Here’s What You Can Expect at the Geckofest in Gulfport

Do you want to end your summer in the best way possible? Keep on reading, because we have the perfect event for you! Going back home after a magical beach vacation can be disheartening, but not when you come to Gulfport, Florida. Each year, the town organizes a big event to celebrate the end of the season, and we want to extend the invitation to you! Experience fun in the sun at the Geckofest in Gulfport and celebrate the town’s unofficial mascot with your loved ones. You can listen to live music, eat delicious food, and partake in exciting activities! Read on to learn more about it and start planning your visit today.


Attending the Geckofest in Gulfport is a perfect way to explore this beautiful area of Florida! To ensure you don’t miss out on anything while you’re here, download our free Vacation Guide. In it, you’ll find information on great events, museums, restaurants, and outdoor activities! Our guide has everything you need to make your Gulfport vacation unforgettable.


Have the Best Time Ever at the Geckofest in Gulfport!


What Is Geckofest?

Geckofest is one of the most anticipated events in the Tampa Bay area! It was created in 2001 as an end of summer celebration and has been a hit ever since. The creative, artistic crowd in Gulfport makes Geckofest unique and exciting, with local artists and merchants lining up along Beach Boulevard. The fun takes place on September 1st between 10 a.m. and 10 p.m., and parking is free. A shuttle service is also available from several parking sites.

Tip: Don’t leave your furry friend at home! Geckofest is pet-friendly, and so is the Historic Peninsula Inn. Browse our pet-friendly accommodations to find your perfect room today!


What Can You Do?

There are plenty of activities to enjoy at Geckofest, so even if you don’t share the same interests as your friends or family, there’s no need to worry! Everyone will be satisfied and have an amazing time. Music lovers can enjoy several shows on two stages, with local artists rocking the festival from beginning to end. Street performers like jugglers, magicians, fire eaters, and dancers bring a circus atmosphere to the festival that will take your right back to your childhood. If you prefer a more relaxed activity, head over to the arts and crafts booths to discover the best local products around. You might even find a souvenir for your folks back home! Make sure you catch the dance performances before you leave; they occur simultaneously on both stages at 8 p.m.


What Can You Taste?

Let’s be honest: having this much fun can make your stomach growl! Luckily, you can choose from hundreds of food booths at Geckofest, including delicious and authentic Florida treats made with local products. Beer and wine booths are also available to quench your thirst. Add a gourmet burger and slice of pizza to the mix, or choose a tasty chicken gyro for a more exotic meal!


Make the Historic Peninsula Inn Your Home Base!

Outside Historic Peninsula InnAfter spending the day having fun at Geckofest, come home to a cozy guest room at the Historic Peninsula Inn! Our beautiful inn has been at the heart of the community since 1905, when it was still known as the Bayview Hotel. Nowadays, we offer elegant and comfortable accommodations that are the best in Gulfport.

Book our Burma Suite! When you expend so much energy at an event like Geckofest, you need a place to rest and unwind. The Burma suite is just that! With a cozy queen bed in the main room and a loveseat that can sleep one adult, it’s the ideal choice for a weekend getaway with a best friend or significant other. Get the best night of sleep you’ve had in months and wake up the next day to the melodious chirping of birds outside your window! Follow the sweet smell of coffee downstairs where a delicious homemade breakfast awaits and get ready to continue exploring Gulfport!

Book your stay today at the Historic Peninsula Inn! We look forward to hosting you!