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Memorial Day Weekend Schedule of Events

Join us in Lakeside Chautauqua on Memorial Day weekend for a time of honor and remembrance. We’ll also kick off the summer with exciting events and fun for the whole family!

The holiday weekend includes hotels, cottage rentals, complimentary shuttles and our signature Chautauqua experience, with a lineup of entertainment, education, worship, swimming at the pool, fitness classes and so much more. Shop and dine in Lakeside’s downtown business district throughout the weekend.

View the schedule of events below, as well as details about our Memorial Day weekend hotel package.

Book a Memorial Day Weekend Hotel Package!

Lakeside is offering a Memorial Day weekend hotel package for $775 (+tax) at Hotel Lakeside or the Fountain Inn, with check-in on Friday, May 26 and check-out on Monday, May 29. The package includes:

  • 3-Night stay (Friday-Sunday) at Hotel Lakeside or the Fountain Inn
  • 2 Adult Chautauqua Passes (Friday-Sunday)
  • 2 Child/Youth Chautauqua Passes (Friday-Sunday)
  • 3-Day South Gate Parking Lot Pass
  • Hotel Lakeside Dining Room Breakfast Buffet (Friday & Saturday)

Book a room by calling (419) 798-4461, ext. 230, and ask for the Memorial Day weekend hotel package. Room type exclusions apply.

Please note: Must stay 3 nights at either Hotel Lakeside or the Fountain Inn; Friday (check-in) through Sunday night (check-out Monday). Package available for Standard Rooms. Additional Chautauqua Passes are available to purchase at full price. The $775 Memorial Day Weekend hotel package price is before tax. A 25% deposit is due at booking; $50 cancellation fee if canceled outside 72 hours. A deposit of 25% deposit is forfeited if canceled within 72 hours of arrival. No refunds; no exceptions; no exchanges; no rain dates. Limited availability. Current reservations are transferrable for the above dates only. Room type exclusions apply. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers or special promotions.

Memorial Day FLASH DEAL Offer

There’s still time left to plan a getaway for Memorial Day. Plan to visit Lakeside to attend the Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony, sit back on the Hotel Lakeside porch, play a game at the courts and relax poolside to start your summer off right.

Take advantage of our FLASH DEAL offer and book your Monday, May 29 night stay at Hotel Lakeside or the Fountain Inn. This deal includes an overnight stay at either hotel, 2 Daily Chautauqua Passes and an Auto Pass starting at $185 (+tax).

To book your stay, call (419) 798-4461, ext. 230. Reservations include a light breakfast. Room type exclusions apply.

Please note: Must stay Monday, May 29 at either Hotel Lakeside or the Fountain Inn. Offer available for Standard Rooms. Additional Chautauqua Passes are available to purchase at full price. The $185 FLASH DEAL offer is before tax. A 25% deposit is due at booking; $50 cancellation fee if canceled outside 72 hours. A deposit of 25% deposit is forfeited if canceled within 72 hours of arrival. No refunds; no exceptions; no exchanges; no rain dates. Limited availability. Current reservations are transferrable for the above date only. Room type exclusions apply. This offer cannot be combined with any other discounts, offers or special promotions.

Celebrate 150 Years of Lakeside

“Celebrating 150 Years of Lakeside” Exhibit
May 26-June 10 | Hoover Auditorium
As a great beginning to an outstanding 150th season, join us in Hoover Auditorium for a new exhibit celebrating the rich heritage of Lakeside. Special thanks to the Sesquicentennial Steering Committee and Subcommittees that have been hard at work preparing this timeline history display for Lakesiders. View the “Celebrating 150 Years of Lakeside” Exhibit 30 minutes prior to programs in Hoover Auditorium from May 26-June 10.

Founders Day Celebration
Lakeside Chautauqua was founded in 1873 by a group of faithful visionaries, insightful businessmen and dedicated locals. Among the early organizers were Rev. Richard P. Duvall, B.H. Jacobs, A.C. Payne and Samuel R. Gill. Now 150 years later, we celebrate their vision and the rich history of Lakeside Chautauqua with two Founders Day Celebrations.

The first celebration will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 28 with a brief ceremony at the Steele Memorial Bandstand. Following the ceremony, enjoy a variety of afternoon activities, including live music, horse-drawn carriage rides and square dancing. The second celebration will be held on Sunday, July 2.

