Chautauqua Programs

Chautauqua was a social and cultural phenomenon that permeated rural North America until the mid-1920s. At its height, the Chautauqua Movement attracted millions to hear educators, preachers, explorers, scientists, politicians, singers and bands. Today only a handful of Chautauqua communities survive and Lakeside Chautauqua is proud to be one of them!

We believe that lifelong learning is one of the keys to living a happy, fulfilling life.

At Lakeside, our summer season offers daily programming in all four Chautauqua pillars: recreation, education, arts and entertainment, and religion. Around every corner, there are opportunities to nurture mind, body and spirit.


One of the four pillars of Chautauqua, the Religious Life pillar hosts a number of programs and activities, including Sunday Worship Services, Faith for Living Hour, Wednesday Family Picnics and Vespers by the Lake, as well as children, youth and teen ministry.

Arts & Entertainment

Lakeside welcomes more than 75 concerts and shows each summer that vary from symphony orchestras, to hip-hop dance crews, stand-up comedians and Grammy-winning vocalists. For those with in an interest in crafts and fine arts, we invite you to the C. Kirk Rhein, Jr., Center for the Living Arts. We also are home to Ottawa County’s only movie theater, our historic Orchestra Hall.


Ohio’s Most Beautiful Mile, a beautiful walking path along the shores of Lake Erie, is where the beauty of nature, the charm of good company and the energy of the lake come together. Start your morning with a peaceful morning walk or jog and then spend the day enjoying Lakeside’s many other recreational amenities.

Lakeside provides the perfect setting for fitness and recreation!  Play a game of basketball or volleyball, workout at the wellness center,  enjoy some family fun playing gaga ball or miniature golf or shuffleboard go sailing, kayaking or paddle boarding, play at one of several parks, enjoy a game of tennis or pickleball match or take a swim at the pool. There’s recreational activities for all ages and interests!


Education was a founding principle of the Chautauqua movement, and today Lakeside continues to value life-long learning by providing educational opportunities for individuals of all ages and all interests. Offerings range from expert-led discussions and lectures to Lake Erie science lessons and family arts and music programs.