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!

Balboa Park After Dark - Fridays, May 26 - September 1, 2017

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On Fridays from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend, enjoy extended evening hours at eight museums, as well as food trucks and entertainment throughout the Park. Kick off your weekend with some Balboa Park cultural greatness by taking advantage of this limited-time special program and experience something new every weekend this summer. General admission rates apply unless otherwise noted.






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Fiesta Botanica - May 27, 2017

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Families can enjoy a fun-filled celebration of Balboa Park’s many horticultural wonders at Fiesta Botanica. The day’s festivities kick off with a kids floral wagon parade down the El Prado promenade. Kids activities, informative lectures on gardening in the Plaza de Panama, tours of Balboa Park gardens, and more.



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The Vine Affair - June 2, 2017

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The Vine Affair is a stylish celebration of wine, art, unique beers, artisan food, and entertainment. Attendees will progress to six of Balboa Park’s museums while enjoying unique art installations, live music, wine and wine education. Participating locations include the San Diego Art Institute, San Diego Museum of Art, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, Fleet Science Center, San Diego History Center and the Balboa Park Conservancy presented by the Prado restaurant.





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Balboa Park Food Truck Fridays - Every Friday, from June 2 through September 29, 2017

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The Balboa Park Conservancy’s popular Food Truck Friday program will once again help visitors kick off their summer weekends in style in 2017. On Friday evenings from June 2 to September 29, visitors of all ages can enjoy live family-friendly entertainment while eating gourmet treats from a rotating selection of more than a dozen food trucks parked on the Plaza de Panama and El Prado walkway from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Now in its second year, Food Truck Friday is a program of the Balboa Park Conservancy in partnership with the City of San Diego Park and Recreation Department.






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Maker Faire - October 7 & 8, 2017

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Maker Faire is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue to for these “makers” to show hobbies, experiments, projects.

We call it the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth — a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.  Glimpse the future and get inspired!


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Balboa Park December Nights - December 1 & 2, 2017

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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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