Fridays, June 2 – September 29
4:00pm – 8:30pm
Plaza de Panama/El Prado walkway
Free Live Entertainment
Kick off your summer weekends in style every Friday evening at Balboa Park’s hottest after-hours event. Visitors of all ages can enjoy live entertainment while eating gourmet dishes from a rotating selection of more than a dozen food trucks parked on the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway from 4:00 to 8:30 pm. Celebrating its second year, the Food Truck Friday is a program of the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.
In 2016, Food Truck Friday helped turn Balboa Park into a popular date-night destination, giving thousands of park visitors a unique opportunity to sample a diverse selection of local food trucks, serving everything from appetizers and main courses to desserts and specialty beverages, all in one convenient location.
This year, Food Truck Friday will once again present a different musical performer or group each Friday night in the Plaza de Panama. The Plaza’s “living room” setup will also be rolled out, including a large artificial lawn for children to play on, a giant checkers set, and oversized beanbags; and various park organizations will host hands-on activities. In addition, event sponsors KyXy 96.5 , Energy 103.7 and XEWT 12 will be on hand on select Friday evenings with music and games for families. The adjacent San Diego Museum of Art will continue to offer $5 admission prices to all visitors after 5:00 p.m. on Friday nights, and the Mingei International Museum will also offer $5 admission after 5:00 p.m. beginning July 7. Other select park museums will be open after hours as well (visit www.balboapark.org for details).
Visitors can bring lawn chairs or a blanket to sit in the lawn area in front of the Botanical Building, or enjoy craft beers, wine, and cocktails inside the nearby Panama 66 and Prado restaurants.
Food Truck Friday – August 11
Entertainment: 5pm to 7:50pm: New Standard Jazz Trio with John Reynolds (trumpet), Jon Garner (guitar), and Justin Grinnell (bass)
San Diego Model Railroad Museum will host a “Q-Tip Steam Train” painting activity.
Sylvia Mejia of Spanish Village Art Center will host an activity booth for kids to make tissue paper collages in the manner of Henri Matisse.
Food Trucks: Frida’s Cocina, Cousins Maine Lobster, Mastiff Sausage, God Save the Cuisine, Super Q, Sushi Uno, Tacos La Mezcla, Scugnizzi Woodfired Pizza, Two for the Road, Aunty Lynne’s, Currywurst Frankfurt, New York On Rye, Bosnian Grill, Beachin’ Boba, Sicilian Breeze
Food Truck Friday – August 18
Entertainment: 5pm to 7:50pm: KyXy 96.5 will DJ music in the Plaza de Panama between live musical performances.
5:00-5:20pm, 600-6:20pm, 7:00-7:20pm: Redemption Brass, a high-energy dance band with Alex Tostado (trumpet), Brandon Sparks (drums), Josh Griffin (trombone), John Skinner (bari sax), and Banyon Bachman (tenor sax), performing original songs and covers from various genres
San Diego Civic Youth Ballet will host a tiara and crown-making craft using pipe cleaners, and costumed dancers will be on hand for photo opportunities in anticipation of SDCYB’s upcoming Fairy Tales in the Park performance on August 19 and 20.
Food Trucks: Yo Yo Bento, Haad Sai Thai, New York on Rye, Caribbean Escape, Simply Fresh, Seoul Man, Monster Crafts, Biersal Food Truck, Two for the Road, Devil Dogs BBQ, Eat Your Heart Out, Frida’s Cocina, Born in Brooklyn, Sno-Cal Shaved Ice, Marcel Belgium Waffle
Food Truck Friday – August 25
Entertainment: 5pm to 7:50pm: Gator by the Bay/Bon Temps Social Club presents Chet and the Committee, a crowd-favorite, good-time swinging blues band with 20 years’ live stage experience, featuring Steady Fred Lawson, Preacher Don Jaszewski, Mighty Mike Kirkpatrick, and Chet Cannon and a surprise guest or two. Swing your partner on the Plaza de Panama’s wooden dance floor, brought in specially for the occasion.
XEWT TV will host an activity booth with a prize wheel.
Food Trucks: New Orleans Cuisine, Cousins, Mastiff Sausage, Super Q, Caribbean Escape, Tacos La Mezcla, Pomrosso, Scugnizzi Wood Fired Pizza, Sushi Uno, Aunty Lynne’s, Currywurst Frankfurt, Eat Your Heart Out, Tabe BBQ, Sicilian Breeze, Marcel Belgium Waffle
(Note: food trucks, entertainment, and activities subject to change)
Food Truck Friday is presented in conjunction with