Dear Lakesiders,
As we welcome a new year, the Lakeside Association Board of Directors, Sesquicentennial Steering Committee and the Lakeside Staff have been hard at work preparing an unforgettable 150th Anniversary season for you and your family – one that honors the past, celebrates the present and looks to the future.
Lakeside’s calendar is already populating with exciting programs, and we will continue to announce summer highlights on social media and e-newsletters. Hotel Lakeside, the Fountain Inn and cottage rentals are busy taking reservations, so don’t wait to book your accommodations for this milestone year at Lakeside! We’re also ready to announce the 2023 Admission & Parking Fees, which are included below.
This year, Lakeside will celebrate 150 years of nurturing mind, body and spirit for the millions of people who have journeyed to our shoreline. Thank you for your love, passion and dedication to Lakeside Chautauqua, which has created this legacy.
With anticipation,
Jane Anderson
Chair, Association Board
Jane Marx
Vice-Chair, Association Board
Kip Greenhill,
President & CEO, Lakeside Chautauqua
Charles Allen
Chief Operations Officer, Lakeside Chautauqua
Starting in early November, the Lakeside Staff and Lakeside Association Board’s Finance Committee collaborate on the budget process for the upcoming year. Both have worked diligently to prepare the 2023 Admission & Parking Fees.
The fees were presented to the full Board at a special January meeting, and the Board approved the following. Review the summary below and check out the snapshot of 2023 Admission & Parking Fees.
Children & Youth Passes
  • Children ages 4 & under and guests ages 90 & older receive free admission.
  • Youth & Child Passes: Pricing remains the same as last year, $17 for youth (ages 13-21) and $5 for children (ages 5-12).
May 26 – June 22 & Aug. 7 – Sept. 4, 2023 
  • ‘Standard’ Daily Passes for weekdays: Pricing for weekdays (Monday-Thursday) during these dates is $30 for adults, $17 for youth (ages 13-21) and $5 for children (ages 5-12).
  • ‘Standard’ Daily Passes for weekends: Pricing for weekends (Friday-Sunday) during these dates is $31 for adults, $17 for youth (ages 13-21) and $5 for children (ages 5-12).
June 23 – Aug. 6, 2023
  • ‘Premium’ Daily Passes for weekdays: Pricing for weekdays (Monday-Thursday) during these peak season dates is $35 for adults, $17 for youth (ages 13-21) and $5 for children (ages 5-12).
  • ‘Premium’ Daily Passes for weekends: Pricing for weekends (Friday-Sunday) during these peak season dates is $37 for adults, $17 for youth (ages 13-21) and $5 for children (ages 5-12).
Auto Passes: To park inside the gates, the price is $15 per day. Parking at the South Gate Lot is $8 per day, and parking at the nearby Danbury School Lot is $3 per day.
Preservation Fee: The Preservation Fee, which was introduced last year, will continue with a slight increase. The price is $2 per adult per day if purchased online or $3 per adult per day if purchased at the gate. The Preservation Fee only applies to Adult Daily and Weekly Passes, it does not apply to Season Chautauqua Passes or Youth and Child Passes. This fee is allocated to the preservation and maintenance of our parks, grounds and historic buildings. Last year, $44,473 was collected in Preservation Fees.
Partial Day Pass: For 2023, we’ve added an extra hour to the Partial Day Pass (4 hours). Pricing will be $8 per person. This pass is still not valid at Hoover Auditorium or the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus Pool, and an Auto Pass is not included. This pass is available for purchase at the gates upon entry and must be purchased before 7 p.m.
Season Chautauqua Passes: These passes continue to offer the most value for those visiting Lakeside frequently throughout the summer season (May 26-Sept. 4, 2023). Pricing is $934 for adults (early bird discount, purchased on/before May 31), $972 for adults (purchased on/after June 1), $470 for youth (ages 13-21) and $85 for children (ages 5-12).
Season Auto Passes: Season Auto Pass pricing will be $235 per vehicle (early bird discount, purchased on/before May 31) and $255 per vehicle (purchased on/after June 1).
Season Golf Cart Passes: Changing in 2023, golf carts will be priced by size. The price of a 2-4-passenger Season Golf Cart Pass is $229 per cart and a 6-passenger golf cart is $240 per cart. All golf carts must pass an inspection with Lakeside’s Safety Services Department.
Lakeside has invested in upgraded technology for the 2023 Chautauqua season. All passes will contain a barcode and will be scanned when entering and exiting the gates. Passes are required for entry to Hoover Auditorium and the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus Pool.
Lakeside will host fall concerts in Hoover Auditorium. As in 2022, adults, youth and children, regardless of age, are required to purchase a concert ticket to attend the show. A Chautauqua Season Pass is not valid for fall concerts. Concert dates and ticket information will be announced soon.
Purchase Season Passes online beginning March 4. Purchase Daily and Weekly Passes online beginning April 1.
Lakeside is a place that fosters Christian values and encourages people to grow in their faith. Every week during the summer, we welcome prominent preachers from across the nation and around the world to live in residence and proclaim the Biblical witness for the Lakeside community. In the spirit of Chautauqua, each preacher selects timely Scripture passages and expounds on his/her understanding and application of their message for our daily lives.
We’re excited to welcome the following preachers for our Sesquicentennial Celebration. View 2023 Preachers of the Week.
New this year, Lakeside welcomes nationally recognized authors and thought leaders to Hoover Auditorium. This speaker series, held on select weekday evenings, inspires learning, mutual understanding and an open exchange of ideas. Topics range from sports, sustainability and space exploration to history, kindness and entomology. Continue to check the calendar as more keynote speakers are added.
The Chautauqua Lecture Series features experts presenting on topics ranging from history, science and nature to cultural arts, business and current world affairs.
Back by popular demand, our Documentary Film Festival Week is a joint program with the Chagrin Documentary Film Festival. From June 5-9, watch new and innovative films in Orchestra Hall and discuss them with the filmmakers. View the 2023 Chautauqua Lecture Series themes.
The arts are vital to our lives. When we gather in community for a performance or exhibit, our world is opened to new perspectives and appreciation. At Lakeside, performers take center stage to share their unique gifts, and new artists have the opportunity to create masterpieces of their own.
For our Sesquicentennial Celebration, you’ll experience entertainment seven days a week, including three evenings in historic Hoover Auditorium. Along with movies, keynote speakers and arts classes at the Rhein Center, we’re happy to offer the following cultural arts programs this summer and will continue to announce marquee entertainers in the coming weeks.
Iconic classic rock band Blood, Sweat & Tears isn’t the first band to use a horn section in their music, but they’re the first to fuse it with rock, jazz and some blues thrown in for good measure.
Over the last 50 years, the Grammy Award-winning group has had many configurations, and fans can agree that the music is timeless, including hits “You’ve Made Me So Very Happy” and “Spinning Wheel.” Founding member Bobby Colomby still hand picks the musicians for every tour. He found the group’s latest vocalist Keith Paluso, who you may recognize from the 2018 season of NBC’s “The Voice.”  Read more.

