One of Connecticut’s biggest spring festivals kicks off this weekend in Meriden

New Haven

For the 41st time, the city of Meriden is ready to welcome thousands of daffodils and thousands of people back to Hubbard Park.

“People come back here, meet up with old friends, their kids meet new friends, it’s a perfect place to have a really good day with your family,” said longtime Meriden resident, Carol Anthony.

To help the crowds in case the weather gets a little wet, daffodils won’t be the only things lining the park. Tents are being set up, too.

“Right now, we’re putting together 9 by tens, which we call marquees, and I’m pretty sure we’re setting up individual booths for the festival,” Pinheiro said.

The tents are up and festival organizers say they’re happy to see the stars of the festival — daffodils — make an appearance, too.

“These just bloomed a couple days ago,” said Mark Zebora, Chairman of the 2019 Meriden Daffodil Festival. “

Zebora says sometimes the daffodils are hit and miss. But, he says beautiful yellow will dot the landscape at Hubbard park this year. City crews planted 60,000 daffodils over the winter. 

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The festival isn’t just about flowers. It also includes food and fun — like bands. If it rains, Zebora says the show will still go on. A huge, 24,000 square foot tent is up. That’s where most of the food vendors will be and there will be entertainment like bands there, as well. Zebora says they’ve also thought of ways for festival goers to dodge the possible raindrops. 

“The shuttle bus comes up, drops them off just several hundred feet from where the food area is so we’re ready for anything,” he said.

If you’re ready to head to the Daffodil Festival at Hubbard Park, you cannot drive into the park. Instead, free parking is available nearby and free shuttles starting Saturday at 8:00 a.m. will take you to and from your lot. Free parking is available at:

  • Westfield Shopping Mall on the 2nd & 3rd levels of the parking garage near Boscov’s and Sears; bus pickup is on the first level.
  • Platt High School on Coe Avenue
  • Lincoln Middle School on Centennial Avenue
  • 24 Colony St., Meriden Station Garage
  • HC Wilcox Technical High School on Oregon Road

A handicapped parking location is at Westfield Shopping Mall at the Chamberlain Highway entrance.

The free shuttle buses will run Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. (the last buses will leave Hubbard Park after the fireworks). Buses also run Sunday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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