Rates and Fees for Passes and Registrations
Welcome to the 2021 Season!
This page lists all long-term and short-term ticket options, plus information about many other services and tickets. Before you begin, you may want to consult our Planning Your 2021 Stay page.
Order Your Gate Pass
A gate pass is required to enter the grounds and acts as your passport to the Chautauqua Experience. Please note the new gate pass pricing and structure for 2021. Rate charts are included below. There will be two types of gate passes for purchase:
- Traditional Gate Pass (TGP): Provides access to the grounds; all programming in the Amphitheater except up to two* Popular Entertainment programs each week that would require the purchase of an extra ticket; and lawn seating for programs at the Performance Pavilion on Pratt and for Chautauqua Cinema Under the Stars. Traditional Gate Pass purchasers receive the first opportunity to reserve access to Amphitheater programs included with the pass. *Week Five, July 24–31, contains a third bonus program that will require an extra ticket.
- Grounds Access Pass (GAP): Provides access to the Institution grounds, amenities and lawn seating for programs at the Performance Pavilion on Pratt and for Chautauqua Cinema Under the Stars. GAP holders may purchase tickets to Amphitheater events of interest à la carte.
Both pass types include access to art galleries, beaches, parks and complimentary transportation services, and one complimentary month of CHQ Assembly for both new and existing subscribers. A promotional code will be provided.
Guests ages 12 and under need to register with the Ticket Office to receive a complimentary Traditional Gate Pass.
For ages 13 to 25, youth gate passes are available at a reduced rate.
Complimentary Traditional Gate Passes are available for active military members (with valid ID) and for guests who are at least 90 years of age (or turn 90 before current season ends).
House Credits: Any patrons who opted to defer funds last year may apply the dollar amount of their House Credit toward their 2021 gate pass order. Please place your order by phone and be sure to mention that you have a House Credit to use. 716-357-6250
Purchases in addition to the gate pass
- Amphitheater Popular Entertainment Concerts & Preferred Seating: See tickets.chq.org to purchase and for sales dates.
- Parking Pass: Required for on-grounds and Main Lot parking. Purchase at tickets.chq.org.
- Mooring and Boat Registration Fees: The Institution requires registration for all boats, via the Ticket Office. Mooring rentals are available for ramps, buoys and slips.
- Recreation Activities: Sign up for golf, tennis or fitness center programs.
- Special Studies Classes: Lifelong and enrichment learning with more than 400 classes offered.
- Youth Programs: Including preschool, day camp, tennis, sailing, golf and Special Studies classes.
Season Gate Pass Prices
|Traditional Gate Pass (includes most programming)||Traditional Gate Pass (includes most programming)||Grounds Access Only Pass||Grounds Access Only Pass|
|Adult||Youth (ages 13–25)||Adult||Youth (ages 13–25)|
|Through April 7, 2021||$2,149||$359||$1,530||$315|
|April 8 to May 31, 2021||$2,295||$359||$1,530||$315|
|Starting June 8, 2021||$4,374||$359||$1,530||$315|
|Season Weekend Pass|
Valid Fri. 4 p.m. – Mon. 10 a.m.
|Not Available||Not Available||$540||$540|
Weekly Gate Pass Prices*
|Traditional Gate Pass (includes most programming)*||Traditional Gate Pass (includes most programming)*||Traditional Gate Pass (includes most programming)*||Grounds Access Only Pass**||Grounds Access Only Pass**|
|Adult||Adult||Youth (ages 13–25)||Adult||Youth (ages 13–25)|
|Starting 2/9/21||Starting 6/8/21||Starting 2/9/21||Starting 2/9/21||Starting 2/9/21|
|1 week or 6 days||$440||$495||$125||$170||$50|
|5 days||$419||$419||$125||Not Available||Not Available|
|4 days||$349||$349||$125||Not Available||Not Available|
|3 days||$279||$279||$125||Not Available||Not Available|
|2 days||$199||$199||$118||Not Available||Not Available|
Gate pass policies are located at chq.org/ticketing-policies.
