Do You Know the Most Popular March Event in Emerald Isle?


Popular March Events

March at the beach is bright, sunny, and filled with family-friendly fun for everyone in Emerald Isle, North Carolina. March also plays host to one of Emerald Isle's biggest and most popular events. Do you know what it is? Read on to find out the answer and see what else is happening on the beach and around town this month. You'll want to grab your calendar and mark down these dates. March is the perfect time for an Emerald Isle beach vacation, so make your plans to be here.


St Patrick's Day Festival

The Big Event: 2018 Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival

March 17, 2018
@Emerald Plantation Shopping Center


March means it's time for one of the best and most famed events in Emerald Isle and the surrounding Crystal Coast area. The St. Patrick's Festival is the perfect time to gather up your finest green and gold, as well as your family and friends, and come celebrate with us.

Preview the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival amusement rides before the festival begins by stopping by on Friday evening, March 16. Friday night armbands for $17 keep you riding all evening. Rides operate from 5-10p.m. (P.S. There aren't any vendors or alcohol served on Friday night, just rides.)

The 27th Annual Emerald Isle St. Patrick’s Festival itself begins on Saturday, March 17 and runs from 9a.m.-6p.m. This locally loved festival is full of fun and games for the entire family and includes corned beef and cabbage, traditional beverages and live music. Green is plentiful when it comes to costumes and decorations, so be prepared to join in the fun—and you can even join in a jig.

This year's festival features more than 75 arts and crafts vendors, clowns, and static displays as well as amusement rides and live entertainment. Port City Pipes & Drums is parading throughout the day. Other attractions include a beer garden hosted by the Emerald Isle Business Association. The festival supports local craftspeople and civic organizations, and so are you by just being here. There is no admission fee or parking fee, so come join in the free family fun and festivities.

Sorry, no pets are allowed on the festival grounds. The main tent is open to those aged 21 years and up, and no strollers are allowed in beer tent. If you have any questions regarding the festival, please contact Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation at 252-354-6350.

You can find out more of the latest updates for the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival on the Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation Facebook page. Check it out! We hope to see you there.

More March 2018 Events and Things To Do in Emerald Isle



Story Time & Pre-K Free PlayEmerald Isle Community Center
March 5, 12, 19, 2018
@Emerald Isle Community Center


Story time in the classroom followed by open play in the gymnasium for children aged birth to 5 years. All children must be accompanied by an adult, as supervision is not provided. This is a time for parents and children to socialize and play. Please bring any supplies needed such as diapers, wipes, bottles, etc. Call 252-354-6350 for more details. (IMG Source: Emerald Isle Community Center)

Emerald Isle Job Fair
March 7, 2018
@Emerald Isle Community Center


Wanted! Employers and job seekers who would like to explore the employment opportunities of employers from Carteret County. The Emerald Isle Parks and Recreation and Carteret Community College Job Fair brings employers and job seekers together. Instead of traveling all over the place looking for the help wanted signs, make just one stop at the job fair! Event takes place on Wednesday, March 7th 2018 from 3pm-6pm. A Career Development Advisor and other experts are available to review your resume and applications. No registration required! The job fair features employers who need additional help during the busy summer months, part-time employees as well as full-time and permanent job opportunities. Great opportunities for everyone! For more information or to be a representing employer, contact Program Supervisor Sarah Cutillo, at 252-354-6350 or scutillo@emeraldisle-nc.org.

Friday Free Flicks
March 9, 2018
@Emerald Isle Community Center


Movies are family oriented, free and open to the public. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Popcorn and drink are available for only $1. Don't forget to please bring chairs and or blankets, and no outside beverages or snacks are permitted. Call 252-354-6350 for movie title one week prior to showing.

Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon & 5k
March 10, 2018
@Western Ocean Regional Access in Emerald Isle


The 4th Annual Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon & 5K is set for March 10, 2018. This year's race is aimed at benefiting the Emerald Isle community by continuing to upgrade the area's bike paths which are used by residents and vacationers alike. In addition, we are proud that the 2018 race will also support the Little Pink Houses of Hope. Together, we can make a difference! Sign up for the 2018 Emerald Isle Marathon, Half Marathon and 5k event here.

Coffee With a CopEaster Egg BasketMarch 22, 2018
@4J's Cafe & Bake Shop in Emerald Isle


Join your friends, neighbors, and police officers for coffee and conversation! No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, voice concerns, and get to know the officers in your neighborhood. For more information contact Community Resource Officer Sandra DeLorme at 252-354-2021.

Easter EGGstreme (New Event!)
March 24, 2018
@Emerald Isle Community Center


The Easter EGGstreme happens on Saturday, March 24th at Emerald Isle Parks & Recreation from 10am-12 noon. Join the Emerald Isle Easter Bunny for photos, play games to win egg prizes, enjoy a cake walk, try the egg and spoon races and more! There is a coloring contest and a raffle for the EI Easter Bunny’s prize basket of goodies! Everyone is invited and no registration is required. It is suggested that you bring a basket or bag to carry your game prizes in.

You can find a full listing of events and things to do on the Town of Emerald Isle Event Calendar. We hope to see you in Emerald Isle this month. Please let us know if you'll be here. Happy March!


It's never too early or too late to plan your next Emerald Isle beach vacation. You can even get a free night on us when you book select properties for a long weekend at the beach. Click the vacation rental link below to find out more!


Have you been to the Emerald Isle St. Patrick's Festival? Do you have any other favorite March events on the Crystal Coast of NC?

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