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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

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Address: 1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1661
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+1 619-702-8138
10:00 - 14:00
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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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Inside Balboa Park is a beautiful space with outdoor seating and free concerts on Sundays. The pipe organ is huge. It sits behind a massive door that get rolled up on concert... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
Prescott, Arizona
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Prescott, Arizona
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Inside Balboa Park is a beautiful space with outdoor seating and free concerts on Sundays. The pipe organ is huge. It sits behind a massive door that get rolled up on concert day. There is a brief historical discussion and then about an hour long concert. The pavilion itself is a beautiful setting and the day we were there a... More 

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Ottawa, Illinois
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a huge pipe organ. The pipes were available to see on Sunday afternoon for a free concert. The volunteers give a history and play pieces that show the organ's full range of ability. The sound is amazing! There is plenty of outdoor seating. Some in shade, some in the sun. They open a mini gift area also. There... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On Sundays they have a free concert that lasts just over a hour. the concert was great and it is impressive in the quality of the sound the organ plays. Really enjoyed the sound of music medley. The pavilion is very nice and seating was plentiful and comfortable. The musicians were also very informative about the pavilion and the organ.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went here Christmas Day and enjoyed a very nice Organ concert (free of charge) under sunny Californian sky! Its a must to visit this place and to enjoy the the Organ music. Can recommend this place to anyone and definitely will return here...

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Corpus Christi, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2016

Every Sunday afternoon, the City treats visitors and locals to a free concert played on the Spreckels Organ, the largest outdoor pipe organ in the world. Sit back in the provided seats, grab an umbrella for sun shade in the summer, or just work on your tan while listening to great music. The concert starts at 2 p.m. and lasts... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

This attraction is in Balboa park and the time I visited is location for celebrating Christmas with big tall lighted Christmas tree and stage for art and music performance. It was very crowded on December night festival with locals and tourists. There was longline for restroom,esp.women.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

Completely unexpected pleasure of an afternoon recital 'America the Beautiful!' By Martin Green, organist. Unique outdoor experience!

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Highland, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

We love going to the Pavilion to hear various concerts and performances. Nice outdoor location with lots to do!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 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!

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Estes Park, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 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.

Thank Irene J

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