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!


Holiday Food Truck Festival - December 26 through 30, 2017

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Eat, drink, and be merry in Balboa Park when the Holiday Food Truck Festival returns for five festive days between Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Experience the park’s colorful seasonal light displays as you sample a wide assortment of gourmet dishes from a dozen popular San Diego-area food trucks. Free live music and dance performances in the Plaza de Panama will provide additional family-friendly fun. The Spanish Village Art Center will also present arts and crafts activities for kids, and the Fab Trailers Vintage Photo Booth will help visitors capture the moment.




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Balboa Park December Nights - December 7 & 8, 2018

Christmas Tree in the Spreckels Organ PavilionBalboa Park December Nights logo

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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