It's your last chance to make amazing summer memories! We've streamlined programming and planned a hybrid experience of onsite and virtual activities for Labor Day weekend, all with your safety in mind. View our schedule of eventsdownload the app or read the Lakesider newspaper.

Reservations are required for: Open Swim and the Fitness Room. To navigate the pool reservations, visit to read step-by-step instructions or watch videos on how to make a reservation using a computer or smartphone.

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All-weekend events & announcements
Hotel Lakeside Dining Room
Over Labor Day weekend, the Hotel Lakeside Dining Room is open from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 and Saturday, Sept. 5. A proper Afternoon Tea is served at 2 p.m. or 3:15 p.m. Saturday by reservation; call (419) 798-4461, ext. 257. A delicious Sunday Brunch is available from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Join Chef Stacy Maple for table service at the outdoor courtyard or waterfront dining room. Carryout also available.
LHS Recycle Sale
Items for the sale include housewares, linens, furniture and lawn equipment. Early bird sale is 6-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 4 ($5 to attend this day). Hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 5; 1-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 6; and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Monday, Sept. 7. On Sunday, all items are half-priced. On Monday, take what you want and leave a donation to the LHS. Masks required. Please practice safe social distancing.
Shops & Services
Restaurants, shops and services throughout Lakeside are open over the holiday weekend. To view hours of operation and safety protocols for each establishment, click here.
Venues & Activities Weather permitting, shuffleboard, mini-golf, waterfront rentals, pool, tennis, pickleball, fitness room, fishing, basketball, volleyball and playgrounds are open. Make a pool reservation.
Book your
weekend stay!
Hotel Lakeside, the Fountain Inn and Campground are open, as well as cottage rentals, inns & suites, bed & breakfasts and guest houses. Hurry! Hotels are starting to fill up.
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Friday, Sept. 4
Farmer's Market
8:30 a.m.-12 p.m.
The Farmers' Market has relocated to the greenspace around the Lakeside Schoolhouse to practice safe social distancing. View hours and safety protocols.
Fitness Classes
Fitness classes are offered to all ages on Friday and Saturday. Classes include: Beach Walk, All Level Yoga, All Stages/All Ages PoundFit, Tai Chi and Chair Yoga. View class descriptions on our website or the app.  
Writing Workshop
10 a.m.-12 p.m., Friday
Nike Mendenhall will offer writing prompts and encourage writing development in the last virtual writing workshop of the summer. To register, email Dakota Harkins.
World Affairs Forum
3-4 p.m. Friday
All are invited to participate in a moderated discussion about the current world affairs and the impact they have on the U.S. In the case of inclement weather, the event is cancelled.
German Dinner
4-7 p.m., Friday
Ward Catering's German Dinner is made to order and boxed for takeout. To pre-order, call (419) 357-5482. The menu features half chicken, braised pork shanks served with Käsespätzle and German-style red cabbage and green beans or Flammkuchen (white pizza flatbread with onions, bacon and white sauce).
Michael Shirtz
7 p.m., Friday
Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes Michael Shirtz to the Steele Memorial Bandstand. Shirtz is known for his versatility with jazz, contemporary and classical music. The trio for the evening concert features Shirtz, Dwight Bailey and Reggie Jackson.
Masks required. Please practice safe social distancing.
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Saturday, Sept. 5
Labor Day Weekend Sailing Race
8 a.m., Saturday
Labor Day Weekend Sailing Race participants are to meet at Lakevue Marina, at 8 a.m. for a skipper’s meeting. The race will start promptly at 9 a.m.
Island Song Trio
1:30-3:30 p.m, Saturday
The music of the Island Song Trio will be featured at the Pavilion. The Island Song Trio features local musicians John Davenport, David Altman and Tim Barrett.
Tai Chi
9-9:45 a.m., Saturday
Often described as meditation in motion, Tai Chi promotes serenity through gentle, flowing movements. This class offers an intro to principles of Tai Chi.
Chair Yoga
11-11:45 a.m., Saturday
All postures will be done seated in a chair or standing, using a chair for balance. This class offers a variety of poses, breath work and relaxation techniques.
