truck and Lilacs for Mother's Day. Nantucket Airport, 14 Airport Rd. 508-325-5300. nantucketairport.com

1 PM. THE GREY LADY - ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY SCREENING.
When Boston homicide detective James Doyle's partner is killed in an ambush, his dying words provide Doyle with a clue that sends him to remote Nantucket Island. In the grey off-season, his hunt for the killer leads him to the heart of the island where not even he can hide from the truth. (Barring scheduling conflicts, John Shea will be in attendance for a post-film Q&A.) Nantucket Dreamland Theater, 17 South Water St. 508-332- 4822. nantucketdreamland.org

3-4:25 PM. GREAT WRITERS ON NANTUCKET WALK.
Learn how Melville, Hemingway, Steinbeck and others were inspired by this magical island on a 1/2 mile stroll along the cobblestone streets of historic Nantucket. Meet at Federal and India Sts., outside the Atheneum fence 10 min. prior to starting time. $20 / adults; $15/ seniors (65+) and teens; $5/ kids 7-12; under 7: FREE. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. Nantucket Walking Tours. 508-332-0953.

4 PM NANTUCKET MUSIC CENTER'S WOMEN'S CHORUS.
NMC's Women's Chorus In concert with Diane T. Lehman. St. Paul's Church, 20 Fair St. $15/ suggested donation. 508- 228-3352. nantucketmusiccenter.org

6 PM. TERMS OF ENDEARMENT THEATER PRODUCTION.
Visit theatrenantucket.org/events for details. Theatre Workshop of Nantucket. Bennett Hall, 62 Centre St. 508-228-4305

7-8:20 PM. THE ORIGINAL NANTUCKET GHOST WALK.
Begun in 1998, the island's first (and oldest) Ghost Walk features 5 of the Town's most famous haunted locations. The island's most popular walking tour ever, led by the original guide. Please arrive 10 min. prior to starting time at TOP of Main Street, in front of Pacific Bank. $20/ adults; $15/seniors (65+) and teens; $5/kids 7-12. Under 7, FREE. 20% off groups of 6+. Cash only. No reservations necessary. 508-332-0953.

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.