Chautauqua Festival

A red tent top with the library logo embroidered on it announces Chautauqua 2022 on April 23!

What is Chautauqua Festival?

This FREE event is all about celebrating all the rich, diverse culture that Longview and East Texas has to offer.
Including live music & performances, local authors, artists, craft activities, art installations, artisans, food trucks, face-painting, and so much more!

We hold the festival just outside the library front doors on the Eastman Library Plaza.

Plan to join us for the Longview Public Library Chautauqua Festival 2022 on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM!

Chautauqua Festival 2022 Performance Schedule

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
- Pine Tree Parkway Elementary - Jolly Roger Jam Band

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
- Author Discussion Panel:  Sara Henning, Querida Duncalfe, Toni Delane Perry

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
- The DownHome Cloggers

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
- Sketching Demonstration by Donnie Pitchford, author and illustrator of "Lum and Abner" comic strips

12:00 PM - 12:30 PM
- Wirelight (acoustic/harmonic, folk band)

12:30 PM - 1:00 PM
- East Texas American Society of Karate Demonstration

1:00 PM - 1:30 PM
- Filmmaking lecture w/ Derek Wayne Johnson

1:30 PM - 2:00 PM
- Baking Up History: Creating a Historical Landmark w/ Debbie Fontaine

2:00 PM - 2:30 PM
- Fellowship of the Christian Swordsmen Exhibition

2:30 PM - 3:00 PM
- Meet and read to the Silver Paws Therapy Dogs

 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 Eastman Library Plaza, and a tent is strongly recommended for sun protection. We also recommend you keep strong winds in mind! Consider bringing things to anchor your space and keep your items in order. There is a limited number of sites available with electricity. Upon registering, contact Bronwyn or Jennifer at (903) 237-1350 to request a space 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