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Invaders from Planet 9 – October 6 – October 28

Grab the kids and kick off the Halloween season with this science fiction inspired hiking play! Kids under 10 years of age receive 50% off!

Join a group of college students who find themselves in the middle of an alien invasion. Can these unlikely heroes work together to save the day? Or will our planet be lost to these ruthless invaders? Paying homage to science fiction stories from the 1950’s, this tale is sure to make you scream and laugh in equal measure. Brace yourself for adventure and fantastic terrors like you’ve never seen before. Catch a sneak peek here.

Recommended for ages six (6) and older. Presented by Arts in the Open. Weekends, October 6 – October 28. Chautauqua Picnic Shelter. Buy tickets online.


Your Life, Your Legacy – October 8

Most people make financial plans for the future—planning college funds, vacation, retirement, healthcare—but very few like to think about death, let alone plan for it. Join Matt Fox, general manager of Crist Mortuary & Mountain View Memorial Park, for an afternoon conversation on the value of pre-arranging your final wishes as a gift to surviving family members. Chautauqua Community House, Meadows Room. FREE event. Coffee and cookies will be served. Click here to RSVP.


Helen Thorpe: The Newcomers – October 9

From award-winning author Helen Thorpe comes a powerful and moving account of how refugee teenagers at a Denver public high school learn English and become Americans, in the care of a compassionate teacher. Unfamiliar with American culture, their stories are poignant and remarkable as they face the enormous challenge of adapting. Read a recent book review by USA Today here. Tuesday, October 9. 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.


Dawn & Hawkes – October 12

Miranda Dawn and Chris Hawkes first met in 2010 when he crossed an Austin barroom floor and asked her to dance. A modest beginning became an instant attraction when they first sang together creating a sound Texas Monthly coined as “undeniably intimate.” Their first duo effort, “Golden Heart,” climbed to #25 on Billboard’s Folk chart and landed at #2 in iTunes Singer-Songwriter albums kicking off a whirlwind of constant cross-country touring and co-writing, and even a run on NBC’s “The Voice.” Judge Adam Levine called their version of the Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen a Face” his “favorite performance on the show – ever” and the single reached No. 1 on Billboard’s rock chart. Listen here. Friday, October 12. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.


Just Announced: Documentary Film Series

Join us for an intimate movie night and discover new ideas and cultures, followed by a post-screening discussion. This year’s series kicks off with the life story of legendary climber Fred Beckey and continues through April with a look at the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America, as seen through the mind’s eye of Wendell Berry. All films: 7:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

Oct 19 – Dirtbag
Watch the life story of Fred Beckey, one of the greatest climbers of all time. Watch the trailer here. Read more…

Nov 9 – Happening
Embark on a journey into the dawn of the clean energy era. Watch the trailer here. Read more…

Dec 8 – Frame by Frame
Follow four Afghan photojournalists as they navigate the realities of building their country’s first free press. Watch the trailer here. Read more…

Jan 25 – California Typewriter
Take a look at the typewriter loyalists and consider your relationship with technology. Watch the trailer here. Read more…

Feb 22 – How We Grow
Dig into the stories of these ambitious young Colorado farmers building community around locally grown food. Watch the trailer here. Read more…

Mar 8 – The Human Element
Follow acclaimed photographer James Balog as he documents those affected by climate change disasters. Read more…

Arp 26 – Look & See
View the changing landscapes and shifting values of rural America, as seen through the mind’s eye of Wendell Berry. Watch the trailer here. Read more…

Want to secure your seats at a discounted rate? Join or renew your membership today.


Host your holiday festivities at Chautauqua

With cooler temperatures in the air, the time for holiday entertaining is not far away. For 120 years, Chautauqua has been THE choice for parties, weddings, meetings and retreats. Guests, colleagues and friends always look back with the feeling they’ve participated in an extraordinary, once-in-a-lifetime event.

Chautauqua’s 26 scenic acres give you everything you need – all in one place, and with plenty of room to roam. You’ll find venues capable of hosting from 10-150 visitors. Your guests, friends or colleagues can relax in any of the 58 historic cottages; each with screen porches, kitchens, living rooms and bath. Our catering service offers a varied menu with select items. As well, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner and a full-service bar at the historic Dining Hall. Our experienced staff will work closely with you from start to finish to ensure your event is extraordinary. Learn more here.

To learn more about our cottages and lodges, click here or email


Children’s Halloween tea party – October 27

It’s not too late to reserve your seats at the children’s Halloween tea party! Dress up your little goblins, princesses and ghouls and enjoy an afternoon of fun with creative crafts and a photo area along with afternoon tea served with a tiered tray of sweet and savory treats. Saturday, October 27 from 3-5 p.m. Price is $25 per person. Space is limited. Reservations with a credit card required. Call 303.440.3776.


Become a Chautauqua Member

Serving the community for 120 years, the Colorado Chautauqua has always represented the best of what Boulder has to offer, thanks in part to our members. Membership helps to preserve the historic grounds of the Chautauqua and build community through unique cultural, educational, social and recreational experiences. And, with year-round programs and member benefits, there has never been a better time to join the Colorado Chautauqua Association. Benefits may include discount Community House event tickets, 10% discount on lodging (September – May), 10% off at the Chautauqua Dining Hall (October – April) and much more.

Join or renew your membership today! Click here to learn more.

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