GULFPORT, FL: The 22nd Annual Geckofest arrives on September 2nd, celebrating the end of summer with its largest festival of the year and honoring this waterfront village’s unofficial mascot, the Gecko! This year’s theme, chosen by public voting, is “Around The World in 80 Geckos”!
The festival is excited to announce the addition of the Forever Florida Stage and welcomes back the beloved Blueberry Patch Stage. The line-up for 2023 artists includes 12 hours of live bands and dozens of Street Theater performances.
Geckofest tradition is known to include professional strolling and stationary street theater performers, who bring ooohs!!! and ahhhs!!! to Beach Blvd. S. Volunteers are often invited to step right up and participate in a magic trick, stunt or some other wacky act. You’ll want to have your selfie stick on hand to capture the moments that’ll will make you laugh, gasp and applaud.
Festivalgoers, local businesses and groups are always encouraged to arrive in costume and join in the wacky walking parade at 6:00 PM.
Purchases from GeckoFest vendors, as well as Gulfport’s own shops, galleries and restaurants support local, home-grown small businesses, so please come on “buy” and show your community support!
Parking and admission to Geckofest is complimentary and the event is pet and family-friendly.
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 Chamber of Commerce. A portion of proceeds from all Gecko World events benefit local charities each year. This year’s recipients include The Sonia Plotnick Health Fund, Daystar Life Center and Sunshine Big Dog Rescue.
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