The Emerald Coast Easter experience begins on Destin harbor with Departure, A Journey Tribute Band, which will rock the docks this Saturday at 7 p.m. for a special free Easter concert at HarborWalk Village.
Departure replicates the look, sound and feel of the original 80’s rock super group. The five band members are the original lineup and have developed an amazing on-stage chemistry and pride themselves on giving their audience an incredible high-energy stage show from start to finish. Departure plays over two hours of music straight through without a break, including all the hit songs that everyone knows and loves, to give the audience the true concert experience.
On Sunday, the Emerald Grande will host an Easter Brunch from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the HarborView Room, which offers spectacular views of the water.
The menu includes a salad or soup of the day followed by an entrée of bone-in hickory smoked ham or rosemary garlic crusted leg of lamb. Entrees are served with three cheese scalloped potatoes and spring vegetables medley. Brunch-goers can also choose their dessert, a pina colada cake with custard sauce or fresh peach cobbler with vanilla bean ice cream. Cost is $21.95.
A kids’ Easter special of chicken tenders, macaroni n’ cheese with fresh fruit and an Easter cupcake for dessert is also available at $12.95
For brunch reservations please call the Emerald Grande concierge at 850-424-0613.
Then hop to HarborWalk Village for free kids' activities, face painting and pictures with the Easter Bunny from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
There are plenty of egg hunts and solemn services set elsewhere in the Destin area as well. They include:
Library Egg Hunt
The Destin Library has scheduled its annual Easter Egg Hunt for children ages 4 years and under from 9:30-10:30 a.m. March 27 inside the library. Pre-registration is required and may be made in person at the library or call 837-8572. Program will include an Easter Hat contest for children — a crazy hat, a floppy hat, an upside down hat, a beautiful hat, a huge hat — plus a visit from the Easter Bunny, free balloons and door prizes.
The Good Friday Cross Walk, an interdenominational pilgrimage, will gather at noon March 29 in the parking lot between First Florida Bank and Old Time Pottery/Dollar General on Main Street.
Lead by a cross carried to commemorate Christ's Crucifixion, the prayerful procession will walk down Main and return stopping at stations for prayer.
The walk will symbolize the path on which Jesus carried the cross. There will be stations along the walk for scripture reading and prayer.
City of Destin Easter Egg Hunt
The City of Destin’s Annual Easter Egg Hunt for youth ages 12 and under begins at 9:15 a.m. March 30 at Morgan Sports Center. A special egg-hunting zone for crawlers and toddlers will be available. Call 654-5184 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Easter Explosion at Baytowne
Skip, hop, or jump your way to the Village of Baytowne Wharf from 12-3 p.m. March 30. Enjoy face painting, crafts and an inflatable fun zone, plus a stiltwalker making balloon animals and a visit with the Easter Bunny.
Baptist Church Egg Hunt
The Emerald Coast Easter Egg Hunt will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 30 at Emerald Coast Baptist Church at the Buck Destin Facility on 734 Legion Drive. A hot dog lunch will be served and there will be inflatables, cotton candy, lemonade, face painting and more.
Easter at Bass Pro Shops
Bring the kids to Bass Pro Shops through March 31 to take part in the free activities for the whole family. From 1-4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays and from 6-8 p.m. Monday through Friday, bring the kids to have their free 4x6 photo taken with the Easter Bunny. An old-fashioned Easter Egg hunt for kids ages 2-10 will be held from 1-2 p.m. March 30 and 31. Registration for the hunt will begin at 12:30 p.m. Kids can enjoy fun crafts like making a bunny magnet.
The Art of the Egg
A true Eggstravaganza, The Art of the Egg, a fundraiser for Alaqua, will be held from 6-9 p.m. March 30 at Donna Burgess Gallery, 585 Grand Boulevard, Suite 102. Thirteen local artists will transform eggs, laid by Alaqua's resident emus, Eva and Zsa Zsa, into works of art. The egg creations will be available for purchase through a silent auction along with original paintings. Local artist and musician, Cody Copeland, will provide musical entertainment. Beer, wine, and appetizers will be provided, along with sweet treats. Suggested donation at door is $10. There will also be an Easter Bonnet contest.
Sunrise Service on Okaloosa Island
A sunrise service will be held at 6 a.m. March 31 on the beach at Beasley Park on U.S. 98 on Okaloosa Island. Good Shepherd Lutheran, Shalimar; Grace Lutheran, Destin; Holy Trinity Lutheran, Fort Walton Beach; and St. Paul Lutheran, Niceville, will sponsor the service. Bring chair or blanket and please stay off the dunes.
Easter service at Buck Destin
Emerald Coast Baptist Church, 734 Legion Drive in the Buck Destin facility, will have services at 10: a.m. and 5:30 p.m. March 31.
Easter in Rosemary
A non-denominational church service will be held at 8:30 a.m. March 31 on the Eastern Green in Rosemary Beach. Bring a low-rise chair. An Easter Egg Hunt begins at 9:45 a.m. on the Western Green, rain or shine. Several Town Center restaurants offer a special Easter Brunch.