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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


Map and Parking Information

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Gulfport’s 15th annual GeckoFest promises a full day of free family-friendly fun on Saturday, September 5th from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

The streets of the waterfront village will be filled with live music on two stages, hundreds of food, art and craft vendors, kids’ activities, and up close and personal street performances by a bevy of acrobats, magicians, daredevils, dancers, aerialists, escape artists, fire eaters, balloon artists and costumed characters. GeckoFest is located along Beach and Shore Boulevards in the heart of Gulfport.

geckofest 2015 entertainment guide

The theme for this year’s festival is “Gecko Gras!”

Join in the spirit of New Orleans if you wish and arrive in costume with your Mardi Gras finest. Or feel free to “geckofy” yourself. The GeckoFest wacky walking parade invites everyone to join in at 6:00. A costume contest for kids and adults will take place after the parade.

The festival will be flanked by two stages offering music throughout the day and night.

The line-up for 2015 includes hours of lively tunes from singers and bands including the Hot Tub Club (featuring Gulfport’s own Mayor and First Lady), Yard Dog Charlie, Joel and Dakota, the Southern Road Dog Band, and Gumbo Boogie.

To help you put your NOLA moves together, Cajun dance lessons will be offered to the crowd by Jim Hance twice during the day.

In support of our area’s youth, GeckoFest will also present BlueRose, Competitive Edge Dance Company and Project Free’s Rising Stars.

GeckoFest ends on a high note each year with its ever-popular, high-energy street dances at both stages starting at 8:00.

GeckoFest’s strolling and stationary street performers bring fun, thrills and a circus atmosphere to the village with a chance to get close to the action.

Entertainers will make you laugh, gasp and applaud. Step right up and participate in a magic trick. Witness extreme stunts happening just a few feet away. Tie up an escape artist and watch him maneuver out of his bonds. Pose for photos with your favorite characters. Take home your own free, fanciful balloon creation.

This year’s street performers include past favorites and brand new ones.

Father-son duo Dallas and Nick are reprising their amazing feats of fire juggling and escape artistry.

The Amazing Kenny returns with his mixture of stilt-walking, juggling, fire-eating and ballooning.

Comedy/stunt artist George Gilbert creates both laughter and wow-worthy daredevilry.

Crazy Indy climbs into his Cyr wheel to perform outlandish acrobatic feats.

Magician Rafael Villa amazes crowds with sleight of hand.

Other jugglers, magicians, acrobats, face painters, dancers and aerialists will be on hand throughout the festival area.

Favorite costumed characters will be roving the village ready to pose for your photos, including pirate “Captain Jack,” the Transformers’ “Bumblebee,” IvyMichael JacksonKing, the “O-Fish-Al” Gecko Goddess, as well as “living statues,” more pirates, fairies, sparkly Mardi Gras revelers and giant geckos.

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. For more information on GeckoFest, directions and parking go to www.GeckoFest.com. Like the Facebook page at www.Facebook.com/GeckoFest. GeckoFest offers a fun-filled opportunity to explore quirky Gulfport, a wonderful slice of “Old Florida,” on one of its most colorful days of the year.

GeckoFest is preceded each year by the Gecko Art Show, Gecko Crawl and Gecko Ball.

All events are hosted by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association.

This year’s GeckoFest is sponsored by the following supporters: The City of Gulfport, Bright House Networks, Tampa Bay Times, Cox Media (The Eagle 107.3 & WDUV 105.5), GEICO, Beachlife, Paradise News, The Gabber, Jim’s Harley Davidson, Key West Express, Dole Dippers, YELP!, Tobacco Free Florida, The Island Reporter, Pet Supermarket and Smokin’ J’s BBQ.

A portion of proceeds from all Gecko events benefits local charities each year.

This year’s charitable recipients include CASA (Community Action Stops Abuse), Circle of Friends of the Gulfport Public Library, Daystar Life Center and the Sonia Plotnick Health Fund.


GeckoFest Press Releases:

  • GeckoFest Brings Music, Magic, Thrills to Gulfport

    Gulfport’s 15th annual GeckoFest promises a full day of free family-friendly fun on Saturday, September 5th from 10:00 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.

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  • 7th Annual Gecko Ball Celebrates Gulfport at its Quirkiest!

    August 12, 2015: For Immediate ReleaseContact: Daniel Hodge; (727) 366-4086; dan@igc.org GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Gulfport’s Seventh Annual Gecko Ball takes on a “Gecko Gras” theme this year, complete with all the festive hallmarks of a Mardi Gras celebration.  The annual Ball, widely recognized as quirky Gulfport’s …

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  • Geckofest Parade Encourages Costumes

    August 13, 2015: For Immediate ReleaseContact: Suzanne King; suzfest@gmail.com GULFPORT, FLORIDA:  Gulfport’s beloved annual Geckofest would not be the same without its quirky, fun costume contests and this year promises to be exceptional!  With a 2015 theme of Mardi Gras, the “Gecko Gras” costumes will …

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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

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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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8th Annual Gecko Crawl

Saturday, August 8, 2015
From 4:00 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.

Online Tickets Sales for the Gecko Ball is Over.

A handful of tickets remain on sale at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar (cash or check only). Get ‘em while they last!

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


Thank you to Cathy Salustri, Dreams Float Casual Photography

Check out the GREAT photo gallery here...>>

8th Annual GeckoCrawl - Pub Crawl

8th Annual Gecko Crawl

Saturday, August 8, 2015
From 4:00 pm-9:00 pm
Gulfport Historic Waterfront
Beach Blvd. S.
Gulfport 33707

Gecko Pub Crawl Kicks Off “Gecko Season” in Gulfport

The eighth annual Gecko Crawl will help usher in “Gecko Season” in Gulfport with a poker run, an opportunity to sample drinks at six locations and a festive street party in Gulfport’s colorful Waterfront District. 

The Crawl will be held Saturday, August 8th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with afterparty beginning at 9 p.m

Gecko Crawlers will be able to enjoy a beverage at these participating bars and restaurants:

  • Little Tommie’s Tiki
  • Mangia Gourmet
  • Neptune Grille
  • O’Maddy’s
  • Peninsula Inn
  • Salty’s

All are located within easy walking distance along Beach and Shore Boulevards. 

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