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Spring is in the Air! · March Events on 30A + the Emerald Coast

Image courtesy of the Village at Baytowne Wharf St. Paddy’s Day Delight

March brings sunshine, warmer temps, and a unique variety of events to the beautiful Emerald Coast and 30A Beaches. Celebrate ‘Under the Moonlit Pines’ to support the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center, sample the area’s best gourmet mac & cheese recipes at the family-friendly Mac & Cheese Festival at Destin Commons, bring your pups to a special Easter egg hunt designed just for them at Grand Boulevard, and much more. Scroll below for more information on our featured events!


SeaLight Festival
Seascape Resort | Miramar Beach
March 1st – March 31st, 2024

An unforgettable celebration of light and culture awaits at SeaScape Resort with the Sealight Festival, where over 1000 meticulously handcrafted Chinese lanterns illuminate the night. Dive into the rich cultural tapestry of traditional Chinese lantern festivals, as seasoned artisans with over 20 years of experience infuse each lantern with a unique story, creating a whimsical spectacle that seamlessly blends ancient craftsmanship with modern LED technology. Running from February 1 to March 31, 2024, Thursday through Sunday, 5 PM to 10 PM, this magical 45-minute walk captivates visitors of all ages.

Under the Moonlit Pines
E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center | Freeport
March 2nd, 2024

Mark your calendars for the most awaited event of the year – ‘Under the Moonlit Pines.’ Join the E.O. Wilson Biophilia Center  for an unforgettable experience featuring cocktails, dinner, the Sweet Dreams Dessert Bar, and more! In addition, enjoy two stunning tribute performances: the Billy Joel Dinner Hour and the Elton John Tribute Show.

Minds That Matter: A Benefit Concert featuring Deana Carter
WaterColor LakeHouse | WaterColor
March 7th, 2024

The Neurodiversity Resource of the Panhandle is incredibly honored and excited to host the award winning, Deana Carter, acclaimed artist of “Strawberry Wine” and “Did I Shave My Legs for This?” on Thursday, March 7, 2024 hosted by Watercolor Lakehouse and Presented by Chiringo! Guests will hear first hand stories behind the music while enjoying gourmet cuisine, libations, unique silent auction items and an incredible concert.

Soiree on the Bay: Act III
Dugas Estate | Santa Rosa Beach
March 8th – 9th, 2024

The good times will roll with fine wine, food, and spirits at the Soiree on the Bay: Act III, benefiting Children’s Volunteer Health Network. In its third year, this festive weekend will once again be presented by the Dugas Family and take place on their stunning estate overlooking the Choctawhatchee Bay in Santa Rosa Beach. Weekend events will feature indulgent cuisine by Cafe Thirty-A and exclusive wine tastings by 20+ notable vintners from all over the nation.

Touch a Truck
Destin Commons | Destin
March 9th, 2024

Come see, touch, and learn about a wide variety of vehicles and how they serve our community. $5 per child or get “free” entry per child by donating a brand-new package of elementary-aged children’s socks or underwear. No charge for adult chaperones. Tickets will be available for purchase at the entrance and there will be a horn free hour from 1 pm-2 pm for children with special needs and sensitive ears. The first 250 children will receive a free construction hat!

Motors in March Auto Show
Baytowne Wharf | Sandestin Resort
March 9th, 2024

Emerald Coast Customs & 3M Window Tinting Presents their 5th Annual Auto Show at The Village of Baytowne Wharf in Sandestin Resort with a portion of the proceeds going to the Children in Crisis Charity. Calling all Imports, Hot Rods, Exotics, Muscle Cars, Euros, Jeeps & Trucks, and Corvettes! Join us for a day of fun, sun, and cars! Free Admission for the public.

Mac & Cheese Festival
Destin Commons | Destin
March 10th, 2024

Think macaroni and cheese was just for kids? Think again! Join us at the 6th Annual Mac & Cheese Festival presented by Cox & Publix Charities on Sunday, March 10th at the Destin Commons! This family-friendly event will feature gourmet, chef-inspired twists on the South’s favorite comfort food. Local restaurants will compete for the best mac in town. Be there to sample everything for yourself and cast your vote!

Shamrock Stroll 5K Fun Run/Walk/Pet Parade and Costume Contest
Navarre Beach Boat Parking Lot | Navarre Beach
March 16th, 2024

Attention all runners, walkers, and pet lovers! The 4th Annual Shamrock Stroll 5K Fun Run/Walk, Pet Parade & Costume Contest is back and better than ever! Presented by Santa Rosa County 4-H, lace up your sneakers for a morning filled with fun and excitement. Participants will start at the south end of the Navarre Beach Boat Parking Lot and make their way down Gulf Boulevard’s multi-purpose trail. Don’t forget about the Pet Parade, which will take place simultaneously behind the serious runners. After completing the race, stick around for refreshments and prizes.

St. Paddy’s Day Delight
Baytowne Wharf | Sandestin Resort
March 17th, 2024

Celebrate the Luck of the Irish at The Village of Baytowne Wharf on March 17th from 6 to 9PM. Featuring Carpenter Academy of Irish Dance and live music from the Shenanigans! This event is family friendly and open to the public.

Doggie EGGstravaganza
Grand Boulevard | Sandestin Resort
March 29th, 2024

Dog-Harmony presents the 9th annual, canine-only Easter egg hunt and social, “Doggie EGGstravaganza!” A $15 donation is encouraged to participate in the canine egg hunt. Each participant will receive a souvenir bag to collect 800 eggs. Puppy treats will be hidden in colorful holiday eggs and scattered throughout the and all dogs must be leashed. Guests can enjoy delicious appetizers courtesy of JC’s Gourmet, beer & wine, family-friendly games, and great prizes.

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