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.
Cocktails and screening of the documentary film, JFK: The Last Speech followed by two world premiere symphonies, JFK: The Last Speech and Flatiron Escapades: A Celebration of Chautauqua’s 125th Anniversary
performed by the Colorado Music Festival.
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM | Cocktails + Appetizers | Introduction + Film | Community House
6:30 PM – Concert | Chautauqua Auditorium
*Concert ticket included
Chautauqua’s Living History
Every month, get an in-depth look at Chautauqua’s history from Chautauqua archivist Kate Gerard.
The Latest: The Gardens
This month, learn more about the gardens on Chautauqua grounds, from their heyday as the “most charming [gardens] this side of California” to the revitalization of the centennial garden for Chautauqua’s 100th anniversary and the creation of the sustainable Waterwise Garden.
Chautauqua’s Greatest Hits Playlist
Enjoy a playlist of the many acclaimed acts who have graced the Chautauqua stage over the decades! Play here or save to your own Spotify to listen on the go.
Enjoy the history of Chautauqua in your kitchen with recipes collected from the Chautauqua Centennial Cookbook. Try your hand at delicious apple tarts, vegan chili, mouthwatering brisket and more!
Share Your Chautauqua Stories!
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