Nantucket Daffodil Festival
Festival Information
Festival Information

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

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

Here's what happened at the Daffodil Festival, 2016

Friday - April 29, 2016

Friday-Sunday, Daffodil Festival Scavenger Hunt
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 a prize.  Available at the Chamber Office, Zero Main Street. $10/ team. 508-228-3643.
 
Magic Giant Daffodil Garden
See the "garden" created by island children, who made a giant daffodil or a cluster of not-quite-giant flowers, and "planted" them along the Milestone Road by the entrance to the Wannacomet Water Company and along the Daffodil Parade route. Organized and sponsored by the Nantucket Arts Council.
 
10 AM  to 5 PM – "Secret Gardens & Wild Kingdoms"
Gallery exhibition featuring artwork with an outdoor theme, plus Junior Artists Show on the second floor in the Artists Association Gallery at 19 Washington Street.

12 PM - Daffodil Festival Weekend Window Decorating Contest
Merchants are encouraged to beautify their store windows with an original Daffodil Festival theme. Ribbons for Best Decorated are awarded at 4:00PM. Sponsored by The Nantucket Chamber of Commerce. Zero Main St. 508.228.1700.

4 to 6 PM – Wine Tasting
What better way to celebrate Daffy Weekend and the start of rosé season than this "must attend" event to prep for the perfect tailgate?  You be the judge at this Hip Rosé Taste-Off while you stock up for your ultimate weekend get-together.  Held at Épernay.  1 N Beach Street, near the White Elephant and the Nantucket Hotel. Parking in Back. www.epernayfinewine.com. 508.228.2755

Saturday – April 30, 2016

7 AM - Wing Day at Easy Street Cantina
Basket of 16 jumbo wings for $9.95; half basket for $5.95: buffalo, barbecue, teriyaki,plain. Easy Street Cantina, corner of Easy & Broad sts.

8:30 AM - Historic Mansions of Main & the 1746 Windmill
A 2 mi, 45 min., non-stop exercise walk with historic commentary down streets most visitors never find.  $15.  Cash Only.  Meet 10 min. early at corner of Main & Centre sts. 508-332-0953

9 to 10 AM - Yoga at Greater Light
A yoga lesson in the historic Greater Light, Howard St. All levels. Bring your mat. $20. Register at nha.org/programs or 508-228-1894.

9:15 AM - Ara's Tours
Experience Nantucket with Ara's Tours. Reserve a seat by calling or texting 508-228-1951. Repeated at 12:15 pm, 2:15 pm, & later.

9:30 AM - Daffodil Festival Antique Car Parade
Walk among these classic cars decorated for Daffy and staged for the parade.  Parade begins at noon, when the cars will drive through downtown & then out to Sconset for a tailgate picnic. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

9:30 AM to 5 PM - Daffodil Weekend Specials at Blue Beetle
See a special selection of Daffodil Festival fascinators & a Pandora-style Daffodil charm beat.  Spring Sale: 50-75% OFF. 12 Main Street.

9:30 AM to 5 PM - The Clothesline Project
A visual display that bears witness to the violence against women and children. Nantucket Atheneum, 1 India Street

9:45 AM - Fifty Shades of Fabulous Walking Tour
3/4 mi., 90 min. stroll led by 3 time runner-up in Nantucket History Quiz Bowl: the dynamic story of Nantucket. $20; $15 Ages 65+ & Teens; $5 Ages 7-12. Cash Only. Meet 10 min. early at Main & Centre sts.

10 AM - Independent Book Store Day
Stop into Mitchell's Book Corner  at 54 Main St. and Bookworks  at 25 Broad Street for a day of fun!

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 & 3 pm.

10 AM to 12 PM - Nantucket Coloring Book Release Party
Meet Scott Widmeyer & Alan Yount creators of Color Me Nantucket, the island's first adult coloring book. Artists Paul McCarthy & Jean Petty from Nantucket Carving & Folk Art will sign the books.  Mitchell's Book Corner, 54 Main Street.

10 AM to 2 PM - Daffodil Weekend Used Book Sale
Hundreds of previously enjoyed books & media at great prices!  Hardcover books $2, Soft cover Books & Media $1.  Atheneum, 1 India St.

10 AM to 4 PM - Daffodil Weekend Sale
Up to 50% off all merchandise in Nantucket Boat Basin Authentic Shop, 33 Straight Wharf.