All gate passes require the holder’s full name. Titles and initials may not be used.
If staying in on-grounds accommodations, the address will be required when ordering the gate pass.
Where multiple-week discounts apply, per pricing above, we ask that patrons purchase all weeks in the same transaction (weeks need not be consecutive). Partial weeks are not eligible for this discount.
Parking Prices (per vehicle)
Chautauqua offers parking across Route 394 from the Main Entrance. Fees are listed below (parking is free on Sundays until 2 p.m.). Shuttles are available to bring patrons from the Main Parking Lot to the Main Entrance. On-grounds parking is available with some private rentals. Information for on-grounds parking for property owners is provided below as well.
|Duration||Main Lot per car||Private per car||Institution Zoned per car|
*Main Lot parking rate increases after 3 p.m. on day of concert.
Please note that the majority of our parking is located in the Main Lot. Most accommodations do not provide a parking pass. Please check with the property owner prior to placing your parking pass order.
North and South Lots
Chautauqua Institution offers a reserved parking program for property owners who:
1. have no parking at their on-grounds residence; and
2. have purchased a full-season gate pass.
|South Lot Spot||$350 Assigned Parking|
|North Lot Spot||$279 Unassigned Parking|
Renewals: Need to be purchased by March 15 to maintain parking rights.
Reassignment requests: Submit request to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 15. If reassigned, we require that the original parking pass be returned before the reassigned parking pass will be issued. Notification of reassignments begins April 1.
New Requests Waiting List: Submit request to email@example.com, including contact information and property address. Requests are reviewed in the order in which they are received. Notification of assignment begins May 3. Requests submitted after May 3 will be added to the waiting list for the following season.
South Lot spaces are renewable annually, but once relinquished by a single owner, will return to the pool for reassignment. South Lot spaces may not be handed down nor transferred in perpetuity. South Lot spaces are not affiliated with nor guaranteed in the purchase of any specific property
Mobility Scooter and Wheelchair Rentals
Chautauqua Institution offers mobility scooter and wheelchair rentals during the nine-week summer assembly season. Quantity is limited and early reservations are recommended. A credit card deposit is required; there is a non-refundable deposit for cancellations within two weeks of the rental start date. If available, rentals for less than one week are arranged in person on the day of the rental at the Main Gate Welcome Center Information Office.
Institution Dock Prices (Mooring and Boat Registration)
Chautauqua Institution offers mooring in an assigned space. Vessels moored at an Institution or private dock are required to purchase and display a current registration sticker. The mooring rental period needs to match the dates on an accompanying gate pass.
- Mooring Renewals and Reassignments: Need to be purchased by March 16 to reserve the prior season assignment. Reassignment requests are due March 16; send to firstname.lastname@example.org. Notification by docks staff begins June 1.
- New Mooring: Only assigned by the Central Dock Office. Starting June 1, contact the office at email@example.com or 716-357-6288.
Purchase of mooring assumes agreement to terms of lease.
Institution docks include: Central, Evergreen, Maple, McClintock, North Ave., North Shore, Oak, Overlook, Sailing, and Wiley docks. All other docks are private.
- Boat Sizes: Small Boat (12 feet long and shorter); Large Boat (longer than 12 feet)
- Ramps are for vessels like a Sunfish, rowboat, or canoe.
- Small vessels that are sharing a mooring space are subject to one moorage fee for the shared space and a separate registration fee for each vessel.
