Third Saturday July 15, 2017; First Friday August 4 & Third Saturday August 19
Gulfport, FL: The Gulfport Art Walk event features new artists every first Friday and third Saturday each month and includes several different sculpture and paint mediums, jewelry, photography, folk art, upcycled items, handmade/designed clothing and accessories, body products, authors and more.
For your musical entertainment, live musicians appear at several venues throughout the waterfront district.
While shopping the art and craft booths, don’t miss Gulfport’s unique shops, boutiques and galleries, and enjoy dinner at one of over a dozen fine restaurants. All within walking distance, the Waterfront Arts District is now one of the foremost dining destinations in the Tampa Bay Area.
There is no admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are pet and family friendly.
The event is located near the surrounding area of 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707.
Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market – EVERY TUESDAY / YEAR ROUND
The Gulfport Tuesday Fresh Market is open year-round from 9AM to 2PM every Tuesday. The Market is located in Gulfport’s historic Waterfront District on Beach Boulevard below 28th Avenue South.
The Market was established in February 2006 by the Gulfport Merchants Association and has grown from a small handful of vendors on one block of scenic Beach Blvd. to its present roster of vendors assembled across several blocks. Customer traffic has also steadily increased over the years, and the Market now routinely has several hundred visitors on a typical day, numbering up to 3,000 visitors on high season days. Local musicians in two locations keep market-goers entertained with styles from rock and pop to jazz, island, and blues.
Gulfport’s Fresh Market is a community-spirited gathering in a small, “Old Florida”-style town. Vendors offer a variety of products. “Food for your body and community spirit for your soul” is the motto of the Fresh Market. Visit the website at www.GulfportTuesdayFreshMarket.com or their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/gulfportfreshmarket. for more details and for up to date information about our current vendors. Contact: Susan Blankenship 727-453-9093 FreshMarket@Gulfportma.com
GECKO SEASON is soon upon us. Complimentary Admission and TICKETED events fill out the late summer schedule celebrating Gulfport’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile. (Sorry, anoles!) Go to www.GeckoFest.com for more about Gecko Season and the various Gecko events. Or visit the Facebook page for each event noted in each listing.
Friday August 4th, 6-8pm: Third Annual Art Gecko Show opening reception (Catherine Hickman Theater). This reception will celebrate the opening of an art show which will unveil the geckos created for this year’s live auction at the Gecko Ball. Seven local artists are represented: Joan Allen, Eric Folsom, Brenda McMahon, Lenne Nicklaus-Ball, Owen Pach, Tom Pitzen and Monika Watson. The opening reception will include complimentary hors d’oeuvre and a cash bar. In addition to the artists’ geckos, a selection of other works by the artists will be displayed. Many of those art works will remain on display at the Theater through the month of August, while the geckos will be moved to various public preview locations throughout the Gulfport waterfront district. Locations to be announced at the opening. Parking and admission to Art Gecko Show is complimentary. Details on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/455668221449151.
Saturday August 12th, 4-9pm: Tenth Annual Gecko Crawl (throughout waterfront district). The Crawl is always a fun way to celebrate Gecko season and experience a variety of Gulfport watering holes all in one evening. The event includes a poker run, with cards drawn at each participating location. The year’s locations are Manatees, Mangia Gourmet, Neptune, O’Maddy’s, the Peninsula and Salty’s. Crawl in any order you wish! The after party starts at 9pm at the Peninsula, including poker run awards and live music. TICKETS are $20 in advance at the Gulfport Welcome Center or $25 on the day of the event. Details on Facebook: www.facebook.com/events/1350401941712447.
Saturday August 26th, 6-11pm: Ninth Annual Gecko Ball – GECKOSTOCK! (Gulfport Casino Ballroom). Widely acknowledged as Gulfport’s Party of the Year, this year’s theme – Geckostock – will celebrate the hippies, the music, the pop culture, the Woodstock Festival and other touchstones of the 1960s. Start brainstorming your costume now! The event will include psychedelic and mod décor, live music by the Throwback Band, dancing, cash bar including Geckotinis and other drink specials, tapas catered by Backfin Blue Café, the glorious (and wacky) coronation of the next Gecko Queen, costume contest, tons and tons of silent auction items, and of course the live auction of artist-created geckos. TICKETS on sale now at the Gulfport Welcome Center, Gulfport Beach Bazaar and online at www.VisitGulfportFlorida.com for $35 per person. Reserved tables of 10 or 12 are available only at the Welcome Center if all tickets for the table are purchased in one transaction. Gecko Ball sells out every year, so don’t delay in getting your tickets. Details on Facebook: www.facebook.com/geckoball.
Saturday September 2nd, 10am – 10pm: 17th Annual GeckoFest (3101 Beach Blvd. S.). The granddaddy of all Gulfport festivals, GeckoFest is a full day of fun and celebration on the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. Calling all flower children, hippies and tree huggers! Flock to Gulfport’s waterfront and bring your buds for a day of peace, art and music! Gulfport invites you to the 17th Annual Geckofest, presented by Eyeglass World, celebrating the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, honoring this waterfront village’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, the Gecko! Tons of great art and craft vendors, food/beverage/beer vendors, live music, in-your-face street performers, roving costumed characters, costume contests for the kids, the wacky walking parade, and the street dance finale all combine to bring the highest level of liveliness that Beach Boulevard sees all year. Parking and admission to Geckofest is complimentary and the event is pet and family-friendly. Details on Facebook: www.facebook.com/geckofest or call 727-322-5217