9 Fabulous Flower Festivals in New England & New York State

Celebrate Spring at These Colorful Events in the Northeast

Spring is the season when New England literally springs back to life. Days grow longer, temperatures warm, and April showers reliably bring May flowers. Spring is also a relatively affordable and uncrowded time to visit New England.

Need additional inspiration to plan a spring visit? New England welcomes spring with lively events that celebrate the emergence of colorful blooms. Here's your guide to 9 fabulous flower festivals in New England and neighboring New York State.

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    Daffodil Days at Blithewold
    ••• Daffodils poke their sunny heads up by the thousands at Blithewold each spring. © 2009 Kim Knox Beckius

    Location: Bristol, RI (Compare Hotel Rates and Reviews)
    Dates: April 1-30, 2017

    During Daffodil Days at Rhode Island's Blithewold Mansion, you'll see more than 50,000 daffodils growing in gardens and along woodland paths. For an added treat, enjoy afternoon tea Tuesday through Friday at 1 and 3 p.m. from April 11 through May 5. Reservations are required and can be made online. For information, call 401-253-2707.

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    Nantucket Daffodil Festival Dog Parade
    ••• Even dogs get in on the celebration when the annual Daffodil Festival is held on Nantucket island. Courtesy of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism

    Location: Nantucket, MA (Compare Hotel Rates and Reviews)
    Dates: April 28-30, 2017

    Fields of buttery daffodils--more than 3 million of them--are a spectacle to behold each spring on the Massachusetts island of Nantucket. Weekend events include an antique car parade, a tailgate picnic, a "daffy" dog parade, a hat pageant and more. For information, call 508-228-3643.

  • 03 of 09
    Daffodil Festival CT
    ••• Courtesy of Meriden Daffodil Festival

    Location: Meriden, CT (Compare Hotel Rates and Reviews)
    Dates: April 29-30, 2017

    With more than 600,000 daffodils in bloom, the annual Meriden Daffodil Festival can certainly be called Connecticut's most colorful event. In addition to fragrant fields of yellow and white daffodils, you'll also find continuous music on three stages, carnival rides, a craft fair, food, a parade, fireworks and entertainment for children at this free festival. For information, call 203-238-1315.

  • 04 of 09
    Dogwood Festival
    ••• For more than 80 years, Greenfield Hill Congregational Church has celebrated dogwood trees in bloom. Conner Downey / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Location: Fairfield, CT (Compare Hotel Rates and Reviews)
    Dates: May 12-14, 2017

    The Dogwood Festival has been a spring tradition at Greenfield Hill Congregational Church for more than 80 years. Thousands attend this event that celebrates the beauty of dogwood trees in bloom while also raising money and awareness for women and children in need. Take your mom--it's Mother's Day Weekend! For information, call 203-259-5596.

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  • 05 of 09
    Rochester Lilac Festival
    ••• This lively upstate New York flower festival features so much more than lilacs. Rich Engelbrecht / Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Location: Rochester, NY (Compare Hotel Rates and Reviews)
    Dates: May 12-21, 2017

    Lilacs have bloomed in Highland Park since 1892, and Rochester's famous spring festival offers an opportunity to view more than 500 varieties of lilacs in bloom. This free annual festival features music including performances by national recording artists, children's activities, a parade, a juried art & craft show, international food vendors, a craft beverage expo, plant sales and more. For information, call 585-279-8300/800-677-7282 or contact the Springut Group at 585-473-4482.

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    Albany Tulip Festival
    ••• Albany's annul tulip festival is as fragrant as it is beautiful. Courtesy of the Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau

    Location: Albany, NY (Compare Hotel Rates and Reviews)
    Dates: May 13-14, 2017

    One of Albany's oldest events, the 69th annual Tulip Festival celebrates the city's Dutch heritage. Historic Washington Park blooms with more than 140,000 tulips in a multitude of colors and varieties. Head to New York's capital city for a Mother's Day weekend of food, music, crafts, kids' activities and more. For information about this free festival, call 518-434-2032.

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    Lilac Sunday
    ••• Courtesy of Arnold Arboretum / Photo by Kyle Port

    Location: Boston, MA (Boston Hotels Guide)
    Dates: May 14, 2017

    Fragrant, flowering lilacs get their very own celebration at Boston's Arnold Arboretum each year. The grounds are home to nearly 400 lilac plants representing 165 different varieties: It's one of North America's most significant collections of lilacs. On Lilac Sunday, food vendors are on-site, and special activities for families are scheduled. Call 617-524-1718 for event details.

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    Heritage Museums & Gardens Rhododendron Festival
    ••• Courtesy of Heritage Museums & Gardens

    Location: Sandwich, MA (Compare Hotel Rates and Reviews)
    Dates: May 27-June 4, 2017

    For nine days in May and June, the Heritage Museums & Gardens, an eclectic Cape Cod attraction, invites guests to experience one of its most spectacular living collections: more than 100 varieties of flowering rhododendrons planted in the 3-acre Dexter Rhododendron Garden. Many talks, walks and other activities are scheduled to coincide with the festival, which inspires gardeners and allows them to purchase rhododendron plants to cultivate at home. Regular admission fees apply. For details, call 508-888-3300.

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  • 09 of 09
    Celebration of Lupines
    ••• Courtesy of NH Dept. of Agriculture, Markets & Food

    Location: Franconia and surrounding towns, NH (Compare Hotel Rates and Reviews)
    Dates: June 1-30, 2017

    Gorgeous purple and pink lupines in bloom are reason enough to visit New Hampshire's Franconia region each June. The 24th annual Celebration of Lupines (formerly known as the Fields of Lupine Festival) provides added incentive for travelers including special tours and events, a photo contest and more. For information, call 603-823-5661.