Chautauqua Festival

Chautauqua 2019 Cancelled Due to Weather

What is Chautauqua Festival?


Our Chautauqua Planning Committee met this morning to discuss the weather forecast during our highly anticipated Chautauqua Festival tomorrow. It was decided by the committee to CANCEL the festival in its entirety.
This was not an easy decision for us to make and we sincerely apologize to all of our performers, vendors, and patrons planning on attending the event this year! It has been several years since we've had to cancel an event of this size and our decision was carefully and methodically decided.
Over the past few years, Chautauqua has become one of our most favorite events! However, we want everyone to remain safe and weather aware during the times inclement weather is predicted. Moreover, we definitely do not want to waste the time or resources of our wonderful community members willing to participate in this event.
Please know we are going to do everything possible to reschedule the event if we can or make sure next year's Chautauqua is the best one yet! We thank you all so much for your patience and understanding.

Vendors/Performers will be contacted.
If you have any questions, please contact (903) 237-1350 to speak with Jennifer, Ramon, or Bronwyn. Thank you!

Chautauqua Festival 2019 Performance Schedule

10:00 AM - DownHome Cloggers (Stage 1)
10:30 AM - Artsview Children's Theater (Stage 2)
11:00 AM - Theatre Longview - Duck. Duck. Moose! Improv (Stage 1)
11:30 AM -  Author Panel: Mike Clifton, Robert Erickson, and Marvin Mayer (Stage 2)
12:00 PM - The What Fours - Barbershop Quartet (Stage 1)
12:30 PM - Professor QB, Children's Performer (Stage 2)
1:00 PM   - Gary Borders (Stage 1)
1:30 PM   - East Texas American Society of Karate (Stage 2)
2:00 PM   - Fellowship of Christian Swordsmen (Stage 1)
2:30 PM   - Harvest Moon Countrygrass (Stage 2)

Vendor Booths

Vendor booths will be available for you to promote your books, photography, art, creations, etc. for only $20.00! Vendors may rent a 10’ X 10’ booth space and must provide their own booths (table, chairs, tent, etc.). Vendor booth spaces are outdoors on the Longview Public Library Plaza, and a tent is strongly recommended for sun protection. Also keep in mind that it might be windy! There is a limited number of sites available with electricity.

Reserve Vendor Booth

Vendor Rules

- Chautauqua Festival is a public event for all ages. All vendors, vendor booths, and vendor merchandise must be family-friendly in nature.
- Longview Public Library reserves the right to deny admission or eject any person violating the Library's rules, local, state, or federal laws, or whose conduct is deemed illegal, disorderly, or offensive by management. 
- All vendors consent to having their names, images, and/or likenesses captured in print, photographs, and/or video by the Longview Public Library and reproduced for educational and/or promotional purposes.
- Library staff will arrive at 8:00 AM. If you arrive earlier, there won't be anyone there to direct you just yet. So, we recommend you come in at 8:30 AM to start your setup. 

What does "Chautauqua" mean?

The Chautauqua (”sha-tauk-wa”) Movement was a traveling cultural tent show that toured across America in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It was known for bringing culture to countless communities with speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers, and specialists of the day. Former United States President Theodore Roosevelt was quoted as saying that Chautauqua is “the most American thing in America.” It is in this spirit that we celebrate all of the rich culture that Longview and its surrounding areas have to offer! 


Longview News-Journal article about Chautauqua Festival 2018
Photos from Chautauqua Festival 2017 
Photos from Chautauqua Festival 2016
Photos from Chautauqua Festival 2015