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More than a dozen food trucks hit Balboa Park for five-day festival

Enjoy Food Truck Fridays in Balboa Park
Posted at 3:34 PM, Dec 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-18 18:35:56-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) — For five days, Balboa Park will be filled with some end-of-the-year food truck fun under the park's dazzling lights.

From Dec. 26-30, the Holiday Food Truck Festival brings more than a dozen delicious local food truck vendors to Plaza de Panama from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Delicious flavors from Cousins Maine Lobster, Mangia Mangia, Tacos la Mezcla, LouZiana Food, and many more feature tastes from around the world in this delicious holiday event.

Live music is also on the menu throughout each day, with performances by Carmen Murray Jazz Trio, Finnegan Blue, Theo and the Zydeco Patrol, Sue Palmer, the Bayou Brothers, and many more.

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In addition to eats and tunes, some Balboa Park museums will be offering special activities and hours for guests.

  • Fleet Science Center: From Dec. 26-27 and 30 until 6 p.m., and Dec. 28-29 until 9 p.m., visit the "Winter Parad-ice" ice skating event and enjoy rink-side cocktails. Beer and wine is also available at the Craveology Cafe.
  • San Diego History Center: From Dec. 26-30 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., enjoy kid-friendly activities and free seating in the museum atrium to enjoy your food truck bites.
  • San Diego Natural History Museum: Dec. 26-30 from 11:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., the museum's rooftop cafe is open for alfresco dining to anyone with general museum admission.
  • Spanish Village Art Center: Dec. 26-30 from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., participating studios will remain open until 6 p.m.
  • San Diego Museum of Art: Dec. 26 and 28-30 until 7 p.m., and Dec. 27 until 8 p.m. On Friday, get $5 admission starting at 5 p.m.

Guests can enter a raffle throughout the festival for the chance to win a four-pack of tickets to one of several Balboa Park attractions too.

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Plus, the park will host a rotating selection of lawn games and activities, like giant checkers, hula hoops, bowling, cornhole, and giant Jenga blocks. The San Diego History Center, San Diego Police, House of China, the San Diego Model Railroad Museum, and others will host special activities as well.

A full schedule of food trucks, entertainment, and activities can be found here.