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

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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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Burbank, California
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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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Shreveport, Louisiana
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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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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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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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