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Lakeside Chautauqua is a nonprofit organization and year-round destination open to all for rest, renewal, growth, and reconnection. Our Chautauqua season, from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, invites you to nurture mind, body, and spirit through purposeful programs in four Chautauqua pillars – religion, education, cultural arts, and recreation.

Access to the Chautauqua experience

To provide you with quality entertainment, preachers, speakers, recreation, children’s activities, and family programs throughout the summer and to maintain our grounds and historic facilities year-round, Lakeside requires guests and residents (between the ages of 5-89) to purchase a Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass to enter the grounds between May 27-Sept. 5, 2022.

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 over the age of 90 enjoy free admission. See details on the Admission & Parking Fee page.

Purchasing Chautauqua Passes & Auto Passes

For your convenience, purchase Daily, Weekly and Season Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes online beginning in March, with added benefits this year (see below). You can also purchase passes onsite in April at the Hoover Ticket Office, located at 115 W. Third Street, or upon entering the gates of Lakeside during the gated season from May 27-Sept. 5, 2022.

New benefits to purchasing passes online

Because of your feedback to our Guest Satisfaction Survey, we’re making significant improvements to your experience at the gates, including the convenience of scanning Chautauqua Passes from your mobile device, the option to print passes from home, and the ability to forward passes to your guests.

We encourage you to purchase Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes online prior to your arrival. By purchasing online, the Gate Attendant will be able to scan your mobile pass or printed pass at any gate. If purchased online, you’ll also be able to forward passes to your guests in advance.

This summer, there will be a dedicated incoming-only lane at the Fifth Street Gate for homeowners with passes and Season Chautauqua Passes. A Gate Attendant will be available to scan passes upon entry.

With this new technology and processes at the gates, we hope to make your experience and accessibility at the gates much easier and better.

Why is there a Preservation Fee?

This year, a Preservation Fee will be applied to all Daily and Weekly Adult Chautauqua Passes, $1 per pass per day if purchased online prior to your arrival or $2 per pass per day if purchased upon entering the gates. Please note: the Preservation Fee does not apply to Season Chautauqua Passes or Youth and Child Passes.

Lakeside’s facilities and grounds play a significant role in the Chautauqua experience every year. Across the campus, there are more than 80 historic structures and buildings, 9 miles of roads and sidewalks, and extensive parks and grounds to maintain. This fee will be used to preserve and protect our historic buildings, grounds, amenities, shoreline, roads, sidewalks, and infrastructure that have played a meaningful role in Lakeside’s past while carefully integrating improvements for the future. For more information, visit our 150 & Onward page.

Why is there a Children’s Pass?

Children, like all our guests, take part in the enriching Chautauqua experience and use each and every facility on the grounds. As we think about programs for children, we not only have to think about the teachers and performers, but also the facilities, grounds and staff needed to implement each program.

Unfortunately, the cost to create the Lakeside experience keeps rising due to increase in supplies, travel, entertainment, utilities, speaker fees, staffing and maintenance and repairs for our historic structures and buildings.

The Lakeside Board made the decision to charge a small fee for children similar to your local zoos, aquariums, museums and other educational and enriching organizations. Preserving the children’s experiences is no easy endeavor as the board and staff budget expenses each year. This decision to charge for children was not taken lightly and we know that it affects us all. For more information, visit our 150 & Onward page.

Entering the gates & select facilities

Please present your Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass (if applicable) to be scanned upon entering and exiting the gates of Lakeside. Chautauqua Passes must also be shown to enter Hoover Auditorium and the Grindley Aquatic & Wellness Campus Pool and Wellness Center. New this year, guests can present Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes from their mobile devices or a printed pass if purchased online.

Benefits of a Chautauqua Pass

Your Chautauqua Pass provides access to the Lakeside experience and a wide range of programming, activities, and services. View the value of your Chautauqua Pass.

Valid until 7 p.m. the following day

A Chautauqua Pass is valid from the time of purchase until 7 p.m. the following day. Therefore, you’re able to take advantage of almost two days’ worth of programming, activities, and the grounds. Where else in the area can you experience an engaging lecture, listen to a preacher, play shuffleboard, swim at the pool, participate in a wellness class, take a tennis lesson, see an art show, and listen to a live concert all in one day? The possibilities are endless to create a memorable Chautauqua experience.

Will Call

Will Call, for prepaid Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes, is located inside the Welcome Center, near the Route 163/South Gate Parking Lot. Hours are 1-9 p.m. daily. Please note: there is no drive-thru window at the Welcome Center. Short-term parking is located outside the building. Please use the stairs or ramp from the South Gate Parking Lot to pick up Passes from the desk attendant. If you arrive outside of the Welcome Center’s operating hours, visit the Fifth Street Gate to pick up Passes.

Complimentary Passes

Short-term Complimentary Passes are available at the gates for a variety of events and activities. Please note that Complimentary Passes do not allow access to Hoover Auditorium shows or the Grindley Aquatic Wellness Campus Pool and Wellness Center. Other conditions and Auto Pass may apply. For details, visit the Admission & Parking Fee page.

Partial Day Pass

A Partial Day Pass, valid for 3 hours, is available at the gates to experience Lakeside. A Partial Day Pass does not allow access to Hoover Auditorium shows or the Grindley Aquatic Wellness Campus Pool and Wellness Center. Other conditions and Auto Pass apply.

Gate Hours (Chautauqua summer season)

Lakeside Chautauqua’s gates are in operation from 7 a.m. Friday, May 27 through 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, 2022. During closed hours, the South Gate Parking Lot will be accessible from inside the gates and exiting will be out the Fifth Street Gate. Gate hours for the summer are as follows:

  • Fifth Street Gate (600 W. Fifth St., Lakeside 43440): open 24 hours
  • South Gate (800 Maple Ave., Lakeside 43440): open 7 a.m.-11 p.m. daily
  • East Second Street Gate: open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday. This entrance is for those who already have Daily, Weekly or Season Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes in hand or on mobile. There is no commerce available at this gate.
  • West Second Street Gate: open 7 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 7 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Sunday. This entrance is for those who already have Daily, Weekly or Season Chautauqua Passes and Auto Passes in hand or on mobile. There is no commerce available at this gate.
  • Welcome Center: open1-9 p.m. daily
Gate Hours (off-season)

From the day after Labor Day through the Thursday prior to Memorial Day weekend, a Chautauqua Pass and Auto Pass are not required to enter Lakeside. The Fifth Street Gate is accessible 24 hours. The East/West Second Street and Cedar Avenue Gates close at approximately 9 p.m. The East Fourth and South Gates close at approximately 11 p.m. All gates reopen at approximately 6 a.m. in the off-season.