Why You Need to Visit the Spreckels Organ Pavilion

Balboa Park is one of the most popular San Diego destinations, and with good reason. Within this unique area, you’ll find dozens of museums and attractions. One of the most unique places you’ll find in Balboa Park is the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Built around the outdoor Spreckels Organ, this area is a unique place to visit for lovely open air concerts on warm San Diego nights. When you attend, you’ll find extraordinary architecture, an outstanding and impressive pipe organ, and a unique experience that can’t be duplicated.

About the Spreckels Organ

The shining star of the Spreckels Organ Pavilion is one of the largest outdoor pipe organs in the world. A gift to the City of San Diego from John D. and Adolph Spreckels in 1914 for the Panama-California Exposition, the Spreckels Organ is a rare and beautiful musical instrument to be admired. Housed in an adorned vaulted structure that features exquisite and ornate embellishments, the organ contains more than 5,000 pipes. These pipes range in length from the size of a pencil to 32 feet.

Three years after the organ was donated to San Diego, the city elected its first civic organist. From 1917 until today, civic organists have performed free weekly concerts for the public on Sunday evenings.

Concerts at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion

If your vacation to San Diego includes a Sunday afternoon or Monday evening in the area, you should visit Balboa Park and attend a concert at the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. The pavilion features seating for up to 2,500 people and offers the unique opportunity to attend an outdoor organ concert. On every Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. the Spreckels Organ Pavilion hosts an hour-long concert that is free and open to the public. And on Monday evenings in the summer, longer concerts are held for free from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.  

While the pavilion often fills to capacity on Monday evenings, there is usually ample seating at Sunday concerts. When you visit the pavilion, you may bring seat cushions or sun umbrellas to enhance your experience. In addition, pets and picnics are also welcome.

Watch Live Concerts from Home

Another great way to experience Spreckels Organ Pavilion concerts is by watching live videos at home. You can watch concerts online in real time each week via the online webcast. The Spreckels Organ livestream is a great way to enjoy the music after returning home from your San Diego vacation!

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