In the south of Boulder, you’ll find rolling lawns filled with gorgeous trees. If you wander a bit to the west of parking, you’ll be hiking up the Flatirons and enjoying some of the most iconic views in Boulder County.
But nestled into this space of green grass and Flatiron views are two of Boulder’s most celebrated destinations for live music: Chautauqua Auditorium and the Community House.
Chautauqua Auditorium was erected on July 4 of 1898 and since has hosted some of the region’s most celebrated performances. Artists like Joan Armatrading, Lyle Lovett, The Indigo Girls, and Joan Baez have all graced its stage.
It’s an indoor venue, but always pay attention to the weather when you head to a show at Chautauqua Auditorium. The inside tends to adapt much of what’s going on in the outside, making it a perfect destination for spring, summer, and fall shows.
It’s only open May through September and heating and cooling is provided my Mother Nature. Come prepared so you can enjoy your show of choice! Most shows at the Auditorium offer multiple types of seating, including General Admission and reserved seating. If you opt for reserved seating, we definitely recommend bringing the same type of cushioning you’d use at a football game to make the benches more comfortable for your stay. The auditorium holds 1300 guests per show.
Now, if you’re looking for a more intimate venue, you don’t have to go far. The Community House has been a part of Chautauqua since 1918 and now hosts some of the most intimate cultural events you’ll find on the Front Range. Live music in The Community House is a real treat — you’re never more than a few rows from the performers and acoustic music is absolutely gorgeous inside the walls.
Chautauqua is a beautiful year-round gathering place and launch pad for all sorts of activities, but you’ll definitely want to keep it tops for you go-to live music venues in Boulder. And don’t forget to check the calendar so you can see all of the fantastic events coming up at both the Auditorium and Community House.