Chautauqua's October Festival

Fall fest w beer instead of wine glassOctober 4–5

Indulge in a multi-course German-inspired tasting menu at the Athenaeum Hotel and then spend Saturday on Bestor Plaza for Oktoberfest-inspired entertainment, as well as seasonal and local offerings with a German-style feast featuring the region’s best beers and wines. Make it a perfect weekend with an Athenaeum Hotel package!  Free admission and free parking every day during the fall season at Chautauqua!

Reserve hotel package


Friday, October 4

Kick off the October Festival weekend with a three-course German-inspired tasting menu at the Athenaeum Hotel and The Shotski's, a 5-piece ensemble that delivers fun German classics, fun party songs and great showmanship and energy. Call for reservations • 716.357.4444

Reserve for Friday's dinner only ($99 per person)


Saturday, October 5 • Bestor Plaza Activities • Noon–5 p.m. 

  • Hay Rides • $5 adults/$3 children
  • Axe Throwing • $25; adults 18 and over (By AXEWAGON)
  • Funnel Cakes, Fall Treats Food, Fall drinks and Adult Beverages at the Brick Walk Cafe
  • Bobbing for Apples
  • Fire Pits
  • Yard Games • Corn Hole, Ladder Ball, KanJam, Yard Skee Ball, Giant Jenga and Giant Building Blocks
  • Bounce House
  • Shopping
  • Pumpkin Painting

For more information, call 716.357.6250 (M-F, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.) or email


Literary Tourgée Conference

TourgeeSeptember 27–29 • Hultquist Center 101

This year marks the 140th anniversary of Albion Tourgée’s enormously popular and critically acclaimed novel of the Reconstruction Era: A Fool’s Errand By One of the Fools. Based largely on Tourgée’s own experiences of living in Greensboro, North Carolina after fighting for the Union in the Civil War, the novel offers an intimate, jarring, and often witty account of Reconstruction. It has become a classic of the era. The “Literary Tourgée” conference at Chautauqua Institution offers a unique opportunity to join the conversation about Tourgée’s novels, journalism, and political writings, including his legal defense in the now-famous 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson Supreme Court case.

Learn more and register here


Road Scholar: The Chautauqua Experience in Fall and Spring

fall bestor plaza CHQ3399This unique Chautauqua experience takes place in “off-season” of fall and spring, and it lets you and your fellow Road Scholars get the grounds mostly to yourself. Enjoy exclusive Road Scholar courses while staying on the institution’s peaceful, scenic grounds. During your stay, explore exciting themes such as art, music, literature, science, politics, religion and more. Get ready for the educational opportunity of a lifetime!

September 15–20
Theme: "The Chautauqua Sampler"

September 29–October 4
Theme: "Foreign Policy With the American Foreign Service Association"

October 13–18
Theme: "Chautauqua and Highlights of Chautauqua County and Western New York"

Learn more

NOW Generation Fall Weekend

103018 FallGrounds DM 09October 25–27

Join members of the NOW Generation for a fall gathering at Chautauqua. With family-friendly activities, excursions and more, please email if you have questions. Click below to register, and mark your calendar for all the fall fun!

Register for the NOW Gen Fall Weekend

 Accommodations are excluded from the NOW Gen fall weekend ticket prices. To book a room at the Athenaeum Hotel at a special discounted rate please click below.

Reserve a stay at the Athenaeum Hotel


The Winter Village at Chautauqua

120918 WinterVillage DM 19Continuing a new tradition, Chautauqua Institution will host the 2019 Winter Village at Chautauqua on selected weekends this winter.

November 29–December 1 & December 21–22
Free admission and parking
Open to the public

Learn more as details are announced