13th Annual Gulfport Geckofest

August 31st, 2013
From 10:00 am until 10:00 pm
On Beach Blvd. South in Gulfport, Florida

For Vendor information, contact: Suzie King, SIK Promotions - 727-322-5217

Map and Directions


Saturday, August 31, 2013
From 10 am-10:00 pm
3129 Beach Blvd., Gulfport 33707


Last year's poster

Gulfport’s 13th Annual Geckofest will bring entertainment to the streets during a daylong spectacle
on Saturday, August 31st. 

Amid the thousands of festival-goers, hundreds of vendors and dozens of live musicians on two stages, expect to come face to face with live mermaids, magicians, jugglers, acrobats, fire dancers and more, creating an “up close and personal” circus atmosphere throughout the village. 

All festivities take place on Beach Boulevard in Gulfport from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.   

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. 

The festival has grown to become one of Tampa Bay’s most anticipated events of the year. 

Entertainment in the streets is one of the hallmarks of Geckofest, with many both strolling and stationary performers interacting with visitors. 

This year’s festival brings more action, fun and thrills to the streets than ever before. 

Live mermaids will be visiting in a rare display. 

The curator of the exhibit will give details on the history of mermaids, their habits and habitats, before drawing the curtain to reveal one of the visiting mermaids.  These “sea women” of lore can be viewed up close behind the glass of a giant water tank.  Naturally curious, a mermaid may surface from the water to interact with onlookers.  Getting close to her may mean getting splashed!  Watch for the mermaid exhibit in the heart of the festival. 

The Mcandless Aerial Troupe will be on hand to perform acts of anti-gravity grace, including aerial acrobatics, long distance drops, hanging “Spanish web” rope maneuvers and more. 

The Acromaniacs will show off an array of thrilling acrobatics including “extreme flipping” and body balancing stunts combined with comedy.  Also watch for Dallas, a well-known Bay Area performer combining comedy and juggling, as well as amazing feats of strength and balance.   

Donning his trademark color orange, Stunt comedian Wacky Chad combines clowning with such stunts as carrying passengers on a miniature bicycle to balancing shopping carts on his face! 

His extreme pogo stick stunts will amaze festival-goers and his comedy antics will keep visitors in stitches.  Seasoned magician, mentalist and entertainer Anton James will display a variety of illusions, including assorted magic tricks large and small, mind reading and “mind games,” and other entertainment in a high energy style. 

Capping off the festivities, the Fireshow by Mayhem will showcase a troupe of performers who will dance with, play with, manipulate, swallow and have full body contact with fire. 

The finale includes a “rocket staff” spun by a performer like a baton with live fireworks attached to each end.  Audience members gather in a circle surrounding the performance area and are able to view the pyrotechnics from close up. 

The fire show returns to Geckofest by popular demand and has thrilled audiences on every occasion. 

Also watch for face painters, balloon artists, stilt walkers, drummers, a “living statue” and more street entertainers throughout the day. 

Other costumed performers, including pirates, gypsies, faeries, and of course geckos will be strolling through the village during Geckofest, creating a quirky, vibrant and colorful scene enjoyable for visitors of all ages. 

Geckofest visitors are encouraged to come in costume. 

Many of the Geckofest performers will also march alongside costumed visitors in the annual Walking Parade, which will be led by Gulfport’s Mayor Emeritus, and include the “o-FISH-al” Gecko Goddess, as well as the new Gecko Queen and her Court. 

A costume contest with prizes will be held following the parade for children and adults.

Geckofest is sponsored by the Gulfport Merchants Association, and produced by SIK Promotions.

For more information, please visit www.Gulfportma.com, www.geckofest.com or call 727-322-5217.


