San Diego Gator by the Bay Music, Food and Crawfish Festival starts May 10

San Diego’s annual Gator By The Bay, the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou will take place May 10- 13, 2018 at the Spanish Landing Park.

Presented by San Diego’s Bon Temps Social Club, the event features four days of live music with over 100 musical acts and special performances on seven stages, 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 across from the airport.

Since its inception in 2001, the festival has grown to showcase an array of music choices from blues, salsa, zydeco, Cajun and a taste of country, including 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 will kick-off this year with a concert double-headlined by blues vocalist Shana Morrison and Louisiana-bred Sonny Landreth on Thursday, May 10 at 6 p.m.

New to this year’s event, Gator By The Bay artists will redesign a piano in conduction with “The Piano Project” and place the piano at the festival for anyone to play as a collaborative and interactive music experience! This could be a bigger story about how Gator brings all people to celebrate together no matte background, skill level or age.

There will also be an authentic Orchestra and Cabaret, Vaud and the Villains, is traveling all the way from New Orleans to play one show only on Sunday, May 13th at Gator By The Bay. This group isn’t something you want to miss! Vaud and the Villains was born out of whimsical dreams, glitter and boa feathers.

The big show is a 19-piece orchestra and cabaret and has evolved over the years from a folk band singing traditional tunes to an originally voiced genre bending spectacle commonly described as Americana Noir meets Moulin Rouge.

The festival boasts five wooden dance floors, including two 3,000 square foot shaded dance floors at each of the two main stages. For those who want to shake shimmy or stomp your feet in other than freestyle there will be 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. In the Taste of Louisiana Food Pavilion, Louisiana and local chefs host cooking demos and tastings.

Special activities include the costumed Mardi Gras parades, making outrageous hats with the Rad Hatter and shopping in the market area.

All areas of the festival are open for children to enjoy the music, color, spirit and activities of the weekend celebration.

Tickets are on sale now. Military members with I.D. and children 17 and under with a paid adult are admitted free.

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