The 14th Annual GeckoFest will take place this Saturday, August 30th, 2014 from 10am until 10pm in Gulfport, Florida. There will music, artists, craftsmen, dancers, magicians, jugglers costume contest, plenty of food & drinks and much more. It is located on Beach Boulevard from 22nd Ave South to Gulfport beach and the Gulfport Casino. 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 Gecko!

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Gulfport is located between St. Petersburg and Boca Ciega Bay. Originally, it was called Disston City when Hamilton Disston first purchased land in 1884. Since there was already a city named that in Hillsborough County, the name was changed to Bonafacio. Then in 1890 it was changed to Veteran City and finally in 1910 it was officially named Gulfport. That’s a lot of names for such a small town. Glad that Gulfport was the final name chosen.

Gulfport has always had a high concentration of artists and musicians. Some say they are inspired by the beautiful light, tropical scenery, relaxed atmosphere and that “Old Florida” feel. There is a great mix of small cottages, boutiques, independent restaurants and businesses scattered along Beach Boulevard down to the beach.

The first Friday and third Saturday of each month “Art Walk” is held. Tuesdays are Fresh Market days in the Gulfport Waterfront district from 9 am to 3 pm, on Beach Blvd. The market has fresh produce, cheese, seafood, honey, nuts, baked goods, plants, art and crafts, and local entertainment and it takes place all year. If you haven’t been to Gulfport yet, this weekend might be a good time to check it out.