Springfest is all New this Year
The 19th annual Springfest will move to the green and tree-covered expanse of Gulfport’s 7.5 acre Clymer Park along the Beach Blvd. approach to the City’s historic waterfront district. Springfest will take place on Saturday, April 27th from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. The theme of the event is also new this year, introducing Springfest as a “Garden, Art and Faerie Festival.” For one day only, the park will be transformed into an “enchanted village” inhabited by costumed faeries, sprites, gnomes, ogres and trolls. Renaissance-era characters, gypsies, minstrels, wizards and roving entertainers in costume will also stroll through the event. All visitors are encouraged to join in the spirit of Springfest by donning wings, faerie-tale finery, Renaissance flair or any imagination-inspired attire. A costume contest will take place to recognize the most colorfully-clad visitors.
The event is family and dog-friendly, and open to the public at no charge. Activities and entertainment for all ages will be offered. A wide variety of activities and entertainment will include a May pole dance, a labyrinth, magic shows, a treasure hunt and scavenger hunt. A children’s area will offer many activities including tiara-making, face painting, pixie dusting, bubble blowing, a “faerie fight” and more. Live performances of “Makin’ Larvae,” a short “honey bee love story” by Kenny Silkie will take place during four shows. Vendors will offer live garden plants, garden art, flowers, herbs, Renaissance-period items, clothing, jewelry, art, hand-made crafts and more. Assorted food and beverage vendors will be on hand, and an enchanted beer garden will offer beverages for the over 21 crowd. Live music will be performed throughout the day by bands including Celtic favorites the Empty Hats, as well as the Rose Island Band, Passerine and TheCraic band.
Complementary parking is available on site and trolley rides to and from off-site parking areas will be offered. Springfest is customized by SIK Promotions and is hosted by the Gulfport Area Chamber of Commerce. Co-sponsors include the City of Gulfport, the Gulfport Merchants Association, St. Petersburg Tribune, LocalShops1, Paradise News, the Industrial Arts Center, City of Imagination and other community groups. For more information, visit and “like” Springfest on Facebook: (www.facebook.com/GulfportSpringfest) or call 727-322-5217.
Vendor space and sponsorship opportunities for Springfest are still available. Applicants may include, but are not limited to: faerie theme, fantasy, Renaissance, plants and gardening, garden art, artists, craftspersons, food and beverages, corporate sponsors, and 501(c)(3) children’s non-profits. Chamber members will receive a discount. All merchants are asked to decorate their displays with a theme appropriate for the event, including faeries, fantasy, gardens, Renaissance or medieval periods. The merchandise itself need not be themed. Apply here: http://suzieking.com/applicants/spring/gulfport-springfest.
Clymer Park is located at 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport.