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Speedy (1928) – August 1

Featuring live musical accompaniment by Mont Alto Motion Picture Orchestra

“Speedy” (1928) is a delightful silent film starring Harry Lloyd set in New York City during the roaring twenties. Harold “Speedy” Smith loves baseball as much as he loves his girlfriend. Trouble knocks on the door when business tycoons try to buy out his father-in-law’s horse-drawn trolley for their railroad development. Everything plays out in the traditional Lloyd way, with wonderful gags and set pieces, plus an appearance by Babe Ruth himself. Watch the trailer here. Wednesday, August 1. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


Colorado Music Festival – Season Finale

As the 2018 season comes to a close, week 6 of Colorado Music Festival (CMF) offers something for everyone. On August 2, Armenian cellist Narek Hakhnazaryan, described by The Washington Post as “a seasoned phenomenon,” performs Dvorak’s stunning “Cello Concerto in B Minor On August 3, the Family Fun Concert will give young children a chance to meet CMF musicians and learn about their brass instruments. On Saturday, the CMF season comes to a close with a sold-out performance by pianist Olga Kern, performing an array of George Gershwin’s orchestral pieces.

• Thursday, August 2: Bernstein – Dvořák – Bartók
• Friday, August 3: Family Fun Concert – Meet the Brass
• Saturday, August 4: Festival Finale – Olga Kern plays Gershwin – Sold Out!

Purchase tickets online here.


Xperiment – August 4

Brought to you by Public Works Theatre Company, makers of “Flight of Fancy” and “Wanda & the Wave,” this family-friendly performance can best be described as a clown-science-magic-mashup. Join Pia the clown as she valiantly attempts to conduct a variety of scientific experiments which lead to mischief and mayhem! Recommended for ages five and older. Saturday, August 4. 2:00 PM. Chautauqua Community House. Buy tickets online.

Irish Tales along the Trails – August 4 & 5

Looking for a healthy and fun way to get the whole family up and moving? Arts in the Open hikes fuse nature with live performance, inviting audiences to enjoy the best of what Chautauqua has to offer. This weekend take the family on a whimsical adventure to the Emerald Isle and let the road rise up to meet you as you hike along with these courageous Celtic characters. Saturday, August 4 and Sunday, August 5. 10:00 AM. Chautauqua Picnic Shelter. Buy tickets online – these hikes typically sell out!


The Weepies – August 6

Folk-pop duo The Weepies (Deb Talan and Steve Tannen) have perfected the comforting synthesis of husky vocals and springy guitar, making any combination of words and melodies shine like gold. Their songs have been featured often on TV and film, including “One Tree Hill,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Sex and the City,” “Sense8” and the 2010 film “Morning Glory.” Watch The Weepies here. North Carolina’s hottest indie-Americana band, Mipso, will open the show. Watch Mipso here. Monday, August 6. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers – August 7

Drawing frequently from classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock and blues, Bruce Hornsby has built one of the most diverse, collaborative and adventurous careers in contemporary music. Since his 1987 Grammy Award win for “Best New Artist”, Bruce Hornsby has worked extensively with musicians including Stevie Nicks, Jerry Garcia, Elton John and many others. Watch Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers here. Tuesday, August 7. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.

Andrew Bird – August 10 & 11

Pitchfork Magazine has noted Andrew Bird as “easily one of the best violinists ever to devote himself to popular music…” With a sound that isn’t easy to categorize, his songs are orchestral and somewhat classical, but also distinctly American — part of a new wave of folk. Watch Andrew Bird here. Neyla Pekarek of the Denver-based band The Lumineers will open both shows. Watch Neyla Pekarek here. Friday, August 10 & Saturday, August 11. 7:30 PM. Chautauqua Auditorium. Buy tickets online.


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 the Park to Park free shuttle on Saturdays and Sundays through September 3

Enjoy a convenient, stress-free way to access Chautauqua. The City of Boulder’s Park to Park 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, plus holidays, from 8:00 AM – 8:00 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 September 7

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-serve basis. Pay at one of the five pay stations along Baseline or save time by downloading the ParkMobile app!

For more information about paid parking, visit


Stay after the show!

Turn a great performance into 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 2018Concert when booking.

For reservations, call 303.952.1611, or click here to reserve online.

*Restrictions: Offer valid while supplies last.


Grab a bite before the show!

On concert nights, try the open-air concessions at the Picnic Shelter, located on the south side of the Auditorium. Meet friends prior to the show for a selection of entrees, desserts and cold beverages including wine and craft beer from Odell Brewing Co. Concessions open two hours prior to show time. View the full menu here.

Looking for something more casual? Stop by the Chautauqua General Store, located just west of the Dining Hall, and enjoy grab and go snacks, coffee drinks and homemade ice cream. View the General Store hours here.

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