10 AM to 5 PM - Rainbow Fleet & Daffodil Fairy Raffles
Tickets $1 ea. or 12 for $10. Prizes are a Rainbow Fleet or a fairy dressed in a Daffodil outfit. Toy Boat, 41 Straight Wharf

10:15 AM - Daffodil Festival Children's Parade
Kids bring bikes, trikes, scooters, wagons, skateboards, baby carriages, or other self-propelled vehicles decorated for Daffodil Weekend.  Under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. ALL kids on bikes must wear helmets.  Children's Beach.  A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

10:30 AM - Daffodil Festival Weekend Hat Pageant
Open to men, women, & kids. Parade around  Children's Beach, Harbor View Way with your fun, beautiful, and outrageous Daffy hats. In case of rain, meet in the Nantucket High School auditorium, 10 Surfside Road.  A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

10:30 to 11 AM - Free Story Time at Bookworks
Bring the little ones to Bookworks, 25 Broad Street, for a story time under the book tree.

11 AM to 1 PM - Clambake Season Kick-off Wine Tasting
Sample the new releases from Clambake Wines of California. Taste their Unoaked Chardonnay + Limited Release Rose as we start the day shucking local oysters. Epernay Wine & Spirits, 1 North Beach St, near Nantucket Hotel & White Elephant.  epernaywines.com

11 AM to 4 PM - Whaling Museum Open
The Whaling Museum at 13 Broad Street, 508-228-1894

11:30 AM to 3:45 PM - Lithuanian Classroom
Outside group gathering to teach small children about their Lithuanian heritage and culture.  Atheneum Learning Lab, 1 India 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 to 2 PM - "Daffy Tailgate" Lunch at TOPPER'S
Buffett style picnic food and festive spring desserts; $35 and 25% off all Rose wines Retsyo Oysters served on TOPPER'S lower terrace priced per piece. TOPPER'S at The Wauwinet.  Reservations: 508-228-8768.

12 PM - Nantucket Walkabout Hike Smith's Point
See gray seals in winter; nesting piping plovers, least terns & American oystercatchers during the summer & glimpse Tuckernuck Island.  Reserve at 508-422-7466 or NantucketWalkabout.com

12:30 PM - Daffy Dog Parade
All friendly, leashed dogs welcome. Costumes encouraged. Prizes, must be registered to win. Lower Main Street. Suggested donation $5 benefits Nantucket Safe Harbor for Animals. A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

12:55 PM - Met Live:  "Elektra"
Shown in The Dreamland Main Theatre, 17 South Water St.  Tickets $20, $18 for students, seniors and children.

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 Dog Ice Cream Party
Enjoy a cup of coffee at Handlebar Café, 15 Washington Street, while your 4-legged friend gets treated to free dog ice cream, treats, & Daffodil collar flowers from Puppy Kisses.

1 to 3 PM - The Daffodil Marketplace
Island Business & organizations offer activities, displays, merchandise and food sales at Children's Beach, Harbor View Way.   A Nantucket Island Chamber of Commerce event

1 to 3 PM - Daffodil Festival Family Beach Picnic
Bring a picnic & a blanket for this fun 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 - Ami Yares Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.

2 PM - Signs of Black Heritage on Nantucket
Head to the African Meeting House at 29 York Street after the antique car parade for a fun New Guinea Walk'n Talk tour or a scavenger hunt with UMass Boston McNair Scholars. Free event, donations accepted.

2 to 5 PM - 42nd Annual Community Daffodil Flower Show
42nd Community Annual Daffodil Show approved by the American Daffodil Society will be held at Bartlett's Farm at 33 Bartlett Farm Rd. Entry classes for horticulture, flower arrangements & photography. Nantucket Garden Club: nantucketgardenclub.org  Free; donations welcome.

3:30 PM - Fifty Shades of Fabulous Walking Tour
3/4 mi., 90 min. stroll led by 3 time runner-up in Nantucket History Quiz Bowl: the dynamic story of Nantucket. $20; $15 Ages 65+ & Teens; $5 Ages 7-12. Cash Only. Meet 10 min. early at Main & Centre sts.

3:30 to 5:30 PM - "Daffy Tailgate" After-Party at TOPPER'S
Special "Daffy Deck Menu" for after-party snacks priced a la carte. Live entertainment. The Wauwinet's courtesy van will shuttle to and from 'Sconset. Bocce & croquet set up on the lawn (weather permitting). TOPPER'S at The Wauwinet.  508-228-8768.

