Chautauqua Festival (6-19 to 6-27, 2014)Date: 6-19-14 to 6-27-14
Time: Various event times please visit
Location: Various Event Locations Throughout Reno, NV. (Washoe)
Description: Nevada Humanities presents the 23rd Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival June 19-27, 2014, in Reno. Founded by Nevada Humanities in 1992, Nevada Humanities Chautauqua has inspired many Chautauqua events around the globe and is one of the longest running Chautauqua festivals in the nation. Chautauqua is a living history program in which performers, in costume and in character, bring historical figures to life in theatrical monologues. Educational and entertaining, Chautauqua programs provide dramatic insights into the people and events that have shaped our nation, and also provide a historical lens for looking at contemporary issues. Reno’s weeklong Chautauqua celebration features workshops, roundtable discussions, and other daytime events hosted by community partners throughout northern Nevada, as well as ticketed evening theatrical performances. In celebration of Nevada’s sesquicentennial, this year’s evening performances explore the theme “Battle Born: Making Nevada,” and feature performances of characters that have greatly influenced the growth and development of the Silver State, including Reno civil rights activist Alice Smith, Las Vegas entrepreneur Howard Hughes, and Comstock journalist and writer Dan DeQuille. Distinguished Chautauqua scholar Clay Jenkinson will also be returning to Reno to perform John Wesley Powell the evening of June 24. “We are thrilled to be part of the state’s sesquicentennial celebration. We are bringing the focus of this year’s Chautauqua festival home to the Silver State with characters who have contributed to the making of Nevada in important ways,” says Christina Barr, executive director of Nevada Humanities. “It also seems very fitting that Clay Jenkinson should be here to celebrate with us. Clay lived in Nevada for years, and has thought deeply about Nevada’s history. This year’s festival promises to be very exciting. ”  Ticketed evening shows begin June 24 and run three consecutive evenings with local musical performances followed by theatrical Chautauqua presentations. Gates open at 5:00 pm, music starts at 6:00 pm, and Chautauqua presentations begin at 7:00 pm. Seat tickets for evening ticketed shows are $25 per night and lawn tickets are $10 per night. Children ages 12 and under are free if seated in an adult’s lap or on the lawn. Plenty of comfortable seats are available, as well as a lawn area for those who prefer to bring their own blanket or low-rise chair. Tickets are available for purchase online at Tickets will also be available for purchase at the gate the evening of the performance if performances are not sold out in advance. Audience members are encouraged to bring a picnic or enjoy the excellent barbecue provided by Men Wielding Fire, which will be available for purchase each evening at the entrance to the amphitheater. Parking is plentiful and free. Nevada Humanities is also offering a VIP ticket package for two evenings of special Chautauqua events featuring renowned Chautauqua performer and scholar Clay Jenkinson. The VIP ticket package includes: an intimate evening reception at an elegant, private Reno home for light fare and a special performance by Clay Jenkinson as Thomas Jefferson, on Monday, June 23; a premium seat reserved in the center section of the Robert Z. Hawkins Amphitheater for the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival performance of Clay Jenkinson as John Wesley Powell on Tuesday, June 24; and a complimentary glass of champagne delivered to your seat during the June 24 performance, so that you can join in a special celebratory toast led from the stage in honor of Nevada’s 150th year of statehood. This VIP ticket package is $300 per person and limited to 50 people. Admission to the June 23 reception is limited to VIP ticket package holders only. Ticket packages are available on a first come, first served basis and can be purchased at All proceeds from the sale of these special VIP ticket packages will support Nevada Humanities programs and the Nevada Humanities Chautauqua festival. On June 22, the Young Chautauquans, local youth who have participated in Nevada Humanities’ 2014 Great Basin Young Chautauqua program, will present a day of Chautauqua performances under the tent at the Flying B Pavilion, at Bartley Ranch Regional Park, Reno. The June 22 day program is free and open to all. There will also be barbeque for sale by Men Wielding Fire and live fiddle music by the youth family band Sierra Silverstrings. Free daytime events are scheduled throughout the Truckee Meadows area during the week of the festival and include a commemorative poetry reading, an architectural walking tour, and lectures. For additional information or to purchase tickets please visit or call 775-784-6587.

Phone Number: 775-784-6587