2020 Season Update

On May 2, 2020, our Board of Trustees decided unanimously and with moral clarity to suspend any in-person programs on our sacred Western New York grounds this summer. We will not be convening as we usually do, but rather in a new, online space, as a distributed but still tightly knit community of lifelong learners and lovers of the arts, education, interfaith and recreational programming. View and read President Michael Hill's message to our community at chq.org/update.

The Institution is offering full refunds for services, gate passes, Athenaeum Hotel reservations, and single event tickets. The Chautauqua Ticket Office and Athenaeum Hotel will be reaching out to patrons via email to facilitate the refund process. Patrons are asked to avoid contacting the Chautauqua Ticket Office or the Athenaeum Hotel via phone during this time as call volumes are expected to be very high, and our staffing is limited.

If you have a specific question, please email the Ticket Office at ticketoffice@chq.org and staff will respond as quickly as possible. The Institution will be posting frequently asked questions and responses on the webpage chq.org/update, where questions can also be submitted. We look forward to engaging you in a new kind of Chautauqua Assembly this summer, and to a time when we can all safely be together again. Be safe and well.

2020 Rates and Fees

Rates and Fees

2020 Gate Pass & Ticket Information Booklet

2020 Gate Pass & Ticket Order Form

No gate or parking passes are necessary for on-grounds activities until June 27.

We require all guests age 13 and older to purchase a gate pass during our summer season. If you are purchasing a single event ticket or registering for a class, your ticket or registration will admit you to the grounds (no need to purchase an additional pass).

You will also need a parking pass. Most guests park in our Main Lot, adjacent to the grounds. Some accommodations offer private parking on grounds. Please check with your host before purchasing a parking pass.

Event (Concert) Tickets

Popular Entertainment



Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra


If you are coming for a single event, your event ticket will admit you to the grounds for the event. You do not need an additional gate pass. For an evening performance, you will have access to the grounds from 4 p.m. to midnight. General Admission provides access to the seating or standing area of a concert or lecture and does not guarantee a seat under cover of the Amphitheater roof.

If you are interested in Preferred seats and they do not appear to be available online, call the Ticket Office at 716-357-6250 to inquire if any remain available.

Gate Passes

The gate pass is your passport to the Chautauqua experience, giving you access to most events on the grounds. Additional purchases are not required to attend lectures or religious services, as well as popular entertainment and Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra performances in the Amphitheater. The gate pass also includes access to art galleries, beaches, parks and complimentary shuttle and tram service on the grounds.

All guests over the age of 12 are required to have a gate pass or event ticket to visit the grounds during the summer season.

Purchase Gate Pass

Gate Pass & Ticket Information Booklet


Parking Passes

Most of our parking is located in the Main Lot. Many rental units and hotels do not provide on-grounds parking. Renters and hotel guests should check with the property owners prior to purchase or contact the Ticket Office.

Evening Entertainment Parking | Evening event parking passes are valid for the full day of the event. Purchase with your entertainment ticket to secure a discounted parking rate.

Sunday Parking | Parking in the Main and Green Lots is free from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Sunday.

Purchase Parking Pass


Youth Registration

Children's School

Ages 3–5
Chautauqua Children’s School is a developmental preschool for youth ages 3–5. The school is located at the corner of Hurst and Pratt avenues and operates six classrooms 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.

Details and Registration

Group One

Age 6 or First Grade
Group One is a program designed for children who will enter first grade in the fall and serves as a transition between Children's School and Boys' and Girls' Club. The morning program (9 a.m.–12 p.m.) runs similar to Children's School, and the afternoon program (2–4 p.m.) takes place at Boys' and Girls' Club.

Details and Registration

Boys' and Girls' Club

Grades 2–10 
Chautauqua’s Boys' and Girls' Club provides an opportunity for young people to actively participate in a safe and supportive recreational day camp on the grounds of the Chautauqua Institution. The programs and facilities allow for a diverse set of activities that take full advantage of CHQ's natural and cultural resources. Boys’ and Girls’ Club runs from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday–Friday.

Families are welcome to sign their campers out for lunch between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. by providing the Club administration staff with a written note that states what days the camper will be leaving. This communication helps us to maintain effective staffing. Campers who are signed out for lunch will check in by 2 p.m. at the Beeson Youth Center.

Boys' and Girls' Club Plus
Club Plus joins the traditional day camp experience with an interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts and sciences to inspire and bolster the talents of youth with academic curiosity. After spending the morning at Club or Group One, campers will participate in afternoon classes and activities that combine STEM education, literary arts, visual arts and more. Afternoon classes will be led by certified teachers and industry experts. Early registration is strongly recommended. Available Weeks One through Seven.

Details and Registration




Chautauqua offers eight Har-Tru tennis courts at the Turner Community Center recreation campus. Two courts are illuminated for night play. Private and group lessons, tournaments, clinics, junior development programs and special events are offered. During Chautauqua’s summer season membership registrations will only take place at the tennis courts.


Honoring a golfing tradition since 1896 the Chautauqua Golf Club presents quality, professional service and the challenge of 36 championship holes. Both the Lake and the Hill Course have received four-star ratings from Golf Digest magazine. Club membership includes greens fees and use of the Learning Center — a complete teaching and practice facility.

Golf Learning Center

A complete teaching and practice facility with unlimited range balls. Learning Center membership may be purchased on its own, and is included with Chautauqua Golf Club membership.

Fitness Center

Chautauqua Institution provides two fitness facilities. Chautauqua Health & Fitness at the Turner Community Center is open year-round. During the season, a second facility is available at Heinz Beach. Both sites are dedicated to personal exercise, health and wellness, and are equipped with modern cardiovascular, strength-training and free-weight equipment. On-site staff, including certified personal trainers, are available to assist members. Short- and long-term memberships are available and also include access to the Turner indoor pool. Separate pool memberships are also available. Members must be at least 14 years of age.

Boat Mooring & Registration

Chautauqua Institution offers rental slip, ramp and buoy 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 must match the dates on an accompanying gate pass.

Slip or ramp assignments for Institution-owned docks are subject to a registration fee and a mooring fee and are billed separately on receipt.

  • Mooring Renewals: Must be purchased before March 16 to reserve the prior season assignment.
  • Mooring Reassignment: Submit request to ticketoffice@chq.org before March 16. Notification of reassignment begins late May.
  • New Mooring: Only done through the Central Dock Office. Starting June 1, contact the office at docks@chq.org or 716-357-6288.

Renew Registration

Sailing Center Rentals & Instruction

Chautauqua's Sailing Department presents a comprehensive curriculum of one-week sailing courses. The courses have been carefully designed to advance the sailing skills of all — youth, adult and novice to advanced sailors.

Sports Club

The Chautauqua Sports Club offers a wide variety of recreation activities. Pontoon boat, kayak, canoe and paddleboat rentals, shuffleboard, lawn bowling, softball leagues and bridge. There are no membership fees, and all services may be purchased individually at the Sports Club, including season “passes” for some activities.