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Now Streaming: A Binge-Worthy Holiday Food Truck Festival

Balboa Park Holiday Lights, California Tower in backgroundHave you ever felt like you’re in holiday limbo between Boxing Day and New Year’s Eve? There’s no shortage of holiday parties in the weeks before Christmas, and plenty of New Year’s celebrations around December 31. But what’s a party animal to do from December 27 to December 30?

If your pack is tired of spending every evening binge watching TV shows that have dog-piled on the living room DVR or the latest Netflix original series, why not binge on a Holiday Food Truck Festival in Balboa Park instead?

For four straight evenings (December 27–30, 4pm–8pm, weather permitting), families will be treated to a steady stream of 12 alternating gourmet food trucks parked around the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway under a canopy of festive holiday lights. A different musical group will hit the Plaza stage each night to perform commercial-free music (no subscription fee required).

Among the top-dog performers this week are the Leonard Patton/Danny Green Quartet on December 29 (sponsored by the Kiwanis Club) and Jarabe Mexicano on December 30 (underwritten by a grant from the Parker Foundation to the SDSU College of Professional Studies & Fine Arts).

In addition to crafting activities for kids in the Plaza, presented by City of San Diego Park & Recreation, San Diego Art Institute, and Spanish Village, the Plaza’s “Living Room” amenities will be rolled out, offering an artificial turf “carpet,” a giant checkers set, and oversize beanbags for pups to frolic on. Several museums in the park will also keep their doors open after hours during the four-day festival.

Packs tired of holiday traffic and parking hassles will probably want to take advantage of a special offer to use Lyft ridesharing service (code BPFOODTRUCK) to receive 20% off rides to the park (up to 2 rides and up to $5 off per ride) through December 30, available from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.Or, families can also save a few bones by taking MTS bus service. The Rapid 215 bus runs to the park from the Santa Fe Depot via Broadway and Park Blvd. and El Cajon Blvd., out toward SDSU.

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