Spreckels Organ Pavilion
Spreckels Organ Pavilion
4.5
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Monday
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
About
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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traveltheworld012
Rochester, MN15,703 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
Visiting San Diego and staying at a harbor hotel. I was at Balboa Park about 20 years ago. On Thursday, November 16, 2023 I wanted to visit again. I walked over about an hour walk to get there. I was amazed and surprised at the beautiful Pavilion. I did not remember seeing the last time here. From reading about it, this is the oldest still standing and in use building in Balboa Park. I would really enjoy attending a performance here. Being a Thursday, it was very quiet, but I enjoyed taking photos.
Written 27 November 2023
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Vickers55
Cambridge, UK1,051 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023 • Couples
What a lovely Sunday afternoon test. Organ concert from this huge organ with the bonus of bits of ballet and a great Ukrainian singer. And it’s free Wonderful
Written 3 April 2023
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Rob S
Boise, ID742 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Couples
Didn’t even know about this. We were just walking between museums and heard the music. Pretty unbelievable, guy was rehearsing and filling park with sound
Written 24 January 2023
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MzKittyG
Sun City, AZ588 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Friends
This is a must do! They have concerts on Sunday and the guy was amazing.

It is free. You can rent an umbrella for $2. Bring your snacks and friends and have a great afternoon.
Written 29 September 2022
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JackofPBFL
Palm Bay, FL1,188 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We went to the Spreckels Organ Pavilion in San Diego's Balboa Park to night for a concert. It is the world's largest outdoor organ and there are not to many locations where such an organ can exist due to wide changes in temperature and humidity. The organ is a beautiful orchestral voices. A wide variety of music from pop to classical can be played well on this organ. The weather is pretty stable in San Diego and sitting outside is not a problem.
Written 5 July 2022
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Cac1234
Germantown, NY2,067 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
The Spreckels Organ Pavilion is a beautiful building. Unfortunately, we did not realize that the pipes were only visible during concerts.
Written 9 March 2020
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Trip553155
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
The organ concert was amazing!!! We parked in the lot behind the pavilion which is very convenient, but get there early or be patient for someone to leave. The organist is excellent and charming and so, so talented. It was sunny and there are some shade seats, but take a hat because you look into the sun. It is worth any effort you make to get there.
Written 18 February 2020
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CrankingChick
Tucson, AZ7,699 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019
The pavilion is constructed of ornate Spanish architecture and has been beautifully maintained. It's located in Balboa Park, which was built for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition in 1915. The huge 100-year-old pipe organ is really impressive! Free concerts are performed on Sunday afternoons at 2:00. Get there a little early for a good seat. The benches are metal so some might like to bring a seat cushion. The music selections vary and sometimes there are vocalists. After the concert, the building is open so that you can see the organ and pipes up close. Docents are on hand to answer questions. The pavilion is wheelchair accessible. We like to spend the day exploring the park and also visit a museum or two while we're there.
Written 3 February 2020
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mini
Fremont, CA205,513 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
If one is at Balboa Park on a Sunday afternoon, there are free organ recitals to hear, This is one of the world's largest organs. Other times we find it an interesting historical theater to visit and see.
Written 1 February 2020
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isabellekane2000
New York City, NY224 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Very impressive organ in the open air. The acoustics is not perfect but it is still nice to watch a performance in the surrounding beauty.
Written 13 January 2020
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