There is no surer sign of spring. It doesn’t matter what the calendar says, or how the planets align, or how low the mercury goes. Don’t listen to the weatherman — listen to me. I’m here to tell you that when you see daffodils everywhere in Atlanta, spring is here.
We usually think of Oakland Cemetery’s annual Daffodil Day as the event that kicks off Atlanta’s spring festival season. This charming, one-day festival takes place annually in late February — this year, save the date for Saturday, February 26, 2022.
The event is FREE and open to the public. It is a self-guided event, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
You can expect:
- Guided garden walks led by daffodil experts
- Self-guided tour of daffodil displays
- Plant sale
- Children’s area with coloring pages
- And more!
Be sure to watch our video from the 2019 Daffodil Day!
Visit the Daffodil Day web page
During this time of frequent cancellations, please verify that an event is actually happening as planned, before you head out.
You may also be interested in:
- See 20 million daffodils at Gibbs Gardens
- Guide to Atlanta spring festivals in 2022
- Free things to do this week
- Explore the nature trail at Murphey Candler Park
The daffodils at Oakland Cemetery
You’re invited to celebrate the (hopefully) warmer weather and the arrival of daffodils by spending some time in Oakland Cemetery’s historic Victorian gardens, at your own leisure, any day of the week.
Oakland is home to dozens of varieties of historic daffodils, many of them “rescued” from old farmlands as development spread. You’ll see the golden trumpets you’re familiar with, but also small-cupped daffodils, frilly double cupped varieties, and drifts of tiny jonquils.
Because there are early, mid-season, and late blooming varieties, daffodil season lasts three full weeks — so if you can’t come for the one-day Daffodil Days festival, put Oakland on your calendar for any day in March.
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(Did we mention there is no surer sign of spring?)
About the venue
Historic Oakland Cemetery is Atlanta’s oldest public park, and the final resting place for many notable citizens — including author Margaret Mitchell, former Atlanta mayors Maynard Jackson and Ivan Allen, sports legend Bobby Jones, and Civil War soldiers.
Less than a mile from downtown Atlanta, Oakland’s 48 acres are a treasure trove of history, gardens, sculpture, architecture, and ancient oaks and magnolias.