September 28 & 29, 2019—Saturday & Sunday, 10am to 5pm
The original Chautauqua in Madison dates back to 1901, when ten-day camp meetings gave Sunday school teachers a chance to mix their religious studies with recreation. The Chautauqua Literary and Scientific Circle provided correspondence schooling to adults in rural areas. The outdoor Chautauqua grew to include not only morally inspiring sermons but informative lectures, scientific demonstrations, political speeches, dramatic readings, theatrical presentations, magic acts, and musical performances. These annual camp meetings were held until 1929.
In addition to the fine artists and craftsmen showcasing their handmade work, the festival also features continuous live entertainment, a riverfront food fest, a kid’s activity tent, and a Saturday Evening Concert in the Park.
For more information visit madisonchautauqua.com.