December 26-30, 2:00pm – 7:00pm
Plaza de Panama/El Prado walkway
Free Live Entertainment

Eat, drink, and be merry in Balboa Park when the Holiday Food Truck Festival returns for five festive days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Experience the park’s colorful seasonal light displays as you sample a wide assortment of gourmet dishes from a dozen popular San Diego-area food trucks. Free live music and dance performances in the Plaza de Panama will provide additional family-friendly fun.

The Spanish Village Art Center will be on hand each day to present arts and crafts activities for kids, and guests are invited to join the Balboa Park Explorer team for some Park Trivia, giveaways, and to learn more about the Balboa Park Explorer Pass! Panama 66 will also be open its regular hours during the Holiday Food Truck Festival, serving craft beers and cocktails.

Additional activities will be available on select dates:

On December 26, 27, and 29, the Prado Restaurant will set up a special all-ages event area in the House of Hospitality courtyard, featuring live music, a bar, and hot cocoa and apple cider.

On December 29, the Museum of Photographic Arts will present a New Year’s resolution vision board activity, XETV Channel 12 will offer a variety of interactive kids games, and the Fleet Science Center will have Family Gaming Night and be open until 10:00pm.

On December 28 and 30, the Fab Trailers Vintage Photo Booth will help visitors capture the moment.

Attendees are encouraged to avoid traffic and parking hassles during the Holiday Food Truck Festival by using Lyft, our official ridesharing partner, to request an affordable ride in minutes. All Lyft app users can receive 20% off 2 rides (up to $5 off each ride) with code HOLIDAYFOOD17 from December 26 to December 30, for all rides to and from the park.

Performers and activities are subject to change. Inclement weather may force the cancellation of certain Holiday Food Truck Festival dates. 

Truck Roster

December 26
American Flavors
Beachin’ Boba
Cousins
Currywurst Frankfurt
Frida’s Cocina
Haad Sai
Marcel Belgium Waffles
Pierogi Truck
Pomrosso
Scugnizzi Wood Fired Pizza
Seoul Man
Super Q
Two for the Road
December 27
Cousins
Devil Dogs BBQ
Frida’s Cocina
Manga Manga
Marcel Belgium Waffles
Mastiff Sausage
Monster Crafts
Sicilian Breeze
Simply Fresh
Sushi Uno
Tabe BBQ
Tacos La Mezcla
Yo Yo Bento
December 28
Born in Brooklyn
Bosnian Grill
Carribean Escape
Devilicious
Lil’ Miss Shortcakes
New York on Rye
Scugnizzi Wood Fired Pizza
Pierogi Truck
Sicilian Breeze
Simply Fresh
Tacos La Mezcla
Two for the Road
Yo Yo Bento
December 29
Beachin’ Boba
Caribbean Escape
Cousins Maine Lobster
Currywurst Frankfurt
Devilicious
Haad Sai
Marcel Belgium Waffle
Mastiff Sausage
Monster Crafts
Pomorosso
Sicilian Breeze
Seoul Man
Super Q
Sushi Uno
Tabe BBQ
December 30
Beachin’ Boba
Born in Brooklyn
Bosnian Grill
Caribbean Escape
Cousins Maine Lobster
Devil Dogs BBQ
Frida’s Cocina
Lil’ Miss Shortcakes
Manga Manga
New Orleans Cuisine
New York on Rye
Pierogi Truck
Sicilian Breeze
Yo Yo Bento


Entertainment Schedule

December 26: Django Shredders — Guitarists Alex Ciavarelli and Rudy Marquez combine traditional gypsy jazz with elements of modern jazz, and play with a youthful energy while harmonically keeping one foot in the past and one in the present.

December 27: Pizarro Brothers — Musical prodigies Dominic (19) and Angelo (17), perform lively jazz, Latin, and pop compositions on dual keyboards.

December 28: Lorraine Castellanos — Lorraine Castellanos is a dynamic musical presence as both a leading jazz vocalist and classical guitarist.

December 29: Theo and the Zydeco Patrol — Theo and the Zydeco Patrol performs a fiery mix of Cajun and Zydeco dance music. ERRRVERYBODI Line Dancers, a community dance group that emphasizes fun through fitness, will dance during the intermissions.

December 30: Carmen Murray Jazz Trio — The talented 15-year-old drummer from Gilbert Castellanos’s Young Lions Jazz Conservatory performs with her trio.

 

The Holiday Food Truck Festival is presented in conjunction with