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San Diego’s Top Weekend Events: Zydeco, Margaritas And Moms

A 2015 photo of Gator by the Bay attendees.

Photo by Joe McDonald

Above: A 2015 photo of Gator by the Bay attendees.

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Here's a look at some mom-friendly weekend ideas.

Gator By The Bay Zydeco, Blues and Crawfish Festival


If it is Mother’s Day weekend in San Diego, that means it is time for Gator By The Bay, a popular zydeco and blues festival that celebrates the spirit of Louisiana.

Among the acts scheduled to perform are Marcia Ball, Chubby Carrier & The Bayou Swamp Band, Kenny Neal, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, the Farmers and many more.

Another popular draw is the 10,000 pounds of crawfish that are shipped from Louisiana, boiled and sold at the festival. Don't worry, someone will be on hand to show you how to eat it.

Details: 3:30 to 10:30 p.m. Friday; 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. Spanish Landing Park, North Harbor Drive, Embarcadero. $25 to $40, free for ages 17 and younger with paid adult; find tickets.

A photo of pianist Jeremy Denk.

Jeremy Denk


La Jolla Music Society presents celebrated American pianist Jeremy Denk.

Denk, a 2013 MacArthur Genius Fellowship recipient, is known as a passionate musician and scholar. For this performance, he will be charting the history of Western music from Bach, Beethoven and Brahms to modernists including Stravinsky, Cage, Ligeti, and Adams.

Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday. La Jolla Presbyterian Church, 7715 Draper Ave., La Jolla. $30 to $80; find tickets.

Photo credit: Courtesy of Figment San Diego

A photo of art projects from the 2016 Figment San Diego art festival.


Visual Arts

FIGMENT is a participatory art festival; instead of walking around looking at paintings, you are invited to be part of the art-making process.

You will be able to paint on cars, build a sculpture from plastic bags, take a family dance lesson and much more. See a list of projects here.

There are no vendors at the event, and everything is free. Visitors are encouraged to bring picnics, plus items to share.

Details: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday. Chicano Park, Barrio Logan. Free; additional information.

Photo credit: Courtesy of La Jolla Playhouse

A 2017 photo of musician Jimmy Buffett, composer/lyricist for La Jolla Playhouse’s world premiere musical "Escape to Margaritaville."

"Escape to Margaritaville"


La Jolla Playhouse stages "Escape to Margaritaville," a world-premiere musical with music by Jimmy Buffett.

The story is about a part-time bartender, part-time singer, and overall mellow dude Tully who thinks he has got life all figured out. But then a career-minded tourist steals his heart and makes him question everything.

The musical is directed by Christopher Ashley and has a book by Greg Garcia and Mike O'Malley.

Details: Running through June 25. La Jolla Playhouse, UC San Diego, La Jolla. $85 to $119; find ticets.


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