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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

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Address: 1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
Phone Number: 619 702 8138
10:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

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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While visiting Balboa Park on Sunday afternoon, we got to the organ area during a concert. What a great surprise! Beautiful music and stunning organ. Last song of the concert was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Shelby Township, Michigan
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Shelby Township, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

While visiting Balboa Park on Sunday afternoon, we got to the organ area during a concert. What a great surprise! Beautiful music and stunning organ. Last song of the concert was the National Anthem. Touching. It's worth to find online times of concerts and watch them!

Thank Ekuk54
Estes Park, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful concert on a Sunday afternoon from the largest pipe organ in the world ! Musical battle by the organist between Bach and Handel. Professionally and perfectly performed. The organist compared Handel's joyful music to Bach's more somber collections. The audience voted by means of clapping that Bach was their favorite.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a large outdoor theatre with extensive seating and an enclosed stage that houses the worlds largest outdoor pipe organ 9not on display when we visited). it would be an impressive place for an organ concertnwhich is conducted every sunday from 2.00 -3.00 PM and it is free.

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Lytham St Anne's, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited Balboa Park on a hot day and thoroughly enjoyed a lovely hour long concert on the organ. The performance included a mixture of music and really showed off the capabilities of this fine 4 console instrument. PS- on a hot day you really need the sunshades that are for hire ($2) which means you need to position yourself... More 

Thank BobBonHere
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On a hot Sunday afternoon, I took family to Balboa Park to the Organ Pavillion. Mgt provides $2 beach-umbrella rentals, and they were a god-send, because most of the comfortable seating (benches with backs) was necessarily in the sun. The pieces played ranged from Bach to very modern, and I enjoyed all of them. My family liked the experience too,... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016 via mobile

This is a huge outdoor pipe organ. There are free concerts in the park every Sunday. I highly recommend going

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La Jolla, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 29, 2016

The Spreckels Organ Pavilion, located in Balboa Park, offers a delightful one hour organ recital every Sunday afternoon, starting at 2:00 PM throughout the year. During the summer, a weekly two hour performance is offered every Monday evening, starting at 7:30 PM. The venue attracts both local and visiting guest performers who offer a variety of musical pieces. The Spreckels... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016 via mobile

I made a point of visiting here during my one chance to visit Balboa Park. What an architectural delight and a wonderful place to wander for a few minutes and take pictures. I can only imagine what a great venue for live music on a lovely San Diego evening.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 6, 2016

We just happen to come by the pavilion while there was a free concert, although I would not say it is the best music in the world, it was nice to sit and relax for a little while and enjoy the sounds. There are shady places around the outside of the pavilion where you can cool down a bit and... More 

Thank Patrick R
Scottsdale, Az
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2016

My companion and I visited the Spreckles Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park for the weekly free organ concert. The Pavilion is having it's 101st year of the magnificent 5,000 pipe organ. This is well worth fighting the crowds at the Park. The sound of the organ defies description. Usually during the summer they have free Monday night concerts also.

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