Welcome to Gator By The Bay Reader 2017-07-14T14:17:24+00:00

4 Days of Live Music, Dance, Food & Fun!

  • More Than 90 Performances!

  • Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Salsa, Country, Jazz & Swing

  • 10,000 Pounds of Live Crawfish

  • 7  Stages

  • Huge Wooden Dance Floors

  • Free Dance Lessons

  • Mardi Gras Parades

  • Delicious Cajun & Creole Cooking!

  • Louisiana Food Court

  • Cooking Demos by Louisiana Chefs

  • On Beautiful San Diego Bay

It’s the Most Fun You’ll Find This Side of The Bayou!

Zydeco, Blues, Cajun, Swing, Jazz, Salsa


7 Stages!  Non stop Music! Zydeco, Blues, Cajun, Swing, Salsa, Country & Jazz.  The link below will take you to our line up page.

Dance on huge wooden dance floors


If you’re smiling, you’re doing it right! It’s a Bon Temps way of life. Free dance lessons by some of the finest instructors in the country!

Top Instructors
Delicious Cajun & Creole food


Delicious Creole & Cajun Food including 10,000 pounds of live crawfish straight from Louisiana! Cooking demos by Southern chefs!

Mardi Gras Parades

Truly Fun!

It’s Mardi Gras in May! This spirited 4-day music & food festival features entertainment for the whole family! Kids 17 and under admitted Free.

A i e e e e e e e e!

Reviews From Around The Globe

David Pizzoferrato  —
5 star

“Flew in from Michigan for this event.  Had a great time!”

Michele Paul — 5 star
“They are bringing my ‘backyard’ to San Diego.  Only time I feel at home here. I love Gator By The Bay!”

Deborah B.  — 5 star
Astatula, FL

From the East coast to the West coast and the Bayou in between, Gator By the Bay Is the absolute best scene not only for Cajun zydeco- blues- music – But also Cajun cuisine!

Many Thanks to Our Event Sponsors & Patrons!

City of San Diego Commission for Arts & Culture
Port of San Diego

Financial support for Gator By The Bay is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture.  Many thanks to our other major platinum level event sponsors. Our full List of sponsors is available through this LINK.

County of San Diego
Gator By The Bay
The Bon Temps Social Club of San Diego
San Diego Reader
Louisiana Travel
Lafayette Louisiana
Jazz 88
Kona Brewing Co.
San Diego CityBeat
Costa Del Mar Eyewear
Southwest Airlines