There are no entry or parking fees from September through the beginning of the 2020 season in June, and all our entrances are open until 6 p.m. each day (after 6 p.m. all traffic must route through the main entrance at 1 Massey Ave.). Visitors are welcome to park and walk the Institution grounds. All around Bestor Plaza, a handful of inns, restaurants and shops, plus the post office and library, are open limited hours during these quieter months.

Year-Round Dining & Shopping

Year-Round Dining

Afterwords Café

Located on Bestor Plaza, above the bookstore.
Daily • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Nov. 29 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Nov. 30–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22 • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Afterwords Café offers fine private roast coffee (Crown Street Roasting Co.), pastries, soups, paninis and desserts.

2 Ames

2 Ames Avenue | 716.237.7066 

Open Nov. 23 to Jan. 2, call for details

Year-Round Shopping

Chautauqua Bookstore

Post Office Building | 716.357.2151
Daily • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Open year-round excluding major holidays; closes early on Christmas Eve)

Chautauqua Wearhouse

Colonnade | 716.357.4629
Weekends 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Nov. 29 • 4 to 7 p.m.

Men's, women's and children's clothing

GG My Love

St. Elmo concourse | 716.357.4348
Saturdays • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open during Winter Village: Nov. 29–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22

Women's clothing, handbags, jewelry and gifts

GG My Love 2

Colonnade | 716.357.4348
Saturdays • 10 a.m.–5 p.m.
Open during Winter Village: Nov. 29–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22

Gretchen’s Gallery

Colonnade | 716.969.1268
Open during Winter Village: Nov. 29–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22
or by appointment

Original fine art and handcrafted gifts by regional artists, unique vintage/antique finds.

Plaza Market


Nov. 29 • 5 to 9 p.m.  
Nov. 30–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

St. Elmo Day Spa

St. Elmo concourse | 716.357.2224

Open by appointment 

Vincenza Salon & Spa

Colonnade | 716.450.1081

Open during Winter Village: Nov. 29–Dec. 1 & Dec. 21–22, call for details
Open by appointment 

Challenge yourself. Discover a hidden talent. Share the memories. Inspire a new generation.
Over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 visitors will stay at Chautauqua and participate in programs, classes and community events for all ages — all within the beautiful setting of a historic lakeside village. 

The Chautauqua experience is based around one’s engagement in five program areas: arts, education, religion, recreation, and youth. While people visit Chautauqua Institution for all different lengths of stay — the most popular length of stay on the grounds is one week.



Are you staying overnight or longer?

DSC 0830If you're planning a trip, you'll need to find accommodations, purchase gate and parking passes and choose what programming you'd like to attend.

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Planning a day trip?

070318 MorningLecture JelaniCobb AD 3To experience all that Chautauqua Institution has to offer in one day — including daily lectures, concerts, the beautiful grounds, two art galleries and so much more — you’ll need a gate pass for the duration of your stay and to park your car in our Main Lot.

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Are you coming for one event?

0720 Straight No Chaser BCH 4If you're coming for a single event, buy tickets, parking passes and registration.

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Buy Tickets, Passes & Registrations

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Dining and Shopping

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Maps & Directions

062214 Molly MB58 MasterChautauqua is basically a walking community with very narrow streets. The use of automobiles on the grounds is very restricted.

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Group Tours and Road Scholar

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Chautauqua on a Budget

DSC 6694Chautauqua on a Budget, formerly known as the 55+ Residential Week, is a weeklong dormitory accommodation special that is only available during Weeks Eight and Nine.

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Tour Chautauqua County

20170816 gf 00733For more than 140 years, Chautauqua has been a destination for vacation learning, a place for personal growth, a place that engages the mind, body and spirit.

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