Rates and Fees for Passes, Tickets and Registrations
All information and prices subject to change. Hours listed below reflect post-season schedule.
Ticket Phones/Contact Center:
Tue, Wed, Thu, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Welcome Center Information Desk
The Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office, Information Desk and Business Center are Closed on Holidays
Main Gate Welcome & Business Center
Tue, Wed, Thu, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Visitors Center on Bestor Plaza
Post Office Building
Closed for the Season
Closed for the season
A Gate Pass or Ticket is required to enter the grounds from June 24 to Aug. 27, 2023 and acts as your passport to the Chautauqua Experience. The 2023 season has now concluded and the grounds are accessible without a pass.
The Traditional Gate Pass (TGP) gives the greatest access and flexibility for engagement in Chautauqua’s core programs. It includes general admission seating to all events in the Amphitheater. This pass is for the patron who loves to attend or sample all that happens at the Amp as well as in the Hall of Philosophy, Lenna Hall, Smith Wilkes Hall, and Music School facilities.
The Grounds Access Pass (GAP) is the “Create your own Chautauqua” pass. The GAP gives holders access to morning worship events at the Amp and all programs in the Hall of Philosophy, Smith Wilkes Hall and Music School facilities. GAP holders may purchase tickets to events at the Amphitheater and Lenna Hall while supplies last. Tickets to daytime events and select evening Amphitheater events are discounted 10% for GAP holders. The minimum purchase for a GAP is at least one week (7 days).
Both pass types include access to art galleries, beaches, parks and complimentary transportation services.
- For guests ages 12 & under registration is required to receive a complimentary Traditional Gate Pass or Grounds Access 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 CAC) and for guests who are at least 90 years of age, or turn 90 in the current calendar year. (Valid government-issued photo ID is required at time of pick-up for military and 90+ passes.)
Traditional Gate Pass Prices (rates valid until 8/27/23)
Rates starting at:
|# of Weeks*||Adult Price||Youth (ages 13–25) Price|
|1 Day and overnight||$113||$60|
*Rate covers 7 full days per week. When purchasing Week Nine, the total pass price will reflect an additional 8th day of programming.
Grounds Access Only Pass Prices (rates valid until 8/27/23)
Minimum purchase for Grounds Access Passes is at least one week (7 days). Rates starting at:
|# of Weeks*||Price||Youth (ages 13–25) Price|
*Rate covers 7 full days per week. When purchasing Week Nine, the total pass price will reflect an additional 8th day of programming
- 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.
- Non-consecutive multiple-week discount pricing applies when patrons purchase all weeks in the same transaction (weeks need not be consecutive).
Purchases in Addition to the Gate Pass
- Amphitheater Popular Entertainment Concerts, Single Tickets & Gate Pass Upgrades: These tickets may be purchased by phone, at the Main Gate Welcome Center or at tickets.chq.org. Grounds Access Pass holders can purchase Single Tickets to attend amphitheater events. Traditional Gate Pass holders may wish to upgrade their general admission access to select amphitheater events by purchasing a Gate Pass Upgrade Ticket for the assigned seating area.
- Parking Pass: Required for on-grounds and Main Lot parking.
- 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 diverse classes offered. Visit learn.chq.org for details.
- Youth Programs: Including Children’s School, Boys’ & Girls’ Club, tennis, sailing, golf and Special Studies classes.
Daily Tickets (rates valid until 8/27/23)
Daily Ticket Validity: Three hours before and after the scheduled start and end time of the event, unless otherwise noted.
|Daily Ticket Type||Price||Valid for entry||Includes Amp Access?|
|Morning Event Ticket||$30*||8 a.m. – 2 p.m.||Yes|
|Afternoon Program Ticket||$19*||Noon – 8 p.m.||Yes|
|Evening Event Ticket||Varies by show||4 p.m. – midnight||Yes|
|Overnight Ticket||$15||10 p.m.–10 a.m.||No|
|Morning Destination Ticket**||$10||8 a.m.–1 p.m.||Limited**|
|Afternoon Destination Ticket**||$10||3–8 p.m.||No|
|Main Lot Parking||$12 daily/$15 concerts||N/A|
|Saturday Ticket||$25||8 a.m. – 8 p.m.||No|
|Sunday Ticket||FREE||7 a.m.–10 p.m.||Yes|
|Sunday Main Lot Parking||FREE until 2 p.m.||$12 after 2 p.m.***||N/A|
* May vary by lecture or performance.
**Available Monday – Friday only. Limit one per person, per day. Morning Destination Ticket includes Amphitheater access for 9:15 a.m. Morning Worship.
***Sunday, July 2 (Diana Ross Concert) Main Lot Parking will increase to $15 after 2 p.m.
Destination Tickets, Overnight tickets, Saturday and Sunday Tickets will be available beginning June 19.
