Location: Along Dodecanese Blvd on the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks (615 Hope St.)
TARPON SPRINGS, FL: Head towards the Tarpon Springs Sponge Docks on June 8, 9, and 10, 2018 to celebrate Greek heritage and culture at the family-friendly Opa! Palooza Greek Festival, being held at the Historic Sponge Docks of Tarpon Springs. The event, hosted by the Tarpon Springs Merchant’s Association, will feature live music, dancing, seminars, workshops, food, pastries, spirits, a kids play area with games, and much more….all Greek-style of course! For general event information, follow us on Facebook/Opa Palooza, visit SIKtampabay.com or call 727-322-5217
GULFPORT, FL: Gulfport invites you to the 18th Annual Geckofest, celebrating the end of summer with its largest festival of the year, honoring this waterfront village’s unofficial mascot and favorite reptile, the Gecko!
This year’s theme, chosen by public voting on the Gecko Ball Facebook page, is “Gecko Con”! “Gecko Con” will be a celebration of superheroes, villains, cult characters, imaginary locations and more from comics, books, movies, tv shows, animé and other media in pop culture genres akin to the world of popular Comic Con conventions around the world. The Gecko Con theme offers inspiration for a wide array of costumes, as well as music, dancing, food and drink. Festival-goers are always encouraged to arrive in costume.
Additional “Gecko-World” activities include; A Gecko Art Show and Reception on Friday, August 3rd, a Gecko Bar Crawl on Saturday, August 11th and the Gecko Ball on August 25th.
Parking and admission to Geckofest is complimentary and the event is pet and family-friendly.
When: November 9-11, 2018; Friday, 12:00 PM to 9:00 PM, Saturday, 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM, Sunday, 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Location: Sponge Docks, Tarpon Springs, FL 34689 GPS: 615 Hope St.
TARPON SPRINGS, FL: The 31st Annual Sponge Docks Seafood Festival will take place along Dodecanese Blvd with a food court provided at 615 Hope St. on November 9-11, 2018. The event will provide plenty of tasty choices to please everyone’s palate, including non-seafood items for land lubbers. Continuous live music is once again offered in the food court all weekend long, featuring local and regional musicians.
Historic Tarpon Springs is famous not only for the world’s finest sponges, but also for some of the best Greek restaurants, markets, and bakeries in the country. This three day outdoor festival, hosted by The Tarpon Springs Merchant’s Association, will feature tons of fresh local seafood to tempt your taste buds, an art & craft show with up to 60 local and regional artists selling their work, continuous live music, unique retail shops and complimentary festivities for the whole family.
Location: Downtown Tarpon Springs, 1 N Pinellas Ave., Tarpon Springs, FL 34689
TARPON SPRINGS, FL: The 28th Annual Thanksgiving Art & Craft festival is set for November 24-25, 2018, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM both days.
The historic Tarpon Avenue location is the Downtown’s Main Street and features many independently owned shops and restaurants, including a large variety of antique shops, many of which specialize in certain kinds of antiques. The outdoor showcase, hosted by the non-profit Tarpon Springs Chamber of Commerce, has been a holiday favorite for over a quarter of a century, and has always been held during Thanksgiving weekend on Small Business Saturday. During one of the busiest shopping periods of the year, finding that perfect gift has never been easier with a wide selection of offerings from fine art to crafts and independent business owners with products you can trust.
The event encourages holiday shoppers to patronize businesses that are small and local. With the holidays right around the corner, the Thanksgiving Art & Craft Festival is the perfect opportunity for locals and visitors alike to shop small for their gift giving needs and avoid getting mauled at the mall!
GULFPORT, FL: The 10th Annual Holiday Hoopla is a celebration of arts, crafts, foods, holiday music and roving holiday characters set in a waterfront atmosphere, from 10:00 AM until 5:00 PM on December 10th. The festival will provide shoppers with one-of-a-kind gifts from small businesses, and all of your holiday shopping can be done in one place!
Come early and shop the decorated streets filled with talented exhibitors and unique shops, restaurants & galleries and stay late to view Boca Ciega Yacht Club’s 32nd Annual Lighted Boat Parade.
BCYC members spend many hours planning and then decorating their boats in preparation of sharing the holiday spirit. As an all-volunteer club, BCYC feels strongly about giving back to surrounding communities. Parade participants need only a simple fee to enter – two (or more!) unwrapped toys for Operation Santa. Operation Santa, coordinated by the Gulfport police department, collects toys for the children of Gulfport whose holidays would be sadder without the generosity of the community. Both sail and power boats are welcome to join in the fun. Non-members are invited to participate as well. The more the merrier. Registration is available online at www.sailbcyc.org/ChristmasBoatParade and at the club, 4600 Tifton Drive South, Gulfport.
Don’t get your tinsel in a tangle! There’s never a fee for parking or admission and we even offer you transportation to/from offsite parking areas. As a bonus, a portion of the proceeds from the event hosted by the non-profit Gulfport Merchant’s Association will benefit the Gulfport Police Department’s Operation Santa for Gulfport families in need. Event location and parade viewing is 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. For general information, follow us on Facebook.com/HolidayHooplaGulfport, go to www.VisitGulfportFlorida.com or call 727-322-5217.
When: Every First Friday & Third Saturday – Year RoundLocation: 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707
GULFPORT, FL: The Gulfport Art & Gallery Walk event, hosted by the non-profit Gulfport Merchants Association, takes place from 6-10 p.m. every first Friday and third Saturday – rain or shine, all year round, and is home to dozens of artisans and craftsmen each month.
There is never an admission fee for visitors and complimentary parking is available nearby with courtesy trolley rides available to and from off-site parking areas. Gulfport events are always pet and family friendly. GPS – 3101 Beach Blvd. S., Gulfport, FL 33707. For general event information, follow us on Facebook www.facebook.com/GulfportArtWalk, go to www.visitgulfportflorida.com or call 727-322-5217.