How to Celebrate the Nantucket Daffodil Festival 2021

The beloved Nantucket Daffodil Festival marks the arrival of spring, when more than three million daffodils paint the town yellow and white. Locals don daffodils on everything from their hats to their homes; businesses open up shop for the active season; and the entire island gathers for a slew of celebrations, including hat and flower shows, bike and dog parades, and, most notably, an antique car parade followed by a tailgating picnic out in Sconset. 

This year, many of the festival’s celebrations will carry on virtually, with a month-long shopping initiative aimed at supporting local shops, restaurants, and tour companies also in the works. Check back next month (and follow @ackchamber) for more details, but in the meantime, read on for a few other safe ways to enjoy the big spring bloom while on island. 



Many local businesses decorate their windows boxes with elaborate floral arrangements, and even compete against each other for the best display. Take it all in on a walk downtown, and consider helping out local businesses by picking up a souvenir or two. A few of our favorite shops include Murray’s Toggery Shop, Nantucket Looms, and ACK4170.



Take advantage of both the bloom and the warm weather with a socially distanced picnic at a park or beach, such as Sesachacha Pond or Children’s Beach. Stock your picnic basket with fresh fruit, meats and cheeses, and bottles of wine from Bartlett’s Farm (their flower-lined fields also make an excellent picnic location) or stop in to your favorite local restaurant — many sell daffy-inspired picnic boxes to go during the festival. 



During the festival, much of Nantucket is covered in daffodils, and there’s no better way to take it all in than with a scenic walk, drive, or bike around the island. Head to Sconset and marvel at the floral arrangements lining Milestone Road, then make your way to Sankaty Lighthouse nearby for some serious eye candy—this time of year, the iconic lighthouse is surrounded by fields of yellow flowers. Dress in layers and don’t forget your camera. 


Celebrate the Nantucket Daffodil Festival With a Stay at Greydon House

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