Chautauqua was a social and cultural phenomenon that permeated rural North America until the mid-1920s. At its height, the Chautauqua Movement attracted millions to hear educators, preachers, explorers, scientists, politicians, singers and bands. Today only a handful of Chautauqua communities survive.

Since the turn of the 21st Century, Chautauqua is experiencing a renaissance. People are discovering that lifelong learning is one of the keys to living a happy, fulfilling life. The demand for authentic cultural experiences is growing quickly.

At Lakeside, our summer season offers daily programming in all four Chautauqua pillars: recreation, education, arts and entertainment, and religion. Around every corner, there are opportunities to nurture mind, body and spirit.


Lakeside’s programming is built upon the four pillars of Chautauqua: religion, education, cultural arts and recreation. The religion pillar hosts a number of programs and activities, including Sunday Worship Services, Faith for Living Hour, Wednesday Family Picnics and Vespers by the Lake, as well as children, youth and teen ministry.



Education was a founding principle of the Chautauqua movement, and today Lakeside continues to value life-long learning by providing educational opportunities for individuals of all ages and all interests. Offerings range from expert-led discussions and lectures to Lake Erie science lessons and family music programs.


Arts & Entertainment

Lakeside welcomes more than 75 concerts and shows each summer that vary from symphony orchestras, to hip-hop dance crews, stand-up comedians and Grammy-winning vocalists. For those with in an interest in crafts and fine arts, we invite you to the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts. We also are home to Ottawa County’s only movie theater, our historic Orchestra Hall.



In true Lakeside fashion, Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile is where the beauty of nature, the charm of good company and the energy of the lake come together. Among several other things, the Lakeside shoreline serves as the perfect setting for fitness and recreation, whether it be a pickup game of basketball, a sailing race, a tennis match or a peaceful morning jog.