Friday food trucks and fun in Balboa Park!

People stroll down El Prado, checking out a variety of gourmet food trucks on a late Friday afternoon.
People stroll down El Prado, checking out a huge variety of gourmet food trucks on a late Friday afternoon.

If you haven’t been to Food Truck Friday in Balboa Park, you’re missing out!

Not only is there all sorts of yummy food, but there is grass to picnic on and live music and juggling and hula hoops and checkers and crafts for the kids and colorful flowers and splashing fountains and amazing architecture and smiles and . . . I could go on and on! And the museums are open late, too!

Balboa Park’s special magic adds spice to an already tasty meal!

Balboa Park Food Truck Friday promises yummy eats and fun through September in the Plaza de Panama.
Balboa Park’s Food Truck Friday promises yummy eats and fun through September in the Plaza de Panama and along the length of El Prado.
Feasting on the grass in sunny Balboa Park. Food Truck Fridays is the place to be for a fun and festive dinner.
Feasting on the grass in sunny Balboa Park. Food Truck Fridays is the place to be for a festive family-friendly dinner.
Kenny Shelton the friendly juggler was getting warmed up. He and other entertainers can be found throughout the park.
Kenny Shelton the awesome juggler was getting warmed up. He and other entertainers can be found throughout the park.
A beautiful photo of the Plaza de Panama, its fountain, flowers, and the House of Hospitality during Food Truck Friday.
A beautiful photo of the Plaza de Panama, its fountain, flowers, and the sunlit House of Hospitality during Food Truck Friday.
If you live in San Diego, this giant checkerboard and these hula hoops are waiting for you!
If you live in San Diego, this giant checkerboard and these hula hoops are waiting for you!
Musicians were playing under the Balboa Park Conservancy canopy near the Plaza de Panama fountain.
Musicians were playing under the Balboa Park Conservancy canopy near the Plaza de Panama fountain.
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum had a table in the plaza where kids could paint pictures of trains!
The San Diego Model Railroad Museum had a table in the plaza where young kids could apply dots of paint to fun trains!
And nearby, Spanish Village Art Center had their own fun table where kids could be creative!
And nearby, Spanish Village Art Center had their own cool table where kids could be creative!
I spotted a Puppet Shows sign traveling through the plaza. So naturally I had to investigate...
I spotted a Puppet Shows sign traveling through the plaza. So naturally I had to investigate…
The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre in Balboa Park is now presenting The Little Mermaid! A pelican puppet says hello and invites you all to the show!
The Marie Hitchcock Puppet Theatre in Balboa Park is now presenting The Little Mermaid! A pelican puppet says hello and invites you all to the show!
A truly Happy Friday in San Diego's always amazing Balboa Park.
A truly Happy Friday in San Diego’s always amazing Balboa Park.

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Comic-Con! Huge crowds! Cool cosplay! Crazy Fun!

Hello there. I guess this must be Comic-Con!
Hello there. I guess this must be 2017 Comic-Con!

I’ve never seen San Diego Comic-Con so crowded. Saturday is usually the busiest day of Comic-Con, but this year it was plain crazy. So crowded in places you almost couldn’t move!

I somehow managed to walk all over the place. Too much fun!

