• 14th Annual GeckoFest - August 30, 2014

  • The GeckoFest Parade is a popular feature of GeckoFest

Each year, Gulfport, Florida celebrates the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, dedicated to the town’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile. The festival has grown to become one of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated events of the year.

GeckoFest 14th Anniversary!!!

Saturday, August 30, 2014
From 10 am-10:00 pm
3129 Beach Blvd., Gulfport 33707

TIME TO GET YOUR GECKO ON!

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GeckoFest 2014 Flyer

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Gulfport’s 14th Annual Geckofest will bring entertainment to streets and stages during a daylong spectacle on Saturday, August 30th.

Amid the thousands of festival-goers, hundreds of vendors and dozens of live musicians on two stages, expect to come face to face with acrobats, aerialists, break dancers, escape artists, magicians, jugglers, fire performers and more, creating an interactive circus atmosphere throughout the waterfront village. All festivities take place on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. GeckoFest is free and family-friendly.

Each year, Gulfport celebrates the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, dedicated to the town’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile.

GeckoFest has grown to become one of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated events of the year. Live music, a kid’s activities area, and vendors throughout the village are all part of the fun. Strolling and stationary street performers are now also a hallmark of the GeckoFest tradition.

This year’s street performers bring more fun and thrills to the streets than ever before, allowing visitors get close to the action.

Many of the performances include interaction and audience participation with festival-goers of all ages.

The Acromaniacs return with balancing, flipping and comedy shenanigans. Dallas and Nick are reprising their amazing feats of juggling and escape from bondage.

New to GeckoFest, Sara Schmoo performs a variety of circus acts including fire eating, contortions and stilt dancing.

Will Soto performs high wire stunts that are both thrilling and comical.

A full slate of other circus and magic performers, costumed characters (including pirates and superheroes), balloon artists, living statues, dancers and more will be spread throughout the village, offering free entertainment for the whole family throughout the day.

An amazing fire show by the Bohemian Fire troupe will cap off GeckoFest again this year, including fire dancing, fire juggling and fire on the high-wire lighting up the night, set to music from the 1920s through today.

Live music on two stages will entertain the GeckoFest throngs again this year.

Headliners include popular local favorites the Ries Brothers on the South Stage and Double M Band on the North Stage.

Both headliners are well-known Florida favorites playing high-energy danceable pop music covers and originals.

The famous GeckoFest street dance will close out a day of live music with a party in the streets.

Other bands and musicians during the day and evening include Phillip Cole, the Fabulous Deltonas, Francesca, Joel and Dakota, the Paul Anthony Band, Jay Pritchard, the Rose Island Band, Sol Sessions, 3 Pint Harmony and the Trop Rock Junkies.

A free kid’s zone will be dedicated to GeckoFest games and creative activities for children in Gulfport’s Art Village Courtyard from 10:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.

Join the O-Fish-Al Gecko Goddess and other weird and fanciful creatures in a special Gecko Garden created just for the day’s events.

Games will include the Great Gecko-Toes Freeze, the Musical Gecko Sprinkler, a Goofy Gecko Hole Toss, the Great Big Gecko Rock Eater, and Pool Noodle Geckos.

Other free kid’s activities include Make Your Own Decko Gecko Hats, storytelling, face painting and a group drum circle.

All craft materials are supplied.

The kid’s area is sponsored by FAB Fiber, First Florida Frontiers and the Industrial Arts Center of Gulfport.

Over 200 vendors will line the streets of Gulfport’s waterfront village during the festival.

This year, non-food and non-sponsor vendors have been limited to only independent artists and businesses offering hand-made or locally produced items. Purchases from these vendors will support only independent small and locally-owned businesses. Gulfport’s own independent shops and galleries also offer great one-of-kind treasures. A variety of street food vendors will also complement choices from over a dozen of Gulfport’s own great, independent restaurants. Two beer and wine vending areas will also be on hand for festival-goers.

Colorful costumes are encouraged for all! Visitors may wish to don a gecko costume, or come as any other character they may imagine.

The theme for this year’s Gecko events is “Roaring Geckos,” evoking the 1920’s, so costumes may incorporate the theme as well.

Show off your costume or just your Gecko spirit by joining the traditional afternoon GeckoFest Walking Parade, led by Gulfport’s Mayor, and including the O-Fish-Al Gecko Goddess and the Gecko Queen and her Court.

A costume contest following the parade will offer an opportunity to win prizes for some of the day’s best ensembles for adults and for kids.

