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

July 19
Aunty Lynne’s
Beachin’ Boba
Cousins Maine Lobster
Currywurst Frankfurt
Dang Brother Pizza
Devil Dogs BBQ
El Hueco
Haad Sai
Lil’ Miss Shortcakes
LouZiana Food
Marcel Belgium Waffles
Monster Crafts
Simply Fresh
Sushi Uno
Tacos y Mariscos El Jefe
July 26
American Flavors
Biersal Food Truck
Frida’s Cocina
Gelati and Peccati
Lil’ Miss Shortcakes
LouZiana Food
Mangia Mangia
Marcel Belgium Waffles
Pierogi Truck
Pomodoro Rosso
Super Q
Tacos La Mezcla
The Go Go Truck
Two for the Road
Yo Yo Bento
August 2
Aunty Lynne’s
Beachin’ Boba
Bosnian Grill
Cousins Maine Lobster
Dang Brother Pizza
Devilicious
Eat Your Heart Out
Gelati and Peccati
God Save the Cuisine
Lil’ Miss Shortcakes
Mastiff Kitchen & Catering
Monster Crafts
Pomodoro Rosso
Simply Fresh
Thai Burger Company
     

 

Entertainment and Activities

(Subject to change, check back for updates)

 

July 19
5:00pm–7:50pm: Sue Palmer — The Queen of Boogie Woogie returns to Balboa Park with members of her Motel Swing Orchestra.

5:00pm–7:30pm: Timken Museum of Art — Kids can hone their wall decorating skills at a hands-on mural painting activity in front of the Timken.

4:00pm–7:00pm: Comic-Con Museum — Special “pop up” exhibitions in the home of the future Comic-Con Museum, including The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T, will be open free to the public on Friday evening and throughout the weekend of Comic-Con (7/18/19–7/21/19). See website for details and hours.

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.

July 26
5:00pm–8:00pm: On the Steps at SDMA: The Golden Age of Spain — Enjoy free hands-on art-making activities, live music, and dance performances on the museum’s front steps, and learn  how the Spanish empire influenced the exchange of culture throughout the world. The museum will offer free admission, including access to Art and Empire: The Golden Age of Spain, 5:00pm–8:00pm.

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 2
4:00pm–4:45pm: San Diego Civic Dance Arts — Performers from the city’s long-running community dance program perform a variety of dance styles, including Bollywood, jazz, and tap.

5:30pm–5:50pm, 6:30pm–6:50pm:  Wa-Kusmá Mexican Folk Production performs traditional folk dances, including Nayarit Costa, Aguascalientes, and Calabaceado with the kids groups, and Nuevo Leon, Jalisco, Calabaceado with the young adult groups.

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 9
5:00pm–7:50pm: Carmen Murray Jazz Quartet — Jazz drummer prodigy Carmen Murray returns to the Plaza stage with her talented young trio to perform jazz favorites and standards.

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 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.

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.

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
5:30pm–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.