Today marks the first day of spring in New England. Along with earlier sunrises, later sunsets, and increasing sunlight during the day, this year we also celebrate a super moon. The last time the full moon and the spring equinox arrived on the same date was 38 years ago on March 20, 1981! Looking for ways to celebrate spring in New England? We cherry-picked six events blooming nearby. Enjoy!
Maine Flower Show
Thompson’s Point, Portland, ME
Enjoy one of the largest gardening and horticultural shows that galvanizes landscapers, exhibitors, designers, and horticulturists. Revel in the colors, scents, and sounds of the Pine State.
Newport Daffodil Days
Spring will be in the air during Daffodil Days. The festivities begin on April 13 and include a Daffy Dog Paw-rade and a Post Paw-rade Paw-ty, Daffy Trolley Tours, Garden Parties, Daffy Dancing, a Driving Miss Daffodil Car Parade, and much more!
Baby Animals: Heritage Breeds at the Banke
Strawberry Banke, Portsmouth, NH
What better way to usher in spring than spending an afternoon with more than a dozen heirloom breeds of barnyard baby animals (and their moms)? Learn about livestock on coastal New England farms from the 17th century to modern times from expert area breeders.
53rd Vermont Maple Festival
St. Albans, VT
The annual three-day food and arts event celebrates maple syrup with exhibits, demonstrations, entertainment, and a crafts and antiques show. Grab the whole family for this sweet spring event and enjoy Sugarhouse Tours, a Sap Run, Grand Parade, face painting, and contests.
Art in Bloom
Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA
Spring officially arrives with the return of Art in Bloom, the MFA’s annual celebration of fine art and flowers. The museum’s spectacular collection is paired with lovely floral interpretations curated by New England-area garden clubs. Be sure to visit the Art in Bloom Market brimming with specialty gifts.
46th Annual Cherry Blossom Festival
Wooster Square, New Haven, CT
In 1973, the New Haven Historic Commission in cooperation with the New Haven park Department planted 72 cherry blossom trees. Join over 10,000 people to celebrate the beautiful buds with live musical entertainment, a children’s area, food, and fun.
Text by Stacey Marcus | Image courtesy Newport Daffodil Days Festival