The Colorado Chautauqua is Celebrating its 125th Anniversary!

1898 – 2023

The Colorado Chautauqua, a National Historic Landmark (NHL), is one of the few chautauquas in continuous use since its founding in 1898.  For 125 years, the Colorado Chautauqua has been a healing oasis for the local community, as well as a hub of activity, welcoming over a million visitors each year. With its iconic Flatirons location, historic auditorium and dining hall, over 60 rental cottages and lodges, 40 miles of hiking trails, year-round concerts, talks and exhibits, quaint shopping, private event venues and farm-to-table dining, Chautauqua continues to honor its age-old values of lifelong learning, love of nature, voluntary simplicity and music, oration and the arts – delivering inspiration and respite for all.

Visit this page throughout the year as we update details of our big celebration on July 8th, as well as new history blogs and throwback Chautauqua recipes.

Chautauqua 125 Birthday Bash!
July 8, 2023

Save the date for the Colorado Chautauqua’s 125th Anniversary, featuring a community festival with live music, tours, food trucks, games, historic exhibits, and public art, as well as a special concert in Chautauqua’s iconic 125-year-old Auditorium!

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<p>Live Music<br />
Speakers<br />
Public Art<br />
Lawn Games<br />
Tours<br />
Photo Booth<br />
Historical Exhibits<br />
Artisan Market<br />
Food Trucks<br />
Beer Garden<br />
And much more! Ticketed<br />
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 Chautauqua’s Greatest Hits Playlist

Chautauqua’s Living History 

Every month, get an in-depth look at Chautauqua’s history from Chautauqua archivist Kate Gerard.  

Opening Day

This month, learn more about Chautauqua’s origin as a center for learning and the race against time to set up its first buildings.

Share Your Chautauqua Stories!


Thank You

125th Anniversary Steering Committee!

Jen and Mo Siegel – Co-Chairs; Danny Conroy; Rick Dallago; Prentiss Donahue; Leigh Fiske; Cathy Greer; Judy Heeter; Emiliano Lake-Herrera; Caroline Landry; Catherine Long Gates; Josh Taxman; John Tayer; Molly Tayer; Stephen Tebo; Trudy Turvey


Thank You Sponsors and Partners!

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