Spring Fling Food Truck Festival

April 15–19, 2019
Noon –7:00PM
Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway

Balboa Park becomes one of Southern California’s hottest spring break destinations this year when the Balboa Park Conservancy launches the newest installment of its wildly popular food truck event series, turning Balboa Park’s Central Mesa into a massive foodie festival!

From April 15 to 19, more than a dozen of San Diego’s most popular food trucks will line the El Prado walkway and Plaza de Panama. Live bands and dancers will perform on the Plaza stage, and various park and community organizations will host free hands-on activities for kids.

Food trucks will be in the park beginning at 12 noon, with live entertainment starting at 4:00 p.m. (see schedule below). There will also be a rotating selection of games and activities on the Plaza, including giant checkers, hula hoops, bowling, cornhole, and giant tumbling blocks.

 

Entertainment Schedule

All acts 4:00 pm–7:00 pm unless noted otherwise

April 15: Theo and the Zydeco Patrol — Theo Bellow’s tasty musical gumbo of up-tempo deep southern tunes delivers a swinging good time.

April 16: Carmen Murray Jazz Trio — Jazz drummer prodigy Carmen Murray returns to the Plaza stage with her talented young trio to perform jazz favorites and standards

April 17: Flavor Company Dance Entertainment — Dance Party! Flavor Company dances through the decades to Latin rhythms, Afro/Soca, disco, pop, jive/swing, and the awesome 80s.

April 18: Bayou Brothers — A special dance floor will be rolled out for the Bayou Brothers’s special blend of foot-stomping Cajun, zydeco, and blues.

April 19: Tavo & Mariachi 3.0 — Led by Tavo Alcosar of Jarabe Mexicano, the unique mariachi-style band performs an eclectic mix of Mexican folk, Tex-Mex, Latin rock, and reggae-cumbia music.

 

Special Museum/Attraction Hours

Fleet Science Center: Open until 7pm, Mon.–Fri., 4/15 to 4/19. Beer and wine available at the Fleet’s Cravelogy Café.

Japanese Friendship Garden: Open until 7pm, Mon.–Fri., 4/15 to 4/19.

San Diego Natural History Museum: Open until 4:30pm, Mon.–Fri., 4/15 to 4/19. Rooftop bar serving beer, wine and grab-and-go menu. All ages welcome with theNat admission.

Spanish Village Art Center: Select art studios open until 6pm.

The San Diego Museum of Art: Open until 7pm on Tuesday (4/16) and Thursday (4/18), until 8pm on Friday (4/19). $5 after 5pm on Friday. Closed on Monday and Wednesday.

 

Activities in the Plaza de Panama

April 15–19, 2pm–7pm: City of San Diego Parks and Recreation Department — In honor of International Mud Day on June 29, take part in a “muddy” activity making seed bombs with native wild flower seeds.

April 16–19, 2pm–7pm: Fab Trailers Vintage Photo Booth — Capture the moment and share snazzy photos of how much fun you’re having on Spring Break with your friends and family.

April 19, 12noon–4:00pm: 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.

April 19, 4:00pm–8:30pm: FROM, the first on-the-go, DIY greeting card service of its kind, will help festival goers 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.

April 19, 12noon–6pm: San Diego Model Railroad Museum — Free hands-on demonstration teaches kids what makes arches so strong.

 

Prize Drawings

Visit the Balboa Park Visitors Center in the House of Hospitality building for a chance to win a Family 4-Pack of general admission tickets to Balboa Park museums and attractions.

 

Transportation and Parking

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, which runs 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., into the park.

Families can also choose public transit as a great way to get to Balboa Park! Rapid 215 provides a direct connection between downtown San Diego and the park. Purchase unlimited rides all day on buses and Trolleys for only $5 on the Compass Cloud app at any time prior to boarding.

 

Food Truck Roster

April 15
American Flavors
Born in Brooklyn
Bosnian Grill
Devil Dogs
Devilicious
Goodness Baked Cookie Co.
Eat Your Heart Out
Haad Sai
Pierogi Truck
Pomrosso
Simply Fresh
Tacos y Mariscos El Jefe
Two for the Road
April 16
Beachin’ Boba
Cousins
Dang Brother Pizza
El Hueco
Lil’ Miss Shortcakes
Marcel Belgium Waffles
Mastiff Sausage
Monster Crafts
Pierogi Truck
Pomrosso
Simply Fresh
Super Q
Sushi Uno
Yo Yo Bento
April 17
Born in Brooklyn
Devil Dogs BBQ
Eat Your Heart Out
Goodness Cookie Co.
Frida’s Cocina
Mastiff Sausage
Monster Crafts
Pomrosso
Sushi Uno
Tacos La Mezcla
Two for the Road
Yo Yo Bento
April 18
American Flavors
Beachin’ Boba
Cousins
Dang Brother Pizza
El Hueco
Frida’s Cocina
Mangia Mangia
Marcel Belgium Waffles
Super Q
Sushi Uno
Tacos La Mezcla
Tacos Y Mariscos El Jefe
Yo Yo Bento
April 19
Beachin’ Boba
Bosnian Grill
Cousins
Dang Brother Pizza
El Hueco
Haad Sai
Lil’ Miss Shortcakes
Mangia Mangia
Marcel Belgium Waffles
Mastiff Sausage
Monster Crafts
Pierogi Truck
Simply Fresh
Super Q
Tacos La Mezcla
 

 

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 Vegan, Vegetarian, and Gluten-Free Options Google Doc to learn more.

 

The Spring Fling Food Truck Festival is a program of the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation.