Visiting Boulder

Part of the Festival’s draw is its prime location. Only an hour from Denver, Boulder is a haven for nature lovers, foodies, art hunters, and more.

Mountains and More

<strong>01</strong> Seek Out Adventure

Located at the base of the Flatirons, Chautauqua Park offers dozens of hiking trails to explore. With a variety of interconnected trails, Chautauqua is the ideal destination for hikers of all levels looking for a peaceful setting with stunning views.


You can also get your climb on at Eldorado Canyon State Park, take a float down Boulder Creek, or ride a multitude of bike paths in a place Outside Magazine named “THE sports town.

<strong>02</strong> Sample Boulder's Culture

Visit the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, explore Boulder’s art galleries, catch the buskers on the Pearl Street Mall, and discover many works of public art in what Expedia named one of America’s “most artistic cities.”

<strong>03</strong> Explore Boulder's Food Scene

Start the day at the Boulder County Farmer’s Market, grab a bite at the historic Chautauqua Dining Hall, or dine at award-winning restaurants and raise a glass in a town Bon Appetit magazine called “America’s foodiest town.”


The Chautauqua Dining Hall has been a Boulder tradition since 1898. Savor spectacular views from the enchanting wraparound porch while enjoying fresh, Colorado bistro cuisine at breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Open daily year-round, the Dining Hall offers a full bar with local beers and great wines to complement your meal.

<strong>04</strong> Take an Audio Tour of Chautauqua

Use your mobile phone to take an interpretive audio tour to discover the history and uniqueness of the Colorado Chautauqua. The audio tour features nine stops and four interpretive panels located throughout the National Historic Landmark. Call 303-952-1600 from your mobile phone and press the corresponding tour stop number to listen to the narrative.

<strong>05</strong> Stay in an Historic Cottage

Since 1898, the Colorado Chautauqua has been hosting visitors seeking respite. Originally visitors slept in canvas tents with wooden floors. Simple cabins replaced the tents and over time those cabins have been renovated into cozy cottages, each with its own unique history and historic charm.

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Know Before You Go

Get the basics about getting to the Festival, finding parking, accessibility info, and more.

While You're Here

Learn more about the on-site experience at Chautauqua Auditorium, including your options for pre-concert dining.

Visiting Boulder

The Festival performs in beautiful Boulder, Colorado — a breathtaking location full of nature, culture, cuisine, art, and more.

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Festival Fellows

Meet the Festival Fellows: eight aspiring professional musicians who receive coaching and performance opportunities through the Festival and its guest artists.

Center for Musical Arts

This excellent community music school is also the educational arm of our organization.

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