I started off my walk by getting a free Nickelodeon ice cream sandwich at Horton Plaza Park!
I started off my walk by getting a free Nickelodeon ice cream sandwich at Horton Plaza Park!
It seems the Borg and the Federation have joined forces.
It seems the Borg and the Federation have joined forces.
That crazy Syfy drum line in the Gaslamp again!
That crazy, super energetic Syfy drum line is in the Gaslamp again!
Must get the hair right before taking a picture with a shark.
Must get the hair just right before taking a nice picture with a shark.
It's Jason! Run!
It’s Jason! Run!
Very cool.
Very cool.
The latest Mummy is getting all wrapped up at Comic-Con.
The latest Mummy is getting all wrapped up at Comic-Con.
So much humanity, one can barely move.
So much humanity, one can barely move.
Profile of a Ferengi.
Profile of a Ferengi.
Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman has a buddy.
Friendly Neighborhood Spiderman has a buddy.
Lego Ninjago characters welcome a Comic-Con fan!
Lego Ninjago characters welcome a Comic-Con fan!
People everywhere.
People everywhere.
Cosplay in the Petco Interactive Zone.
Cosplay in the Petco Interactive Zone.
Some laser tag action.
Some laser tag action.
A party inside the Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie truck.
A party inside the Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie truck.
Making friends with Godzilla.
Making friends with Godzilla.
More crowds.
More crowds.
More cosplay.
More cosplay.
Don't ask.
Don’t ask.
Heading down to the area near the Hilton behind the convention center.
Heading down to the area near the Hilton behind the convention center.
I guess those Star Wars lasers do manage to hit something from time to time.
I guess those Star Wars lasers do manage to hit something from time to time.
Salsa picante!
Salsa picante!
Big video screen at the FXhibition.
Big video screen at the FXhibition.
Bolivar Master, from Season 3 of The Strain.
Bolivar Master, from Season 3 of The Strain.
A creepy Strigoi Stinger from The Strain.
A creepy Strigoi Stinger from The Strain.
Free water at Archer, but bring your own cup.
Free water at Archer, but bring your own cup.
Cool Snowfall graphic.
Cool Snowfall graphic.
A pleasant Legion swing.
A pleasant Legion swing.
A convenient Snowfall shoe lacing station.
A convenient Snowfall shoe lacing station.
Looking cool!
Looking cool!
Yodeling.
Yodeling.
People are eager to be screened for the X-Gene.
People are eager to be screened for the X-Gene.
Here comes a couple now.
Here comes a couple now.
They are placed in a transparent tube by Sentinel Services.
They are placed in a transparent tube by Sentinel Services.
An alarm goes off! X-Gene detected! The tube fills with some sort of gas!
An alarm goes off! X-Gene detected! Mutants! The tube fills with some sort of gas!
The Orville Space Training Station readies astronauts to be spun like crazy out of control.
The Orville Space Training Station readies astronauts to be spun like crazy out of control.
A shark fin swimming past Adult Swim.
A shark fin swimming past Adult Swim.
Walking near the entrance to Adult Swim.
Thor and others walking near the entrance to Adult Swim.
Thousands of nerds. I feel right at home.
Thousands of nerds. I feel right at home.
A nice day for ice cream.
Yes, a perfect day for ice cream.
Yikes. I surrender.
Yikes. I surrender.
At first I thought he was a castle. He informed me, however, that his cosplay is silverware.
At first I thought he was a castle. He informed me, however, that his cosplay is silverware.
An original cosplay inspired by H.P Lovecraft, I was told.
An original cosplay inspired by H.P Lovecraft, I was told.
Conival was being held on the terrace near the Marriott Marina.
Conival was being held on the terrace near the Marriott Marina.
Folks chill at Conival.
Folks chill at Conival.
Kylo Ren uses the Force to extract cold mist from a fan.
Kylo Ren uses the Force to extract cold mist from a fan.
Posing as astronauts amid flying saucers.
Posing as astronauts amid flying saucers.
Some ordinary person is just walking along heading to the hotel.
Looks like some ordinary person is just walking along heading to the hotel.
These guys started with established characters then added their own original stuff.
These guys started with established characters then added their own original stuff.
These sinister villains are in pink and black uniforms.
These sinister villains are in pink and black uniforms.
The Cartoon Network balloons seen from Children's Park. One of the balloons burst I was told. A bird hit it.
The Cartoon Network balloons seen from Children’s Park. One of the balloons burst I was told. A bird hit it.
A caricature artist at work on MLK Promenade.
A caricature artist at work on MLK Promenade.
Superboy transforms into The Tick.
Superboy transforms into The Tick.
Someone had a transplant. They now have a monitor instead of a head.
Someone had a transplant. They now have a monitor instead of a head.
Cleaning up means finding cool swag!
Cleaning up means finding cool swag!
Batman's Rogue Gallery has the Caped Crusader and Robin surrounded.
Batman’s Rogue Gallery has the Caped Crusader and Robin surrounded.
The DC superheroes and supervillains seem to be getting along better than usual.
The DC superheroes and supervillains seem to be getting along better than usual.
An awesome Transformer stands high above the Comic-Con crowd in the Gaslamp.
An awesome Transformer stands high above the Comic-Con crowd in the Gaslamp.
I don't know this cosplay.
I don’t know this cosplay. Pretty cool, though.
I'm pretty sure that's Cable of the X-Men.
I’m pretty sure that’s Cable of the X-Men.
Yes. It must be another San Diego Comic-Con!
Yes. It must be another San Diego Comic-Con!

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More craziness and cosplay at 2017 Comic-Con!

A dinosaur has been spotted roaming among the huge crowds at 2017 Comic-Con!
A dinosaur has been spotted roaming among the huge crowds at 2017 Comic-Con!