Lakeside Connect
2-3 p.m., Sunday, May 28 | Steele Memorial Bandstand
All are invited to connect with the Lakeside Chautauqua Team to kick off our Sesquicentennial season. While you enjoy refreshments graciously provided by local merchants, learn about this week’s Chautauqua pillar programs and activities and meet new Lakeside friends.

Weekend Cookout
4-6 p.m., Sunday, May 28 | Hotel Lakeside Lawn
During Lakeside’s Founders Day Celebration, stop by the Hotel Lakeside lawn for a cookout provided by Ward Catering featuring all your favorite grilled favorites: hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, grilled chicken sandwiches and BBQ chicken salad with sides.

“Lakeside Chautauqua: An American Treasure” Documentary
7 p.m., Sunday, May 28 | Hoover Auditorium
To celebrate Lakeside’s Sesquicentennial, we’ve partnered with WGTE, a Toledo PBS affiliate, to create a documentary about Lakeside’s history, titled “Lakeside Chautauqua: An American Treasure.” The documentary, narrated by Lakesider and CBS News Correspondent Steve Hartman, will premiere in Hoover Auditorium. Before the premiere, Lakeside staff, Board members, community members and WGTE representatives will introduce the film. After the showing, stay for a Q&A with the documentary producers, Nathan Hursh and Caleb Johnson, and a reception in the Hoover Auditorium Lobby.

Live Entertainment in Hoover Auditorium & Bettinger Park

The Drowsy Lads
7:30 p.m., Friday, May 26 | Hoover Auditorium
Back by popular demand, Lakeside’s Sesquicentennial summer concert series kicks off with The Drowsy Lads, a band known for their spirited arrangements, original bluegrass compositions and true obsession for traditional Irish music. Each lad is a multi-instrumentalist, and the combined lineup includes fiddle, button accordion, tenor banjo, flute, whistle, guitar, bouzouki, uilleann pipes, 5-string banjo, concertina and bodhran.

Music with Jerry Popiel
2-4 p.m., Saturday, May 27 | Pavilion West Deck
Singer, songwriter and guitarist Jerry Popiel will provide a relaxing afternoon of music with hits from the 1970s through today. He is a singer, songwriter and guitarist from the Indie rock band Cat o’ Nines and the 1970s tribute band Cowbell Fever. He performs regularly as an acoustic guitarist and vocalist, sometimes with his backing band, Osage Orange. 

DSB – America’s Favorite Tribute to Journey
7:30 p.m., Saturday, May 27 | Hoover Auditorium
DSBs high-energy stage production and accurate recreations of Journey classics have made them one of the most sought-after Journey tribute shows. They’ve captured the signature sound of renowned vocalist Steve Perry and Journey in its prime, singing “Don’t Stop Believin’,” “Any Way You Want It” and “Wheel in the Sky.”

Music with Straight from the Heart
4-6 p.m., Sunday, May 28 | Pavilion West Deck
Straight from the Heart is a barbershop quartet that has been entertaining Northeast Ohio audiences since 2017. They are active members of the Barbershop Harmony Society, an international a cappella singing organization that promotes the four-part barbershop style of singing.

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony
10:15 a.m., Monday, May 29 | Second Street & Pavilion Circle
This year, Lakeside Chautauqua will host the peninsula’s Memorial Day Parade and Ceremony. The parade begins at Central Avenue and Fifth Street, travels north on Central Avenue, west on Second Street and proceeds to Pavilion Circle, located in Bettinger Park, where the Memorial Day Ceremony will take place.

The Ceremony includes remarks by Lakeside and Marblehead leaders, a wreath laying, music and remembrances. The rain location for the ceremony is Orchestra Hall.

There’s no charge for admission and parking to enter Lakeside for the parade and ceremony. Guests may enter the gates between 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. If the time allotted is exceeded, guest(s) will be charged a fee upon departure.

Special Community Events All Weekend

Bevy of Blooms Plant Sale
9 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, May 27 & 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28 | Lakeside Schoolhouse
Beautify your summer landscape with flowers from Lakeside’s Annual Bevy of Blooms Plant Sale. A Plant Sale Preview will be on display all day Friday, May 26 near the Lakeside Schoolhouse. Plant pricing will be posted onsite. Shop from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, May 27 and 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 28.  A wide selection of colorful annuals, herbs, hanging baskets and some perennials and vegetables will be available.

