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Sherlock Holmes – August 9

Starring William Gillette with live musical accompaniment by Hank Troy, piano

Long considered lost until a nitrate negative was identified in the vaults of La Cinémathèque Française, this William Gillette film is a vital missing link in the history of Sherlock Holmes on screen. Gillette is credited as the world’s foremost interpreter of Holmes on stage down to the detective’s famous deerstalker cap. This newly-restored edition represents the sole surviving appearance of Gillette’s Holmes on film. Watch a clip from “Sherlock Holmes” here. Wednesday, August 9. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


Colin Hay with Trace Bundy – August 10

Colin Hay, front man of the hit band Men at Work, takes the Chautauqua Auditorium stage tomorrow night. Best known for the ’80s hits “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now,” his inclusion as a playlist favorite from the likes of Metallica to The Lumineers reflects his continuing relevance and broad appeal. Now with both ’80s fame and indie credibility, it’s possible that Hay has delivered the defining album of his solo career, “Fierce Mercy.” Watch Colin Hay here. Trace Bundy, dubbed the “Acoustic Ninja,” will open tonight’s show. Thursday, August 10. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.

St. Paul and the Broken Bones – August 15 & 16

Fronted by Paul Janeway, a fiery, Otis Redding-indebted vocalist, St. Paul and the Broken Bones is a high-voltage Birmingham, Alabama-based eight-piece band. This widely praised modern indie-blues group is known for mating ‘60s soul fire – daubed with latter-day influences like Sly Stone, David Bowie and Prince. Watch St. Paul and the Broken Bones here. Other Black will open the show on August 15. Dragondeer will open the show on August 16. Tuesday, August 15 & Wednesday, August 16. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.

Blind Pilot – August 19

As NPR says, “There’s a sense of deliberation to everything Blind Pilot has done in its three-album career: After all, back when the band consisted of just Nebeker and drummer Ryan Dobrowski, the two toured up and down the West Coast via bicycle. Now that it’s a six-piece with a label deal and a national following, Blind Pilot travels more quickly.” Blind Pilot’s newest album “And Then Like Lions” is the third LP from the Portland, Oregon-based indie folk sextet. Watch Blind Pilot here. Covenhoven will open tonight’s show. Saturday, August 19. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


Flight of Fancy – August 12

Using masks and puppets to create a magical, cartoon-like world, “Flight of Fancy” takes the family on an adventure with quite the unlikely pair – Louise and Armistead the Puffin. This show for all ages features a “full mask” style in which the actors do not speak, but express themselves with physical movement, as well as puppetry and a lush sound score. Presented by Public Works Theatre Company. Saturday, August 12. 11:00 AM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.


Stay after the concert!

Do you have tickets to one of the great August concerts in the Chautauqua Auditorium? Make it a complete Chautauqua experience—retire after the show to one of our cozy cottages. Special one night reservations available* for Auditorium events! Use promo code 2017Concert for Auditorium events. Click here to make reservations online now or contact

*Restrictions: Offer valid while supplies last.


Grab a bite before the show!

Looking for casual dining before attending a summer concert at the Auditorium? Meet friends prior to the show at the Picnic Shelter for sandwiches and a selection of beer, wine and cold beverages or stop by the General Store, located next to the Dining Hall, for homemade ice cream, a cup of coffee or a quick snack.

For reservations, call 303.440.3776 or to reserve via email, click here.


Ride the free HOP 2 Chautauqua to concerts this summer

Join us in being part of the solution to reduce congestion and “be green” by riding the HOP 2 Chautauqua, a free transit service to the Colorado Music Festival and Chautauqua Summer Series events. All HOP 2 Chautauqua shuttles are ADA compliant “kneeling” buses and begin running approximately 90 minutes before show time and run for 45 minutes after the show. For more information about routes, schedules and other tips, click here.

Ride with Uber

Uber is the official transportation partner of the Chautauqua Summer Concert Series. Get a safe, reliable ride in minutes at the tap of a button. New users can take $10 off 2 rides using code CCA2017. Existing users can take 40% off 2 rides to/from Chautauqua up to $5 each, using code CCASUMMER. Signup now at

Ride the new Park to Park free shuttle on Saturdays and Sundays through August 27

Enjoy a convenient, stress-free way to access Chautauqua. The City of Boulder’s Park to Park pilot program aims to create a better visitor experience while reducing vehicular and parking impacts on neighbors and the area’s natural and cultural resources. The Park to Park free shuttle service runs Saturday and Sunday from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM from convenient and free satellite parking lots throughout Boulder.

For more information about the free shuttle routes, visit

Paid Parking – Saturdays and Sundays through August 27

Prefer not to use the free satellite parking or ride the shuttle? Paid parking ($2.50/hour) is available in designated areas in and around Chautauqua, and on a first come, first-served basis. Pay at one of the five pay stations along Baseline, or save time by downloading the ParkMobile app!

For more information about the free shuttle routes, free and paid parking, visit


Chautauqua Picnic Shelter

According to the Colorado Historical Society’s Historic Building Inventory Record (1995), in 1901, after extra benches from the Auditorium were moved to an area just south of the building, the grounds superintendent, Mr. Lyman, built a wooden framework with a canvas covering to provide shade, and trained clematis vines to grow over the structure. In 1915 the City of Boulder built two stone fireplaces nearby for cookouts. It quickly became a popular picnic spot for Boulder residents as well as Chautauquans.

The present Chautauqua Picnic Shelter was built in the 1920s in the vernacular wood frame style. It features a shallow gable roof, square timbers defining bays and large squared stones at the north corners. Furnished with picnic tables and benches, it still serves as a popular destination for hikers, families, concert-goers, school groups and local organizations.

Group posed in front of the newly completed Picnic Shelter circa 1920s, which Chautauqua touted as a multi-generational asset. Photo Courtesy: Colorado Chautauqua Association archives.

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