UPCOMING EVENTS 2017
From the first Daffodil Show on Nantucket in 1974, the festival has grown to include many more activities, and surely more daffodils. The tradition was first sponsored by the Nantucket Garden club and was highlighted by the planting of daffodils along Milestone Road. The group had a goal of someday reaching one million daffodils. With the help of island residents and professional landscapers, that goal has been far surpassed. It is estimated from early April to mid-May, three million daffodils bloom and help to decorate present-day Nantucket.
• Annual Window Decorating Contest
Local retail establishments and restaurants that participate and decorate their storefronts can be awarded for most creative display and also most traditional display. This is a great opportunity to get involved, but also a fantastic way for business owners to spruce up their windows as visitor traffic begins to increase with the warmer weather.
• Annual Antique Car Parade
This is one of the most popular and highly anticipated events of the entire festival. The number of registered participants is generally over 100, so pre-registration is a must. Antique cars are decorated and then lined up on Main Street, set to be judged in the following categories:
o Most Authentic
o Most Traditional
o Most Creative
o People’s Choice
After the automobiles have been judged, the parade begins. The parade goes throughout Nantucket Town and ends in Sconset. The parade generally begins at 12 PM and concludes at 1:30 PM.
• Annual Daffodil Children's Parade
Beginning at Children’s Beach, children of all ages, as well as their families, are invited to decorate bicycles, strollers and wagons, keeping in mind the Daffodil theme. Everyone is a winner in this event, so refreshments and ribbons will be provided to all participants. It is required that all Children under age 10, need to be accompanied by an adult.
• Annual Daffy Hat Pageant
Fashion meets fun at the Children’s Beach Band Stand for this festival event. Anyone can participate in this event by decorating and sporting a self-made “Daffy Hat”. A Daffy hat is a hat made from Daffodils, found on Nantucket. Many different colors of daffodils bloom on Nantucket each year, so creating a beautiful hat is something that anyone is capable of.
• Annual Daffy Dog Parade
The Daffodil Festival really does have events to include everyone – children, adults and even dogs! Following the antique car show, dogs with daffodil décor will be judged and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place awards will be given. Pre-registration is required.
• Annual Daffodil Tailgate Picnic
Following the Antique Car show, the community is invited to meet at the end of the parade route, for a picnic in Sconset. You can come and enjoy great food and friends or you can enter in the picnic contest. Please contact the Nantucket Chamber of Commerce for official rules on this AMATEUR ONLY competition.
Keep in mind that parking is very limited. This would be a great opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and walk or bike to this event.
Carpooling is also suggested.
• 43rd Annual Daffodil Flower Show
This event, sponsored by the Nantucket Garden Club and American Daffodil Society, features exhibits in photography, art and horticulture. Admission for this event is free.
For more information about the weekend’s festivities and for registration in the Antique Car Parade, please call 508-228-1700. You can also learn more about the history of the Daffodil Festival and upcoming events by checking out the Daffodil Festival page: http://www.nantucketchamber.org/daffodil-festival.html
The Nantucket Wine Festival continues to grow in popularity and is considered one of the nation’s most celebrated wine and food events.
Not only does this event bring people together to enjoy fabulous wine, food and entertainment, but it also is a major fundraiser for several Nantucket nonprofit organizations.
For up to date schedule of events, please visit http://www.nantucketwinefestival.com/
Figawi Regatta / Memorial Day Weekend
Dates: May 26th-29th, 2017
A kick-off to Nantucket and Cape Cod’s Summer season, this internationally recognized, top sailing event hosts entries from several states and nearly 250 boats. The Figawi race route runs from the Hyannis Jetty to the Nantucket Jetty. There is also a reverse race as well. Over 3,000 sailors, visitors and locals take part in this popular tradition. 2017 marks the 46th annual celebration.
To take part in this event as a sailor, registration is mandatory. Please visit the official Figawi website, http://figawi.com/the-race/registration/ , for registration and event information. A 2017 schedule of events will be posted in the spring.
Besides the Race, the annual Figawi Charity Ball also helps to celebrate Figawi weekend. If you would like to attend, tickets can be purchased in advance by visiting http://figawi.com/the-ball/overview/. Attendants must be 21 years of age or older. Black tie is appropriate.
Nantucket Spring Restaurant Week
This Spring participating Nantucket restaurants will be offering three course dinners from $35 to $45. It is the perfect opportunity to taste something new or to dine with an old favorite.
Nantucket Book Festival Events Schedule
July 7th - 9th, 2017
"The island of Nantucket has a unique vibration that has consistently inspired conscious living, the independent spirit and creative collaboration.
The Nantucket Yoga Festival is a community orientated celebration that brings together the very best world class yoga instructors, wellness experts and healthy living guides in a celebration of the spirit of the island. By coming together to explore ways to find a happier, healthier more peaceful way of living we can begin to affect positive change in our community and ultimately in the world around us."
Great Point Properties is proud to be a sponsor for one of the summer’s most popular events, the 5K (3.1 miles) Race for Open Space. Promptly starts at 8 am.
For online registration please go to: http://www.acktri.com/
Nantucket Race Week
"Nantucket Race Week is nine days of regattas, awards ceremonies, and parties hosted by Nantucket Yacht Club and Great Harbor Yacht Club to benefit Nantucket Community Sailing. Nantucket Race Week is proud to be a Clean Regatta as certified by Sailors for the Sea."
Annual Boston Pops on Jetties Beach
"The Boston Pops on Nantucket is the largest single fundraiser for Nantucket Cottage Hospital and brings thousands of people from all walks of life together at Jetties Beach for an unforgettable night of entertainment. All funds generated during the event stay on Nantucket to sustain the hospital’s year-round commitment to the health and wellbeing of the island community."
The Opera House Cup Regatta was the first all-wooden, single-hulled classic boat regatta on the East Coast, and attracts some of the finest sailboats in the country.
For more information regarding the Opera Cup - www.operahousecup.org