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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

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Address: 1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1661
Phone Number: 619 702 8138
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Description: The Spreckels Organ and San Diego Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams. This...
The Spreckels Organ and San Diego Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams. This organ with 4,518 pipes, was a gift from the Spreckels brothers to the city of San Diego on January 1, 1914. Come visit for a free concert every Sunday at 2pm and afterwards you are invited inside the building to view the pipe chambers and historic photo gallery.
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Amazing Sound, Great Free Entertainment, Awsome Experience!!

We were in San Diego for 3 days and luckily it was over the weekend. The organ at Balboa Park was well worth the visit. We were there early November last year and they were... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
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Mandurah, Australia
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Orlando, Florida
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

I have seen the Speckles organ pavilion a few times and wasn't ever able to be in town for the concert. So this time when we planned our itinerary I was really excited to add it to our trip. The thing is....the music sounded horrible. It was like off tempo and out of tune carnival music. I stayed through half... More 

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Mandurah, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We were in San Diego for 3 days and luckily it was over the weekend. The organ at Balboa Park was well worth the visit. We were there early November last year and they were working on upgrades to the organ so the facade was off. I can only say that the sound was incredible and even the organist Dr.... More 

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Independence, OR.
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

What a treat to hear this outstanding instrument! The seating is, however, totally in the sun with the only shade to be had either on the outside edges of the venue or by renting an umbrella. We were baking, so we left after the first half. It was primarily classical music to that point which was fine with us. It... More 

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Our 100 year old Spreckels organ is managed by the Spreckels Organ Society. Sunday from 2 to 3pm are free concerns year-round. Special events are frequent and well worth attending.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Those appreciating interesting musical experiences will enjoy the Spreckels Organ in Balboa Park. There is a Sunday concert from 13:00-14:00 (1pm-2pm) 52 weeks a year, rain or shine. There are also Monday evening concerts from late June to the end of August. People from all over the world drop by while in Balboa Park on a Sunday afternoon to see... More 

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Costa Mesa, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015

I recently checked out a pipe organ concert between museum visits at Balboa Park. The music was pretty good, but I happen to be drawn to these great instruments after working summers at an organ factory (Austin, the maker of this pipe organ) during my college years. If you’re visiting Balboa Park on a Sunday I would recommend setting aside... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The 100 year old Spreckels outdoor pipe organ in Balboa Park, San Diego, offers local and visitors alike an unique experience. Free concerts are provided by the city in partnership with the Spreckels Organ Society year-round every Sunday from 2:00 to 3:00 P.M., performed by the Civic Organist, Dr. Carol Williams, and an array of guest artists. We particularly enjoy... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We visited the pipe organ concert last year with a guest organist and really enjoyed it. This years visit featured a similar concert with the organs principle performer. I must admit it wasn't nearly as good. Great free concert if in San Diego's Balboa park.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Lovely free organ concert on Sunday's from 2-3. It is an hour long so know before you go. It is very impressive. One of the largest in the world. The organ is 100 years old this year as it's there centennial year. The concert presented various pieces to suit all as well as original pieces. One was special for this... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Every Sunday from 2-3pm, there is a free organ concert. Some of the pieces played sounded discordant, but it is quite impressive to hear a 100 year old organ that is one of the largest in the world.

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