Nurturing mind, body and spirit is at the heart of Lakeside recreation. The grounds of Lakeside encompass parks, playgrounds, sailing, nature trails, a pool, splash park and recreation courts, including shuffleboard, tennis and pickleball. Save the date for the following recreation events this summer and continue to check the calendar as activities are added.

Special Events

All year, Lakeside hosts an array of special events and community experiences to engage all ages. To participate, shop the Bevy of Blooms Plant Sale and Antique Show or exhibit your classic car or wooden boat. If you’re creative, consider showcasing your talents at the Craft & Art Show, Photography Show and Art Show. Save the date for the following special events and continue to check the calendar for updates.

Lakeside Online
Catch a sneak peek of what’s in store for Lakeside’s 150th Anniversary by participating in Lakeside Online. Through April, discuss books written by this summer’s visiting authors and keynote speakers, participate in virtual conversations with the Chautauqua Pillar Directors, and get a behind-the-scenes look at the Lakeside Symphony Orchestra. This month, participate in the following:
Discussion Hosts: Bob & Cindy Grimm
Power of the Pillars: Arts & Entertainment with Shirley Stary & Steve Hartman
Discussion Host: Hannah Brainard
For the inaugural year of Lakeside Online, programs will be free-of-charge and easily accessible via Zoom. To participate, sign up for one or all the experiences.