With well over one million daffodils planted in the past fourteen years, Newport has become the self-proclaimed Daffiest City in New England. To celebrate the blazing yellow bounty that will soon flourish, a roster of daffodil-themed activities is planned throughout April.

First up? For a yappy good time, join the Daffy Dressed Doggy “Paw-rade marching from Bannister’s Wharf to historic Queen Anne Square on April 2. Prizes awarded for best daffy-dressed doggies and humans.

On April 16, Newport Rhode Races marathon, half marathon, and 5K dashes through daffodil-lined streets. To enter, go to RhodeRaces.com.

On Sunday morning, April 24, over 50 daffodil-decorated classic cars will roll through the streets of Newport, departing Easton’s Beach, cruising along Ocean Drive, and finishing at Fort Adams for The Audrain Automotive Museum’s first “Cars & Coffee” event of the year. Enter your daffy Decorated car at AudrainAutoMuseum.org – Events.

Other Daffodil Days highlights include:

  • All dates, times and places listed below
  • The complete schedule of activities can be found at NewportDaffyDays.com.


Sharing a mission of beautifying Newport, Daffodil Days is now part of Newport in Bloom now celebrating its 40th Anniversary this year. The non-profit, all-volunteer organization encourages Newport residents and businesses to enjoy the outdoors, meet their neighbors and beautify their homes and gardens.

Donations for the Free Bulb Giveaway in October and this summer’s decorative flower baskets along Newport’s historic streets are needed and most welcome.

Go to NewportinBloom.org for details.

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.