Although the annual Daffodil Days Festival has been canceled due to COVID-19, don’t tell that to over 1,200,000 daffodils ready to burst forth in a riot of blazing yellow throughout April. 

To celebrate their arrival, for the first time Daffodillion and Newport in Bloom are teaming up to present “NEWPORT DAFFODIL DAYS”, a variety of free, safe-distanced activities throughout greater Newport during the month.

Among the activities planned:

The shops of Newport will be competing for “Best Daffy Dressed” awards by decorating their storefront windows.

On April 10th, Bike Newport will hold their annual Tour de Jonquilles, cycling past fields of daffodils throughout the City.

On April 27th, the Green Animals topiary garden will go daffy with a curated tour among 11,000 daffodils featuring 29 different varieties.

Want to guess how many daffodils are blooming this April? The Newport Recreation Department and Daffodil Days will post a number at six major daffodil fields – add them all up to find the exact total number of daffodils in bloom – and a chance to win a grand prize – plus a free Daffodil pin. 

The Black Dog, Newport Mansion Store on Bannister’s Wharf, and the Bowen’s Wharf Pilot House will all be selling commemorative daffodil pins. Those wearing the pin will receive discounts at select retailers throughout the City.

Organizers say that all donated funds during the month will go to purchase daffodil bulbs for the annual free bulb giveaway in October.  The greater the contributions, the more bulbs will be given away.

For more information, visit http://newportdaffydays.com/

Ryan Belmore is the Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
Belmore 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.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore 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 previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

Belmore and his wife, Jen, currently live in Alexandria, Virginia, a move they made in 2021. Read more about that here - https://whatsupnewp.com/2021/09/letter-from-the-publisher-some-personal-news/

Belmore visits Newport every couple of weeks to support the 12+ paid contributors What'sUpNewp has on the ground across Rhode Island, a place he called home for 39 years.

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

In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
Belmore can be contacted at ryan@whatsupnewp.com and 401-662-1653.