GULFPORT, FLORIDA: 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 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.
Gulfport’s 16th Annual Geckofest brings entertainment to streets and stages during a daylong spectacle on Saturday, September 3rd. The theme for this year’s Gecko events is “20,000 Geckos under the Sea”.
Amid the thousands of festival-goers, hundreds of vendors and dozens of live musicians, 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.
Parking and Admission to Geckofest is complimentary and the event is pet and family-friendly. The Gulfport Trolley also offers visitors an opportunity to park in off-site locations for transportation to and from their vehicle and the festival site at no charge.
While you’ve already got your pens and calendars out, put these dates down: Gecko Artists Opening (Friday, August 5th); Gecko Crawl (Saturday, August 13th); Gecko Ball (Saturday, August 27th); and GeckoFest (Saturday, September 3rd).
“Gecko-world” offers a fun-filled opportunity to explore Gulfport, a wonderful slice of “Old Florida” on some of its most colorful days of the year. A portion of proceeds from all Gecko events will benefit local non-profit groups, First Florida Frontiers and Gulfport Historical Society.