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  • Writer's pictureJarnard Sutton

Louisiana-themed Zydeco, Blues and Crawfish festival returns to San Diego

In its 15th year, Gator By The Bay returns to Spanish Landing Park for four days of live music with over 90 musical acts and special performances on seven stages, along with 10,000 pounds of crawfish trucked from Louisiana, non-stop dancing, shopping, kid friendly activities, playing and eating on the beautiful San Diego Bay. The festival will be held from May 5-8, 2016.

The festival is the largest, most authentic Louisiana-themed music and food festival this side of the bayou. Musical acts includes C.J. Chenier, Bonsoir Catin, Jeffery Broussard and the Creole Cowboys, Euphoria Brass Band, Kim Wilson, Bayou Brothers and Zydeco Mudbugs. There will be plenty of opportunities to dance the night away to to Cajun waltzes, Creole zydeco beat, blues and boogie-woogie and Latin sounds on five wooden dance floors, including two 3,000 square foot covered dance floors at each of the two main stages.

Take a break from dance and experience the authentic tastes of Louisiana which includes fresh Louisiana-raised crawfish, boudin sausage, catfish, alligator, barbecue and oysters. Oh my goodness, there will be plenty to eat at this year's festival. Let's not forget about the 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.

Bring the kiddos because there will be events to keep them busy at the festival. There will be a costumed Mardi Gras parades and making outrageous hats with the Rad Hatter.

Thursday night concert tickets range in price from $25 to $95. Festival tickets range from $35 to $40, with discounts available for advance purchase and multiday passes. Children 17 and under are admitted free with a paid adult. More info on prices, parking and additional prices visit

When: May 5 through 8 (times vary)

Where: Spanish Landing Park, North Harbor Drive. Directly across from San Diego International Airport

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