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Chautauqua celebrates Lucy Ball with block party

Summer Fun Begins in Chautauqua

There’s no shortage of summer fun in the Chautauqua Lake Erie Region of Western New York.

Many vacationers come to the area to enjoy our five lakes while boating, fishing, and swimming or to explore the surrounding countryside and beautiful, natural landscapes. In addition to outdoor adventures, Chautauqua County is also home to a variety of unique cultural attractions that highlight art, history, and more. As if that’s not enough to have you packing your bags, the summer months are filled with events that are sure to add another layer of fun to your trip. Learn more about these can’t-miss events below.

Chautauqua Institution Celebrates 150th Anniversary Season

Chautauqua Institution is a picturesque, lakeside National Historic District campus with a nine-week summer season that features programming focusing on helping visitors find intellectual growth and renewal through music, dance, opera, theater, and visual arts.

The 2024 season will mark the 150th anniversary of the first summer season and will run from June 22nd through August 25th. While the entire season will be an extra special celebration of this milestone, week seven (August 3rd-10th) will be dedicated to celebrating Chautauqua’s sesquicentennial.

Lucille Ball Comedy Festival

Each summer during early August, the Lucille Ball Comedy Festival celebrates the famous Jamestown native, Lucille Ball from the hit TV show I Love Lucy. This festival, hosted by the National Comedy Center, will take place August 1st-4th and will include over 50 live events, including Stand-Up Comedy Showcases, Late-Night Comedy, Block Parties, Lucy-themed events, and more. Stay tuned for the announcement of the 2024 headliners and to grab your tickets!

40th Anniversary of the Roger Tory Peterson Institute and 90th Anniversary of the Peterson Field Guide

2024 is a year of monumental anniversaries for many attractions in the Chautauqua Lake Erie Region. The Roger Tory Peterson Institute (RTPI) was founded 40 years ago in honor of Chautauqua County native Roger Tory Peterson, one of the most famed artist-naturalists in the world. Peterson is known for his Field Guide to the Birds, which is the best-selling field guide of all time and was first published 90 years ago. RTPI is a nature art museum that is home to the largest collection of Peterson’s original artwork and highlights the works of current, well-known nature artists. To mark both anniversaries, the museum is offering a suite of special anniversary programs and exhibitions.

See a full list of upcoming events in Chautauqua County on the event calendar of or call the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau for more information or to request a free copy of the Chautauqua County Travel Guide at 866.908.4569.

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