With “half-a-dillion” of its goal of 1 million daffodils ready to burst forth, Daffodillion has announced its plans for the Third Annual Newport Daffodil Days Festival, one that promises to be bigger and daffier than ever.

Featuring fun, free, family activities throughout Newport, the Festival has been expanded to nine days to allow visitors to revel in Mother Nature’s beauty and go daffy at twenty different events, beginning with the Opening Ceremonies at 2pm on Saturday, April 16 at Bowen’s & Bannister’s Wharves in downtown Newport.

Other Festival highlights include:

  • Dabbling & Doodling the Daffys on Cliff Walk
  • Workshop on Photographing Flowers
  • A Daffy Doggie Parade
  • Daffy Sidewalk Chalk Painting
  • Daffodil Delight Private Garden Tours and Parties
  • Tour de Jonquilles Bike Ride
  • “Driving Miss Daffodil” Car Rally & Classic Car Display
  • For the complete schedule visit www.Daffodillion.com.

“Daffodillion has donated and helped plant nearly ‘half a dillion’ daffodil bulbs as part of its all-volunteer, city beautification effort,” said Project Director John Hirschboeck.  “The hard work of planting in the fall yields a bounty of beauty each April. The Festival is our celebration of spring, enticing winter weary tourists and local residents to emerge from hibernation and “go daffy.”

For the first time a “daffy boutonniere” (ok, just call it a daffy pin) can be purchased for only $5 at the Newport Visitor’s Center, and at Bowen’s Wharf. Those wearing the pin will receive hundreds of “Daffy Deals” at participating merchants, restaurants and attractions throughout town.

For more information on The Newport Daffy Days Festival or Daffodillion, visit www.Daffodillion.com.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. Although not the founder or original owner, Belmore has been with What'sUpNewp since its early beginnings in 2012.

Belmore was born in Providence, Rhode Island; grew up and graduated high school in Coventry, Rhode Island; and lived in Newport, Rhode Island for more than ten years. He currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals.

He and his wife, Jen, as well as their two dogs (Aero and June), recently moved to Alexandria, Virginia. Belmore travels back and forth to Newport every couple of weeks to cover events, work on story ideas, to meet with What'sUpNewp's on-the-ground contributors, to visit friends, and to eat as much seafood as possible.

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