Plaza de Panama/El Prado walkway

Free Live Entertainment

Check back for dates for the annual Holiday Food Truck Festival in late December.

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. 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. Food Truck Friday presents musical performers, DJs, and/or dance groups each Friday night in the Plaza de Panama. The Plaza’s “living room” setup is rolled out, including a large artificial lawn for children to play on, a giant checkers set, and oversized beanbags; and various park organizations host hands-on activities.

Select park museums are open after hours, some offering special admission discounts. 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 is presented in conjunction with