The Spreckels Organ Pavilion & Society
If you’re spending some time in San Diego, exploring Balboa Park is a must. The 1,200 acre park is also an urban cultural epicenter consisting of open space areas as well as gardens, countless museums, walking trails and also the location of the San Diego Zoo! With so much to do, you’ll need a balboa park guide to help you figure out what to see in Balboa Park. If you love music, one great place to start is with the Spreckels Organ Pavilion & Society.
Located near the Japanese Friendship Garden in the park, you’ll find the Spreckels Organ Pavilion. In 1914, John D. and Adolph Spreckels donated the Spreckels Organ to the City of San Diego for the famed Panama-California Exposition. The Spreckels organ is truly an impressive instrument featuring more than 5,000 pipes, making it the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world. The pipes range in length from size of a pencil to 32 feet! The Spreckels Organ is housed in a beautifully ornate vaulted structure with embellished walls. Since 1917, the city of San Diego has been able to have a civic organist who performs weekly concerts on Sundays for FREE.
In addition to the Sunday concerts, all of the concerts on the Spreckels Organ are FREE to the public, as this is in accordance to the original Deed of Gift terms by Adolph and John Spreckels. Concerts are held every Sunday throughout the year at 2pm for one hour. During the International Summer Organ Festival, organ concerts will also take place on Mondays from late June through the end of August. These concerts will take place at 7:30pm. You’ll find the Spreckels Organ Pavilion located at the Pavilion off of Pan American Place in Balboa Park. This summer, enjoy a free Organ concert!