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Celebrate Oktoberfest in Lakeside as mugs of (root) beer are hoisted, a Bavarian feast is devoured, lively polka music is played, and a dazzling fireworks show completes the day. At its core, Oktoberfest is really about coming together and having a good time, and we hope you’ll join us for a safe, family fun event in Lakeside. Please wear a mask and practice safe social distancing.
The Chardon Polka Band
4-7 p.m., Saturday
As part of the Oktoberfest celebration, The Chardon Polka Band will perform at the Pavilion, captivating Lakesiders of all ages with their innovative and colorful spin on polka music.
Bavarian Feast
4:30-6:30 p.m., Saturday
To celebrate Oktoberfest in Lakeside, Ward Catering will offer a delicious menu of Bavarian favorites, complete with (root)beer mugs on the Hotel Lakeside lawn. All major credit cards accepted.
9 p.m., Saturday
Fireworks offer a spectacular finale to Oktoberfest.
A barge will be used to launch the fireworks from the north end of the dock. To practice safe social distancing, guests are encouraged to spread out along the entire lakefront.
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Sunday, Sept. 6
Dockside Worship
8:30 a.m. Sunday
This informal worship service (now at the Steele Memorial Bandstand) includes Christian hymns and contemporary songs, an inspiring message and the Sacrament of Holy Communion. 
Children's Church Celebration
9 a.m., Sunday
The Children's Church Celebration begins with an outdoor processional from Steele Memorial Bandstand to Bradley Temple, located on Cedar Ave. 
Livestream Community Worship Service
10:30 a.m. Sunday
Lakeside Chautauqua welcomes Bishop Tracy S. Malone. Bishop Malone’s sermon, titled “We Are Each Other’s Keeper,” is based on Matthew 18:15-20.
Hey Day
1-3:30 p.m., Sunday
Lakeside welcomes Hey Day, a band featuring five of the finest professional stage musicians in Toledo. The group covers golden pop hits of the 1960s and 1970s, specializing in rock, country and family-friendly music.
Magician Michael Mage
3:30-4:15 p.m., Sunday
Michael Mage returns to Lakeside for an evening of magic and illusion. Mage incorporates comedy and endless audience participation into his hilarious shows that you have to see to believe.
Liverpool Lads
6-7:15 p.m., Sunday
The Liverpool Lads, close out Lakeside’s 2020 summer concert series at the Steele Memorial Bandstand. The Lads’ mission is to recreate the spirit, energy and carefree memories synonymous with Beatlemania.
Celebrating the Season
8 p.m., Sunday
Join us as we close out the 147th Chautauqua season with a candlelight gathering celebrating the joys of the summer and an invocation and blessing as we go forward into the fall. The program will also include remarks by Lakeside Chautauqua President & CEO, Daniel Rogers.
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LABOR DAY: Monday, Sept. 7
Virtual Art Show
View the 64th Annual Lakeside Art Show virtual gallery featuring nearly 150 two-dimensional artwork created by Lakesiders of all ages. The last day to view the artwork is Monday, Sept. 7.
Virtual Photography Show
View the 45th Annual Photography Show virtual exhibit. The show features the work of amateur photographers from Lakeside. The last day to view the photos is Monday, Sept. 7.
Spaghetti Dinner
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Monday
To keep part of the Danbury Township Volunteer Fire Department Spaghetti Dinner tradition going, Ward Catering will offer a to-go Spaghetti Dinner. Lakeside will donate $2 of every meal to the Danbury Township Volunteer Fire Department. View details.
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Admission & parking
Admission to Lakeside requires a Daily Chautauqua Pass: $17/adult and $10/youth (ages 12-24). Kids under age 12 and guests over age 90 are always free. A Partial Day Pass (three hours) is available for $6.

Please note: The Partial Day Pass is NOT available after 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, and the complimentary 90-minute Shopping/Dining Pass will not be available after 8 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5.
Daily Auto Pass is required for parking on the grounds ($13 per day) or the South Gate Parking Lot ($7 per day). Please note: The Danbury School Parking Lot is closed for the summer. A complimentary shuttle service runs inside the Lakeside.

Gate Hours
Due to the effects of COVID-19, we have reduced the number of gate attendants and gate hours are:

  • Fifth Street Gate: open 24 hours/7 days a week
  • South Gate: 7 am-10 pm Sunday-Thursday; 7 am-11 pm Friday-Saturday
  • East Second Street Gate: 7 am-10 pm Sunday-Thursday; 7 am-11 pm Friday-Saturday
  • West Second Street Gate: 7 am-10 pm Sunday-Thursday; 7 am-11 pm Friday-Saturday
  • Welcome Center: Closed
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