• 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 15th Anniversary!!!

Saturday, September 5, 2015
From 10 am-10:00 pm
3129 Beach Blvd., Gulfport 33707

TIME TO GET YOUR GECKO ON!

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GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Gulfport’s 15th Annual Geckofest will bring entertainment to streets and stages during a daylong spectacle on Saturday, September 5th.

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.

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.

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

Headliners include popular local favorites. 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.

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.

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 “Gecko Gras."

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:

  • Call to Artists Announced for Creation of Geckos

    March 17, 2015:  For Immediate Release Contact: Daniel Hodge; dan@igc.org This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ; (727) 366-4086 GULFPORT, FLORIDA:  The committee producing Gulfport’s 7th Annual Gecko Ball has announced a call to artists for …

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  • GeckoFest Offers a Day of Entertainment on Stages and Streets

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

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  • GeckoFest Volunteers Needed

    Dozens of volunteer opportunities are still available for GeckoFest this year on Saturday, August 30th. Positions are available for all ages and abilities from teens to seniors, whether you like to organize or sell, are active and energetic, need to sit down, are shy or a social butterfly, like a steady or a fast pace.

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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

Saturday, September 5, 2015
From 10:00 am-10:00 pm
Gulfport Historic Waterfront
Beach Blvd. S.
Gulfport 33707

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Gecko Ball

Saturday, August 29, 2015
From 6:00 pm-11:00 pm
Gulfport Casino Ballroom
5500 Shore Blvd.
Gulfport 33707

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Gecko Pub Crawl

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

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7th Annual Gecko Ball

The 2015 Theme is "Gecko Gras"

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

Saturday, August 29, 2015
6:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.

THE 2014 GECKO BALL WAS SOLD OUT!!!

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

PHOTOS OF THE 2014 GECKO BALL ARE NOW POSTED!!!!

Thank you to Cathy Salustri, Dreams Float Casual Photography

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8th Annual Gecko Pub Crawl

Dates TBA

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 was the first of three events that herald the opening of “Gecko Season” in Gulfport. The Pub Crawl was held Saturday, August 9th, 5 to 9 pm.

 

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

2014 CRAWL SOLD OUT!


Your Official Street Guide to GeckoFest

Your Official Street Guide to Geckofest


Parking and Trolley Information

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