The absolute zaniness of Comic-Con is something you have to experience for yourself. It seems that this year, no matter where I walk, downtown San Diego is crazier than ever!

There’s no escape from the all-out Hollywood marketing mayhem; super creative cosplay is everywhere; and everywhere you turn there is something new, absurd and undeniably magical!

Adam Warlock has the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos doesn't have a chance.
Adam Warlock has the Infinity Gauntlet. Thanos doesn’t have a chance.
Cosplay of Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead, Season One.
Cosplay of Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes from The Walking Dead, Season One.
Cosplay of Mercy and Reaper of Overwatch!
Cosplay of Mercy and Reaper of Overwatch!
Kids ride a Star Wars speeder through the Gaslamp!
Kids ride a Star Wars speeder through the Gaslamp!
Klingon cosplay during San Diego Comic-Con!
Klingon cosplay during San Diego Comic-Con!
Actual weddings will take place at Syfy's Geek Love Chapel!
Actual weddings will take place at Syfy’s Geek Love Chapel during 2017 Comic-Con!
A peek into the romantic Geek Love Chapel!
A peek into the romantic Geek Love Chapel!
Cosplay Aquaman and--I believe--Mera.
Cosplay of Aquaman and–I believe–Mera.
Another very cool Loki cosplay!
Another very cool Loki cosplay!
Cosplays of Hermione, Daredevil, and American Maid from The Tick.
Cosplays of Hermione, Daredevil, and American Maid from The Tick.
Just a whole lot of crazy fun at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
Just a whole lot of crazy fun at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
Adult Swim was offering free rides around the city to Comic-Con fans.
Adult Swim was offering free rides around the city for Comic-Con fans.
I was told this cosplay is from PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds.
I was told this cosplay is from PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds.
A bunch of Vikings have assembled in the Gaslamp to promote the History Channel's popular program.
A bunch of Vikings have assembled in the Gaslamp to promote History’s popular show.
The dead body of a heroic Viking warrior is carried down Fifth Avenue for Comic-Con.
The dead body of a heroic Viking warrior is carried down Fifth Avenue for Comic-Con.
Horn blows during the Viking funeral procession.
Horn blows during the Viking funeral procession.
I see a cosplay Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
I see a cosplay Hawkman and Hawkgirl.
A fan poses with another cosplay Aquaman.
A fan poses with another cosplay Aquaman.
Cosplay of Robin. He must think I'm a crafty supervillain.
Cosplay of a feisty Robin. He must think I’m a crafty supervillain.
Here comes Pepsiman! He must be searching for his adversary Cokeman.
Here comes Pepsiman! He must be searching for his adversary Cokeman.
It's Gulliver of the San Diego Gulls hockey team at Comic-Con!
It’s Gulliver of the San Diego Gulls hockey team at Comic-Con!
Max offered me a ride on his cool Star Trek pedicab!
Max offered me a ride on his cool Star Trek Discovery pedicab!
Here we go, down the crazy streets of San Diego!
Here we go, down the streets of downtown San Diego!
Wonder Woman was waving her God Killer sword about, so we kept a safe distance.
Wonder Woman was waving her God Killer sword about, so we kept a safe distance.
Even the Super Dentists are at Comic-Con!
Even the Super Dentists are at Comic-Con!
Orange Golf Vader and other assorted weird, unknown villains lie in wait on the sidewalk.
Orange Golf Vader and other assorted weird, unknown villains lie in wait on the sidewalk.
Cosplay of Dark Angel Olivia from Rage of Bahamut. Super cool!
Cosplay of Dark Angel Olivia from Rage of Bahamut. Super cool!
Uh, oh! Harley's got her big hammer poised and ready!
Uh, oh! Harley’s got her big hammer poised and ready!

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More fun and cool cosplay at SDCC 2017!

A fan at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con grabbed Conan by the tie for a selfie!
A fan at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con grabbed Conan by the tie for a selfie!

Here are more fun photos from today! I was careless this time about recording unfamiliar cosplay, so leave a comment if you can help!

