Our Venue

The Colorado Music Festival has proudly called Chautauqua Auditorium home for more than 40 years. Situated in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Chautauqua Auditorium is an acoustically stunning, all-wood venue, which was constructed in 1898 and placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978. Learn more on the Colorado Chautauqua Association website >


Chautauqua Auditorium is located within the historic Colorado Chautauqua at 900 Baseline Road in Boulder, Colorado.
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Getting Here

Ride the FREE Hop 2 Chautauqua Shuttle
The Hop 2 Chautauqua service picks up at several convenient Boulder locations and drops off on Baseline Rd. at the entrance to Chautauqua. For a map, schedule, and other details visit chautauqua.com/HOP. Click below for tips on using the Hop 2 Chautauqua shuttle.

Tips for Riding the Shuttle
  • Since Hop 2 Chautauqua buses are used for other routes throughout the day, sometimes the LED panel signs are not accurate or the bus is a white shuttle rather than an orange bus. If a bus comes to your Hop 2 Chautauqua stop labeled “Hop/Clockwise” or anything else, look for the Hop2Chautauqua sticker on the door and hop aboard for a great evening out. When in doubt, ask the driver. They will let you know if they are heading to Chautauqua.
  • For guests with accessibility needs, the most convenient access is from New Vista High School, where an ADA-compliant vehicle (the Via MV1) picks up guests. The Via MV1 drops guests off at the front of Chautauqua Auditorium rather than at the usual drop-off on Baseline Road. This vehicle runs during inbound service only. 
  • Inbound drop-off for all shuttle patrons (except the Via accessible vehicle) is on Baseline Road at the entrance to Chautauqua.
  • Post-concert outbound pick-up for all patrons (ADA included) is in the gravel lot on the east side of the Auditorium.
  • Consider bringing a small flashlight or turn on the light on your smartphone as the paths around Chautauqua can be quite dark after concerts.
Paid Parking
Parking at Chautauqua is limited. If you drive, we suggest you allow ample time for parking your car. Outside Chautauqua’s grounds, parking is allowed on both sides of Baseline Road during summer evenings.

ADA-accessible parking is available in the parking lot south of the Academic Hall. For easy access to this lot, enter Chautauqua Park via 12th Street.

You can pay at one of the five pay stations along Baseline, or save time by downloading the ParkMobile app. Visit parktopark.org for more info.

Uber or Lyft
Order an Uber or Lyft to Chautauqua Dining Hall, then take a short walk to the Auditorium.

Visitor Tips

ADA Accessibility

Chautauqua Auditorium is accessible to individuals with disabilities. Chautauqua maintains a useful list addressing accessible parking, service animals, ADA restroom facilities, assistive listening devices, and more. Please visit the Chautauqua website for more information.

Wheelchair-accessible seating is available on the south side of the hall adjacent to section AL as well as at the back of section A. To purchase, look online for the wheelchair symbol or call the Chautauqua Box Office at 303-440-7666.


Chautauqua Auditorium is not air-conditioned. (We are so pleased that our charming and acoustically-unique venue was placed on the National Register of Historic Places; however, that designation limits the type of updates that can be made.) The temperature in the auditorium is managed with fans, swamp coolers (used before concerts and during intermission due to sound), and large sliding windows. Since we open and close these windows to manage the temperature, we can’t always get it perfect. We suggest bringing a jacket or sweater for evening performances, as the temperature can vary.

There Isn't a Bad Seat!

With the natural resonance of the Auditorium and its straightforward seating arrangement, there really isn’t a bad seat in the house.

What to Wear

You’ll see everything from shorts and sandals to khakis and button-down shirts and summer dresses, but we don’t get too fancy in Boulder. See the tip above about Temperature.

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