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Explore Chautauqua: Spend the day at Chautauqua and enjoy a great meal and stellar concert


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Save up to 50% with an entertainment package at the Athenaeum Hotel


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Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons

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An Evening with Rhiannon Giddens and Francesco Turrisi

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The Silkroad Ensemble with Yo-Yo Ma

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Veronica Swift and the Benny Green Trio

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The Piano Guys

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Richard Marx

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ABBA: The Concert

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The Red Violin: Film with Live Orchestra featuring Joshua Bell

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Chautauqua Opera Company

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The Filmmaker as Collaborator: A Conversation with Ken Burns and Friends

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Chautauqa Theater Company

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Join us from Aug. 18 to 23 for a week-long food festival. Food lovers will gather for a festival featuring great food and craft beverages. Bestor Plaza will again come alive with a diverse array food and drinks prepared by the best regional restaurants, farms, wineries and breweries.


Explore from the full breadth of Chautauqua programming this week, themed "Exploring Race and Culture in America with Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at Lincoln Center."


Bestor Plaza Food Festival Hours
Sunday, Aug. 18:
Noon–4 p.m.
Aug. 19–23: Noon–2 p.m. and 4–8 p.m.


Daily Food Festival Schedule


Sunday, August 18
12-4 p.m. | Bavarian Garden in Bestor and the Ultimate Wine and Beer Tasting 

Sip the best wine, beer and spirits from the region while you enjoy great food and company. With the purchase of a tasting ticket, you will receive a souvenir glass to sample the hand-crafted wines, craft beer and artisanal beverages vendors have to offer as well as a tasting sheet so you can make notations and decide what you want to purchase to enjoy at home. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased by calling 716-357-6250.



Carnegie Science Center:

1-3 p.m. | Frozen S’Mores

Heirloom Restaurant at the Athenaeum Hotel: Food Festival dinner with a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings featuring Chef Ross Warhol, executive chef of Oliver's Restaurant in Buffalo, New York, 5:30 p.m.  $99 per person • Make Reservation or call 716-357-5005View Menu

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Wednesday, August 21



Athenaeum Hotel Parlor: Murder Mystery Cocktail Hour 

3:30–5 p.m. | Athenaeum Hotel Parlor • Register today
Ever watch a crime drama like CSI or SVU and think you'd like to try your hand at forensic investigation? Join the Carnegie Science Center in the Athenaeum Hotel Parlor on Wednesday, Aug. 21 for an immersive experience, Murder Mystery Cocktail Hour. A fun afternoon at Carnegie Science Center ends abruptly when Harry turns up dead in the theater. But whodunnit? Louise, his lady love; Vince, a blackmail victim; Wendell, a jealous weasel; or Thelma, a woman scorned? Interact with the suspects and victim during cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, then gather clues and test the evidence to determine who had the opportunity, means and motive for murder!

Thursday, August 22

Heirloom Restaurant at the Athenaeum Hotel: Food Festival dinner with a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings featuring Heirloom's executive chefs Edward Work, 5:30 p.m.  $99 per person• Make Reservation or call 716-357-5005 View Menu



Friday, August 23

Heirloom Restaurant at the Athenaeum Hotel: Food Festival dinner with a five-course tasting menu with wine pairings featuring President Cottage chef Ben Shropshire, 5:30 p.m.  $99 per person• Make Reservation or call 716-357-5005 View Menu

Vendor Menu for August 23



Carnegie Science Center:

4-6 p.m. | Liquid Nitrogen Slushies


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Vacation with us in our 144th season for an exciting series of speakers and events, concerts, plays, opera, youth programs and recreation for all ages.

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Where To Stay & Dine

All accommodations, except for the Athenaeum Hotel, are privatley owned. There are many dining options on and off our grounds as well.

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Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will vacation and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages.

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To enter the Institution grounds, a gate pass is required for all visitors ages 13 to 90. This pass entitles you to attend most events on the grounds.

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Smithsonian names Chautauqua 'Best Small Town to Visit in 2014'

Smithsonian magazine has named Chautauqua, N.Y., as the No. 1 "Best Small Town to Visit in 2014" in the cover story of its April 2014 issue. The feature, by former New York Times "Frugal Traveler" columnist Susan Spano, cites Chautauqua Institution's mix of lectures, classes, recreational activities and fine, performing and literary arts programs as the basis for the distinction.

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A Treasure in Western NYS

5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor •  Reviewed August 14, 2016

I have lived in Central NYS for most of my adult life. I had heard about the Chautauqua Institute in many passing conversations, But OMG! what a treasure! I traveled there recently with 4 ladies from my book club in Hammondsport, NY to hear the author of our recent read (_Euphoria, by Lily King) speak. What a fabulous day! Besides getting to know these women a bit better, we experienced a rich day full of wonder! The community is akin to time travel back into the late 1800's. The homes are lovely Victorians and bicycles abound. The atmosphere is c harming and the flower gardens impressive. There are many opportunities to participate in programs in music, theatre, literature, and science. My brain was electric with the beauty of the community and the intellectual stimulation it offered, I will DEFINITELY be returning to this hidden treasure for future experiences.

Visited July 2016