The Iron Patriot is on patrol in the Gaslamp during Comic-Con.
The Iron Patriot is on patrol in the Gaslamp during Comic-Con.
A good Star Wars cosplay!
A good Star Wars cosplay!
The Syfy band was entertaining the crowd on Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp for SDCC 2017.
The Syfy band was entertaining the crowd on Fifth Avenue in the Gaslamp Quarter for SDCC 2017.
Dancing to the music!
Dancing to the music!
I saw lots of Wonder Woman cosplay. Not sure about the cowboyish guy.
I saw lots of Wonder Woman cosplay. Not sure about the cowboy guy.
An awesome Loki cosplay!
An awesome Loki cosplay!
Looks like Captain Jack Sparrow found himself a friend.
Looks like Captain Jack Sparrow found himself a friend.
He told me his cool cosplay but I didn't write it down. Leave a comment if you know!
He told me his cool cosplay but I didn’t write it down. Leave a comment if you know!
The San Diego USO was having people Flex 4 Forces.
The San Diego USO was having people Flex 4 Forces.
This Sentinel Services guy wanted me to get tested for the X-Gene. But he implied if I was positive, I'd be sent away on one of those Mutant Transport trolleys!
This Sentinel Services guy wanted me to get tested for the X-Gene. But he implied if I was positive, I’d be sent away on one of those Mutant Transport trolleys!
Super cool cosplay--and I didn't write this one down either. Sorry!
Some very cool Overwatch cosplay!
Broad City had a fan man dancing about.
Broad City had a fan man dancing about.
Syfy had a handy Cosplay Repair cart along MLK Promenade!
Syfy had a handy Cosplay Repair cart along MLK Promenade!
These items can be useful in repairing a costume or makeup during Comic-Con!
These items can be useful in repairing a costume or makeup during Comic-Con!
People peddle the Syfy Trivia Trolley while answering questions for prizes!
People peddle the Syfy Trivia Trolley while answering questions for prizes!
Lots of fun and cosplay everywhere I turned!
Lots of fun and cosplay everywhere I turned!
A lucha libre mask!
A lucha libre mask!
Santa Claus is busy taking a photo of something up ahead...
Santa Claus is busy taking a photo of something up ahead…
Supergirl on stilts!
Supergirl on stilts!
Superman had to settle for a Segway. Some kryptonite de-powered him for the moment. I think Batman might have done it.
Superman had to settle for a Segway. Some kryptonite de-powered him for the moment. I think Batman might have done it.
Now that's a real, genuine Silver Surfer!
Now that’s a real, genuine Silver Surfer!
Another Wonder Woman and cosplay friend.
Another Wonder Woman and cosplay friend.
It's Lady Thor in the Petco Interactive Zone!
It’s Lady Thor in the Petco Interactive Zone!
Cosplayers at Comic-Con are interviewed by Comedy Central.
Cosplayers at Comic-Con are interviewed by Comedy Central.
The Joker is on the scene!
Joker is on the scene!
A super awesome Voltron group photo!
A super awesome Voltron group cosplay photo!
Have you seen her paladin?
Have you seen her Paladin?
Schick Hydro-man is a superhero to the rescue, but it's a close shave.
Schick Hydro Robot Razor is a superhero to the rescue, but it’s a close shave.
Fans of the series Mr. Mercedes get ready for a photo.
Fans of the series Mr. Mercedes get ready for a photo.
I found the Holy Grail at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
I found the Holy Grail at 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

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Fun stuff outside Comic-Con on Preview Night!

Scary cosplay outside in the Gaslamp promoting the TV series Medinah. It's late Wednesday afternoon. It's 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night!
Scary cosplay outside in the Gaslamp promoting the TV series Medinah. It’s late Wednesday afternoon. It’s 2017 San Diego Comic-Con Preview Night!

I couldn’t go into the San Diego Convention Center for Preview Night this year. (I was fortunate to do so a couple times in the past.) So instead I walked around outside and took photos of the late afternoon fun.

Not much cosplay, but I did spot a couple instances of it. Mostly it was just people wandering about looking at the many pop culture attractions that are open free to the public. That’s one very cool aspect of San Diego Comic-Con!

