Patrons of the Prado is in the final countdown to the most anticipated gala of 2015, the party of the century commemorating the 100-year anniversary of Balboa Park and the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. The historic Spreckels Organ Pavilion will be transformed into an elaborate setting befitting an “only once every hundred years” celebration for the Balboa Park. The festivities will begin at 6 pm with a cocktail reception, followed by an extraordinary gourmet dinner, luscious desserts, and a live music and multi-media entertainment experience created exclusively for this event from one of the most in-demand bands, San Diego’s own NRG. The evening will continue into the night with dancing under the moonlight and a live auction.


This will be a musical night to remember as NRG brings to the Organ Pavilion stage a brand new multimedia entertainment experience like no other. The audience will take an energetic journey through the decades 1915 to 2015, complete with period costumes, live band, dancers, and a giant LED screen adding to the experience. In this one night NRG will swing, jump, jive, get down, go pop, and rock, from Glenn Miller to The Stones to Lady Gaga with dancers swapping out fantastic costumes throughout the show. You don’t want to miss this once in a century performance!

June 14 from 5-8 pm - VIP & sponsors - invitation only

A special event to thank our generous sponsors who have contributed to the success of the gala fundraising efforts.  Museum of Man Adventure and Indulgence guests will enjoy a memorable reception exclusively for our VIP donors featuring cocktails, a gourmet summer dinner, and live entertainment. Guests will have the opportunity to take an exclusive tour to the top of the California Tower to enjoy a spectacular view of lovely Balboa Park. Guests who select a table level that includes this special VIP event will also be invited. Casual chic attire. Suggested attire for women slacks and flats if you plan to tour the tower.

CENTENNIAL time capsule

The names of all our valued sponsors, underwriters and advertisers will each be included in the
CENTENNIAL TIME CAPSULE to be installed this fall in the Craig Noel garden at the Old Globe Theatre and opened during the Park’s bicentennial in 2115!


For this year's milestone celebration, Patrons of the Prado have expanded their support to all 11 of their beneficiaries on the Prado as part of the 100-year celebration of Balboa Park’s past and their commitment to it’s future success. Previously, 3 beneficiaries were selected each year on a rotating basis.

Mingei International Museum
Museum of Photographic Arts
Old Globe Theatre
Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
San Diego Hall of Champions
San Diego History Center
San Diego Junior Theatre
San Diego Museum of Art
San Diego Museum of Man
San Diego Natural History Museum
Timken Museum of Art