There are a variety of exhibits and special events that are offered during the summer. These events are a great way to experience everything Lakeside has to offer. Search our online Calendar of Events for specific dates, a particular event or to find out what's happening during your vacation.

Lakeside Collector Car Show

Classic, vintage and collector cars are displayed on the Hotel Lakeside lawn during the Collector Car Show. Car enthusiasts may enter their vehicles (25 years or older) in the show. You can expect to see a wide variety of interesting vehicles.

Garden Tour

The Beautification Awards Program honors those who have worked to promote the overall aesthetic appearance of the grounds. Guests and residents are invited to experience these landscapes during our self-guided Garden Tour throughout Lakeside.

Lakeside Art Show

For more than half a century, Lakeside has hosted an Art Show welcoming work from artists of all ages and skill levels. Attend the show to meet the award-winning artists or purchase the a masterpiece for yourself.

Lakeside Wooden Boat Show & Plein Air Art Festival

Lakeside's waterfront transforms into an outdoor showroom of wooden boats as cruisers line the dock and the Hotel Lakeside lawn at the Lakeside Wooden Boat Show. This classic display pairs with the Plein Air Art Festival, a three-day event creating one of the most unique weekends that the Chautauqua season has to offer.

Lakeside Craft & Art Show

The Lakeside Craft & Art Show features more than 60 exhibitors showcasing their photography, wood carvings, handmade jewelry, painted glass and home décor. This annual event is situated on the front lawn of historic Hotel Lakeside.

Lakeside Photography Show

The Lakeside Photography Show features entries taken by amateur photographers from Lakeside and the surrounding area. Photos may be viewed a half-hour prior to all evening Hoover Auditorium shows, or on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays in Hoover Auditorium.

Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus Show

The Northwestern Ohio Gladiolus Show, which has been held at Lakeside for more than 50 years, is an open entry show held in Hoover Auditorium with many different and unusual gladiolus arrangements on display.

Lakeside Antique Show

More than 85 dealers display antiques in Wo-Ho-Mis, South Auditorium, Wesley Lodge and the adjacent lawn during the Antique Show. Items offered, include china, glassware, quilts, fine and costume jewelry, sterling, sports memorabilia and much more.

Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival

The Lakeside-Marblehead Lighthouse Festival is a cherished fall tradition that takes place in Lakeside and throughout the Marblehead Peninsula. This free, peninsula-wide event includes a variety of activities for the entire family to enjoy.

"A Lakeside Christmas" & Community Christmas Dinner

Lakeside's Annual Christmas Dinner has grown to an all-weekend family event, called "A Lakeside Christmas." The weekend offers Christmas-themed movies, children's activities, visit from Santa, Community Christmas Dinner and Jingle Jump, an event where the brave-hearted and warm-blooded are invited to jump into the freezing waters of Lake Erie.


Purchasing a Daily, Peak, Friday, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission into Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate "ticket" is not necessary to attend a Hoover show. As always, children age 12 and under and guests over age 90 are free. Parking is an additional fee. Admission and Parking may be purchased online at or upon entering the gates of Lakeside. There are no reserved seats for Hoover shows; seats are on a first-come, first-served basis. Present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering Hoover Auditorium.

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