St. Patrick's Day in Destin & on 30A

A Celebration of Emerald Shores and Irish Cheers

Posted on 3/1/2024

It's nearly time to shamrock and roll y'all. That's right, St. Patrick's Day is almost here! Check out everything that Destin and 30A have to offer for this leprechaun-approved holiday. From a Get Lucky Half Marathon to Irish-inspired meals to live entertainment, there is so much 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 Scenic Highway 30A, grab your green and gold and make the most of these fun celebrations.


St. Paddy's Family Street Fair at HarborWalk Village

HarborWalk Village in Destin ensures St. Patrick's Day is a fun celebration for the whole family. The St. Paddy's Family Street Fair boasts an Irish dance performance by the Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance, sounds of bagpipes, kids' crafts and activities, a leprechaun treasure hunt, live music and entertainment, and fun surprises for adults. The family-friendly festivities begin at 1 pm on Sunday, March 17.


Paint the Village Green at the Village of Baytowne Wharf

The St. Paddy's Day Paint the Village Green event at the Village of Baytowne Wharf at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort is a vibrant and family-friendly Irish-inspired festival. The event runs from 6 pm to 9 pm on Sunday, March 17. It will include a dance by the Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance and live music that will transport you right to the green hills of Ireland. While you're here, stroll through the village and explore the unique shops, eateries, and activities.


Lucky Leprechaun 5k and Get Lucky Half Marathon

Why not kick off your St. Patrick's Day weekend with a race and huge after-party featuring tons of great food, delicious brew, and live music? The 5K will be held on Saturday, March 16, with an 8 am start. The Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, March 17, with a 7 am start. Both races begin and end 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 o' the Irish" by your side during your run. Sign up here.


Annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day Run

Start your St. Patrick's celebrations a week early with McGuire's Irish Pub's Annual St. Patrick's Day 5K Run. On Friday, March 8 at 9 am at their Pensacola location, you can race to the sound of bagpipes and Irish tunes, all while surrounded by a vibrant crowd attired in their Irish best. 12,000 runners are expected to participate in this year's 47th annual run. Race registration includes dynamic bib assignment, a green T-shirt, and access to the best post-race party around! More than 100 awards will be given out, including prizes for speed and best costume. The post-race party is for participants and spectators alike, boasting live entertainment, Irish fare, Irish wakes, Bud Light, McGuire's Red Ale, and soft drinks. Race proceeds benefit local charities, organizations, and philanthropic efforts. Sign up here.


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McGuire's Irish Pub Destin

If running isn't your preferred way to spend the holiday, don't sweat it! Instead, enjoy live Irish music, sip a Guinness or green beer, and indulge in corned beef and cabbage at McGuire's Irish Pub in Destin. After all, there's no better place to revel in Irish heritage on St. Patrick's Day than an Irish pub. With great food and Irish booze, it's the perfect spot to bring in the spirit of the holiday. Plus, on St. Patrick's Day, enjoy the musical stylings of Stormfolk from 10 am to 1 pm.


Hills of Ireland Whiskey Tasting at Pescado 30A

This year, The Courtyard at Pescado 30A is hosting a Hills of Ireland Whiskey Tasting for St. Patrick's Day. The boozy soiree takes place on Saturday, March 16 at 6 pm. Dive into the rich heritage of Ireland with a side-by-side tasting of four Irish whiskies, both neat and in cocktail form. Your tasting experience will include small bites that complement the whiskey flavors. Soulful music by Nathan Fife will add the perfect musical backdrop to your whiskey-tasting journey. Get tickets here.


Fish Out of Water St. Patty's Day Celebration

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day with gorgeous Gulf views and tasty food at Fish Out of Water in WaterColor on 30A. On St. Patty's Day, this family-style restaurant and bar will present chef-inspired featured meals, green beer, and cocktails. To add to the fun, Weston Hines will play Irish-style music from 5 pm to 8 pm. Wear your leprechaun-best and come for a shamrockin' good time! The event runs from 4 pm to 10 pm on Sunday, March 17.


Red Fish Taco's Blues, Tacos & Tequila Event

Good booze, food, music, and energy are must-haves in a St. Patrick's Day celebration. And this is where Red Fish Taco in Blue Mountain Beach on 30A comes in. The casual eatery will be holding a Blues, Tacos & Tequila event this St. Patrick's Day weekend. The event includes everything from amazing live music to delicious tacos to excellent tequila. The festivities will take place from 3 pm to 9 pm on March 16 and March 17.


As the emerald waters of the Gulf of Mexico beckon, so does the vibrant spirit of St. Patrick's Day in Destin and along Scenic Highway 30A. Ocean Reef Resorts invites you to celebrate this festive season amidst a tapestry of Irish traditions and coastal charm. From exhilarating races under the sun to indulgent Irish fare and lively tunes, our array of vacation rentals offers the perfect setting for an unforgettable getaway. Don your festive attire and make memories to last a lifetime in the heart of the Emerald Coast. Secure your spot in paradise with Ocean Reef Resorts and make this St. Patrick's Day a celebration of joy, community, and the endless beauty of Destin and 30A. Reserve here on our website and let the magic of the holiday envelop you.

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