Looking for something fun to do Memorial Day weekend? Join us in Lakeside Chautauqua as we remember U.S. military men and women who lost their lives while serving our country, and honor those retired and in active duty. We will also kick off the summer season with a variety of Chautauqua programs for the entire family.

Below is just a taste of the festivities scheduled for the weekend. To view the entire calendar of events, read our latest e-newsletter.

Orchestra Hall Family Movie: “The Lego Movie” (PG)

Orchestra Hall will officially open for the summer with “The Lego Movie.” The movie times are 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, as well as 3:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25. Don’t forget to ask a gate attendant for a complimentary Movie Pass to enter Lakeside. A Daily or Season Auto Pass is required for parking on the grounds. Movie tickets are $7/adult and $3/youth (under age 12).

Lakeside Fund Run/Walk

Ring in the summer season at the Lakeside Fund Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 24. Guests of all ages are encouraged to show their Chautauqua spirit by wearing their favorite Lakeside T-shirt and attaching bells to their shoelaces for the one-mile run/walk.

Free race day registration begins at 8 a.m. in front of Hoover Auditorium. Registration is required, and donations are welcomed. Awards will be given to the top men and women in the following categories: top finishers, top team fundraisers, participant with the most bells, oldest Lakeside T-shirt and the Chautauqua Spirit Award.

“Discover the Rhein Center”

The Rhein Center staff will host an open house from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, May 24 to introduce new and exciting projects taking place this summer. There will be tours of the facility, demonstrations by artists, free art activities for the entire family and refreshments.

While there, participate in our “Rock Rehab” activity. Bring a slightly worn rock to scrub, paint and coat for a fresh, new look. Staff will also be on hand to assist you in creating accounts for the new online class registration program.

In addition to art activities, live music will be provided by Guy Louis’ “Chautauqua Express” from 2:15-3:45 p.m. outside the Rhein Center. Our Education Department staff will be there to assist children in creating their own instruments to play along with the music.

Summer Opening Ceremony with The Spinners

Unfortunately, The Righteous Brothers’ Bill Medley concert has been cancelled due to health reasons. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause in your vacation plans. However, the show has been replaced by an exciting performance with The Spinners at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 24 in Hoover Auditorium.

The Spinners, a soul music group from Detroit, have been active for more than 50 years. The group is best known for their Top 10 hits, including “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love,” “Working My Way Back to You” and “The Rubberband Man.”

Friends of Hotel Lakeside Pancake Breakfast Buffet

You’re invited to the Friends of Hotel Lakeside Pancake Breakfast Buffet from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, May 25 in the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room & Café. The buffet will include pancakes, eggs, hash browns, sausage, muffins, Danishes and fresh fruit. There is no charge for this event, but donations are welcomed. All proceeds benefit the continued preservation of the Hotel Lakeside.

Ask gate attendant for a complimentary 90-minute Shopping/Dining Pass to enter Lakeside Chautauqua. A Daily or Season Auto Pass is required for parking on the grounds.

Hoover Community Worship Service

The Rev. Dr. Joan Brown Campbell will be the guest preacher at the Sunday Hoover Worship Service at 10:30 a.m. Sunday, May 25 in Hoover Auditorium. Her sermon, titled “America the Beautiful…a Call to Compassion,” is based on Isaiah 65:17-25 and Matthew 25:34-40. Vesuvia Hills United Methodist Church Youth & Handbell Choir from Birmingham, La., will be sharing their musical talents at the worship service.

In addition to the Hoover Community Worship Service, Lakeside Chautauqua will host Dockside Worship, led by the Rev. Dr. Irwin Jennings, at 8:30 a.m. at the Lakeside Pavilion. The Lakeside United Methodist Church will also host a service, led by the Rev. Vernon Shepherd, at 9 a.m. Ask a gate attendant for a complimentary Church Pass to enter Lakeside Chautauqua for all of worship services. A Daily Auto Pass is included.

Lakeside Heritage Society Documentary: “Arlington: Field of Honor”

The Lakeside Heritage Society will present the documentary, “Arlington: Field of Honor,” a 2004 National Geographic television and film production, from 2-3 p.m. Sunday, May 25 in Chautauqua Hall. The DVD reveals the hallowed history of Arlington National Cemetery.

Mike Super – Magic & Illusion

Magician Mike Super will return to the Hoover Auditorium stage for an exciting night of magic and illusion at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 25. As winner of NBC’s hit show “Phenomenon,” Super was voted America’s Favorite Mystifier and is the only magician to win a magic competition on live U.S. network television. His personality and down-to-earth style sets him apart from other magicians.

Memorial Day Parade & Ceremony

This year, the Marblehead Peninsula will host the Memorial Day parade and ceremony at 10:30 a.m. Monday, May 26. The parade will begin at Clemons Cemetery (E. Main Street) and proceed to the War Memorial at James Park. After the parade, all are invited to take part in the Memorial Day ceremony.

Vesuvia Hills United Methodist Church Youth & Handbell Choir Performance

In addition to the Youth & Handbell Choir performance at the Hoover Community Worship Service on Sunday, the choir, under the direction of Choir Director Quint Harris, will also be presenting a special Memorial Day concert at 12 p.m. Monday, May 26 at the Steele Memorial Bandstand. Gather your family and bring a picnic to enjoy the music.


Join our Front Porch conversation and let us know if you’re coming to Lakeside Chautauqua this weekend! What are you looking forward to the most?