Mooring & Vessel Registration Fees
|Renewals through 3/16/21||New or Renewals 3/17/21|
|Season||Ramp: Small Vessel||$157||$165|
|Season||Buoy: Small Vessel||$148||$155|
|Season||Buoy: Large Vessel||$313||$330|
|Season||Slip: Large Vessel||$515||$540|
|Weekly||Ramp: Small Vessel||$81||$85|
|Weekly||Buoy: Small Vessel||$81||$85|
|Weekly||Buoy: Large Vessel||$123||$130|
|Weekly||Slip: Large Vessel||$148||$155|
Private Dock Prices (Registration Fee Only)
Vessel Registration Fees Only
|Renewals through 3/16/21||New or Renewals 3/17/21|
Special Studies and Online Learning
We’ve taken Chautauqua’s beloved Special Studies program online! Visit Chautauqua’s new Online Classroom, where patrons can enroll in master and enrichment classes from your home this summer and year-round. We do plan to offer limited in-person classes on the Chautauqua grounds this summer.
The 2021 online experience offers classes for youth and adults in subjects ranging from art, music, photography, culinary arts, religion, and philosophy, to fitness, dance, history, literature, and writing. Enjoy Chautauqua’s unique learning experience and enrich your mind, body, and spirit online! Classes in a variety of subjects, for youth and adults, are offered through Chautauqua’s Special Studies program. The diverse curriculum includes master classes with Amphitheater speakers, courses through the School of Art, School of Dance and Chautauqua Writers’ Center, and more than 400 classes in subjects ranging from history and handcrafts to fitness and the culinary arts.
For more information or to register, visit classes.chq.org.
Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic. From pre-school to day camp, from sports instruction to informal youth centers, from enrichment classes to entertainment, and from reading to experiences in the arts, these programs offer opportunities to explore the Chautauqua experience. At the same time, youth are encouraged to grow in independence, make choices, take responsibility and celebrate family time, all in the safe and supportive community that is Chautauqua.
For more information, visit youth.chq.org.
Please note: 2021 Prices reflect increased operational costs for COVID-19 safety compliance.
|Children’s School||Group One||Boys’ & Girls’ Club|
Chautauqua Golf Club offers two championship 18-hole public golf courses. Season memberships include greens fees and use of the Learning Center — a complete teaching and practice facility. Learning Center memberships can be purchased separately.
|Season College (ages 18–23)||$435|
|Season Junior (age 17 & under)||$290|
|Season Single Young Adult (ages 24–40)||$670|
|Season Family* Young Adult (ages 24–40)||$950|
|Additional Family Member||$250|
|Season Locker Only||$70|
|Season Club Storage Only||$110|
|Season Club Storage with Locker||$160|
|Season Cart Single||$640|
|Season Cart Couple||$960|
|Season Cart Family||$1,050|
Learning Center Memberships
|Junior (17 & under)||$165|
*Family means parents plus children under age 18.
**Corresponding gate pass is required to purchase membership. Includes green fees, Learning Center privileges, cart and bag storage. Limit of 2 one-week memberships per person.
Long-term Gate Pass: Gate pass with a minimum length of 24 hours.
Age 12 & Under Gate Pass*: Registration required; no gate pass fee.
Youth Gate Pass*: Age 13 to age 25, based on age when the gate pass begins.
Age 90+ Gate Pass*: Registration required; no gate pass fee. Guests at least 90 years of age (or turning 90 before current season ends) are eligible.
Active-duty military*: Registration required; no gate pass fee.
Week: A week is any seven consecutive nights. Weekly gate passes are valid from 7 a.m. on the arrival date until 10 a.m. on departure date. Additional time may be purchased.
*For these passes the proof of eligibility is required when the order is placed. Proof of age or proper ID card may be required.
More Information Forthcoming
As we continue to work through our pricing plan for 2021, concurrent with parallel planning for compliance with health and safety regulations, we anticipate having more details to share soon about the following ticket types and programs:
- Popular Entertainment
- Day Passes, including portions of days
- Youth, including Children’s School, Boys’ and Girls’ Club and Group One
- Recreation, including golf, tennis, sailing and Sports Club
We will provide notice when details are posted via our regular e-newsletter communications, which you may sign up to receive at this link (check the box for “2021 Information and Announcements”).