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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1661
619 702 8138
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Ranked #27 of 220 attractions in San Diego
Type: Performances
Owner description: 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... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Roeland Park, KS, a KC suburb
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53 reviews 53 reviews
8 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

For a free event, this is amazing! The organ is a spectacular sounding instrument, and Dr. Carol Williams does a great job making it really come alive, showing all the things it can do. The concert was about an hour long, and her choices of music were perfect- nothing too long, and she gave a bit of info on each... More

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Haifa, Israel
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61 reviews 61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I am not a huge classic music fan, but this... I can't really describe it. It's a very big building, which is one huge Organ. This is amazing. Every Sunday 2PM there's a free concert, they provide umbrellas for like 1-2$ for a sunny or a rainy day. The sound is amazing... As a tourist, this totally blew me away.

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San Diego, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I spend quite a bit of time in Balboa Park so always looking for additional activities so the Sunday afternoon organ concert was quite a treat. Dr. Carol Williams put on a fantastic concert with traditional favorites plus several of her own compositions.

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AZ
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117 reviews 117 reviews
88 attraction reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

I'm not a fan or organ music, but the 3 times I've been I've enjoyed it. I've been several times when nothing was going on, it's just so lovely to look at. Plus it's a nice place to hang out with friends while taking a break from all the other superb attractions near by.

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Spokane, Washington
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2014

It was awesome! We went to a Monday night concert, not knowing what to expect. There were snacks, box dinners, and Organ Society shirts and recordings. I wish I had worn a sweater or brought a blanket or beach towel - the temp can get cool when the sun goes down. There is a big lot next to the pavilion... More

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San Diego, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

and they thought they'd died and gone to heaven. There is a free concert of some type here year round -- check their website to match your itinerary and your interests with what is being offered.

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Los Angeles, California
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76 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

I understand that you can hear the organ being played on Sunday afternoons, and that there are concerts at Spreckels Organ Pavilion. Unfortunately, my girlfriend and I weren't there at the right time to hear the organ. As we passed by after having some tea at the Tea Pavilion Café, we noticed that preparations were under way for a wedding... More

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Grand Lake
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

We attended this event as part of our trip to Balboa Park. We're not big organ music fans or anything, but thought it might be a chance to relax a little and enjoy something different- and it was free! It was made especially enjoyable due to the obvious passion of the Civic Organist, Dr. Williams. She played a nice variety... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2014 via mobile

Needed a Classical music fix. Was greeted by this Magnificent architecture. Rare opportunity to hear an outdoor organ concert in a majestic setting. Dr. Carol Williams, is a Gifted & accomplished organist w a Charming north wales accent. Her musical technique was flawless. She performed a varied musical program. If one sits on stage you can see her fingers playing.... More

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Voorhees, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

Free concerts every Sunday. It was at 2pm the day we were there. A great outdoor venue to listen to live music

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