Food Truck Fridays
Fridays, May 31 – September 27, 2019
4:00 pm – 8:30 pm
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 by talented local performers 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. Now in its fourth year, Food Truck Fridays is a program of the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.
Food Truck Fridays gives thousands of park visitors and families a unique opportunity to sample a diverse, rotating selection of gourmet food trucks, serving everything from appetizers and main courses to desserts and specialty beverages, all in one convenient location. In addition to exceptional food options, Food Truck Fridays presents a full slate of family-friendly fun: Different musical acts perform each night in the Plaza de Panama. The Plaza’s “living room” setup is rolled out, along with giant family game sets. Various Balboa Park cultural institutions and community partners offer hands-on activity and crafts booths for kids. And participating park museums host special evening hours and programs on Fridays (see schedule below or visit www.balboapark.org). See below for entertainment schedule and food truck rosters.
Parking and Transportation
Visitors arriving by car should park in the Inspiration Point parking lot at the corner of Park Blvd. and President’s Way and ride the free tram into the park, which will run until 8:00pm on Friday evenings this summer. Or, avoid traffic and parking hassles altogether by taking MTS, which has buses running along Park Blvd. and Sixth Ave. To plan your trip, visit https://sdmts.com/.
Vegetarian, Vegan, and Gluten-Free Options
Many of our food truck vendors offer vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free options. Some veggie and gluten-free items are listed on the respective truck’s menu, and some regular items can be altered on request. Check this special Food Truck Fridays Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free Options document to learn more.
Food Truck Roster
Born in Brooklyn
Dang Brother Pizza
God Save the Cuisine
Lil’ Miss Shortcakes
Tacos y Mariscos El Jefe
Two for the Road
Cousins Maine Lobster
Devil Dogs BBQ
Goodness Baked Cookie Co.
Tacos La Mezcla
The Go Go Truck
Yo Yo Bento
Biersal Food Truck
Lil’ Miss Shortcakes
Marcel Belgium Waffles
Mastiff Kitchen & Catering
Thai Burger Company
Entertainment and Activities
(Subject to change, check back for updates)
4:00pm–6:00pm — Mariachi Victoria de San Diego (formerly City Heights Mariachi) is the signature ensemble of the City Heights Music School. The 25-member ensemble, under the direction of Mario Eguia, performs four 20-minute sets.
6:00pm — Flavor Company Dance Entertainment presents a dynamic and colorful dance medley titled “Dance Party Though the Decades.”
7:00pm — San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Strings Ensemble, composed of talented musicians from the SDYS advanced Symphony Orchestra, performs the music of Dmitry Kabalevsky and other classical composers on the Botanical Building lawn.
4:00pm–8:30pm: San Diego Model Railroad Museum — Free activity for kids to make a train-themed postcard.
4:00pm–8:00pm: Police Fingerprinting for Kids — The SDPD’s Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol Unit is offering a free child fingerprinting service. Parents will be provided with their child’s fingerprint identification card that can be used to assist law enforcement personnel in locating their child in the event the child is reported lost or missing.
5:00pm–8:00pm — Spanish Village Art Center offers free “DIY” arts and crafts activities for kids. Select studios will be open late.
Naruwan Taiko Drummers
Danny Green Trio
Sue Palmer, Queen of Boogie Woogie
Special Museum/Attraction Hours
Fleet Science Center: Open until 10:00pm, Fridays, 5/31/19 to 8/30/19. Discounted pricing from 6:00pm to 10:00pm. Beer and wine available at the Fleet’s Craveology Café.
Museum of Photographic Arts: Open until 8:00pm, Fridays, 5/31/19 to 8/30/19. “Pay What You Wish” admission pricing.
Japanese Friendship Garden: Open until 7:00pm most Fridays. See website (www.niwa.org) for details.
San Diego History Center: Open noon to 7:00pm, most Fridays. Curiosity Cart in front of the Casa del Balboa and free seating inside museum atrium with beer and wine available for purchase on select dates.
San Diego Natural History Museum: Open until 10:00pm most Fridays, 5/31/19 to 8/30/19. Half-price museum admission, including films, after 5pm. Rooftop bar serving beer and wine will be open. All ages welcome with theNat admission.
Spanish Village Art Center: Select art studios open until 6:00pm.
The San Diego Museum of Art: Open until 8:00pm most Fridays. $5 after 5:00pm adult admission on Fridays; ages 17 and under and students with ID are free on Friday evenings.
Food Truck Fridays is presented in conjunction with the City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department. It is sponsored in part by California Coast Credit Union and the San Diego Commission for Arts and Culture, with promotional support provided by MTS, Canal 12 Televisa, Star 94.1, JAM’N 95.7, Channel 93.3, and the San Diego Public Library.