Parking for GeckoFest is free.

Free shuttles also offer visitors an opportunity to park in off-site locations for transportation to and from their vehicle and the festival site.

Click here for more information on GeckoFest directions and parking.

Like the Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/GeckoFest.

GeckoFest offers a fun-filled opportunity to explore Gulfport, a wonderful slice of “Old Florida” on one of its most colorful days of the year.

 

For More information, follow us on Facebook , visit us at www.GulfportMA.com or call 727-322-5217

 

GeckoFest Press Releases:

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GeckoFest fundraisers include:

  • The Geckofest Pub Crawl
  • The Gecko Ball

GeckoFest is produced by SIK Promotions and sponsored by Gulfport Merchants Association.

For Vendor and Sponsorship information, contact: Suzie King, SIK Promotions

For More information, follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/Geckofest or call 727-322-5217

GeckoFest

GeckoFest 2014 Flyer

Saturday, August 30, 2014
From 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Gulfport Historic Waterfront
Beach Blvd. S.
Gulfport 33707

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Gecko Ball

Gecko Ball 2014

Saturday, August 23, 2014
From 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
Gulfport Casino Ballroom
5500 Shore Blvd.
Gulfport 33707

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Gecko Pub Crawl

7th Annual Gecko Pub Crawl

Saturday, August 9, 2014
From 5:00 pm-9:00 pm
Gulfport Historic Waterfront
Beach Blvd. S.
Gulfport 33707

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6th Annual Gecko Ball

The 2014 Theme is “Roaring Geckos”

Gulfport Casino Ballroom
5500 Shore Blvd. S
Gulfport, FL 33707

Saturday, August 23, 2014
6:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

Gecko Ball 2014

The 6th annual Gecko Ball will be held on Saturday, August 23rd, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.

The theme of this year’s Gecko Ball is “Roaring Geckos!,” a 1920s motif evoking flappers, The Great Gatsby, gangsters, Guys and Dolls, and other 20s touchstones.  Costumes are encouraged!

The event includes a dinner buffet, cash bar, live music and dancing, costume contest, silent auctions and the live auction of artist-created geckos.

THE 2014 GECKO BALL IS NOW SOLD OUT!!!

As always, we appreciate your strong support for this great event.
See you at the Speakeasy!


7th Annual Gecko Pub Crawl

Gecko Pub Crawl Kicks Off “Gecko Season” in Gulfport

2014 CRAWL SOLD OUT!

Contact: Biff Lagan (305) 923-1803 or biffcop@gmail.com

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The seventh annual Gecko Pub Crawl will be the first of three events that herald the opening of “Gecko Season” in Gulfport. The Pub Crawl will be held Saturday, August 9th, 5 to 9 pm.

7th Annual Gecko Pub Crawl

For $20.00, Pub Crawlers will be able to enjoy a beverage at six Gulfport locations, participating businesses are:

  1. Beach Haus

  2. Little Tommie’s Tiki

  3. Mangia Gourmet

  4. Neptune Grille

  5. O’Maddy’s

  6. Salty’s of Gulfport

All are located within easy walking distance in the Gulfport Waterfront Arts District.

Crawlers may start at any participating location and continue their Crawl in any order.

An After-Party will be held at Salty’s from 9 to 10 pm and will feature awards, drawings and live music.

Like last year, a Poker Run game of Five Card Stud will add to the evening’s festivities.

Crawlers will be dealt a free card from a Crawl Ambassador at each location when they pick up their drink token. Up to three extra cards may also be purchased for $5.00 each at Salty’s at check in.

The Grand Prize for best poker hand will be a two-night stay at the Sirata Beach Resort on St. Pete Beach!

Raffle drawings will also be held during the After Party, with various prizes, including the chance to win a pair of coveted tickets to this year’s “Roaring Geckos” Gecko Ball!

Participants for poker and raffle awards must be present to win.

2014 CRAWL SOLD OUT!

For more information, contactL

Biff Lagan (305) 923-1803 or biffcop@gmail.com

Additional information on any of Gulfport’s Gecko related festivities may be found at www.geckofest.com or www.gulfportma.com.

The Gecko Ball on August 23rd and the Gecko Fest street festival on the 30th round out the growing slate of Gecko fun for the season, celebrating Gulfport’s favorite reptile!

 

For more information, please contact Daniel Hodge at (727) 366-4086 or email dan@igc.org.


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