• 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


GeckoFest 2014 Flyer

GULFPORT, FL: The 14th Annual Geckofest will take over Gulfport’s scenic waterfront village on Saturday, August 30th, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. along Beach Boulevard. 

Break out your best “Charleston” dance moves! Roaring Geckos” will be the theme of this year’s event.

The “Roaring Geckos” theme will evoke the Roaring Twenties.

Expect to experience costumes celebrating flappers, hair bobs, Charlie Chaplin, The Great Gatsby, Guys and Dolls, the Jazz Age, Louis Armstrong, Rudolph Valentino, Art Deco and many other touchstones of the 1920s era.

This quirky family friendly street festival has become one of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated annual celebrations. 

Combining the artistic energy of Gulfport with the colorful flair of Mardi Gras, Geckofest includes live music on two main stages, over 200 art, craft and food vendors, children’s activities, street performers and costumed characters.

A costume contest and parade, a thrilling fire and acrobatics show, and the famous street dance round out a fun-filled day for the whole family.

There is no admission charge for any of the day’s festivities.

Geckofest is hosted by the Gulfport Merchants Association and is sponsored by the following supporters:

  • The City of Gulfport
  • Bright House Networks
  • Tampa Bay Times
  • tbt*
  • Cox Media (The Eagle 107.3 & wduv 105.5)
  • Yelp
  • Nestle/Zephyrhills
  • Resort Property Promotions
  • Beachlife
  • WMNF
  • Paradise News
  • The Gabber
  • The Lazy Pirate

A portion of proceeds from all three Gecko events will once again benefit local non-profit groups, as well as the commission of a public art installation.

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


GeckoFest Press Releases:

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 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.


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


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.


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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