Demonstration: Plant Selection for Sensational Gardens
11 a.m., Saturday, May 27 | Lakeside Schoolhouse
Join Lakeside’s Master Gardener, Loretta Wilken, for a short demonstration on plant selection for sensational gardens. Wilken will share ideas and tips on selecting the right plants, container and soil to make your garden shine.

LHS Recycle Sale
Friday, May 26-Monday, May 29 | South Auditorium
This Memorial Day weekend, show your support for the Lakeside Heritage Society (LHS) by shopping the Annual Recycle Sale in South Auditorium. Want first dibs on this year’s merchandise? Early bird hours are Friday, May 26 from 9-11 a.m. with a $5 admission. All proceeds support the Heritage Society’s mission to preserve, promote and advance the history of Lakeside, the Marblehead Peninsula and the Chautauqua Movement in America. View Recycle Sale hours.

Sunday Worship Services

Lakefront Worship
8:30 a.m., Sunday, May 28 | Steele Memorial Bandstand
This informal worship service near the water’s edge includes prayer requests, Christian hymns and contemporary songs, an inspiring message and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. The service is led by Rev. Dr. Scott Wilson and Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost.

Lakeside UMC Worship
9 a.m., Sunday, May 28 | Lakeside UMC
Led by Rev. Karen Graham, this traditional church service offers a vibrant style of worship using inspirational songs and motivational words. Worship is recorded for viewing at home and posted as soon as it’s available.

Community Worship
10:30 a.m., Sunday, May 28 | Hoover Auditorium
We’re excited to welcome internationally known author, speaker and pastor Rev. Dr. Brian McLaren as Guest Preacher. This week’s preacher is supported by Steve & Jane Anderson. During the service, names will be read of those buried in the Memorial Garden at Chautauqua Park and Lakesiders we lost during the 2022-23 year.

Children’s Church
10:30 a.m., Sunday, May 28 | Hoover Auditorium/Bradley Temple
Children (ages 6-11) are invited to join children’s singer-songwriter Chip Richter for Children’s Church. Following the Community Worship Service opening prayer at 10:30 a.m., kids can join a parade through the aisles of Hoover that proceeds to Bradley Temple. Here, children will enjoy music, movement and a message from “Mr. Chip” and his whimsical friends, as well as a fun craft and refreshments. Younger children and siblings are welcome to join but must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Parents should meet their kids at Bradley Temple immediately following the closing prayer in Hoover.

Sunset Praise
8:30 p.m., Sunday, May 28 | Pavilion West Deck
Join worship leaders John and Bonnie Wilkie for an evening of praise music, traditional hymns, moments of reflection and spiritual renewal against the backdrop of the sun setting on Lake Erie. In the case of inclement weather, this event will be moved to the Lakeside United Methodist Church sanctuary (450 Central Ave.).

Chautauqua Lecture Series: Ornithology

Celebrate the world of birding May 26-June 2. Explore the many different species that call Lakeside home or stop on their travels during the migration seasons. This week of the Chautauqua Lecture Series is supported by the Knobel Family Endowment.

Around the World with M&M Birding
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday, May 26 | Orchestra Hall
Martyn and Morgan Drabik-Hamshare have been birding as a couple since 2014 and have been happily married since 2018. Birds have been a big part of their lives together. Come hear the story of how they met in South Africa, tales from their birding adventures across three continents, and how they’re constantly growing as a birding couple. As residents of Sandusky, they’ll also share some of their local birding experiences and tips for enjoying the area.

“Audubon” PBS Documentary
3:30-5 p.m., Friday, May 26 | Orchestra Hall
Naturalist and 19th century painter, John James Audubon was one of the most remarkable naturalists of early America. This documentary brings to life his timeless paintings with dazzling footage of the living birds he immortalized, and it celebrates the natural world he described in his writings.

Fun for the Whole Family

Lakesider Newspaper Delivery
9 a.m. Friday, May 26 | Walnut Plaza
Kids ages 7-15 (or younger is accompanied by a parent or caregiver) are invited to deliver stacks of the Lakesider newspaper to the Lakeside business district. Meet outside the Legacy House (217 Walnut Avenue) on Walnut Plaza. Papers are assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Upon completion of newspaper delivery, kids have their choice of a free ice cream voucher or miniature golf voucher.

Open House: Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge & Cabins
2-4 p.m., Friday, May 26 | Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge & Cabins #1 & #2
Over the winter months, volunteers have helped refresh our group housing facilities, Wo-Ho-Mis Lodge and the Cabins. All are welcome to an open house to view the progress.

