Louisiana Culture

The unique and joyful sense of the Louisiana Cajun/Creole culture is reflected throughout the festival.  For a more in depth understanding of the music, the history and personal stories The Bayou Grove Stage offers up a full schedule of workshops, jam sessions and presentations.

Are you:

Curious about the difference between Cajun and Zydeco music?
Wondering where the term “zydeco” came from?
Trying to figure out the chord progression of your favorite Cajun waltz?
Interested in what traditional life is like in Southwest Louisiana?

If so, then you’ll want to be sure to check out the Bayou Grove Stage, an intimate venue where you can get up close and personal with the musical heritage and culture of Louisiana while relaxing among the sun dappled shade of eucalyptus and oak trees.

Cupped by ivy and thick shade trees the Bayou Grove holds the most personal of Gator By the Bay’s cultural experiences. In the shade, among straw bales and foot paths, sits a small low stage where our headlining musicians share their craft, answer questions from the listeners, recount stories about the culture of the Louisiana bayous and prairies, and demonstrate their instruments in a workshop-type environment. Everyone is invited to gather ‘round, settle onto straw bales, and enjoy the opportunity to interact with the musicians on a more personal level.

Located mid-festival this spot gets the benefit of being far enough from either of the two large main stages, the Bayou Grove Stage provides a unique experience of its own.

Be sure to check the schedule and make a plan to visit this emerald jewel!

Gator by the Bay has been recognized as
an official ambassador of the State of Louisiana since 2012!

The proclamation issued by the State of Louisiana Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne reads as follows:

WHEREAS,  Adhering to the Louisiana theme of “Laissez les bon temps roule,” and

WHEREAS,  Sharing Louisiana’s joie de vivre; and

WHEREAS,  It is important to share Louisiana’s culture and traditions with others; and

WHEREAS,   For eleven years Gator By The Bay Festival has sought to teach visitors in San Diego, California about Louisiana’s history and practices; and

WHEREAS,  The festival allows families to experience and enjoy authentic Louisiana food, music and art and to be educated on the state’s culture and history by using Louisiana artisans to put on the event; and

WHEREAS,   Gator By The Bay’s mission to share Louisiana culture with others and encourage visitation to the state in commendable.

NOW, THEREFORE,   I, Jay Dardenne, by the authority vested in me as Lieutenant Governor of Louisiana, do hereby proclaim,

GATOR BY THE BAY a Louisiana ambassador and do hereby command all citizens of Louisiana to show the organizers of the event respect and honor.