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Cocktail Hour: The Show by Ballets with a Twist – June 23

Join us this Friday for an evening of Hollywood glamour as Ballets with a Twist brings charismatic choreography, intoxicating music and exquisite costume design to the Chautauqua Auditorium stage. This pop-infused performing arts experience is high-style fun for all ages to enjoy! Read more about “Cocktail Hour: The Show” in a Denver Post preview here. Catch a glimpse here. Friday, June 23. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


The Three Musketeers – June 28

Featuring live musical accompaniment by The Silent Cinema Trio

This 1921 swashbuckling classic stars Colorado native Douglas Fairbanks as D’Artagnan, a young man with his heart set on becoming a musketeer. Arriving in Paris, D’Artagnan joins three of the most respected and feared musketeers, Porthos, Aramis and Athos, to defend Queen Ann against the devious Cardinal Richelieu. Enjoy elaborate costumes, valiant heroes and scheming villains in this silent film classic. Watch a short clip here. Wednesday, June 28. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


Get away to Chautauqua this summer!

Front Range fans, want to get away this summer without traveling long distances? Join us for a staycation and rejuvenate amidst the natural beauty of your local National Historic Landmark. Enjoy inspiring views of the Flatirons, front door access to Boulder’s famous hiking trails, onsite cultural programming, tranquil accommodations and soul-nourishing cuisine at the Dining Hall.

Available in studio, one, two or three bedroom configurations to meet your needs, each cottage has its own historic charm and features a fully equipped kitchen and screened-in front porch. All accommodations are television, phone and smoke free.

Learn more about our cottages and lodges here. For reservations, call 303.952.1611, or click here to reserve online. Minimum night stays may apply.


Chautauqua General Store is open!

Stop by and enjoy a baked treat, beverage or homemade ice cream. Grab-and-go snacks, old fashioned candies and other supplies like sunscreen, water bottles, hats and basic sundries are also available to equip you for your Chautauqua adventure. Open daily at 8 AM.

For more information, call 303.954.9185 or email


Houston Cottage

The Colorado Chautauqua (b. 1898) was originally created to “conduct a summer normal school and general lecture course” where Texas teachers could upgrade their skills in the salubrious climate and spectacular setting of Boulder.

In 1901, needing additional lodging space and hoping to attract annually returning visitors, the then Texas-Colorado Chautauqua Association advertised for out-of-state “owner-builders” to construct cottages at Chautauqua. A contest for the best cottage offered a prize of $150, free admission for a year, and free rent for eighteen years. Houston Teachers Association Cottage won.

To this day, the Houston Teachers Cottage is owned by descendants of the Houston Teachers Association. Each year they hold a lottery to determine who gets to use the cottage. Its original architectural details are unchanged.

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Houston Teachers Association Cottage, Lone Star flag and hammock on front porch.

Photo courtesy: Colorado Chautauqua Association archives.


Notice of Annual Meeting – July 17

The Annual Meeting of the Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) will be held on Monday, July 17th at 4:30 p.m. MDT in the Grand Assembly of the Chautauqua Community House. All CCA members are invited to attend. View agenda here. To become a CCA member, click here.

Board of Directors Election

Interested in serving on the CCA Board of Directors?

There will be five openings on the 15-person Colorado Chautauqua Association (CCA) Board of Directors for one-, two-, and three-year terms beginning September 1, 2017. CCA members interested in seeking election to the CCA Board this summer must complete and submit electronically the CCA Board of Directors Candidate Application for receipt no later than 5:00 a.m. MDT on Monday, June 26th in order to be included on the 2017 ballot.

View 2017 CCA Board of Directors Candidate Application (PDF)
View 2017 CCA Board of Directors Candidate Application (Word Document)


Chautauqua Lighting Plan

The City of Boulder and the Colorado Chautauqua Association are working together to develop a lighting plan to improve exterior lighting within the National Historic Landmark. Attend the first of three open houses on Monday, June 26 from 4-5:30 p.m. at the Chautauqua Community House. The open house will be an opportunity to share feedback about the forthcoming historic analysis report and project guiding principles. The open house will be followed by a Joint Landmarks Board and Colorado Chautauqua Association Study Session from 6-8 p.m. For more information, click here.

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