Rhein Center Open Studio
10 a.m.-1 p.m., Saturday, May 27 | Rhein Center
The Rhein Center Open Studio allows guests to participate in the fun, creative atmosphere of the arts center without registering for classes. From 10 a.m.-1 p.m. you can buy an item to paint and decorate or perhaps drop into a class with no registration required.

“Ohio Boundary: Lake Erie” Art Exhibition
From May 26-June 30, enjoy a special exhibit at the Train Station, titled “Ohio Boundary: Lake Erie.” Photos will be available to view from 3-5 p.m. Fridays. The exhibit will conclude with a special reception and book signing with the artists from 5-7 p.m. Friday, June 30.

Pop-Up Dance Jam
6-6:45 p.m., Friday, May 26 & Saturday, May 27 | Walnut Plaza
This Pop-Up Dance Jam incorporates stretching, movement and repetitive choreography to get your heart pumping. Let loose, groove to the beat and meet new friends while getting a great workout. With a variety of movements and music genres, this class will enhance your flexibility, range of mobility, strength and balance.

Family Yoga
4-4:45 p.m., Saturday, May 27 | Hotel Lakeside Lawn
All ages are welcome to experience a joyful Family Yoga experience. Feel connected as you move through kid-friendly postures, build poses together and practice breathing techniques. Please bring a towel or yoga mat. Limited yoga mats available.

Recreation & Wellness

Memorial Day Weekend Sailing Race
8 a.m., Saturday, May 27 | Lakevue Marina
The Memorial Day Weekend Sailing Race, hosted by the Society of Old Salts, will take place Saturday, May 27, weather permitting. All participants are to meet at Lakevue Marina, located one mile outside the W. Second Street Gate, at 8 a.m. for a Skipper’s Meeting to determine the course. The race will start promptly at 9:30 a.m. off the Lakeside Dock.

There will be two sailboat classes, 22’ and above and 30’ and above. This is a displacement boating event. Therefore, boats are required to have keels and a Performance Handicap Racing Fleet (PHRF) rating. Pre-registration is not required, and there’s no cost to participate.

Beach Walk
9:30-10:30 a.m., Saturday, May 27 | Beach
Join Dawn Cordero for a barefoot walk along the beach while learning the basics of reflexology.

Chair Yoga
10-11 a.m., Saturday, May 27 | Wellness Center Drackett Hall
Join instructor Linda Green for a gentle form of yoga where all exercises are performed seated in a chair or standing using the chair to aid with support and balance.

Vinyasa Flow & Meditation
10-11:15 a.m., Saturday, May 27 | Pavilion Jennings East Deck
During this yoga session, practice various poses that help to expand your body and bring a sense of calm to the nervous system. Each posture is designed to enhance muscle tissue expansion and release, as well as promote physical strength. The class will start and end with a chance for introspection.

Intermediate Tennis Round Robin
9-11 a.m., Monday, May 29 | Williams Tennis Campus
Play against other competitors in levels 3.0-3.5. Cost is $1.

Pickleball Mixer
10 a.m.-12 p.m., Monday, May 29 | Hubbard Pickleball Center
The Pickleball Mixer allows everyone to play in a fun, social and friendly environment. All ages and skill levels are welcome.

Admission & Parking

Lakeside Chautauqua requires guests and residents to purchase a Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass to enter the grounds between May 26-Sept. 4, 2023. There are a variety of Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes to choose from depending on the length of your visit. Guests ages 4 & under and 90 & older enjoy free admission. View 2023 Admission & Parking Fees.

Purchasing a Chautauqua Pass includes admittance to the grounds, as well as access to entertainment in Hoover Auditorium, the Pool, Wellness Center, and a variety of religious, educational, cultural arts, and recreational opportunities.

For your convenience, purchase Daily, Weekly and Season Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes online. You can also purchase passes at the Hoover Ticket Office, located at 115 W. Third Street, or upon entering the gates of Lakeside during the gated season. All passes are valid from the day of use until 7 p.m. the following day. The Lakeside Chautauqua gates will be in operation starting at 7 a.m. Friday, May 26.

Early Bird Discount on Season Passes ends May 31
Take advantage of our Early Bird Discount on Season Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes by purchasing online or in-person at the Hoover Ticket Office, located at 115 W. Third Street, by May 31.

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