Newport Daffodil Days Festival kicks off today
NEWPORT, R.I. — Join in dozens of fun, free, and all family daffy events at the 6th annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival, which runs from April 13-21.
Newport’s Daffodil Days Festival is an all-volunteer event in support of Daffodillion. A non-profit organization, Daffodillion has beautified the city with more than 1 million daffodils, donated to the city and its residents.
Proceeds from the festival go to purchase more daffodil bulbs to plant each fall. “Your support is most appreciated – from the bottom of our bulbs,” according to organizers.
Notable Daffy Events
On Saturday, April 13, join in at the opening ceremonies. Gather round to celebrate as the muskets are fired and the official ribbon of daffodils is cut at the historic The Clarke Cooke House as the festival blooms forth on Bannister’s Wharf Marina & Guest Rooms. Live music, a stilt walker, face painter, Miss Rhode Island, lemonade and lemon bars – oh daffy my!
Next door at Bowen’s Wharf, visit the URI Master Gardener tent for tips on your spring planting and get your free flower seeds.
Daffy Deals and store specials for all those wearing the Daffodil Pin.
On Saturday, April 13, dress your dog in daffy attire (then have Fido dress you!) and head either to Wag Nation (92 William St.) by 1pm, or to Bannisters Wharf by 1:30pm. The paw-rade then steps off at 2pm from Bannisters, marching to historic Queen Anne Square where the daffiest dressed dog and daffiest dressed human(s) will receive awards and prizes. Afterwards, stay to have your doggy learn tricks such as “take a bow,” “spin” and “give paw” by Eye to Eye Dog Training.
On Tuesday, April 16, go daffy at Green Animals in Portsmouth. Overlooking Narragansett Bay, this grand estate and gardens feature daffodils galore, plus a collection of topiaries including teddy bears, a camel, a giraffe, an ostrich, and an elephant!
At 2pm, join the chief horticulturist for a special tour as he describes the over 11,000 daffodils in bloom, featuring 29 different varieties representing 11 of the 13 official Daffodil divisions. 380 Cory’s Lane, Portsmouth, RI. Tour included with regular paid admission.
Wear your Daffy pin for discounts.
Visit http://newportdaffydays.com/ for more information and events.