Gator by the Bay
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Fun Activities for Kids and Families
Children 17 and under are admitted free with a paid adult.
Join the fun on the "Castle Lawn" for all sorts of kids activities.
(See map in program for location

It’s Mother’s Day Weekend,
So Bring the Entire Family for Multi-Generational Enjoyment!

Bring your kids, your own mom or all of the above.
Everyone loves Gator By the Bay!

In addition to all the great music and food, there are lots of kid-friendly activities, so everyone
will have a great time at Gator By the Bay!

Families Feel Comfortable in Our Secure Fenced-In Park

Whether your family wants to soak up the sun or have it made in the shade, there’s plenty of space throughout the festival to roam around or settle in as you choose. The entire site is fenced and has ample security with radio-connected staff ready to lend a hand if ever needed. So feel free to grab a couple of our straw bales, throw down a beach towel, or bring your chairs to set-up under a tree, and stake out a home base for your family time at Gator by the Bay.
Now you all are free to roam and enjoy the treasures and pleasures of this Louisiana inspired festival. Relax and have a good time… this is what it’s all about. There is space for kids – of any age – to roll down a “hill”, stretch out, watch clouds, eat corn-on-the-cob, and dance.

Kids Make, See, Experience

Make a super-cool hat! One of the festival’s most popular family attractions is the Rad Hatter, a space where kids of all ages (including the adults!) exercise their creativity while making amazingly decorated, fantastic–one-of-a-kind paper bag hats to wear with pride all day long.

Greet a Friendly Gator and Crawfish, or Be Entranced by a Live Music Box Figurine. When was the last time your kids shook hands with a 7 foot tall ‘gator or bright red crawfish? You never know who they’ll find to play with at Gator By the Bay!

Put Your Best Face Forward Glitter, greasepaint and adorable faces--- what kid doesn’t love having their face painted with beautiful designs?

Dance! Warning:  The music at Gator By The Bay is highly infectious, and has been known to cause uncontrollable urges to dance! We encourage kids and families to get out on the dance floor and join in the joy. There are even free dance lessons! As they say in Louisiana: “allons danser!”, i.e. “everybody dance!”
Mid-Day “Mardi Gras” Parade. It’s always Mardi Gras at Gator By the Bay, and everyone gets to be in the parade! Whether your kids want to catch the colorful Mardi Gras beads or throw some out to the crowd, you want to be sure to catch the mid-day parade led by an authentic brass band. Join the procession around the festival and see how New Orleans does “second-line”!

Music, Music, Music! Then there is the music! With 6 stages showcasing everything from Cajun and Zydeco to Blues and Latin Music, your family can wander from one stage to the next and experience a lively variety of sounds.
Parade Dancing Girl
Food Kids Like Even if your kid isn’t a fan of Etouffee, Jambalaya or spicy crawfish, there are plenty of vendors selling favorites like hot dogs, fries, hamburgers, home made ice cream and healthy options as well.

This is a how to celebrate Mother’s Day in a way that makes us all thankful to be alive and free to be our joyful selves with our family and friends!

Kid Food

City San Diego Arts & Culture Financial support for Gator By The Bay is provided in part by the City of San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture and the County of San Diego.

Many thanks to our other major
platinum level event sponsors:
Costa Del Mar SunglassesPort ksds RedHookHouse of Blues
Our complete list of sponsors is available through this link.