Food Truck Fridays
Fridays, June 1 – September 28, 2018
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 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 third year, Food Truck Fridays is a program of the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.
The opening event on June 1 will feature the San Diego Youth Symphony’s “Balboa Park Summer Kick-Off Concert,” preceded by performances from Tavo and Mariachi 3.0 and smaller groups of Youth Symphony musicians. The family-friendly entertainment will provide the perfect side dish to more than a dozen of San Diego’s favorite food trucks, along with games and other family activities.
Since Food Truck Fridays first launched in 2016, Balboa Park has become an increasingly popular date-night destination, giving 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. Several Balboa Park museums will once again stay open late, with some offering special programs and admission discounts as part of Friday Night Alive! (formerly Park After Dark). See www.balboaparksummer.org for details.
Throughout the summer, Food Truck Fridays will present different musical performers or DJs each night in the Plaza de Panama. The Plaza’s “living room” setup will be rolled out, including a large artificial lawn for children to play on and giant family game sets. In addition, event sponsors KyXy 96.5, KSON 103.7, Sunny 98.1, and ALT 94.9 will be on hand on select Friday evenings with activities for families. Various Balboa Park cultural institutions will also have booths set up with hands-on activities and crafts for kids. The San Diego Museum of Art will continue to offer $5 admission prices to all visitors after 5:00 p.m. on Friday nights.
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.
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/. Also, Lyft, our official ridesharing partner, is offering app users 20% off (up to $3) one ride to or from Balboa Park with code BPSUMMER on Fridays only, June 1 to September 28, 2:00pm–9:00pm (restrictions apply).
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.
September 28 Schedule
5:00pm–7:50pm: Radio station KyXy 96.5 helps foodies get their groove on by DJ’ing a soundtrack of contemporary and classic hit songs for the evening.
6:00pm–7:50pm: Flavor Company Dance Entertainment performs a diverse selection of international dances in their signature fun, energetic, and interactive style.
4:00pm–8:00pm: XEWT Channel 12 offers fun hands-on activities for kids and an opportunity to spin their giant prize wheel.
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.
4:00pm–8:30pm: FROM, the first on-the-go, DIY greeting card service of its kind, will help FTFers make thoughtful and creative cards for loved ones using recycled materials from the back of a 40-year-young bright green postal Jeep named Al Green.
4:00pm–8:30pm: Subaru — Check out the all-new 2019 Subaru Ascent and grab some Subaru swag. Guests can also hop in the “Ascent Photobooth” to snap some photos or play a game of giant Jenga.
Food Truck Roster for September 28
Dang Brother Pizza
God Save the Cuisine
Sno Cal Shaved Ice
Tacos y Mariscos El Jefe
Food Truck Fridays are a program of the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation.