2018 Presidio Twilight FAQs


What is Presidio Twilight? Presidio Twilight is brought to you by the Presidio Trust and Off the Grid, and runs every Thursday from 5-9 PM with a large selection of international cuisine, live music, sunset activities, and the ambiance of San Francisco’s national park for a one-of-a-kind experience. Lantern-lit cabanas and fire pits underscore the “picnic at dusk” atmosphere and are available to all guests on a first come, first-served basis at no cost. Additional event activities include traditional games such as bean bag toss, hula hoops, and giant Jenga. Presidio  Twilight is the companion event to the popular Presidio Picnic on Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm.

Where is Presidio Twilight located? The event is located in the heart of the Presidio on the Main Parade Grounds outside of the newly constructed Visitor’s Center and renowned Walt Disney Family Museum. It’s a perfect place to gather after work with family and friends, or use as a launching pad to explore a variety of other park offerings, including the museum at the Presidio Officers’ Club, art exhibitions, scenic overlooks and hiking and biking trails and beaches.  

When is Presidio Twilight open?  Every Thursday 5-9 pm from May 17 through September 20, 2018.

Do I need tickets for this event?  Presidio Twilight is free and open to the public.

Is Twilight kid-friendly? Yes, Presidio Twilight offers kid-friendly menu items from many of our mobile food creators.


Arrive early! Cabanas and fire pits are available on a first come, first serve basis. If you’re planning to attend with a large group or space is a concern, we encourage you to plan ahead and arrive early.

Pack smart. Weather varies from full sun to wind and fog. Bring layers, sunscreen, a sun hat, picnic blanket, and your water bottle to refill at our onsite water stations. Items are also available to purchase at the Presidio Visitor Center, located next door to the main lawn.

Take public transit. Presidio Twilight be easily accessed through the MUNI 43 line or the free PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle (www.presidio.gov/shuttle).

Pack in, pack out. Just like other national parks, you can help our environment by using compostable containers, bringing a reusable water bottle, and taking your trash with you.

Make an evening of it! Explore the Presidio’s spectacular 24-mile long trail network. Along the way, marvel at Andy Goldsworthy’s art installations, such as Tree Fall, or pop into the Presidio Officers’ Club to experience live music, dance, film and dialogues offer a contemporary take on the history and nature of the Presidio and the culture of our diverse Bay Area community.


What can I purchase at Presidio Twilight? Attendees can just show up for an evening on the lawn with food from a rotating selection of more than 16 iconic Bay Area mobile food creators including Mozzeria, Cousins Maine Lobster, Casablanca The Waffle Roost, 808 Poke Shack, Twister and I Love Cheesesteak.  Beer, wine and cocktails are also available at the bar. For a full list of creators, please visit www.presidiotwilight.com.

Do creators accept debit/credit cards? Yes.

Are there vegetarian, vegan or gluten-free options available? Many of our creators offer dishes to accommodate various diets. We recommend asking creators for their vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options.


How do I get to Presidio Twilight? Twilight is located on the Presidio’s Main Parade Ground, bordered by Montgomery Street, at Lincoln Boulevard San Francisco, 94129. It can be easily accessed by the MUNI 43 line or the free PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle (www.presidio.gov/shuttle), which runs between the Main Post, Union Street/Van Ness Avenue, Embarcadero BART, and the Transbay Terminal.


No glass bottles

No stakes or 10’x10’ pop up tents

Saving of cabanas or fire pits with personal property is not permitted; only cabanas and fire pits accompanied by physical persons will be considered unavailable to others

No moving around of cabanas and fire pits

Dogs must be on leash and under the supervision of their owner (or trusted guardian) at all times

Dog waste must be properly disposed of in the landfill bin (not the recycling or compost bins!)

Use designated crosswalks and sidewalks

Place trash in the appropriate bins (or pack it out)

If a trash can is full, please don’t leave your waste beside the can. Take it home to help us protect the park and all its wildlife.

No organized sports

No drones

Not all building restrooms are open to the public (please use those designated with signage_


Where can I find more information about Presidio Twilight? For an up-to-date list of weekly participating vendors and additional Off the Grid information, visit www.presidiotwilight.com or the Twilight event Facebook page. Details about the Presidio can be found on the Presidio website including directions to the event. For a full list of visitor amenities and weekend programs in the park visit www.presidio.gov or call (415) 339-5888.

Where can I get more Presidio info when I arrive? Stop by the Presidio Visitor Center at 210 Lincoln Blvd. before 5pm for additional information on what is happening in the Presidio, as well as free maps and guides. 

Do you offer gift certificates? We offer grub tokens at $5 and $10 increments. You can purchase them here.

Are dogs allowed at the Presidio Twilight? Yes! All friendly dogs on leash are welcome.


Still have a question? Email grub@offthegridsf.com and we’ll be happy to help!