I spotted Iron Man outside Atomic in the Gaslamp. He says they have cool Comic-Con exhibits upstairs.
I spotted Iron Man outside Atomic in the Gaslamp. He told me they have a cool Comic-Con exhibit upstairs.
This cool Darth Vader with hookah was outside the Myst Lounge.
This cool Darth Vader with hookah was outside the Myst Lounge.
A nice lady representing the Gaslamp Quarter told me their Rabbitville exhibit will be open tomorrow.
A nice lady representing the Gaslamp Quarter told me their Rabbitville exhibit will be open tomorrow.
Lego superheroes in the windows of My Yogurt.
Lego superheroes in the windows of My Yogurt.
Outside of a Snoopy & Belle pop-up shop in the Gaslamp.
Outside of the Snoopy & Belle pop-up shop in the Gaslamp.
People peer into AMC's Deadquarters. It opens tomorrow.
People peer into AMC’s Deadquarters. It opens tomorrow.
This guy is secretly peering through the fence, perhaps hoping to see zombies.
This guy is secretly peering through the fence, perhaps hoping to see zombies.
An amazing feat of super-strength at Kong: Skull Island!
An amazing feat of super strength at Kong: Skull Island!
You can have your photo taken while posing between gigantic teeth!
You can have your photo taken while posing between gigantic teeth!
A Syfy bus wrap proclaims--Attention Time Travelers: No Spoilers.
A Syfy bus wrap proclaims–Attention Time Travelers: No Spoilers.
Here comes Zatanna behind the convention center!
Here comes Zatanna walking behind the convention center!
The Turner yacht is all dressed up and ready to go when Comic-Con opens tomorrow.
The big Turner yacht is all dressed up and ready to go when Comic-Con opens tomorrow.
It looks like they were testing the Viking longship out on San Diego Bay. It will be used for the Viking funeral Friday evening!
It looks like they were testing the Viking longship out on San Diego Bay. It will be used for the Viking funeral Friday evening!
Television reporter Ashlie Rodriguez of KUSI gets ready to interview the person first in line for Hall H.
Television reporter Ashlie Rodriguez of KUSI gets ready to interview the person who is first in line for Hall H.
Workers are still unloading stuff behind the convention center.
Workers are still unloading stuff behind the convention center.
I wonder if the Knights Templar had power tools...
I wonder if the Knights Templar had power tools?
I wonder how much gas is at the Midnight, Texas attraction...
I wonder how much gas is at the Midnight, Texas attraction?
Uh,oh! Here comes a small army of FBI field agents. Perhaps they think I look suspicious.
Uh,oh! Here comes a small army of FBI field agents. Perhaps they think I look suspicious.
Reporter for the Syfy Wire interviews a kid about the coolness of San Diego Comic-Con!
Reporter for the Syfy Wire interviews a kid about the coolness of San Diego Comic-Con!

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Cartoon Network character balloons take flight!

A whole flock of Cartoon Network characters take to the sky! Fun balloons fly over the fountain at Children's Park during 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
A whole flock of Cartoon Network characters take to the sky! Fun balloons fly over the fountain at Children’s Park during 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

Fourteen of seventeen Cartoon Network character balloons have been inflated so far for 2017 Comic-Con. You can see them soaring above the fountain at Children’s Park on MLK Promenade! I learned this morning two more balloons will be added tomorrow, and one final balloon on Friday!

Do you recognize some of these characters? If you do, feel free to leave a comment!

This helpful sign appeared on Thursday!

The Cartoon Network balloon characters include: K.O., Ice Bear, Four Arms, Richard, Robin, Darwin, Buttercup, Cannonbolt, Panda, Steven Universe, Beast Boy, Gumball, Raven, Omnitrix, Grizz, and Steven's Shirt!
The Cartoon Network balloon characters include: K.O., Ice Bear, Four Arms, Richard, Robin, Darwin, Buttercup, Cannonbolt, Panda, Steven Universe, Beast Boy, Gumball, Raven, Omnitrix, Grizz, and Steven’s Shirt!

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Comic-Con events announced for Horton Plaza Park!

A huge IMAX movie screen is being set up in Horton Plaza Park for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!
A huge IMAX movie screen is being set up in Horton Plaza Park for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

I just learned a bunch of cool events are coming to Horton Plaza Park for 2017 San Diego Comic-Con!

On Thursday at 7:30pm there will be an exclusive IMAX movie. I saw them setting up the equipment an hour or so ago. At the time of this posting I still don’t know what movie! (UPDATE! The movie is NOT Atomic Blonde as I surmised, but something else entirely. It’s called #IMAXandThrill, an exclusive IMAX Experience, featuring the one-of-a-kind IMAX pop-up theatre that you see in my photo!)

On Friday from 10am-4pm Netflix will be giving away branded koozies in the park.

On Saturday from 12pm-4pm there will be a Nickelodeon ice cream cart with free ice cream sandwiches. They will be promoting the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

On Saturday 6pm-7:30pm there will be an ATOMIC BLONDE fan event that requires a Comic-Con badge.

On Sunday 4pm-4:30pm there will be a Cartoon Network Steven Universe music video taping open to the public, and a big surprise is promised!

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