It's nearly time to shamrock and roll y'all. That's right, St. Patrick's day is almost here! Check out what Destin & 30A have to offer - it'll make anyone green with fun envy. A leprechaun marathon to Irish music and whiskey tastings - there is so much here to get you in the St. Patty's Day spirit. Needless to say, we've got options aplenty to help you paint the town green… literally!
If you are joining us this St. Patrick's Day in Destin or along 30a, grab your green & gold and get out there.
Lucky Leprechaun 5k/10k/Half Marathon Run
Why not kick off your St. Patrick's Day week with a fun race and huge after-party with tons of great food, beer, and live music! 5K and 10K Saturday, March 13 at 8 AM start and Half Marathon Sunday, March 14 at 7 AM start. The starting point will be at Fort Walton Beach Landing Park, and the course will include sweeping views of the bay and emerald-hued waters of the Gulf of Mexico in the distance. Make sure to wear green, so you have the "luck of the Irish" by your side during your run.
Mcguire's Irish Pub Destin
If running a big race isn't the way you like to kick off a holiday week, no worries! Maybe taking in some live Irish music while sipping a Guinness, eating some corned beef and cabbage, or even a green beer is more your thing? Why not head to Mcguire's Irish Pub Destin for just that. McGuire's festivities will run all day long and include live entertainment from bands such as Cormac McGuinness, Rob Romans, Wayward Jones, A Drunker Shade O' Green, Black-Eyed Blonde, and 12Eleven.
Irish Whiskey Tasting in The Courtyard at Pescado
If Whiskey is more your thing, head to The Courtyard at the gorgeous Pescado for a fantastic Irish Whiskey tasting as well as some amazing food. This boozy soiree takes place on St. Patrick's Day, March 17, from 2:00 - 10:30 PM. You can order Irish-inspired food and drinks right off the menu while lounging among the debaucherous. Enjoy the musical stylings of The O'Mericans from 2:00 - 5:00 PM and then Gilleran's Island Band from 5:30 - 9:30 PM. The Courtyard at Pescado, located underneath the widely popular Pescado Seafood Grill and Rooftop Bar in 30A's Rosemary Beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico and is open for guests 18 and older. Seating is first-come, first-serve, so be sure to get there early.
St. Patrick's Day Celebrations at Havana Beach Rooftop Bar
For a change of scenery, head upstairs to the rooftop bar for sweeping views of the Gulf of Mexico. Who wouldn't want to have a drink or two to ring in St. Patty's day in style? Havana Beach Rooftop Lounge, located in The Pearl Hotel in Rosemary Beach, is having a fabulous St. Patrick's Day Celebration starting at 12 PM - you won't want to miss it. They'll have themed cocktails and, of course, their innovative twist on classic Irish food. You won't want to miss this. Seating is for 21+ and first-come, first-serve, so head up early to grab a spot with a view!
A Silent Disco Party at HarborWalk Village
Maybe a silent disco is more your thing? Yep, we got that! HarborWalk Village in Destin is hosting its own dance party that you and your crew don't want to miss! Dance to your own beat with this silent disco experience in front of the main stage every Wednesday during Spring Break. They'll provide sanitized headphones and $10.00 on-site parking available. This disco party starts at 7 PM on Wednesday, March 17.
Family Fun Celebrations at HarborWalk Village
Now, let's talk about family-friendly fun. It is Destin, after all! And as always, the kiddos are never left out of the fun here. So grab your crew and head to HarborWalk Village for their Paddy's Family party on Saturday, March 13, 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM. Enjoy an Irish Dance performance, tons of kids activities, a leprechaun treasure hunt, and even a pet costume contest! The Leprechaun Treasure Hunt will be throughout the village from 2 PM to 4 PM. Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance will put on a live performance fun for all ages at 2:30 PM. And the Pup of the Irish Pet Costume Contest starts at 3:30 PM on the main stage. The registration is at 2:00 PM and costs a $5 donation or a bag of dry dog food to benefit the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society.
St. Paddy's Day Delight- Paint the Village of Baytowne Green
Lastly, why not go and paint the town green. Baytowne, that is!
Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at The Village of Baytowne Wharf on Wednesday, March 17, from 6–9 PM. Featuring Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance and Live Music from Shenanigans! The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin is an enchanting village chock-full of family attractions like a zip-line, old-fashioned carousel, fantastic restaurants, and shops.
As you can see, the Gulf of Mexico's glistening waters aren't the only thing that's emerald and green on St. Patrick's Day! Destin and Scenic Highway 30A is the place to be this St. Patrick's Day. As you plan your stay with us in the Destin or 30A area, be sure to visit Ocean Reef's user-friendly website to book your vacation rental home for your stay.