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

August 16
Bosnian Grill
Chameleon Cuisine
Cousins Maine Lobster
Frida’s Cocina
Gelati and Peccati
God Save the Cuisine
Haad Sai
Marcel Belgium Waffles
Mastiff Kitchen & Catering
Monster Crafts
Pomodoro Rosso
Super Q
Sushi Uno
Tacos La Mezcla
The Go Go Truck
Yo Yo Bento
August 23
Aunty Lynne’s
Beachin’ Boba
Biersal Food Truck
Cousins Maine Lobster
Currywurst Frankfurt
Dang Brother Pizza
Devilicious
Devil Dogs BBQ
Eat Your Heart Out
Gelati and Peccati
Goodness Baked Cookie Co.
Pierogi Truck
Simply Fresh
Tacos La Mezcla
Thai Burger Company
August 30
American Flavors
Beachin’ Boba
Born in Brooklyn
Chameleon Cuisine
Currywurst Frankfurt
El Hueco
God Save the Cuisine
LouZiana Food
Mangia Mangia
Marcel Belgium Waffles
Super Q
Sushi Uno
Tacos y Mariscos El Jefe
Two for the Road
Goodness Baked Cookie Co.
     

 

Entertainment and Activities

(Subject to change, check back for updates)

August 16
5:00pm–7:50pm: Latin Classics
This high-energy band performs traditional Latin rhythms, including salsa and cumbia, to get everyone moving on the dance floor.

4:00pm–8:00pm: California Coast Credit Union — Enjoy games for the entire family, enter an opportunity drawing to win concert tickets, and more! Plus, learn about all the great products and services CCCU has to offer. California Coast Credit Union is a proud sponsor of Food Truck Fridays.

4:00pm–8:30pm: AT&T — Come by the AT&T booth for games for families, free treats, and prize drawings, while discovering the latest in entertainment, home internet, and wireless services.

4:00pm–7:00pm: San Diego Humane Society Pet Adoption Meet and Greet Meet some adoptable pups from San Diego Humane Society and learn more about its programs and services. SDHS will care for more than 50,000 animals this year and offers programs and resources to meet the needs of all types of pet families.

4:00pm–6:00pm: Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theater — Get up close to a selection of puppets from the park’s venerable puppet theater, and then create your own puppet to take home. You can also learn about upcoming performances and workshops.

August 23
5:00pm–7:50pm: Bayou Brothers —
A special dance floor will be rolled out for the Bayou Brothers’s signature blend of foot-stomping Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues.

4:00pm–8:00pm: California Coast Credit Union — Enjoy games for the entire family, enter an opportunity drawing to win concert tickets, and more! Plus, learn about all the great products and services CCCU has to offer. California Coast Credit Union is a proud sponsor of Food Truck Fridays.

4:00pm–8:30pm: AT&T — Come by the AT&T booth for games for families, free treats, and prize drawings, while discovering the latest in entertainment, home internet, and wireless services.

August 30
5:00pm–7:50pm: Floyd Smith — The remarkable bass baritone singer Floyd Smith, a current member of the legendary vocal group The 5th Dimension, performs R&B and jazz songs.

5:00pm–7:00pm: The San Diego Museum of Art — The museum unveils a new exhibition, Black Life: Images of Resistance and Resilience in Southern California, in a gallery accessed from the Panama 66 café and that can viewed free of charge during Food Truck Fridays. The exhibition features prominent African-American photographers from Southern California, Harry Adams (1918–1988), Charles Williams (1908–1986), and Guy Crowder (1940–2011). Spanning 50 years, their compelling images document the political events and daily life of the African-American community during the second half of the 20th century.

4:00pm–8:00pm: California Coast Credit Union — Enjoy games for the entire family, enter an opportunity drawing to win concert tickets, and more! Plus, learn about all the great products and services CCCU has to offer. California Coast Credit Union is a proud sponsor of Food Truck Fridays.

4:00pm–8:30pm: AT&T — Come by the AT&T booth for games for families, free treats, and prize drawings, while discovering the latest in entertainment, home internet, and wireless services.

September 13
5:00pm–7:50pm: Flavor Company Dance Entertainment
presents a dynamic and colorful dance medley titled “Dance Party Though the Decades.”

September 20
5:00pm–7:50pm: Finnegan Blue —  Back by popular demand, the San Diego-based high-energy folk band blends Celtic, bluegrass, and second line music with a punk rock edge.

September 27
6:00–6:20pm, 7:00–7:20pm: Naruwan Taiko
returns to the Plaza de Panama, bringing their high-energy and exuberant style of Japanese drumming that left Food Truck Fridays audiences begging for more at their debut performance in June.

 

 

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.

Old Globe: 2019 Shakespeare Festival presents performances on outdoor stage on Friday nights. Additional performances presented on indoor stages. See website (www.theoldglobe.org) for schedule and ticket information.

San Diego History Center: Open noon to 7:00pm, most Fridays. History Happy Hour, 4:00pm–7:00pm, includes free seating inside museum atrium with beer and wine available for purchase. Curiosity Cart in front of the Casa del Balboa offers activities for families.

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:  Free “DIY” arts and crafts activities for kids, 5:00pm–7:00pm. Select studios will be open late and ice cream! (while quantities last)

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.