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Dana Louise & The Glorious Birds – March 16

During a solo journey to the Azores Islands in 2011, Dana Louise, a visual artist, taught herself to play guitar. The daughter of Ezra Idlet of the Grammy-nominated Trout Fishing in America, Dana forged the beginnings of her sound, practicing amidst the archipelago’s lava rocks and dragon trees. Based in Northwest Arkansas, Dana and her band mix indie folk with jazz, creating melodious, unusual and unexpected music. Watch the group perform live from a cave in North Arkansas here. Friday, March 16. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

Colorado Music Festival tickets on sale now!

Single tickets are now available for the 2018 Colorado Music Festival (CMF) season. Running June 28 – August 4, this year’s lineup will include incredible performances from Olga Kern, Yefim Bronfman, Michelle DeYoung, Narek Hakhnazaryan and many more.

Continuing CMF’s tradition of attracting international talent, Peter Oundjian, music director of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and Royal Scottish National Orchestra, has been engaged as artistic advisor for the 2018 season. A highly respected musician around the world, Oundjian rose to fame as a violinist, winning first prize at the International Violin Competition at Viña del Mar, Chile, in 1980.

To purchase tickets and view all the CMF events at Chautauqua Auditorium, click here.


Cynthia Swanson: The Glass Forest – March 28

It’s fall of 1960 and Angie Glass, twenty-one years old, is living idyllically in her Wisconsin hometown. She and her handsome husband, Paul, are besotted with each other and their infant son, PJ. But the idyll ends when Angie answers a phone call from Paul’s seventeen-year-old niece, Ruby, who says her father, Paul’s brother Henry, has committed suicide, and her mother, Silja, is missing.

Join Cynthia Swanson, New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of “The Bookseller”, as she leads a discussion on her new novel, “The Glass Forest”. Wednesday, March 28. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.


Mix-and-match sessions as you wish

Are you looking for the right summer camp for your kids? Look no further.

Camp Chautauqua is not your typical camp. We have gone to great lengths to design an enriching experience that allows children ages 6-13 to develop important leadership skills, discover their passions, and forge a stronger connection to nature. Campers team up with counselors from Watson University and Wild Bear Nature Center where they learn how they can use their strengths to lead others, the power of story-telling, and how to find common ground among diverse participants.

All while having loads of FUN during action packed weeks of games, arts and crafts, hiking, challenge courses, wilderness skills and much more!

Running July 2 – 27, camps offered for full day, morning sessions, afternoon sessions or mix-and-match sessions are now available.

Click here to learn more about Camp Chautauqua. Online registration is now available for all session types.


Conference on World Affairs special discount – April 9 – 13

Each April, a hundred fascinating luminaries from the widest range of backgrounds gather in Boulder for what The New York Times calls “a week-long extravaganza of discussion and debate” on more than 200 sessions over five days. All events are open to the public, without charge—and attended by students, faculty, staff, alumni, townsfolk, journalists and visitors from around the nation. Audiences at the individual sessions range in size from an intimate 100 to well over 2,000.

As an official lodging partner of the Conference on World Affairs, Chautauqua is offering a special discount to let you experience Boulder’s only national historic landmark for less. Use promo code LOD4CWA when booking.* Plan your stay today! Click here to register online.

*Restrictions: Offer valid on studio and one-bedroom cottages only. Valid only on new reservations between April 9 – 13, 2018. Cannot be combined with any other offers. Offer valid while supplies last.


Children’s Easter tea – March 31

A few spots remain for the children’s Easter tea! Gather the kids and hop into the Chautauqua Dining hall for this spring-inspired party, Meet the Easter Bunny, participate in fun craft projects, play in the dress up photo booth and enjoy afternoon tea service served on white linen with a tiered tray of sweet and savory treats. Easter egg hunt is weather permitting. Saturday, March 31 from 2-4 p.m. Price is $25 per person.*

*Space is limited! So please only 2 adults per child. Reservations with a credit card are required. All cancellations must be made one week in advance. This is a community seating event. If you would like to sit with another group please request when making the reservation.
For reservations, call 303.440.3776.


Now hiring for summer!

Looking for a great summer job in one of Boulder’s most beautiful locations? Applications are now being accepted to fill the following full time, part time, and seasonal openings.

• Parking Staff
• Box Office Staff
• Event Staff
• Hospitality Assistant
• Human Resources/Safety Assistant

For more information, please visit the Career page on our website.


If you stand in the Centennial Garden and look up at the second floor of the Chautauqua Community House, you will see a bell hanging from the eaves. This bell is a replica of the original “curfew bell” that Mrs. T.M. Scott, in “A History of the Colorado Chautauqua,” calls one of “two landmarks here, that have withstood the wear of time.”

The curfew bell was hung from a derrick west of the Auditorium and rung for the first time July 9, 1898, to announce each change of classes and the 9:30 p.m. curfew.


Ringing the bell. Photo courtesy of Paul J. Sadler.

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