Things to Do
Every summer, over the course of nine weeks, more than 100,000 people visit Chautauqua Institution in search of respite, community and personal growth. And every summer, they find it. See for yourself what makes Chautauqua Institution a destination like no other.
Whether you attend a single weekend performance with a friend or immerse yourself in nine weeks of classes, lectures and events with your partner – Chautauqua never disappoints.
The Chautauqua and Interfaith lecture platforms are the bedrock of the Institution’s programming. Many other lecture series also exist and support Chautauqua’s weekly themes.
Performing & Visual Arts
Chautauqua as a community celebrates, encourages and studies the arts and treats them as integral to all of learning. With symphony, opera, theater, dance, visual arts and a renowned music school, Chautauqua produces an “ecstatic mix” of programming that can be found nowhere else.
Chautauqua has many resident programs in the performing and visual arts and literary arts that put on many events during the Summer Assembly.
Chautauqua provides a wide variety of services of worship and programs that express the Institution’s Christian heritage as well as its interfaith commitment.
Classes at Chautauqua
Chautauqua’s Special Studies program provides youth the ability to experience Chautauqua as their parents do in an age-appropriate learning environment. The Special Studies curriculum offers a wide variety of subjects from computer skills, art, dance, music, writing, language and many more interactive courses that engage youth to begin a path to lifelong learning.
Located on the shores of beautiful Chautauqua Lake in southwestern New York, Chautauqua offers a variety of recreational opportunities that further enrich the mind, body and spirit and bring together families and the larger community.
Youth & Family
Chautauqua’s programs for youth present a diversity of activity, in settings varied and historic.
The Chautauqua Cinema is a charming and comfortable movie theater within Chautauqua Institution. Join us for our summer-long festival of the best feature films, independents, art films and classics!