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THE BUZZ – Gator By The Bay: History, Food, Music and Dance

Gator By The Bay

Article by Natalie Neece

No need to travel to the South to experience Louisiana gumbo! San Diego’s annual “Gator by the Bay” is this Thursday, May 10th-13th at San Diego Bay’sSpanish Landing Park. The four-day festival features an abundance of live music with more than 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages, a delicious variety of southern cuisine, dancing and family fun. Get your fill of classic Southern dishes from gumbo, jambalaya, po’ boys, and etouffée. The French Quarter Food Court will feature vendors from the south, serving up authentic Louisiana dishes including  Louisiana-raised crawfish, boudin sausage, catfish, alligator, barbecue, and oysters.

“Gator By The Bay is a can’t-miss event that brings Louisiana’s rich culture to the West Coast by showcasing the region’s eclectic melting pot of history, food, music, dance and more,” said  Peter Oliver, a Gator By The Bay Producer. The entertainment line-up will sure get you on your feet with five wooden dance floors and several unique musical acts.  Music headliners include Horace Trahan & The Ossun Express, Pine Leaf Boys, The Revelers, Keith Frank, Rod Piazza & The Mighty Flyers, Igor Prado, Carolyn Wonderland, Mr. Sipp and Earl Thomas.

Event information:

Dates: May 10-13, 2018

Times: Thurs., May 10: 6:00 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

            Fri., May 11: 3:30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.

            Sat., May 12: 10:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.

            Sun., May 13: 10:30 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Location: Spanish Landing Park, North Harbor Drive. Directly across from the San Diego International Airport. Thursday night concert tickets range in price from $35 to $95. Daily festival tickets range from $35 to $40. 3-day and 4-day passes are available for the deepest discounts. Children 17 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. Hosted Patron Passes are available for $120 per day (Saturday or Sunday) or $200 for both days. Find all festival, ticket, lodging, parking and free shuttle info at

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