North Music Stage

10:00 AM Joel & Dakota
12:00 PM Rose Island Band
2:00 PM Gabe Whitney & The Noisemaker's - Featuring Drain The Ocean
4:30 PM Gulfport Swamp Opera
6:30 PM Competitive Edge Dance Academy
8:00 PM Nervous Energy Band

North Buskers Circle

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Dallas The Fire Guy
Nick Escapes

Center Buskers Circle

K.T Scott on Bagpipes 10:00
Anton James 11:00, 1:00, 3:30, 5:15 & 7:15
Wacky Chad 2:00, 4:00 & 6:30
The Live Mermaid Exhibit 12:00, 3:00 & 4:45
Mayem's Fire Show Finale 9:00

South Buskers Circle

McCandless Aerial 11:00, 12:30, 2:00, 3:30 & 5:00
H.M. Entertainment Breakdancers 11:45, 1:15, 2:45, 4:15, 6:30 & 7:30

South Music Stage

10:00 AM The Wrenchers
12:00 PM Paul Anthony
2:00 PM Bing Futch
3:45 PM Competitive Edge Dance Academy
5:00 PM Tropical Disturbance
6:00 PM Mayor Henderson announces Parade
6:30 PM Costume Contest
8:00 PM Urban Gypsies of Florida

*Schedule Subject to change without notice


Gecko Ball 2013: Gecko Night Fever!

Gecko Night Fever Gecko Ball 2013

Dust off that polyester leisure suit and shine that disco ball! "Gecko Night Fever" will be theme of Gulfport’s Fifth Annual Gecko Ball.

Gecko Night Fever” will evoke the 1970s disco era, including the music, dance moves, outfits, hair and fads of the 70s.

This year, the Gecko Ball will be held at the historic Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Blvd. South) from 6 to 11pm on Saturday, August 24th.

The event gets larger and more popular each year, including costumes, over the top décor, cocktail specials, hors d’oeuvre, a dinner buffet, silent auctions, and the popular live auction of geckos created by local artists.


This message just in from Gecko Ball organizers:

“We are pleased that the event has become so popular, but we have reached our maximum capacity for this year. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Mark your calendar for next year! Gecko Ball 2014 will take place on Saturday, August 23rd. Watch for ticket sales announcements a few weeks prior to the date.

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The Gecko Ball would like to gratefully acknowledge the following businesses and individuals who have donated items to our silent auction fundraiser, or who have provided promotional consideration.

Watch for more donors to be added to the list in the weeks to come and a final list in the Program for the Ball.

If you or a business can donate, please contact Emme McMahon at: emsales10@gmail.com

The Art of Massage
The Blue Parrot
Cason Photography
Chicago Rich
Cigar Loft
Crabby Bill's
Craftsman House
Creative Design
The Dali Museum
David Virtue
Designer Consigner
Diane Lowe
Dolphin Landings Charter Boat Center
Domain Home Accessories & Gallery
Earth Origins
Emotional Gardener
Epic Renovations
Florida Charter Boat
Florida Orange Groves & Winery
400 Beach Seafood & Tap House
The Gabber
Gabriela Valencia Fine Art
Gold Coat Renovations
Gold Plated Shovel
The Golf Shop
The Great Haircut
Gulf Beaches Law P.A.
Gulfport Dive Center
Gulfport Family Restaurant
Gulfport Grind
Gulfport Guest Cottage
Gulfport Produce
Habana Café
Hairy Potter
The Hangar Restaurant
Helen Mullins
Hollander Hotel
Home Maid Residential Cleaning
Hudson Marketing Services
Island Flavors and Tings
John Shevlin
K. Kringle’s Christmas Shoppe
Karen's Florist of Gulfport
Key West Express
La Cote Basque Winehouse
The Longhouse
Maddy Spa
Mary Joyner Designs
Massage Spa
Mazzaro Italian Market
Michael Chapman
Michael Eismont
Mission Aveda
Museum of Fine Arts
Neptune Grill
O’Maddy’s Bar and Grille
Paradise Grill
Peg’s Cantina & Brew Pub
Perfect Ten Nail Salon
Pia’s Trattoria
Post Card Inn
PRP Wine International
Red Cloud American Indian Art
Reef Dog Gifts & Grooming
Rica Fischer
Safari Choppers
St. Petersburg Tribune
Sea Breeze Manor B&B Inn
Sea Critters Café
Shiva Dharma
Smokin' J's
Stella's Deli
T & Me Tea Co.
Tampa Bay Times
Tangelo’s Grille
Ted Peters Famous Smoked Fish
Thai Orchids & Leis
Tim Figler
TLC Market
Tony Angel
Tradewinds Island Grand Resort
Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club
Willy's Burgers & Booze
Woody's Waterfront

