People enjoying the food festival, a concert and the Athenaeum Hotel

Your Unforgettable Summer Sendoff Awaits at Chautauqua Institution!

Save 20% on a Traditional Gate Pass or save up to 50% with a stay at the Athenaeum Hotel from Aug. 19–27, 2023*

Join us for an enchanting week filled with captivating events, mouthwatering delights and mesmerizing performances. 

Exclusive Summer Sendoff Special

We are offering a 20% discount on a Traditional Gate Pass, which grants access to all the concerts and events in the Amphitheater. Choose the comfort of Private Accommodations and enjoy an unforgettable stay with your loved ones. Alternatively, opt for the historic Athenaeum Hotel and save up to 50% with a special!

Purchase Tickets: Call 716-357-6250 to take advantage of this offer.

Embrace the magic of summer at the Athenaeum Hotel — August 19 to 27!

Chautauqua Summer Sendoff Special • Includes Two Traditional Gate Passes. Rates start at $360 per couple.

Chautauqua Food Festival Package • All-inclusive. Rates vary by stay date and number of guests. 

*Not eligible for already purchased traditional gate passes or hotel reservations. Restrictions apply. Subject to availability and applicable taxes. Select dates available. Traditional Gate Pass discount is available for 2 to 8 days from Aug. 19–27. 

Indulge in the Chautauqua Food Festival

Prepare your taste buds for a culinary adventure like no other! The Food Festival opens with an Ultimate Wine and Beer tasting event and features the best food from the region!  

Women smiling with glasses of wine

Concerts & Lectures

Immerse yourself in a symphony of melodies and thought-provoking discussions during our renowned concerts and lecture series. Get ready to be enchanted by the legendary voices of Patti LaBelle, Angélique Kidjo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and the sensational Trombone Shorty with Mavis Staples. Experience the magic of live performances that will transport you to a world of pure delight. 

Chautauqua Lecture Series

The Global South: Expanding the Scope of Geopolitical Understanding 

A new geopolitical shorthand has emerged in recent years: The Global North and the Global South have replaced old constructs of East and West, third-world and first-world. And it is this Global South that we shift our attention to this week. In the Global South, African countries are seeing booms not just in population, but in science and economics. Latin American countries are pursuing more independent foreign policies. Traditional spheres of influence are shrinking, while others are developing in dynamic ways. At the same time, the South stands to be the first area impacted by food shortages and climate change — driving shifts of population, culture and politics across the rest of the globe.

In this week, we examine how interconnected global interests truly are, and present a renewed focus on this often-overlooked geopolitical collective. What has it meant and does it mean going forward to have mis-regarded these entire parts of the world for so long — and it is too late to meaningfully shift this paradigm? And while we wrestle with these critical issues and questions, all through the week we will celebrate in a festival atmosphere the culture and history of the Global South through unique food and artistic offerings.

To open Chautauqua’s week on the Global South, Molly Williamson will explore the challenges the United States and the Global South must face together to jointly address the problems facing the planet in the 21st century. On Tuesday, Shahidul Alam will share how photography can stir activism and positive change, and how stories help us understand each other and our world. Grammy Award-winning artist Angélique Kidjo is the founder of the Batonga Foundation, dedicated to supporting the education of young girls in Africa; it is this work that frames her presentation for the Chautauqua Lecture Series on Wednesday, Aug. 23. Finally, CNN’s Chief Medical Correspondent Sanjay Gupta closes the week and the 2023 season on Friday, Aug. 25, sharing his work and reporting from across the Global South. 

Confirmed Lectures

August 21, 2023 @ 10:45 am Week Nine (August 17–25)

Molly Williamson

Amphitheater | CHQ Assembly

August 22, 2023 @ 10:45 am Week Nine (August 17–25)

Shahidul Alam

Amphitheater | CHQ Assembly

August 23, 2023 @ 10:45 am Week Nine (August 17–25)

Angélique Kidjo

Amphitheater | CHQ Assembly

August 24, 2023 @ 10:45 am Week Nine (August 17–25)

Nikolas K. Gvosdev

Amphitheater | CHQ Assembly

August 25, 2023 @ 10:45 am Week Nine (August 17–25)

Dr. Sanjay Gupta

Amphitheater | CHQ Assembly

Interfaith Lecture Series

Realizing Our One World: Strengthening Interconnection

Interconnection is the hallmark of religious and spiritual thinking. While the world is more connected technologically, it has simultaneously grown more disconnected in thought and actions in many ways. What does the future hold for those of us in both the Global North and the Global South as we reckon with shifting dynamics of power, migration, and economic interdependence? How can we redirect the dichotomies between these global geographical worlds to help to create a “one world” spirit and reality? Strategic religious and spiritual leaders will focus the conversation.

Confirmed Lectures

August 21, 2023 @ 2:00 pm Week Nine (August 17–25)

Miguel De La Torre

Hall of Philosophy | CHQ Assembly

August 22, 2023 @ 2:00 pm Week Nine (August 17–25)

Devaka Premawardhana

Hall of Philosophy | CHQ Assembly

August 23, 2023 @ 2:00 pm Week Nine (August 17–25)

Daniel Joslyn-Siemiatkoski

Hall of Philosophy | CHQ Assembly

August 24, 2023 @ 2:00 pm Week Nine (August 17–25)

Krish O’Mara Vignarajah

Hall of Philosophy | CHQ Assembly

August 25, 2023 @ 2:00 pm Week Nine (August 17–25)

Deepak Sarma

Hall of Philosophy | CHQ Assembly

Weekly Chaplain

Rabbi Ed Feinstein

Rabbi Ed Feinstein

Rabbi Ed Feinstein is rabbi of Valley Beth Shalom in Encino, California and Lecturer at the Ziegler Rabbinical School of the American Jewish University. He serves on the faculty of the Wexner Heritage Program and the Shalom Hartman Institute, and lectures widely across the US and Canada. Raised on the frontier of the West San Fernando Valley, Rabbi Feinstein graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz, Columbia University Teachers College, and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained a rabbi and earned his doctorate in education. Rabbi Feinstein was the founding head of the Solomon Schechter Academy of Dallas, Associate Rabbi of Congregation Shearith Israel in Dallas, and Executive Director of Camp Ramah in California. He came to Valley Beth Shalom in 1993.

A person playing a string instrument, colorful artwork and The Washington Ballet

Explore Performing and Visual Arts

The arts can sometimes bridge differences and illuminate perspectives as no other method can. Artistic expressions at Chautauqua — including professional and pre-professional offerings in classical and contemporary musictheateroperadancevisual arts and literary arts — aim to inspire, educate, entertain and engage a diverse and growing audience.

Athenaeum Hotel

Places to Stay

Make the night complete by staying on our historic grounds. From the Athenaeum Hotel to countless private rental properties, Chautauqua offers accommodations for all needs and tastes. 

People enjoying drinks around a fire at 3 Taps

Dining & Shopping

Make your Chautauqua experience memorable! Share a delicious meal at one of our many restaurants. Or take piece of Chautauqua home with you from our unique shops.