|Location(s)||Mobile, Alabama, U.S.A.|
|Years active||1995 - present|
BayFest is an annual three day music festival in the heart of downtown Mobile, Alabama. The festival offers a variety of music including pop, jazz, classic rock, alternative, R&B, rap, gospel, modern rock and more. The Launching Pad stage during Bayfest focuses on local and regional talent. The event encourages "going green" by providing recycling throughout the grounds. 
Growing from an initial attendance of 50,000 people in 1995 BayFest has become known for its array of musical talent suited to a wide variety of tastes. The festival now includes over 125 live musical acts on nine stages and has an average attendance of more than 200,000 people during the three-day weekend each year. Throughout the past fifteen years, acts such as 3 Doors Down, Alice in Chains, B.B. King, The Beach Boys, Big & Rich, Collective Soul, Hootie & The Blowfish, Keith Urban, LeAnn Rimes, Ludacris, The Temptations, Travis Tritt, Stone Temple Pilots, Uncle Kracker, and Velvet Revolver have performed at BayFest. The 2008 lineup included Better Than Ezra, Bow Wow, Buckcherry, Eric Church, Kid Rock, Nelly, Puddle of Mudd, Sister Hazel, Three Days Grace, and Wynonna Judd. BayFest has been voted Mobile's "Best Annual Event" in Mobile Bay Monthly magazine six times in its eleven years, surpassing Mardi Gras. It has been named as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's "Top 20 Events" several times since 1995.
The festival is organized each year by BayFest, Inc., a non-profit organization consisting of more than 1000 non-paid volunteers. All ticket sales are invested directly back into the festival for upcoming events.
Bayfest 2013 will take place on October 4-6, 2013 and the initial lineup announcement is expected in mid-June.
Bayfest 2012 took place from October 5-7, 2012 and the lineup included: Journey, Luke Bryan, Bush, Pretty Lights, Big & Rich, Buckcherry, My Darkest Days, Pat Benatar, Loverboy, Ledisi, Al Green, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Chris Cagle, Eric Benet, Ruben Studdard, Willie Nelson, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rose Royce, Charlie Wilson, Brandon Green, Tank, Mimosa, The Campaign 1984, Dennis Nelson, and more.
Bayfest 2011 took place from October 7-9, 2011 and the lineup included: Korn, Blake Shelton, 3 Doors Down, Duran Duran, Hinder, Eric Church, Toby Keith, Ludacris, Drowning Pool, Anthony Hamilton, Theory of a Deadman, Shaggy, Wiz Khalifa, NEEDTOBREATHE, The Campaign 1984, Dennis Nelson, and more.
Bayfest 2010 took place from October 1-3, 2010 and the lineup included: Godsmack, Shinedown, Motley Crue, Nelly, Five Finger Death Punch, Saving Abel, Lady Antebellum, Adelitas Way, Papa Roach, Sick Puppies, Skillet, Fuel, Tonic, Rehab, Earth, Wind & Fire, Grayson Capps, and more.
Bayfest 2009 took place from October 2-4, 2009 and the lineup included: Stone Temple Pilots, 3 Doors Down, Steve Miller Band, Train, Ludacris, Chevelle, Cage the Elephant, Cavo, Halestorm, Pop Evil, Meat Puppets, and more.
Bayfest 2008 took place from October 3-5, 2008 and the lineup included: Darius Rucker, Kid Rock, Three Days Grace, Candlebox, Eric Church, Nelly, Blake Shelton, Better Than Ezra, David Nail, Sister Hazel, Saving Abel, Puddle of Mudd, P.O.D., Bow Wow, and more.
Bayfest 2007 took place from October 5-7, 2007 and the lineup included: Velvet Revolver, Alice in Chains, Blue Öyster Cult, Big & Rich, LeAnn Rimes, Ludacris, Daughtry, Hellyeah, Flyleaf, John Miller, Luke Bryan, Willie Clayton, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Sparta, Operator, The S.O.S. Band, Chaka Khan, Brick, Barry Richman, Dennis Nelson, and more.
Bayfest 2006 took place from October 6-8, 2006 and the lineup included: Lynyrd Skynyrd, Gretchen Wilson, MC Hammer, Keith Anderson, Shinedown, Evans Blue, 10 Years, Al Green, Michael Bolton, Gary Allan, Trick Pony, Hinder, Blaine Larson, The Wreckers, and more.
Bayfest 2005 took place from October 7-9, 2005 and the lineup included: Widespread Panic, Grand Funk Railroad, Jason Aldean, The Grass Roots, Hot Apple Pie, Craig Morgan, Dark New Day, Elvin Bishop, The Lowdown, Kool & The Gang, Adam Holt & The Blues Congregation, and more.
Bayfest 2004 took place from October 1-3, 2004 and the lineup included: The Beach Boys, The Charlie Daniels Band, Travis Tritt, Collective Soul, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Seether, Uncle Kracker, Ruben Studdard, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Josh Turner, John Miller, Brad Cotter, Regina Belle, Buddy Jewell, The Commodores, Will Downing, Andy Smith, Dr. Hook, Edwin McCain, Emerson Drive, The Movement, Dennis Nelson, and more.
Bayfest 2003 took place from October 3-5, 2003 and the lineup included: Village People, Keith Urban, John Miller, Sugar Ray, Ludacris, Blue October, Trace Adkins, Andy Griggs, The Gap Band, Default, Billy Currington, The Manhattans, Bobby "Blue" Bland, and more.
Bayfest 2002 took place from October 4-6, 2002 and the headliner was Stone Temple Pilots.
Bayfest 2001 took place from October 5-7, 2001 and the headliner was Live.
Bayfest 1996 took place from October 4-6, 1996 and the headliner was Widespread Panic.
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