Chautauqua Festival

Chautauqua 2017

What is Chautauqua Festival?

The Longview Public Library's 4th annual Chautauqua (”sha-tauk-wa”) Festival is happening on Saturday, April 8th from 10:30 AM - 3:00 PM! This is a FREE, family-friendly event celebrating all the rich, diverse culture that Longview has to offer, including live music & performances, local authors, artists, & artisans, food, face-painting, and so much more! 

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! 

May I have a booth at Chautauqua Festival? 

If you would like to reserve a vendor booth space to promote your books, photography, art, creations, organization, etc., you may do so for only $20.00 for the whole event! This helps us cover the costs of renting equipment for the event so that it stays free to the public. To purchase a vendor booth space online, please click here; otherwise, you may do so at the Library at your convenience. Booth spaces are 10’ X 10’ and vendors 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. There is a limited number of sites available with electricity, and there is one outlet per booth. Vendors are also required to bring their own 120V cords, if necessary. For more information, please contact Bronwyn at (903) 237-1351 or

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.


Photos from Chautauqua Festival 2015
Photos from Chautauqua Festival 2016