In order to provide quality entertainment, speakers, recreational activities and maintenance to our grounds and facilities, Lakeside Chautauqua requires all guests and residents to purchase a Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass to enter during Memorial Day weekend and the summer programming season. Kids age 12 & under and guests 90 & older are always free!


What is a Chautauqua Pass & Auto Pass?

A Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass are required to enter Lakeside Chautauqua during Memorial Day weekend and the gated summer programming season from mid-June to Labor Day.

There are a variety of Chautauqua Passes (Daily, Friday, Saturday, Season, Partial Day) and Auto Passes (Inside the Gates, South Gate Parking Lot, Danbury School Parking Lot) to choose from, depending on the length of your visit. As always, kids age 12 & under and guests over the age of 90 are always free. A Daily, Friday or Saturday Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time it's purchased until 7 p.m. the following day.

Purchasing a Daily Chautauqua Pass (full day) and Daily Auto Pass includes admittance to the Lakeside Chautauqua grounds, as well as admission to nightly entertainment Hoover Auditorium, access to the pool, and these additional benefits.

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How do I purchase Chautauqua Passes & Auto Passes?

Guests are encouraged to purchase Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes online prior to arrival. You can select to have passes mailed to your home or held at Will Call for pickup. For the mail option, your passes will take 14 days to arrive. For Will Call, you can pick up your prepaid passes at the Welcome Center (near the Route 163/South Gate Parking Lot) upon arrival. Please note that you can’t print online passes from home or have them scanned from your phone. Partial Day Chautauqua Passes can't be purchased online.

Passes can still be purchased upon entering the gates of Lakeside or by completing and returning the 2019 Chautauqua Pass & Auto Pass Order Form by mail.

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Barcode & Ticket Scanning

Barcode scanning isn’t a new concept, and there’s a good chance you’ve scanned one within the past few days. From grocery store items to concert tickets, you see barcodes at just about every transaction. However, barcodes and ticket scanning are new to Lakeside and will be implemented this summer.

A unique barcode and number will be printed on each Chautauqua Pass (even Season Chautauqua Passes). Starting Memorial Day weekend and continuing through the summer, every guest (adult, youth, child - age 4 & older, season pass holder and employee) will be required to hand their Chautauqua Pass to the Gate Attendant to have their barcoded pass scanned when entering and exiting the gates.

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Do I need to purchase an extra ticket to attend a concert or show in Hoover?

Purchasing a Daily, Friday, Saturday or Season Chautauqua Pass includes admission to Lakeside Chautauqua and all shows in Hoover Auditorium, plus additional benefits. A separate ‘ticket’ is not necessary to attend a show or concert. As always, kids age 12 & under and guests over age 90 are always free. Parking is an additional fee. A Daily, Friday or Saturday Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time it is purchased until 7 p.m. the following day. Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes may be purchased online or upon entering the gates of Lakeside.

The doors to Hoover Auditorium open a half-hour prior to the start of the show or concert. Seats are not reserved, but available on a first-come, first-served basis. Food and beverages are prohibited inside Hoover Auditorium. Please present your Chautauqua Pass upon entering and exiting Hoover Auditorium and the Lakeside Chautauqua gates.

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Additional Information

Friday or Saturday Chautauqua Pass for an adult is a premium cost if purchased on that day. If purchased any other day for Friday or Saturday, or if part of a multi-day purchase which includes Friday or Saturday, the price is the Daily Chautauqua Pass rate. Youth Daily Chautauqua Passes are not subject to the premium Friday or Saturday Chautauqua Pass rate, and kids age 12 & under and guests 90 & older are always free.

Keep your Chautauqua Pass close by, as you must present it upon entering and exiting Hoover Auditorium and the Lakeside Chautauqua gates (as well as your Auto Pass).

Do I need a pass if I'm staying overnight at Lakeside? If you're staying at the Fountain Inn, Hotel Lakeside, weekly cottage rental or any other accommodations during our gated summer season, Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes are required to enter Lakeside and not included in the cost of your hotel room, cottage rental fee or other accommodations fee.

Chautauqua Pass revenue covers only a fraction of the cost of presenting Lakeside’s quality Chautauqua program each summer. Lakeside's programming is possible only through the philanthropic support of its patrons, and we thank you for your continued support. To learn more about how to support Lakeside or to make a donation, visit the Giving page.