Top things to do this weekend: Gulfport Gecko Fest, September deals, RuPaul's KiKi and Shade

The annual Labor Day weekend party in Gulfport known as GeckoFest returns with a whimsical "Gecko Con" theme. The Saturday street festival will be celebrating superheroes, villains and cult characters from comics, books, movies, TV shows, anime and more.
Published August 29 2018
Updated September 1 2018

GECKO: Labor Day Weekend

The annual Labor Day weekend party in Gulfport known as GeckoFest returns with a whimsical "Gecko Con" theme. The Saturday street festival will be celebrating superheroes, villains and cult characters from comics, books, movies, TV shows, anime and more. Costumes are strongly encouraged to join in the wacky walking parade at 6 p.m. A costume contest for kids and adults follows the parade. There will be live music on two stages; hundreds of food, art and craft vendors; kids’ activities; and street performances by acrobats, magicians, daredevils, dancers, aerialists, escape artists, fire eaters, balloon artists and costumed characters. GeckoFest takes place along Beach and Shore boulevards in the heart of Gulfport from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday. Free. geckofest.com.

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SWAPTEMBER: Deals in September

Local attractions are offering deals for the month of September. MOSI, the Florida Aquarium and ZooTampa at Lowry Park offer free admission to each others’ passholders for Swaptember. The Clearwater Marine Aquarium is offering a resident special in September for residents of Pinellas, Hillsborough, Hernando, Citrus, Manatee and Pasco counties. They will get reduced admission of $14.99, $9.99 ages 3-12, 2 and younger free, an $8-$10 savings. And the Glazer Children’s Museum is calling it Sportstember, marking the museum’s eighth birthday with an $8 general admission and exhibits focusing on health, wellness, nutrition and fitness.

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DRAG: RuPaul’s KiKi and Shade

Fans of RuPaul’s Drag Race know the lingo. "KiKi" means to gossip and chit-chat, and "shade," of course, is the opposite, back-handed criticism and in-your-face insults. RuPaul’s KiKi and Shade show at the Capitol Theatre on Friday will have all of that as queens from past seasons — Eureka O’Hara, Thorgy Thor, Derrick Barry (the Britney Spears impersonator, right) and Tatianna — put on a drag-tastic show. The queens ascend at 8 p.m., 405 Cleveland St., Clearwater. $50-$60; $135, for a VIP preshow meet and greet (Use promo code "Fanatic" and the ticket price is $27.) dragfanatics.com.

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