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August 14 to 23
Muskoka Chautauqua, formally known as the Muskoka Lakes Music Festival, offers creative, multi-disciplinary, arts-based programming for entertainment and lifelong learning through festivals, arts, workshops, concerts, culinary events, lectures, and more.
Nearly a century ago, Muskoka was renowned as “Canada’s literary summer capital,” playing host to a variety of study, sport, and spiritual enrichment at both Windermere House and Elgin House (now The Lake Joseph Club). Muskoka Chautauqua was part of a larger scale movement across the western world with the first permanent Chautauqua Institution setting up on Tobin’s Island on Lake Rosseau. The Chautauqua Institution was also home to the Reading Circle, a popular spot in which beginner and advanced authors would share their works and discuss current issues.
The rich history of Chautauqua is expressed through the events and festivals that Muskoka Chautauqua plays presents today.
ChautauquaFest: August 14 to 23
This ten-day celebration features 20 events and programs presented across the municipalities of Muskoka Lakes, Gravenhurst, and Bracebridge. Within this festival you can experience OperaMuskoka at the Rene M. Caisse Theatre in Bracebridge celebrating the songs of Broadway, opera, and other musical genres. Throughout ChautauquaFest you can check out daily Reading Circles at which celebrity and local authors will provide conversation and literary interpretation of their writings.
Muskoka Chautauqua also presents annual a summer camp for children, which will be held this year from August 18 to 22 at Clevelands House Resort in Minett, where kids will find their passion for music, drama, and visual arts. To learn more about Kaleidoscope arts programs and the summer camp, click here.