19th Annual Gator By The Bay Festival Brings Spirit Of Louisiana To Southern California, Featuring Everything From A To Zydeco

The 19th annual Gator By The Bay Festival, the largest and most-authentic Louisiana-themed music, food, and dance festival on this side of the bayou, returns to Spanish Landing Park, May 5-8, 2022. Tickets are now available for purchase at the Early Bird rate for a limited time.

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19 Years of Bringing New Orleans to San Diego

Presented by the Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego, Gator By The Bay brings the spirit of New Orleans and bayous of Louisiana to the picturesque San Diego Bay for a memorable celebration that is best described as Southern California’s Mardi Gras in May.

“Gator By The Bay is a one-of-a-kind event that brings joy and lasting memories to people of all ages,” says Festival Producer, Peter Oliver. “Each year over 15,000 passionate enthusiasts attend this event to get a taste of Louisiana’s rich culture on the West Coast. After two years of dormancy we are happy to be back with all the fan-favorite Mardi Gras experiences including samples of the history, food, music, dancing, and more.”


Hosting everything from A to Zydeco, this four-day, family-friendly event features more than 100 live musical acts and special performances. The event includes over 10,000 pounds of crawfish from Louisiana, a chef-led gumbo cook-off, flowing libations, seven stages – five with wooden dance floors, a Mardi Gras costume parade, and a full weekend of fun to coincide with Mother’s Day weekend. Each day during Gator By The Bay brings new experiences, live entertainment, and unforgettable moments at every corner with activities designed for music lovers, food enthusiasts, dancers, and more.

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Gator By The Bay kicks off Thursday, May 5 with an evening concert and an optional seated dining experience featuring the best flavors of Louisiana. Festivities continue Friday afternoon and evening with live music and dance lessons, and into the weekend with two jam-packed days of food, fun, dancing, costume parades, and music.

Several ways to experience Gator By The Bay

There are several ways to experience Gator By The Bay, including single day, multi-day and hotel ticket packages. Early bird pricing is available beginning December 1, 2021, with current discounted tickets priced as:

Thursday Evening Concert $45 (Gate Price $55)
Thursday Table Seating $99 (Gate Price $115)
Single Day Friday $45 (Gate Price $55)
Single Day Saturday $55 (Gate Price $65)
Saturday Night Dance $20 (Gate Price $25)
Single Day Sunday $55 (Gate Price $65)
Any Day Festival Ticket $55 (Gate Price $65)
Three-Day Pass $150 (Gate Price $180)
Four-Day Pass $185 (Gate Price $225)
Patron Single Day VIP Experience $165 (Gate Price $195)
Patron Two-Day VIP Experience $325 (Gate Price $350)

Gator by the Bay offers discounted hotel room rates at this year’s host hotel, the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marinas. See hotel package options here.

To purchase tickets or for more information, visit here.

About Gator by the Bay

Gator By The Bay brings the spirit of New Orleans to Southern California for the region’s largest Louisiana-themed music, food and dance festival. Boasting everything from A to Zydeco, the West Coast’s version of Mardi Gras in May is held annually at Spanish Landing Park in San Diego, and features four days of live music, over 100 musical performances on seven stages, and views of the beautiful San Diego Bay. Filled with music, family, food and fun, the event highlights a wide array of Southern, Cajun and Creole culinary delights including gumbo, jambalaya, beignets and 10,000 pounds of crawfish brought directly from Louisiana. Since its inception in 2001, the festival has grown to showcase not only Grammy winning Cajun and Zydeco artists from Louisiana, but legendary Chicago and California blues artists, rockabilly and roots performers, and award-winning salsa and Latin bands. The 19th annual festival will be held May 5-8, 2022. For more information or to purchase tickets, visit here.

See you there, San Diego!

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