Newport Daffodil Days Festival
Credit: Newport In Bloom

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.

Newport Daffodil Days Festival

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

“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

Ryan Belmore

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp.  He has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the boards of Fort Adams Trust, Lucy's Hearth, and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

In 2020, he was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.

He is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers, the Society of Professional Journalists, and the North American Snowsports Journalists Association.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, he spent 39 years living in Rhode Island before recently moving to Alexandria, Virginia, with his wife and two rescue dogs. He still considers Rhode Island home, and visits at least once a month.