Seven Gulfport Artists Create Geckos for Charity Auction

2013 Gecko by award-winning creator of public sculptures, Jonathan Schork
2013 Gecko by award-winning creator of public sculptures, Jonathan Schork

Seven larger-than-life steel geckos will be the centerpiece of a live auction to benefit local charities as well as a public art installation in Gulfport’s Waterfront District.

Each of the large steel geckos has been reimagined, manipulated and decorated in a variety of media by local artists.

The geckos are now on display in locations throughout the Gulfport Waterfront District until Friday, August 23rd and will be up for auction during the fifth annual Gecko Ball on Saturday, August 24th at the historic waterfront Gulfport Casino Ballroom (5500 Shore Blvd. South).

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Gulfport GeckoFest photos;

This whimsical send off to summer is like Mardi Gras meets the Renaissance, and brings together strolling street performers, main stage performers, performing artists and vendors with all types of weird and wonderful wares up and down Beach Blvd.

Check out the 2011 Gulfport GeckoFest photo gallery!

Over 200 arts, craft, food vendors and performing artists will be in attendance!

Over 200 arts, craft, food vendors and performing artists will be in attendance!Over 200 arts, craft, food vendors and performing artists were in attendance!


Over 200 arts, craft, food vendors and performing artists will be in attendance!

Gulfport GeckoFest

The day culminates in Gulfport’s famous -STREET DANCE at 8:00 pm!

Bring your dancing shoes, and celebrate our 13th Anniversary!

The day culminates in Gulfport’s famous -STREET DANCE at 8:00 pm! Bring your dancing shoes, and celebrate our 11th Anniversary!

Additional Geckofest fundraisers include:

Each of these adult only adventures and fundraisers is a $30 donation, and will support the Geckofest event.

Thank you to our 2013 GeckoFest Sponsors!

BrightHouse Networks


Cox Media

WDUV "The Dove" 105.5 and WXGL "The Eagle" 107.3

COX Media

Tampa Bay Times

Tampa Bay Times


Somerby's Hard Apple Cider

Somerby's Hard Apple Cider




Florida Re-Bath

Florida re-Bath


Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless




Direct Buy

Direct Buy

Key West Express

Key West Express

American Travel Partners

Bluegreen Vacations Unlimited





Paradise News

Paradise News


Local Shops 1

Local Shops 1


The Peninsula Inn & Spa

The Peninsula Inn & Spa


Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ

Smokin' J's Real Texas BBQ


A & B Insurance and Financial Group

GeckoFest is Proudly Presented by:

Gulfport Merchants Association

Gulfport Merchants Association

SIK Promotions

SIK Promotions

City of Gulfport

City of Gulfport

Geckofest is a full day of fun for everyone. GLBT, Pet and Family Friendly.

Geckofest is a full day of fun for everyone. GLBT, Pet and Family Friendly.

A portion of proceeds from Geckofest will benefit public art installation in Gulfport’s Waterfront District.

Gulfport GeckoFest Free Parking and Troller Map

Gulfport Geckofest Free Parking and Troller Map
Click image for full-sized printable Free Parking and Trolley Map


For more information, please visit www.Gulfportma.com or call 727-322-5217

© 2013 GeckoFest
Gulfport Merchants Association