With more than 650,000 sunny daffodils in bloom, the annual Meriden Daffodil Festival can certainly be called Connecticut's most colorful spring event. The festival celebrated its 39th year in 2017, and in addition to fragrant fields of yellow and white daffodils in 61 varieties, you'll also enjoy non-stop live music, arts and crafts, food vendors, fireworks, carnival rides and entertainment for children.
Here's everything you need to know to enjoy this annual rite of spring.
Daffodil Festival Basics
Daffodil Festival Dates: Saturday and Sunday, April 29 and 30, 2017
Times: Saturday, 10 am to 9 pm and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm
Admission: Admission and parking are both free
On April 22 and 23, 2017—the weekend before the Meriden Daffodil Festival—there's a good chance there'll be plenty of daffodils to see in Hubbard Park. And that's not all. The 1,800-acre park plays host to Connecticut's Largest Tag Sale from 9 am until 2 pm each day. It's held under a tent, rain or shine. There are also amusement rides for the kids and gourmet food trucks on-site, and the annual Meriden Rotary 5K Road Race takes place, too.
What To See and Do During the Meriden Daffodil Festival
Highlights of the festivities during the weekend of the festival include a parade and fireworks on Saturday and continuous musical entertainment on three stages both days.
For kids, there's stage entertainment at Theater of the Trees and much more. And a juried craft fair runs both days of the festival.
Visit the Meriden Daffodil Festival Web site for a complete schedule of events.
Directions to the Festival and Where to Stay
Getting There: Follow Route 91 North or South to Route 691 West to exit 7, then bear left onto State Street.
GPS users should use 298 State Street, Meriden, CT, as their destination.
Parking: As you exit onto State Street, watch for signs directing you to shuttle bus parking for the festival. Parking is located at Platt High School (220 Coe Avenue), Lincoln Middle School (164 Centennial Avenue), HC Wilcox Tech (298 Oregon Road) and at Meriden Enterprise Center (290 Pratt Street), as well as at the Westfield Shopping Mall (Boscov's/Sears deck). Shuttle buses will transport visitors to and from Hubbard Park from 8 am until 9 pm Saturday (and will return visitors to their cars after the fireworks) and from 8 am to 5 pm Sunday. Individuals with valid handicapped parking stickers may park in the designated handicapped parking lot at Westfield Meriden (470 Lewis Avenue) and will be transported to the park via handicap-access vans.
Lodging: Compare rates and reviews for Meriden hotels at TripAdvisor.
For Additional Information about the Meriden Daffodil Festival: Call the festival hotline at 203-238-1315 (April 1 through May 1).