Have a question about Lakeside Chautauqua? Review our list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) below. If you have a specific question or concern, contact us. We also invite you to review our Resources and updated Rules & Regulations for additional information.


Are there fees associated with visiting Lakeside?

A Chautauqua Pass entitles guests to participate in a wide range of programs, including Hoover Auditorium shows, worship services, educational lectures, cultural arts events and specific recreational activities. There are several Chautauqua Passes to choose from, depending on how long your family is visiting.

Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes are required during Memorial Day weekend and the summer programming season. Kids age 12 & under and guests 90 & older are always free. For more information about Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes, visit the Admission & Parking Fees page.

What does "Chautauqua" mean?

The word "Chautauqua" originates from the indigenous group of people, the Iroquois. The direct meaning is said to be either "two moccasins tied together" or "bag tied at the middle."

“Chautauqua” represents a community that welcomes all people to gather and participate in lifelong learning opportunities through four pillars: religion, education, cultural arts and recreation.

Established in 1873, Lakeside is among the first Chautauqua communities founded in North America. Today, it thrives as one of the few remaining Chautauqua communities in North America. Visit The Chautauqua Movement page for more information or www.chautauquatrail.com to learn about other Chautauqua communities.