Dozens of Experiences Fill Colors of Chautauqua Season

Music and Wine at 21 Brix Winery and an Evening of Harvest Wine and Craft Beer at the Grape Discovery Center are two experiences scheduled during the Colors of Chautauqua.  Photo Courtesy of Ed Bernik
Music and Wine at 21 Brix Winery and an Evening of Harvest Wine and Craft Beer at the Grape Discovery Center are two experiences scheduled during the Colors of Chautauqua.
Photo Courtesy of Ed Bernik

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Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau

The Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau in western New York State announces the schedule for the Colors of Chautauqua, a season of foliage, festivals and learning. The fall event is promoted in the tradition of lifelong learning popularized by Chautauqua Institution more than 141 years ago. Visitors as well as residents can register for entertaining classes and learn kitchen, gardening, and foraging techniques, take lessons in creating artwork and crafts, join guided walking tours, discover history through storytelling, and expand their knowledge of local foods, wine, and beer. From Labor Day Weekend through Veteran’s Day, the schedule includes dozens of learning experiences that take place in both indoor and outdoor settings across Chautauqua County.
Fall workshops showcase popular seasonal themes of the harvest, the brilliant landscape, and the heritage of the region. Participants might take a horse-drawn wagon ride through a historic cemetery where notable people like Lucille Ball and BF Goodrich are buried. Knowledgeable guides, some in costume, will relate a dozen stories of people buried there. Other workshop participants might learn to can fruit and local produce or forage for mushrooms. Area farmers, chefs, winemakers and brewers will share their knowledge of local foods, wines and brews in a variety of experiences from a Farm-to-Table Dinner at the Athenaeum Hotel’s Heirloom Restaurant to an Evening of Harvest Wines and Craft Beer at the Grape Discovery Center in Westfield. Many experiences are presented as tours or talks. The Lifelong Learning Center at SUNY Fredonia will offer a tour and lunch in Amish country.
In addition to learning experiences, the autumn schedule in Chautauqua County is abundant with harvest festivals every weekend through November. The Village of Silver Creek celebrates its annual Festival of Grapes, September 17-20 while the Town of Busti honors all the many uses and flavors of apples on September 27th. Peek’n Peak Resort near Findley Lake toasts the changing of the seasons over two weekends, October 10-11 and 17-18 with their Annual Fall Fest. Festivities include an exceptional juried craft show, ski lift rides, and snow sports equipment swap. Wineries from Silver Creek, NY to North East, PA will share their favorite harvest recipes paired with wine during Lake Erie Wine Country’s two Harvest Wine Weekends in November.
The word Chautauqua evokes a place where people go to learn while having fun, a place to vacation with the opportunity for personal growth. For well over a century, visitors and residents of Chautauqua County have been gathering at lakeside assemblies and summer camps, attending lectures and cultural performances, and relaxing on one of several lakes. This historic retreat atmosphere is preserved in the Chautauqua region today, with the addition of progressively new learning adventures. The Chautauqua in Spring and Colors of Chautauqua seasons highlight these new learning opportunities, many of which can be found throughout the year.
The Colors of Chautauqua season is promoted by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and held in collaboration with area tourism partners and attractions. Chautauqua County is located in the southwestern corner of New York State with New York’s largest grape growing region, five lakes, Historic Districts, Amish communities, and Lucille Ball’s hometown of Jamestown. For more information and a schedule of vacation learning events during the Colors of Chautauqua as well as throughout the year, call 1-866-908-4569 or visit the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau website at