San Diego’s Gator By The Bay Music & Food Festival Returns This May 11-14 | Enter To Win Tickets

April 16, 2017

The largest, most-authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou returns to America's Finest City this May 11 through 14. Presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club, the 16th annual Gator By The Bay features four days of live music with over 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages, as well as southern cuisine including 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop live music, dancing and family fun at Spanish Landing Park on beautiful San Diego Bay. We are raffling off 2 pairs of single-day tickets to this fun & delicious event.

"Gator By The Bay is an all-in-one event that brings Louisiana’s rich and diverse culture right to San Diego Bay by showcasing Louisiana’s eclectic melting pot of history, food, music, dance and more," said Peter Oliver, a Gator By The Bay Producer. "We truly pride ourselves in offering San Diegans and visitors alike the chance to experience authentic Louisiana culture. I can guarantee you will discover something new and leave wanting more."

Since its inception in 2001, Gator By The Bay has grown to showcase an array of music choices from blues, salsa, Zydeco, Cajun and a taste of country, including hosting Grammy winning artists directly from Louisiana, legendary Chicago and California blues artists, rockabilly and roots performers and award-winning salsa and Latin bands. The festival has become an annual must-do for enthusiasts of all ages.

The festival boasts five wooden dance floors, including two 3,000 square-foot shaded dance floors at each of the two main stages, and offers free lessons by some of the finest dance instructors in the country. The French Quarter Food Court features the authentic tastes of Louisiana, with many vendors making the cross-country trip just for the festival. Revelers will fill up on fresh Louisiana-raised crawfish, boudin sausage, catfish, alligator, barbecue and oysters. A mouth-watering selection of Louisiana favorites will also be available, including gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys and etouffée. For dessert there will be a Southern selection of beignets, sweet potato pie, homemade ice cream, pralines and bread pudding. There will also be special activities for kids, including the costumed Mardi Gras parades and making outrageous hats with the Rad Hatter and a market area that offers retail therapy from carefully selected craft vendors to Mardi Gras-inspired goods and clothing, art, hand-made jewelry, dancing shoes and accessories.

Tickets are currently on sale for this year's Gator By The Bay Festival. Thursday night concert tickets range in price from $25 to $95. Daily festival tickets range from $30 to $40, and 3-day and 4-day passes are available for the deepest discounts. Patron passes include access to the Patron Reception Area including a complimentary meal, personal meet and greet with festival headliners, complimentary craft beer, select wines, soft drinks and water, private shaded seating and upgraded restrooms and additional reserved shaded seating near both main stages. This is available for $120 per day (Saturday or Sunday) or $200 for both days. Children 17 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.

For more information and to purchase passes, visit, and check out the video below for a glimpse of what to expect at Gator By The Bay.