4 to 6 PM - Spike Your Lemonade at this Apres Tailgate Party
Come taste Fishers Island Lemonade 100% spiked Craft Cocktail in a Can. Held at Epernay Wine & Spirits, 1 North Beach St., near Nantucket Hotel & White Elephant.  epernaywines.com

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

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

6 to 8:30 PM - Daffodil Dinner at the Farm
A family style dinner in the cozy Hayloft at Bartlett's Farm, 33 Bartlett Farm Rd.  BYOB. $40, inc. tax & gratuity  Space limited: reservations at bartlettsfarm.com/events/event-calendar

7 PM - The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Town Route
Nantucket's 1st & oldest Ghost Walk, led by original guide. See 5 of the island's haunted locations. One mi., lasts 80 min.  $20; $15 Age 65+ & Teens; $5 for 7-12. Cash Only. Meet 10 min. early at Main & Centre sts.

8 PM - "Goin' Gatsby" Benefit Cabaret
Dixieland Direct Jazz Band, light food & libations in The Nantucket Hotel, 77 Easton Street. Tickets $125 at cfnan.tix.com; proceeds benefit Addiction Solutions Fund for island residents.

8:45 PM - The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Town Route
Nantucket's 1st & oldest Ghost Walk, led by original guide. See 5 of the island's haunted locations. One mi., lasts 80 min.  $20; $15 Age 65+ & Teens; $5 for 7-12. Cash Only. Meet 10 min. early at Main & Centre sts.

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

Sunday, May 1

7 AM to 1 PM - Benedict Sunday at The Downyflake
Savor three different creative versions of Eggs Benedict, 18 Sparks Ave.

8 AM - Sunday Bird Walk
About 2-1/2 hours of birding. All levels welcome. Meet at Nantucket High School parking lot, 10 Surfside Road.

8 AM - Nantucket Walkabout Hike Polpis Harbor-Quaise
Experience Nantucket & Polpis harbors: shorebirds, harbor creatures, & incredible views. Reserve: 508-422-7466 or NantucketWalkabout.com

8:30 AM - Historic Mansions of Main & the 1746 Windmill
A 2 mi, 45 min., non-stop exercise walk with historic commentary down streets most visitors never find.  $15.  Cash Only.  Meet 10 min. early at corner of Main & Centre sts. 508-332-0953

9 AM - Daffodil 5K Race
The 5k race begins and ends at Codfish Park under the pedestrian bridge in the historic village of 'Sconset on Nantucket Island. $40 to participate; $20 for age 14 & younger. nantuckettriathlonclub.org or www.runreg.com/nantucket-daffodil-5k

9:15 AM - Ara's Tours
Experience Nantucket with Ara's Tours. Reserve a seat by calling or texting 508-228-1951. Repeated at 12:15 pm, 2:15 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 & 3 pm.

10 AM to 2 PM - Sunday Brunch Buffet
at Brant Point Grill, 50 Easton Street. 508-325-1320

10 AM to 4 PM - Daffodil Weekend Sale
Up to 50% off all merchandise in Nantucket Boat Basin Authentic Shop, 33 Straight Wharf.

10 AM to 4:30 PM - 42nd Annual Community Daffodil Flower Show
The Community Annual Daffodil Show approved by the American Daffodil Society at Bartletts Farm at 33 Bartlett Farm Rd.  Entry classes for horticulture, flower arrangements & photography.  Nantucket Garden Club. nantucketgardenclub.org  Free admission; donations welcome.

10 AM to 5 PM - Rainbow Fleet & Daffodil Fairy Raffles
Tickets $1 ea. or 12 for $10. Prizes are a Rainbow Fleet or a fairy dressed in a Daffodil outfit. Toy Boat, 41 Straight Wharf

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 - Vintage Wine Yard Sale
Epernay's Sommeliers will be on hand to open bottles for you to sample that are available at Garage Sale prices. Epernay Wine & Spirits, 1 No. Beach St, near Nantucket Hotel & White Elephant. epernaywines.com

11 AM to 4 PM - Whaling Museum Open
The Whaling Museum at 13 Broad Street, 508-228-1894

11:30 AM to 2 PM - Sunday Brunch
at Topper's at The Wauwinet, 120 Wauwinet Road. 508-228-8768

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 PM - Ami Yares Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.

3:30 PM - Jeff Tuohy Performs Live
Live music at Cisco Brewers, 5 Bartlett Farm Road.

4 PM - Notorious Nantucket Walking Tour
Discover the hidden history of Nantucket they dare not tell you anywhere else on this 2/3 mi., 80 min. tour.  For ages 13+.  $20; $15 Age 65+ & Teens. Cash Only. Meet 10 min. early on the corner of Main & Centre st.  508-332-0953

7 PM - The Original Nantucket Ghost Walk - Town Route
Nantucket's 1st & oldest Ghost Walk, led by original guide. See 5 of the island's haunted locations. One mi., lasts 80 min.  $20; $15 Age 65+ & Teens; $5 for 7-12. Cash Only. Meet 10 min. early at Main & Centre sts.

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.