Louisiana-Themed Gator by the Bay Fest Spices Up the Weekend - NBC 7 San Diego

Louisiana-Themed Gator by the Bay Fest Spices Up the Weekend



    Music, Crawfish and Fun at Gator by the Bay

    The Gator by the Bay festival brings Louisiana culture -- and, of course, lots of lively music and flavorful food -- to San Diego's Spanish Landing Park May 7-10. NBC 7's Whitney Southwick chats with Maryann Blinkhorn about the 2015 event. (Published Friday, May 8, 2015)

    Live music, crawfish and New Orleans culture will spice up San Diego’s Spanish Landing Park this weekend as the Louisiana-themed Gator by the Bay festival sweeps in.

    The four-day event takes place Thursday through Sunday on North Harbor Drive – from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Thursday, 3:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, which also happens to be Mother’s Day.

    One-day tickets cost between $25 and $40, depending on the day you choose to go. Multi-day passes are also available. Kids age 17 and under get in for free when accompanied by a paid adult.

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    NBC 7's Elena Gomez gives us a preview of Gator by the Bay, a lively, Louisiana-themed music and food festival happening at San Diego's Spanish Landing Park on May 7-10.
    (Published Thursday, May 7, 2015)

    The lively festival will boast a hefty line-up of blues and jazz music. This year’s long list of participating performers can be seen here.

    Food will also take center stage at Gator by the Bay, with “Taste of Louisiana” cooking demonstrations that’ll highlight the secrets of flavorful, hearty Southern cooking. Chefs from the San Diego Mesa College Culinary Arts Department will show attendees how to prepare Etouffee, jambalaya and other Southern specialties.

    The festival’s French Quarter Food Court will boil 10,000 pounds of crawfish over the weekend plus other fresh and spicy Louisiana eats such as po’ boys, hot links, gumbo cobbler and gator on a stick, among other things.

    Kid-friendly activities will go down at a special spot dubbed the “Castle Lawn,” which includes a hat-making station, face-painting, a mini Mardi Gras parade and lots of music and dancing.

    Attendees will also have a chance to learn about Louisiana culture at the Bayou Grove Stage where musicians will share their craft, answer questions about their instruments and recount personal stories of the bayou life.

    Finally, the festival’s marketplace will boast many unique vendors selling everything from art, jewelry and clothing to musical instruments and gourmet food products.

    For more details about Gator by the Bay, including parking and transportation information, visit the event website.