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Judy Collins and Madeleine Peyroux

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An Evening with Dawes

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The Beach Boys

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Pat Benatar & Neil Giraldo and Melissa Etheridge

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Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn

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Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban™ in Concert

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Star Wars: A New Hope — In Concert

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Postmodern Jukebox

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Brian Regan

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The Summit: The Manhattan Transfer Meets Take 6

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Ira Glass

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Under The Streetlamp

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis with the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra: The Jungle

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The Ever Fonky Lowdown: Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis

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Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis: "Masterworks of Duke Ellington"

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Gallery Exhibitions

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Frank Oz

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The Christina Pato Quartet: "LATINA"

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Chautauqua Opera Company

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Wynton Marsalis

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John R. Kasich

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Scott Kelly

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Hugh Hewitt

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“Managing Genius: 43 Years with Robin Williams” – David Steinberg and Lewis Black

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Maria Bamford with Ophira Eisenberg

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Chautauqua Theater Company

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Chautauqua Chamber Music

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Free Sunday Entertainment

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June 29–July 5

In an age of divisive posturing at the national level, are communities uniquely positioned to come together on the toughest issues, to find a way forward for the common good? We recognize the role of communities in effecting real change, and present a solutions-focused week of power and promise.

Here are some of our confirmed speakers for Week Two:

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John R. Kasich

CNN political commentator, former Ohio Governer

10:45 a.m. Monday, July 1

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Beth Macy

CLSC Author, "Dopesick: Dealers, Doctors, and the Drug Company that Addicted America."

3:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 3

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Risa Goluboff

Dean, University of Virginia School of Law. 

10:45 a.m. Thursday, July 4

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Eric Klinenberg

Professor, Director, Institute for Public Knowledge at New York University. 

10:45 a.m. Friday, July 5

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More on Week Two events.

Week Two Special

Spend quality time with family and friends this Independence Day and absorb all of the wonderful programming Chautauqua has to offer. 

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$379 per night
Children 12 and under stay free
Available from June 30–July 6

Package Includes

Two Chautauqua Institution gate passes (children 12 and under are free)
Dinner, breakfast and grand-buffet lunch daily at Heirloom Restaurant** 
Free parking 

*Price is per room and includes dining plans for two guests. Offer based on availability. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or standard discount. Package rates are subject to applicable taxes. Single occupancy rates and suites available upon request. Package is non-refundable.

Questions: athenaeum@chq.org • 1.800.821.1881

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June 22–28

Join us during our Week One conversation at Chautauqua Institution as we will explore "Moments the Changed the World." In this week, we ask five historians to choose a little-known moment when the ground shifted beneath humanity's feet. 

  • How did these moments impact the world of today?
  • We look at unsung heros — and villains — as well as unsung moments that altered the course of history.
  • We invite speakers from around the world to explore this topic deeper.
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Rabbi Sharon Brous

Senior and founding rabbi of IKAR

10:45 a.m. Sunday, June 23
9:15 a.m. Monday, June 24–Friday, June 28

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Laurie L. Patton

17th President of Middlebury

2 p.m. Monday, June 24

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Dan Egan

CLSC Author, "The Death and Life of the Great Lakes." 

10:45 a.m. Wednesday, June 26

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Hugh Hewitt

Host and Political analyst and contributor, NBC News and MSNBC

10:45 a.m. Thursday, June 27

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All-inclusive Special

What better way to experience a themed week on history than to stay at our very own historical Athenaeum Hotel. Save up to 20% with this one week all-inclusive special. 

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One-week Package Price
$1,539 per person, per week

Package valid June 22-29

Package Includes

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel
  • Chautauqua Institution gate pass
  • Breakfast
  • Free parking

Book online or call: 1.800.821.1881

*Offer based on availability. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or standard discount. Package rates are subject to applicable taxes. Price based on double occupancy. Single rates available upon request.

 Questions: athenaeum@chq.org • 1.800.821.1881

This week, turn Chautauqua into your playground. In this idyllic, safe setting, kids can be kids, and parents and grandparents can get in on the fun, too. Explore the grounds on foot or by bike, take to the lake for swimming, kayaking, and more.

The Art of Play • July 7–14, 2018

Play is critically important in the social and emotional development of a child, but research also tells us that play shouldn’t end when we grow up. This week, we take a multigenerational approach to play, to the act of instructive fun. How does play help people of all ages build community, keep our minds sharp, and strengthen the relationships with those we love? From the free-spirited, free-form play of youth to the intellectual challenge of puzzles and games, to the creative problem-solving exhibited in board rooms, we examine the science behind the importance of play, the changing culture of play and gaming, and the innovative work aimed at improving our personal and professional lives through play.

Youth Programs

Children’s School • Boys’ and Girls’ Club • Club Plus
From preschool to day camp, from enrichment classes to sports instruction, and from reading to experiences in science and the arts, our programs for youth offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. Kids are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all within a safe and supportive community.

New in 2018! Club Plus joins the traditional Boys’ and Girls’ Club day camp experience with an interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts and sciences to inspire and bolster academic curiosity.

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CHQ Olympics

Tap into your competitive side by participating in the first-ever CHQ Olympics. Sign up as a family or a team of neighbors and friends, and throughout the week participate in events across the grounds, including an inflatable swan race, Kan Jam, blind-folded longest-drive competition at the Chautauqua Golf Club, and Scrabble at the Sports Club.

Color Sprint: July 14, 2018

Lace up your tennis shoes and get ready to get colorful during the second annual Chautauqua Color Sprint.

Explore the program

The world’s top speakers, performers, artists, and faith leaders convene at Chautauqua each summer to inspire a community. All in a setting – distinctively American and universally appealing to every sense – that calls you to engage and beckons you back.

Week Three Events

Softball Tournament with the Jamestown Jammers

Think you have what it takes to go up against top baseball prospects? Find out in a Pro-Am Softball Tournament, with Chautauqua All-Stars playing against the Jamestown Jammers, the local team in the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League.



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Save 50% with an all-inclusive stay

$148 per person/per night*
Available July 7–13

Call or book online using promo code 50OFF

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  Or call (800) 821-1881

Package includes:

  • Lodging at the historic Athenaeum Hotel located on Chautauqua Lake
  • Chautauqua Institution gate pass and parking
  • Full breakfast

*Offer based on availability and is non-refundable. This offer cannot be used in conjunction with any other promotion or standard discount. Package rates are subject to applicable taxes. Price based on double occupancy. Single rates available upon request.


Unique place, in the best way

5 of 5 stars on Trip Advisor •  Reviewed July 12, 2017

I always struggle to explain CHQ to people. The institution has a beautiful campus - the houses are adorable, the shops and different buildings are all so architecturally different. Right on the water, complete with lighthouse, it's adorable. But the real gem are the lectures. I've never been in a group of people so motivated to learn and be engaged. The classes they offer throughout the week are amazing. I couldn't recommend coming to this place more.