Parkwide Events

Balboa Park is home to hundreds of events every year.  But it is a special treat when the bulk of the Park comes together as one, to focus on a specific occasion or theme.  Whether it is a event that has become an honored, annual tradition, or something new to celebrate nature, innovation, or creativity, mark your calendar so you don't miss the next Parkwide event!

 


Spring Fling Food Truck Festival - April 15-19, 2019

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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. 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. 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. For updated information on the food truck rosters, entertainment, and activities for each date visit the event page.

 

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EarthFair 2019 - April 28, 2019

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Our annual EarthFair in Balboa Park is the largest free annual environmental fair in the world. EarthFair 2019 will be our 30th annual event! Each year, the EarthFair draws around 60,000 visitors. Produced by 300 volunteers, EarthFair 2019 will feature more than 300 exhibitors, special theme areas, a Food Pavilion, a special Children's Activity Area, four entertainment venues, the Children’s Earth Parade, the eARTh Gallery arts and crafts show, and the Cleaner Car Concourse. For updated information on the festivities, entertainment, and activities, visit the event page.

 

 

 

 

 

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Cinco de Mayo Celebration - May 4, 2019

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Experience one of the region’s largest free Cinco de Mayo events at the annual Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park. The day’s collaborative, community-driven programming includes Mexican-themed music and dance performances, colorful horseback riders, strolling mariachis, hands-on activity booths for kids, arts and crafts vendors, gourmet food trucks, and more. Activities and entertainment will take place in both the Plaza de Panama and Spreckels Organ Pavilion throughout the day.The Cinco de Mayo Celebration in Balboa Park is presented by the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. For updated information on the festivities, entertainment, and activities, visit the event page.

 

 

 

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Food Truck Fridays - May 31-September 27, 2019, 2019

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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 and activities for kids while eating gourmet dishes from a rotating selection of more than a dozen popular food trucks parked on the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway from 4:00 pm to 8:30 pm. Throughout the summer, Food Truck Fridays will present different musical performers or DJs night in the Plaza de Panama. Various Balboa Park cultural institutions will also have booths set up with hands-on activities and crafts for kids. Several museums will stay open late, with some offering special programs and admission discounts. Food Truck Fridays is a program of the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Department of Parks and Recreation. For updated information on the food truck rosters, entertainment, and activities for each date visit the event page.

 

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Balboa Park December Nights - December 6 & 7, 2019

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The first Friday and Saturday in December each year, Balboa Park comes alive with the holiday spirit.  2 days and nights of music, dancing, performances, lights, food, and more!

 

 

 

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