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The 80th Anniversary of D-Day: A conversation with Kori Schake

Zoom Zoom

A senior fellow and the director of foreign and defense policy studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Kori Schake is serving as Chautauqua’s expert on our first Chautauqua Travels river cruise experience, June 3-10, 2024. Join us for this webinar conversation on Zoom where Kori will discuss the lessons D-Day continues to teach us....

Free

CHQ Travels Iceland: Clean Energy and a Changing Climate in Iceland

Perched on the rift between North America and Europe, Iceland is a constantly changing land of fire and ice, where molten lava has cooled and geothermal energy beneath the surface fuels hot springs and homes. Learn how Iceland has captured this heat to become a global leader in alternative energy and used innovative technology to...

CHQ Mud Run

CHQ Trail

Join us for the CHQ Mud Day 5K!. This course includes a series of challenging physical obstacles that an individual or team must navigate by running, climbing, jumping, crawling and swimming, to test speed, endurance and agility. Sign up today! Register: https://runsignup.com/Race/NY/Chautauqua/CHQMudDay5K

$65

Chautauqua Forum on Democracy

Athenaeum Hotel Athenaeum Hotel

A three-day forum on democracy with authors, contemporary thinkers and scholars to be held in fall of 2023 on the grounds of Chautauqua Institution. Panel discussions, presentations and seminars will be held on topics as varied as history, technology, voting rights, literature, etc. President Michael E. Hill, Ed. D. will open the forum Friday. The...

CHQ Travels: Santa Fe’s Art Scene with Judy Barie

Join the Director of Galleries at Chautauqua Institution Judy Barie to explore one of America’s most charming art destinations. Immerse yourself in the heart of Santa Fe with four nights at the only hotel located on the Plaza. Learn about the history of indigenous art with special access to the School for Advanced Research and...

SOLD OUT – Oktoberfest at the Athenaeum Hotel

Athenaeum Hotel Athenaeum Hotel

Indulge in a German feast at the Athenaeum Hotel with music by The Bergholz German Band. Dinner seating is from 5–8:30 p.m., the band plays from 5:30–9 p.m., and the cash bar, with many German beer options, stays open until 11 p.m. Single tickets to this event are sold out. You can still reserve the...

$42

Preview Performance: Malpaso Dance Company and Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence

Carnahan-Jackson: McBride/Verdy Carnahan-Jackson: McBride/Verdy

Step into the world of dance and music as we bring back the Malpaso Dance Company and introduce the talented choreographer Ronald K. Brown for a unique residency and preview performance. They will craft choreography to the mesmerizing jazz beats of Max Roach, the renowned drummer and composer. This project was ignited when Max Roach's...

$29

Preview Performance and Dinner: Malpaso Dance Company and Ronald K. Brown’s Evidence

Athenaeum Parlor Athenaeum Parlor

Step into the world of dance and music as we bring back the Malpaso Dance Company and introduce the talented choreographer Ronald K. Brown for a unique residency and preview performance. They will craft choreography to the mesmerizing jazz beats of Max Roach, the renowned drummer and composer. After the preview performance, you're invited to...

$69

CHQ Travels: Cuba trip with Malpaso Dance Company

Since Christopher Columbus declared Cuba part of the Spanish Empire in 1492, the island has served as a way station of New World wealth on its way across the Atlantic, a playground of American mob bosses and literati, and a tropical outpost of communism. The story of its past is told in the streets of...

Lighting of the Menorah

Bestor Plaza Bestor Plaza

Witness our annual tradition of lighting of the menorah in Bestor Plaza, occurring this year on December 7 at sunset. Please gather at 4:30 p.m.

Free and Open to the Public

Breakfast with Santa

Hurlbut Church Hurlbut Church

Enjoy a morning with family, friends and Santa. Write your perfect holiday wish list, fill up on your favorite breakfast foods and enjoy time with Old Saint Nick. He can’t wait to meet you! Adults: $20 Children ages 5-12: $9.99 Children ages 4 & under: Free Proceeds to benefit the Mayville Food Pantry.

Price varies

Winter Village at Chautauqua

Bestor Plaza Bestor Plaza

Join us for our annual Winter Village at Chautauqua celebration that welcomes friends from the regional community and beyond to enjoy the beauty of Chautauqua's grounds during the winter holiday season. Breakfast with Santa, holiday choir performances, shopping, snacks and horse-drawn carriage rides make for a perfect day at Chautauqua. Breakfast with Santa - seatings...

Open to the Public

CHQ Staff Craft Bazaar

Plaza Market Plaza Market

In between Winter Village festivities, stop by the Plaza Market for some last-minute holiday shopping. Find the perfect gift as you browse and buy homemade goods at the CHQ Staff Craft Bazaar. From decor and home goods to apparel and accessories, every item for sale has been individually crafted by one of Chautauqua's many talented...

Free and Open to the Public

Student Choral Performances

Hurlbut Church sanctuary Hurlbut Church sanctuary

Enjoy sacred vocal selections, spirituals and holiday songs provided by local student vocal ensembles. 10:15–10:45 a.m.: Fredonia 11:00–11:30 a.m.: Chautauqua Lake 1–1:30 p.m.: Jamestown High School Madrigal Singers

Free and Open to the Public

Breakfast with Santa

Hurlbut Church Hurlbut Church

Enjoy a morning with family, friends and Santa. Write your perfect holiday wish list, fill up on your favorite breakfast foods and enjoy time with Old Saint Nick. He can’t wait to meet you! Adults: $20 Children ages 5-12: $9.99 Children ages 4 & under: Free Proceeds to benefit the Mayville Food Pantry.

Price varies

Winter Village Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

Bestor Plaza Bestor Plaza

Experience a bit of old-time holiday charm in a horse-drawn carriage through the picturesque streets of Chautauqua. Each carriage holds 8 people and departs every half hour starting at Noon from the parking lot next to the Chautauqua Bookstore. Tickets are available for purchase at the Bookstore ($6 for adults; $4 for children). Each ride...

$4 – $6

CLSC Preview Discussion: “Apple: Skin to the Core”

Smith Memorial Library Smith Memorial Library

Join us at The Smith Memorial Library for a discussion of Eric Gansworth's memoir "Apple : Skin to the Core," a 2024 CLSC Selection. Chautauqua's new Manager of Literary Arts, Stephine Hunt, will lead the discussion. All are welcome.

Free and open to the public