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Spreckels Organ Pavilion

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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...more
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1549 El Prado, Suite 10, San Diego, CA 92101-1660
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I managed to go to a couple of the free concerts on Sundays at 2pm and the new Spanish civic organist & musical director Raul Prieto Ramirez has so much passion & musical expression in his performances. I also got to see young organ students...More

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Reviewed 3 October 2018

There was something private going on when we visited on a Friday, we couldn't get up close but it was being played so that was a plus. It's enormous and impressive, regardless of your taste in music this is a very cool attraction and FREE....More

Thank Ydnar
Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

The organ area was closed when we visited but the building was very ornate with lots of intricate decoration.

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Reviewed 17 September 2018 via mobile

Installed for the 1915 exposition- it is supposedly the worlds largest outdoor organ Free concerts on Sunday if you time it correctly The space itself is impressive as is the entire Balboa Park complex

Thank jfadds
Reviewed 6 September 2018

My wife especially loved the Spreckels organ pavilion. It is said to be the worlds larges outdoor organ. It was installed around 1915 and has been played continually since. The offer a free concert on Sunday afternoon at 2 PM. The organist not only played...More

Thank Martin S
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

We googled Balboa looking for things to do and discovered the outdoor organ concerts on Monday evening....WOW! There are only two weeks left of this long summer program and we plan to drive in for the remaining ones. The outdoor venue is impressive. This isn’t...More

Thank Momx10
Reviewed 19 August 2018 via mobile

The Spreckels Brothers bought this property and built this Pavilion for $100,000. Today it would sell for in the Millions! We were there on a Monday night organ concert. Twin brothers, Bruce and Riley Tsu, spent the evening entertaining us. My favorite song was the...More

Thank FrankieMak
Reviewed 18 August 2018

5017pipes in 80 ranks once again marks this Pipe Organ as the largest in the world. Built for the 1915 Exposition in Balboa Park it stands facing the Art Museum and Prado a few hundred yards away. The setting is perfect. Hired in December 2017...More

Thank 122richardt
Reviewed 8 August 2018

Excellent concert venue, constructed for the 1915 Expo, located in the heart of Balboa Park. We didn't know about this place before we arrived so did not time it right to catch one of the free concerts but will next time.

Thank rduinc
Reviewed 27 July 2018 via mobile

Great place to go and see various seasonal shows. My law school graduation was held here, and so it has some very special family memories of my dad giving me my doctoral hood. The organ pavilion is very beautiful and makes for an excellent photo...More

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TerriP330
25 March 2017|
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Response from 52607Smiling | Reviewed this property |
1:45 is plenty of time. Give yourself 20 minutes ahead of time if you're going to be parking.
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Esther S
25 February 2017|
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Response from FrankieMak | Reviewed this property |
They also have Monday night in the summer.
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