St. Patrick's Day 2017 on the Emerald Coast

St. Patrick's Day is fast approaching, and the Emerald Coast is brimming with fun Irish-themed activities! Green Beer and Corned Beef aside, this cultural celebration on Tuesday, March 17th brings more than just fun drinks and traditional Irish cuisine. Emerald Coast destinations from Pensacola to Panama City offer their own version of St. Patrick's Day festivities, including pub crawls, charity runs, outdoor concerts, and more family friendly affairs. Read below for the top 2017 St. Patrick's Day events taking place on the Emerald Coast!

Destin


The beach community known as "The World's Luckiest Fishing Village" celebrates St. Patty's in style. On March 15th, the Irish Street Festival & Grogg March hosted by Harborwalk Village will provide a full day of fun for the whole clan. Irish music, dancing, games, and food can be enjoyed all afternoon, and free Irish Whiskey and Green Beer tastings will be available until 6pm!

When the sun goes down on ye ole' Coast of Emerald, the Grogg March Pub Crawl goes into effect. Live music from the hit band Continuum starts on the main stage, and several locations open their doors to pub crawl participants, with the group of thirsty drinkers being led by resident bagpiper "Joe Ashcraft".

Pub Crawl Stops:

  • -> Jester's Mardi Gras Daquiris
  • -> Jackacudas
  • -> Crab Island Cantina
  • -> Harry T's
  • -> Margaritaville
  • -> Coyote Ugly Saloon 

Along with St. Patrick's Day events, don't forget what else the Destin Harbor has to offer! Keep the "Croquet ball" rolling by participating in fun Destin water activities like Parasailing, Paddleboarding, or Dolphin Watch and Destin History Cruises!

30A


On March 17th the focus on 30A will move from the white sand beaches to the green beer! At the 8th Annual 30A St. Patrick's Parade and Festival taking place March 14th and 15th, expect family games, delicious Irish food and drinks, and world-class entertainment from 30A musicians and artists. The Parade will start 2pm on Saturday, and will include over 50 unique floats from local area businesses and organizations. The route spans 4 miles on scenic highway 30A, ending at Gulf Place, where the real festivities await!

The close-knit community charm of 30A is reflected through this St. Patrick's Day celebration. Kids can enjoy dozens of memorable activities like the POT O' GOLD Treasure Hunts, Irish Costume Contest, and The World's Tallest Leprechaun Balloon Maker, while adults have the opportunity to sample local cuisine and specialty Irish drinks with friends and neighbors.

Pensacola


The real Saint Patrick was known as the "Apostle of Ireland", and remains the patron saint of the partial island nation. In respect to this legendary man, the popular Emerald Coast Irish Pub "McGuire's" has hosted Prediction Runs for the past 38 years!

The rules of the McGuire's Prediction Run are simple:
  • 1. Each runner predicts how long it would take them to run/walk 3.1 miles (must be under an hour)
  • 2. Each runner runs/walks the 3.1 miles
  • 3. A set number of runners who come closest to their predicted time win prizes

Many runners participate to raise money and/or awareness for a favorite charity, shedding an altruistic light on a stereotypically irreverent holiday. Once runners reach the finish line, they are greeted with Irish drinks, dining options, entertainment, and games! For more information or to sign up for the 38th Annual McGuire's St Patricks Day Run, visit the run sign up page (registration ends March 12th, 2015).

*If you're one of the many prediction run participants from out of the area, find the best rates on a Pensacola or Pensacola Beach Hotel or Condo for the 38th Annual McGuire's St. Patrick's Day run.



Published Feb 28 2015
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