What’s Happening In Kona in March?

Experience the vibrant pulse of Kona in March with an array of exciting events that promise to captivate your senses. From the Annual Kona Brewers Festival to the music of The Expendables to the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival March  Take a leisurely stroll through the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll, and embrace the weekly Hawaiian music and hula shows. Join us on a journey through the heart of Kona’s March festivities.

Kona March Events

29th Annual Kona Brewers Festival: March 9

The Kona Brewers Festival will be held Saturday, March 9, 2024, from 3 pm – 7 pm.  Buy your tickets here

The 29th Annual Kona Brewers Festival on March 9, 2024 stands as a testament to the vibrant culture of the Big Island and the spirit of Aloha that permeates its society. This event, much anticipated by locals and tourists alike, is not just a celebration of craft beer but a gathering that honors the unique blend of environmental stewardship, community support, and the rich tapestry of Hawaiian culture. Read more about the Brewers Festival


The Expendables live at Willie’s Hot Chicken: March 23rd

Don’t miss The Expendables with their mix of reggae, ska, punk and surf-rock. With opening bands DJ Scotty Doo, Ocean Grown, Future Tides and The Steppas. Buy your tickets here

Merrie Monarch Festival Traditional Dancers


Photo Credit Photo by Bruce Omori

2024 Merrie Monarch Hula Festival: March 31st-April 6th

The renowned Merrie Monarch Hula Festival is set to once again captivate spectators in Hilo, March 31st-April 6th. This week-long celebration of traditional Hawaiian culture through hula dancing dates back to 1963 and draws thousands from around the world every spring. In 2024, attendees can look forward to another incredible display showcasing the best hālau hula (hula schools) as they compete with energy, grace and beauty. Both kahiko, the ancient hula style performed to chants and traditional instruments, as well as the ‘auana with modern hula set to contemporary music will be highlighted. It’s an event not to be missed for hula enthusiasts and lovers of Hawaii. Click here for ticket information


Ongoing Events

Kokua Kailua Village Stroll: March 17

Once a month, on Alii Drive near the Pier, the street is closed for the Kokua Kailua Village Stroll. From 1-6 pm, the street transforms into a bustling market with local vendors and artists’ booths. Explore the vibrant stalls, shop for unique crafts and souvenirs, and enjoy the festive atmosphere. Leashed dogs are also welcome, so feel free to bring your furry friends along for the stroll. This event is a perfect opportunity to support local businesses and artists while immersing yourself in the lively spirit of Kailua-Kona.

Free Hawaiian Music and Hula Show

Every Friday at Keauhou Shopping Center, you can enjoy a free Hawaiian music and hula show in the center courtyard from 6-7pm. Immerse yourself in the rich cultural heritage of Hawai’i as talented musicians and graceful hula dancers take the stage. This weekly event is a fantastic opportunity to experience the beauty and artistry of traditional Hawaiian music and dance.

First Friday After Dark in Holualoa

On the first Friday of every month, the quaint village of Holualoa comes alive with a block party. From 5:30-8:30pm, locals and visitors gather to explore the town’s art galleries and boutiques, listen to live music, and indulge in gourmet “grab and go” food. This festive event is a fantastic way to immerse yourself in the local art and culture scene while enjoying the warm hospitality of the community.

Food Truck Fridays

Every Friday 4-8pm you’ll find a mini food truck festival with tastes to satisfy every palate. In the Target Kona parking lot you can feed the whole family with choices of BBQ, Mexican food, Thai food, desserts, and, of course, great coffee!

Whale Breaching

March is still a good time for whale watching

Humpback whales typically migrate and can be spotted off the Kona coast from December through April. For information about whale watching and some recommendations for local whale watching tours click here


Visit Queen’s Marketplace for more ongoing events 

Join ukulele lessons, Wednesday hula shows, and outdoor movies every month.
March 9, 2024 in the Coronation Pavilion.

Kanikapila Monthly Concert Series: March 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Discover Hawai‘i Island’s best musical talents at Queens’ Marketplace’s Kanikapila Monthly Concert Series sponsored by KWXX, every third Saturday of the month. 

Every Third Saturday of the Month | 6 PM | Coronation Pavilion


More to come in April!

Lavaman Triathlon: April 7th

Sign up now for Lavaman Olympic Distance Triathlon April 7th at Waikoloa Beach resort. Click here for more information and for registration

2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship: April 18-20

The 2024 Outrigger Big West Men’s Volleyball Championship will feature all six Big West squads on the campus of defending champion Hawai’i.


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