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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Chautauqua Visitors Bureau

It's officially summer and the perfect time to visit Chautauqua County. Enjoy five lakes, rollings hills, Lake Erie Wine Country, and the 2015 program seasons at Chautauqua Institution, Lily Dale Assembly, and the Bemus Bay Pops. See below for upcoming events and news from Chautauqua County. For a complete list of events happening in spring and throughout the year, visit our online calendar.
 See What's Happening in July!
Celebrate Independence Day!
Celebrate July 4th from Silver Creek to Jamestown with parties on the beach, in the park and on the street followed by fireworks displays.

Around Chautauqua Lake, the day starts at 7am at the Lakewood Family YMCA and the 2015 Firecracker Run. Street sales, live music and food vendors start at 2 pm on Chautauqua Avenue, with fireworks at 10pm. In Mayville, the annual parade begins at 10 am, ending at Lakeside Park for daylong activities, food and live music until the flares create a ring of fire around the lake and the fireworks light up the sky at 10pm from Mayville as well as Midway State Park.

Along Lake Erie, Dunkirk's Memorial Park is the central location for the city's celebration with food vendors and fireworks over the Harbor at dusk. Both Silver Creek and Sunset Bay in Irving also host all day celebrations. And, in Findley Lake, the celebration starts with a Duck Race and Chicken BBQ at noon. Afternoon and evening events include a boat parade at 2 pm, live music starting at 7 pm, flares at 9:30 pm and fireworks at 10pm.

The weekend is full of events on the giant floating stage in Bemus Point. On Friday, July 3rd, Alter Ego takes the stage at 8:00 pm. Hotel California, an Eagles tribute band, plays Saturday at 8:00 pm followed by fireworks over the lake, and on Sunday, Scarecrow, a John Cougar Mellancamp Tribute, plays at 2:30 pm. All performances can be seen and heard from the water and lakeshore. Reserved tickets are available immediately in front of the stage.

Vacation Fun and Learning
For 140 years, summer in Chautauqua County has been associated with lifelong and vacation learning during the Chautauqua Institution's nine week program season. In addition to morning lectures and hundreds of Special Studies classes offered by Chautauqua Institution, several venues around Chautauqua County offer vacation learning experiences all year long. Nurture your outdoor spirit with a butterfly workshop, stargazing at the Martz Observatory, vineyard and wildflower walks, or paddling adventures. Learn to play golf or improve your techniques. Explore history with walking tours of Jamestown.

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Lucy Fest 2015
The Lucille Ball Comedy Festival returns to Jamestown, July 30th through August 2nd. With over 50 events in 4 days, this year's festival features Nick Offerman ("Ron Swanson" from NBC's Parks and Recreation), two sold-out performances with Jerry Seinfeld, Melissa Rivers & Kelly Carlin talk legends and legacies, A Carlin Home Companion: Growing Up With George, a free Story Pirates kids comedy show, Stand-Up Showcase featuring rising comics who've appeared on Leno, Conan, & Letterman, Late Night Comedy, free block parties, comedy workshops and much more!

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Take a Cruise
Board The Summer Wind or Chautauqua Belle for a cruise on Chautauqua Lake
Go Fishing
With five lakes and numerous waterways, Chautauqua County offers exceptional fisheries.
Crafts Alliance Festival
July 10-12, 2015
August 14-16, 2015
Annual juried fine crafts shows at Chautauqua Institution.
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Bemus Bay Pops
July and August, 2015
Summer long concert series performed on a giant floating stage seen from land and water.
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24th Annual Great Blue Heron Festival
July 3-5, 2015
An eclectic musical lineup for the whole family.
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Request a Guide
Plan your vacation with the help of the 2015 "I Love NY" Chautauqua County Visitors Guide.
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Download an APP
The Visit Chautauqua County APP is available through iTunes or 
Google Play.
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I Love CHQ Challenge
Enter a short video telling us what you love about Chautauqua County. New contest starts July 1st.
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