Presidio Twilight Is Back – San Francisco’s Community Campfire

Join the Presidio Trust and Off the Grid for the Fourth Season of Presidio Twilight

Photos courtesy of Off the Grid and the Presidio Trust. Used with permission.

Off the Grid Markets and the Presidio Trust announce the launch of the fourth season of Presidio Twilight, taking place Thursday, May 18, 2017. Located on the Main Parade Grounds of the Presidio, Presidio Twilight 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 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. Once a month, San Francisco astronomers bring giant telescopes for all to enjoy star gazing. Off the Grid Twilight is the companion event to the popular Presidio Picnic, Sundays from 10 AM – 4 PM (through November).

“We are pleased to welcome one and all to enjoy the great national park campfire tradition, with a twist, here at the Presidio,” says Allison Stone, Director of Park Programs for the Presidio Trust. “Presidio Twilight is a great way to change up your summer weekday evenings. Leave the cooking to others and come take in the views, delicious food, campfires, music, and even catch a rare glimpse of the stars over San Francisco.”

“The Presidio makes for the quintessential San Francisco setting,” says Off the Grid Founder Matt Cohen. “Presidio Twilight is a perfect combination of community, culture, food, and beauty in a landmark destination.”

Presidio Twilight’s 2017 lineup includes Bay Area favorites showcasing cuisine from around the world including:

  • An the Go | Vietnamese Garlic Noodles & Skewers
  • Bombzies | BBQ Rice Bowls and Baguettes
  • Boneyard BBQ | Bicoastal BBQ
  • Bonito Poke | Hawaiian Poke*
  • Capelo’s BBQ | Texan style BBQ
  • Caribbean Spices | Caribbean With a Hint of Haiti*
  • Chairman Bao | Asian Street Food
  • Drums & Crumbs | Southern Style Comfort Food*
  • El Sur |  Argentinian Empanadas*
  • Jackrabbit | NoCal Inspired “Fast” Bites*
  • Koja Kitchen | Korean Japanese Gourmet Sandwiches*
  • Lobsta Truck | New England Lobster Rolls
  • Me So Hungry Too | Burgers and Sliders
  • Pelican Po’Boys | New Orleans Po’Boys And More*
  • Seoul of Taipei |  Korean-Taiwanese Fusion
  • Southern Comfort Kitchen | New Orleans Cajun Cuisine

*new Presidio Twilight lineup members

Visitors may start the evening at the Presidio a bit earlier at the new William Penn Mott Jr. Visitor Center for an excellent overview of the park’s many offerings and to pick up any forgotten gear like a warm fleece jacket, blanket or flashlight (open 10AM – 5PM daily). There may be time after dinner for a night hike, a game of bowling, or a free program at the Presidio Officers’ Club.

Like Presidio Picnic, Presidio Twilight is designed with sustainability in mind. All materials provided by food vendors are compostable, no plastic water bottles are sold, and participants are encouraged to follow the “leave no trace” ethos including accessing the park without their car. A free natural gas shuttle, PresidiGo Downtown Shuttle provides regular service to major transit lines, MUNI provides direct service, and miles of trails and bikeways provide an alternative way to get to the park. Presidio Twilight is located on the historic Main Parade Ground, bordered by Montgomery Street, at Lincoln Boulevard. For additional ways to access the Presidio, visit or Presidio Twilight’s Facebook page for directions from neighborhoods within San Francisco and from East/North/South Bay regions.

Presidio Twilight

Dates:              Every Thursday beginning May 18, 2017
Time:               5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Location:         Main Parade Ground at The Presidio


Off the Grid Markets are founded on the idea of bringing communities together through amazing shared food experiences. Started in 2010, Off the Grid currently operates over 50 weekly public markets throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and Sacramento. Off the Grid seeks to maintain a shared sense of space by collaborating with local businesses and communities to activate novel public spaces with truly unique experiences. To learn more, please visit


The Presidio Trust is an innovative federal agency created to save the Presidio and employ a partnership approach to transform it into a new kind of national park. Spanning 1,500 acres in a spectacular setting at the Golden Gate, the Presidio now operates without federal appropriations, is home to a community of residents and commercial tenants, and offers unique recreation, hospitality, and educational opportunities to people throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and the world. To learn more please visit