Food Truck Fridays Returns In Balboa Park

The Balboa Park Conservancy’s highly anticipated Food Truck Fridays program returns for 18 straight weeks of great food, free live entertainment, and family-friendly fun.

More than a dozen carefully curated gourmet food trucks will be parked along the El Prado walkway every Friday. Now in its fourth year, Food Truck Fridays is a program of the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation.

On select Fridays throughout the summer, Balboa Park will showcase talented local performers and vibrant music including:

May 31: San Diego Youth Symphony Orchestra

June 7: The Naruwan Taiko Drummers

June 14: Finnegan Blue

June 21: Danny Green Trio

July: Bayou Brothers

August 16: Latin Classics

August 23: Bayou Brothers

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.

Six new trucks, including El Hueco (Peruvian), LouZiana Food (Cajon/Creole), Street Chef California (Mediterranean), Goodness Cookie Co., and Gelati & Peccati, are being added to the rotation this year to expand the selection of cuisines.

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

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

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 the Nat 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

The Balboa Park Conservancy enriches the visitor experience and keeps Balboa Park magnificent by sustaining and enhancing the park’s beauty, and its historic, cultural, and recreational character for the enduring enjoyment of all.

Working in partnership with the City of San Diego and surrounding communities, the Conservancy is committed to ensuring that the park’s spectacular landscaping, grounds, and structures continue to make Balboa Park one of the best urban cultural parks in the country.

See you there!

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