Summer in Balboa Park

Summer in Balboa Park


With blooming flowers, extended museum hours, evening concerts, summer camps, food trucks, and more, summer sizzles in Balboa Park.  Come for summer fun June 1 through September 3, and enjoy family-friendly activities all day, and into the evening. The Balboa Park Calendar has a list of events for every day!


Plan Your Visit

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Come and Play and Stay All Day

Celebrating 150 years since San Diego leaders set aside land for a city park, Balboa Park has become a cultural hub and the Jewel of the City of San Diego.  With programming all year long, record-setting museums, award-winning theatre, gorgeous gardens, hiking trails for any ability, and stunning architecture, summertime brings out a whole new side of the Park.  Extended hours and special activities happen almost daily, and most evenings during the summer. 



Summer Evening Events

Keep having fun while the sun sets.

Japanese Friendship Garden

-Late hours daily at the Japanese Friendship Garden (10:00 am - 7:00 pm, daily)

Friday Nights are filled with things to see and do!

Food Truck Fridays

-Food Truck Fridays are back every Friday, where food trucks line El Prado, and music, dancing, arts and kids activities circle the Plaza de Panama (4:00-8:00 pm)

Friday Night Alive!

-Friday night Alive! (formerly Balboa Park After Dark) means extended hours on Friday evenings at select museums throughout the Park, including:

Fleet Science Center (until 8:00 pm)

The San Diego Museum of Art (until 8:00 pm, $5 after 5:00 pm, and students are free)

Timken Museum of Art (until 8:00 pm, on June 8, July 6, August 3, and September 7)

Shakespeare at the Old Globe Theatre

-See Shakespeare under the Stars at The Old Globe Theatre




Eats, Treats, and Shopping

In addition to Food Truck Fridays, Balboa Park has a wide choice when it comes to food.  From to coffee, to snacks, to grab-and-go sandwiches for a picnic on the grass, to fine dining and cocktails.  Take a look at our Eat and Drink page to find the perfect meal or bite. Balboa Park is filled with unique stores where you can find anything from Astronaut Ice Cream, to stunning, one-of-a-kind, jewelry, or a new art piece for your house. Take a look at our Shopper Itinerary for where to find what you need.



Kid-Focused Fun

Sun's out...School's out...Kids are out and about!  There is no place like Balboa Park for summertime fun.  With something new to learn around every corner, and new things to experience, sharing family time at the Park can make memories that last forever.  Check out our Kids Itinerary for some great ideas.  Balboa Park also has a variety of Summer Day Camps to pique any the interests of any child.  From art, to science, culture, dancing, acting, and animals, there is a new fascination waiting for your child to find it.



Getting Here

Balboa Park is located close to downtown San Diego, and is near MTS bus routes, and is reachable by foot or bicycle from many local neighborhoods.  If you do choose to come in your own car, Balboa Park is located near several major freeways.  there are various parking lots to choose from, but they do fill up quickly.  The free tram stops at most major parking lots, and will take you to the heart of the Park.  It runs 9:00 am - 8:00 pm during the summer and picks up every 8-10 minutes, (20-40 minutes during peak times).