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 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

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.


Entertainment and Activities

(Subject to change, check back for updates)

May 31
5:00pm — Mariachi Victoria de San Diego, a program of the City Heights Music School. The 25-member band, under the direction of Mario Eguia, performs “La Charreada,” “El Son de Los Aguacates,” “Suavecito Suavecito,”  and many more.

6:00pm — Flavor Dance Company Entertainment presents a dynamic and colorful dance medley titled “Dance Party Though the Decades.”

7:00pm — San Diego Youth Symphony Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Strings Ensemble, composed of talented musicians from the SDYS advanced Symphony Orchestra, performs the music of Dmitry Kabalevsky and other classical composers on the Botanical Building lawn.

June 7
Naruwan Taiko Drummers

June 14
Finnegan Blue

June 21
Danny Green Trio

July 5
Bayou Brothers

August 16
Latin Classics

August 23
Bayou Brothers


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 9/27/19. “Pay What You Wish” admission pricing. 

Japanese Friendship Garden: Open until 7:00pm most Fridays. See website ( for details.

San Diego History Center: Open noon to 7:00pm, most Fridays. Curiosity Cart in front of the Casa del Balboa and free seating inside museum atrium with beer and wine available for purchase on select dates. 

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: Select art studios open until 6:00pm.

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.