Parking Prices (per vehicle) (rates valid until 8/27/23)
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.
Rates starting at:
|# of Weeks*||Main Lot & Private per car||Institution Zoned per car***|
*Rate covers 7 full days per week. When purchasing Week Nine, the total pass price will reflect an additional 8th day of parking.
**Main Lot parking rate increases after 3 p.m. on day of concert.
***Very limited availability.
- Please have your license plate number, vehicle make, and color ready when purchasing long-term parking passes.
- 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 (rates valid until 8/27/23)
Chautauqua Institution offers a reserved parking program for property owners. Requests may be submitted by property owners who:
- have no parking at their on-grounds residence; and
- have purchased a full-season gate pass.
2023 Pricing (full season):
|South Lot Spot||$399 Assigned Parking|
|North Lot Spot||$299 Unassigned Parking|
Renewals: March 18, 2023 purchase deadline to maintain parking rights.
Reassignment requests: Submit request to firstname.lastname@example.org by March 14, 2023. If reassigned, we require the original parking pass to be returned before the reassigned parking pass will be issued. Notification of reassignments begins April 1. Requests from patrons with accessibility needs will be prioritized.
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 (requests from patrons with accessibility needs will be prioritized). Notification of assignment begins May 1. Requests submitted after May 1 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.
EV Charging Stations
Accessing a vehicle charging station during the summer assembly season requires a gate pass and a Chautauqua Institution parking pass. There are six vehicle charging spaces available in the North Lot and four vehicle charging spaces in the South Lot. Charging details can be found below.
|*North Lot EV Spaces||2 Outlet + 4 Charger Spaces||Pay @ Ticket Office||$5 per Day|
|**South Lot EV Spaces||2 Outlet Spaces||Pay @ Ticket Office||$5 per Day|
|South Lot ChargePoint Station||Dual Charger (2 spaces)||Pay @ Charger via Credit or App||Rate based on usage|
2 spaces served by a LeGrand charger and an outlet (1 – J1772 charger, 1 – 240v AC 50A outlet)
4 spaces served by Tesla branded chargers (2 – NACS Tesla type, 2 – J1772 chargers)
2 spaces served by outlets (2 – 240v AC 50A outlets [NOTE: 120v outlet also present])
2 spaces served by ChargePoint (Dual J1772)
For Pay @ the Ticket Office spots, patrons will purchase an EV charging pass ($5 per use for a period of 23.5 hrs., 8 a.m. – 7:30 a.m. next day) to be used in conjunction with their standard Chautauqua parking pass (Main Lot, South Lot, North Lot, private location, etc.). The patron hangs their lot pass from the mirror and displays their EV charging pass on the dash while using the charging space. To purchase an EV charging pass, please visit the Main Gate Welcome Center Ticket Office or call us at 716-357-6250 to purchase by phone for pick-up.
South Lot’s ChargePoint station is easy and convenient. Patrons may pay at the charger by credit card or by downloading the free ChargePoint app on their mobile device. If you opt to download the app, follow the steps at this ChargePoint link to start charging
Rates valid until 8/27/23. EV stations available for use free of charge during the off-season, except the ChargePoint station, which accepts payments year-round.
Youth Programs (rates valid until 8/27/23)
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.
|# of Weeks||Children’s School||Group One||Boys’ & Girls’ Club|
Children’s School, Group One and Boys’ and Girls’ Club operate Weeks One to Eight. During Week Nine, families can register for youth classes, explore the recreation offerings and participate in pop-up programs with Play CHQ.
Mobility Scooter and Wheelchair Rentals
Chautauqua Institution offers mobility scooter and wheelchair rentals between May 1–September 30, and while the Athenaeum Hotel is open for regular operations. Quantity is limited and early reservations are recommended. For more information, please contact Chautauqua’s Information Office at 716-357-6250 (Option 7). Guests at the Athenaeum Hotel can reserve devices when booking their rooms, or please call 800-821-1881 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Rates and rental procedures are available at chq.org/mobility.
Institution Dock Prices, Mooring and Boat Registration (rates valid until 8/27/23)
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: Purchase by March 14 to reserve the prior season assignment. Reassignment requests are due March 14; send to email@example.com. Notification by docks staff begins May 1.
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 (rates valid until 8/27/23)
Private Dock Prices (Registration Fee Only)
Vessel Registration Fees Only
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 in current calendar year) are eligible. Available by presenting valid ID at ticket office window.
Active-duty military*: Registration required; no gate pass fee. Available by presenting valid Common Access Card (CAC) at ticket office window.
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 the departure date. Additional time may be purchased.
*Proof of eligibility required when the order is placed. Please present valid ID at ticket office window.