• 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 16th Anniversary!!!

Saturday, September 3, 2016
From 10 am-10:00 pm
3129 Beach Blvd., Gulfport 33707

GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Gulfport’s 16th annual GeckoFest promises a full day of free family-friendly fun on Saturday, September 3rd 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.

The theme for this year’s festival is “20,000 Geckos Under the Sea"

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.

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.

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.

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

GeckoFest Street Guide

GeckoFest Street Guide
Click the image above for a full-sized PDF version

GeckoFest Press Releases:

  • Seven Local Artists Create Geckos for Charity Auction

    June 30, 2016: For Immediate Release Contact:  Jessica Sager; jessica.sager@live.com GULFPORT, FL: Seven larger-than-life geckos will be the centerpiece of a live auction to benefit local charities.  The geckos will be visualized and created according to each artist’s individual concept.  All seven geckos can be …

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  • Gecko Crawl Celebrates “Gecko Season” in Gulfport

    June 25, 2016: For Immediate Release Contact: Biff Lagan (305) 923-1803 GULFPORT, FLORIDA: The ninth annual Gecko Crawl will help usher in “Gecko Season” in Gulfport with an opportunity to sample drinks at six locations, a poker run, and a festive afterparty in Gulfport’s colorful …

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  • Gulfport’s Geckofest Volunteers Needed

    -For Immediate Release-June 11, 2016 Believe it or not, Gecko Season will soon be upon us and we need to start planning!  As usual, an event as awesome as Geckofest cannot succeed without great volunteers. This year, Geckofest is September 3th. This year we need …

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  • Gecko Ball Tickets Go On Sale July 4th

    June 6, 2016: For Immediate Release Contact: John Haugen; (727) 623-0524; jhaugen@hudsonmkt.com GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Tickets for the Eighth Annual Gecko Ball will be available beginning July 4th. The Ball will be celebrated with a theme of “20,000 Geckos Under the Sea!” on Saturday, August 27th, …

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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

8th Annual Gecko Ball

The 2016 Theme is "20,000 Geckos Under the Sea"

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

Saturday, August 27, 2016
6:00 p.m. – 11 p.m.


8th Annual Gecko Ball

Gecko Ball 2016 – “20,000 Geckos Under the Sea” !

Online Tickets sales for the Gecko Ball are over!

A limited number of tickets remain on sale at the Gulfport Welcome Center (727-344-3711) using cash or credit card and Gulfport Beach Bazaar (727-381-8548) cash only. 

Ticket buyers should call the location in advance to confirm availability of tickets.  Tickets cannot be held for later purchase, and are available only on a first-come first-served basis.


As always, we appreciate your strong support for this great event.

9th Annual GeckoCrawl - Pub Crawl

Saturday, August 13, 2016
From 4:00 pm-9:00 pm
Gulfport Historic Waterfront
Beach Blvd. S.
Gulfport 33707

9th Annual GeckoCrawl - Pub Crawl

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

The Crawl will be held Saturday, August 13th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., with the afterparty beginning at 9 p.m.

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

  • Boca Bay Grille
  • Mangia Gourmet
  • Neptune Grille
  • Peninsula Inn
  • Salty’s
  • and Gulfport’s newest venue, Manatees on the Bay

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

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