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Gator by the Bay 2013: A Slice of Cajun Culture in San Diego

Gator by the Bay 2013

For Mother’s Day Weekend 2013, ragin’ Cajuns will be taking over the San Diego Bay in full celebration of Southern cuisine, music, culture and lifestyle that will be a blast for the whole family to attend. Gator By The Bay is a slice of Louisiana in Southern California. Now in its twelfth year - It attracts local Bayou transplants longing for a bit of home, as well as San Diego residents looking to spice up their weekend. Get ready to get down to the best bayou ballads and chow down on some tasty Cajun cuisine as part of this exciting San Diego event.

This San Diego festival takes place over three days, and will feature a host of musicians playing blues, country, zydeco and other tunes typical of the New Orleans and Cajun region. Anyone attending this San Diego event will have their pick of the impressive musical line-up to check out, as there will be five or six stages of live entertainment going on at the same time, and plenty of room to cut loose on the dance floor and sing along. The biggest name draw will be Elvin Bishop, a blues-rock legend who will be busting out his signature “gutbucket blues” alongside Johnny Vernazza. Together they will be representing what everyone loves best about deep down Southern music. Other artists making appearances at this fun San Diego festival include the Fremonts, who will be showing off their Gulf Coast R&B stylings, the Lafayette Rhythm Devils, who will be playing toe-tapping traditional Louisiana dancehall music, and Sue Palmer, the award-winning San Diego blues artist.

Strap on those dancing shoes, because not only will everyone be busting a move to the catchy music playing around Gator By the Bay, but dance classes will be taking place as well. Don’t hesitate to pick up some tips on mastering the two step or other dance styles so that you can cut a rug with the best of them this year at Gator by the Bay San Diego.

One of the most mouth-watering aspects of the Gator By the Bay festival is the ample amounts of tasty food that will be served up all weekend long. A French Quarter Food Court will be setting up shop, and the menu reads like a comfort food lover’s paradise, complete with down south staple Crawfish, fresh oysters, crispy and authentic Po’ Boys, every flavor of gumbo imaginable, and more! After reading that enticing list, wipe the drool off your computer screen and get busy reserving your ticket to this one-of-a-kind chance to experience the bayou without booking a plane ticket.

Where: Spanish Landing Park on North Harbor Drive

When: Friday 3:30 pm to 10:30 pm, Saturday 10:30 am to 8 pm, Sunday 10:30 am to 7 pm.

Who Should Come: Everyone! This is a family-friendly oriented event that is sure to appeal to kids as well as adults, with tons of fun crafts and games.

Price: Tickets are $25 at the gate on Friday and $30 on Saturday and Sunday. VIP tickets, 3 day festival passes and children’s tickets can also be purchased online on the Gator By the Bay website.