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Most recent GeckoFest Press Releases:

  • Gecko Pub Crawl Kicks Off “Gecko Season” in Gulfport

    7th Annual Gecko Pub Crawl

    Gecko Pub Crawl Kicks Off “Gecko Season” in Gulfport

    Buy your tickets online at

    Contact: Biff Lagan (305) 923-1803 or

    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.

    Tickets are available in advance from the Gulfport Beach Bazaar’s Box Office, located at 3115 Beach Blvd. S, Gulfport, online at, and at all participating businesses during the Crawl!

    For more information, contactL

    Biff Lagan (305) 923-1803 or

    Additional information on any of Gulfport’s Gecko related festivities may be found at or

    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!


  • “Roaring Geckos” Tickets Go On Sale July 4th

    June 16, 2014: For Immediate Release

    Contact: Richard Radovic; (727) 204-8101;

    Gecko Ball 2014

    GULFPORT, FLORIDA: Break out your best “Charleston” dance moves!

    Roaring Geckos” will be the theme of Gulfport’s Sixth Annual Gecko Ball.  The “Roaring Geckos” theme will evoke the Roaring Twenties, including its music, dancing, hair styles, clothing and costumes, fads, movies and other popular culture.  Expect to experience costumes, music and décor celebrating flappers, hair bobs, Charlie Chaplin, The Great Gatsby, Guys and Dolls, the Jazz Age, Louis Armstrong, Rudolph Valentino, swing music and big bands, Art Deco and many other touchstones of the 1920s era.

    The Gecko Ball will be held at the historic waterfront Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Boulevard South) from 6 until 11pm on Saturday, August 23rd. 

    The event gets larger and more popular each year, including over the top décor, cocktail specials, cash bar, hors d’oeuvre, a dinner buffet, commemorative photo booth, dozens of silent auction items, and the popular live auction of geckos created by local artists.  Once again, a new Gecko Queen will be crowned at the Ball as the Queen and Court are presented to assembled ball-goers.  Dress a la 1920’s or dress as a gecko, or combine the two!  A costume contest will determine some of the best outfits in the house.  (Costumes are encourages but are not mandatory.)

    Appearing live at this year’s Ball, the Z Street Speakeasy Band will offer dance-floor-ready tunes from the 20’s through today.  There will be many other surprises in store, creating what has become known as Gulfport’s Party of the Year!

    Tickets for Gecko Ball are $35 per person and will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Friday, July 4th at the Gulfport Beach Bazaar’s “Bazaar Box Office,” 3115 Beach Boulevard South. 

    The line for tickets will begin forming as early as 7 a.m., so bring a lawn chair!  Tickets will continue to be available at the Beach Bazaar during regular store hours, as well as online with a credit or debit card at until the event sells out.

    The Gecko Ball sells out every year, so would-be Ball-goers are encouraged to purchase tickets as far in advance as possible.  While they last, tables of ten are available for group reservations only if all tickets for the table are purchased in person at the Beach Bazaar at one time.

    The Gecko Ball occurs one week prior to the annual GeckoFest street festival (August 30th), and each year the Ball’s theme also lends itself to costumes that GeckoFest participants are encouraged to wear and flaunt during the Fest’s walking parade.

    The annual Gecko Pub Crawl will be held August 9th this year, and a portion of proceeds from all three Gecko events will once again benefit a local non-profit group, as well as the commission of a public art installation.

    For more information and updates on the Gecko Ball, go to and “like” the Gecko Ball Facebook page:

    GeckoFest, Gecko Ball and Gecko Pub Crawl are all sponsored by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association

    Contact Richard Radovic ( or 727-204-8101) for details.

  • GECKOFEST Deadline: Vendor Applications Due JUNE 30

    Event Location: 3129 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
    Event Date/Time: August 30/10:00 am – 10:00 pm

    Estimated Attendance: 35,000

    DEADLINE FOR LOWEST PRICE: Postmark or Apply online by June 30, 2014

    Early Bird Pricing:

    • 501c3 Local Charities $100
    • 100% Handmade Items $100
    • Retail/Resale $650 and up
    • Food Vendors $225
    • Corporate Entities $650 and up


    Event Description: 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 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

    Apply for this event at

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