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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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Architectural Delight

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW 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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Fayetteville, North Carolina
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3 of 5 stars 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 

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Scottsdale, Az
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5 of 5 stars 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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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2016

We drove from a little over 2 hours away to see the Bowie tribute and arrived at 130, thinking that would be enough time to find parking and be seated by 2. After driving around for 30 minutes with no parking in sight or even close by we finally left very disappointed. There are people directing traffic and letting cars... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

This organ with more than 5000 pipes is played for free on Sundays at 2PM. It is the biggest outdoor instrument in the world and is seriously impressive. We truly enjoyed the Sunday afternoon concert. Afterwards we could visit the organ on the inside. If you're in the area on a Sunday afternoon: PASS BY!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

It is an outdoor theater. They have live performance. The sound effect is not bad at all. It is not a huge venue so there is no bad seat in this theater. Nearby the theater, there are many grass area, perfect place for a picnic and enjoy the music.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

The Spreckles Organ is the cultural gem of Balboa Park, and arguably all of San Diego. My husband, adult son, and I had an opportunity to attend two concerts there this past weekend. One celebrated the dedication of new pipes which restored the organ to its place as the largest outdoor organ in the world. The other was the regularly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

This is worth seeing on a Sunday afternoon at 2 PM, when a free one hour organ concert is held. Lots of seating and for $2 a giant shade umbrella can be rented. The organ is impressive and the sound is beautiful! One of the highlights of a trip to San Diego. If you enjoy music, this organ is a... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

I hate to disparage a free concert but this was the worst organ recital I have ever experienced. Bach would be mortified! Grating, harsh sounds, poor rhythms, no musicality at all. What a shame that such a great program was massacred. The organ can be so beautiful when played well with good acoustics. We had to leave after 10 minutes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2016 via mobile

Attended the free Sunday concert in the pavillion. It was 2 pm and it's my understanding from the visitors center that the concerts are every Sunday. It was given by a very talented lady that really knows how to play the pipe organ. The music was great. It was a tribute to David Bowie and included some Star Wars music.

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