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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

32525 Ski Hill Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814-4524
+1 715-373-5552
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Local talent was amazing. Saw "Superior" which was locally written. It was Superior. A must see... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Marengo, Illinois
via mobile
Great Venue!

Big Top is a unique experience and provides a fun ambiance. We saw the free family concert with the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Frederic, Wisconsin
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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (sha-ta-qwa) is a year round non profit performing arts organization with a rich history. We operate an intimate 900-seat, all-canvas, state-of-the-art tent theater, producing and presenting a fifty-plus night summer season of concerts, lectures, and a highly acclaimed professional local troupe which performs original multi-media musicals in the tent and on tour. Tent Show Radio, a weekly one hour program which showcases live performances from the Big Top stage, is aired on public radio stations throughout the country.Named "The Best Outdoor Concert Venue" by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, June 2013.We partner with Non-Profit Mt. Ashwabay Outdoor Education Foundation who provide 100% of food and drink concessions.
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32525 Ski Hill Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814-4524
+1 715-373-5552
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Local talent was amazing. Saw "Superior" which was locally written. It was Superior. A must see. Beer and wine available too. Was very impressed and go again.

Thank clc772
Reviewed 1 week ago

Big Top is a unique experience and provides a fun ambiance. We saw the free family concert with the Okee Dokee Brothers and it was very entertaining. I would definitely go back again.

Thank MarkoPolo3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went to Bruce Hornsby. Take the shuttle. Every seat is quite close. We had a good time, got our tickets same day as show

Thank Mary H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed the food & the drink before the show. The weather was good and the show even better. We went at the last minute as we are passing through town but we may stay an extra day to see tomorrow's show!

Thank Charlie M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I come from Colorado where the Chautauqua concept is revered. It was so refreshing to find one up in Bayfield, and that had such a supportive following. The sound was good, the hosts were funny and welcoming. We had a great time and found a...More

1  Thank jennifer y
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

In talking with some musicians that live on Madeline Islands, they suggested that we attend a show at the Big Top Chautaqua just outside of Bayfield, Wi. The show this past weekend was a tribute to Neil Diamond. What a great show...and great musicians. We...More

Thank David W
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful setting (ski run) and unusual venue (circus tent) made the evening special. We popped for great seats (3rd row center) to see Josh Ritter, so our experience was fantastic. However, it appeared there wasn't a bad seat in the tent. Pre-concert we enjoyed the...More

Thank Willwerks
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Best intimate outdoor concert venue in Wisconsin! Great music acts, stunning views, and up close and personal outdoor venue. It's quaint, beautiful & set in the woods. I have seen rusted root, Buddy Guy, Bonnie Raitt, & Ziggy Marley among other acts - its always...More

Thank Kiva N
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a great music venue under the Big Top! I was told that Chautauqua phonetically is: sha Talk wah. There weren’t too many food choices, so I would not go hungry. Plenty of alcohol and non-alcohol choices at reasonable prices. A bottle of Summit -...More

Thank mngolfergal
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great venue for any of their shows. Refreshments or dinner in tented area. Clean bathrooms and great shows.

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23 July 2015|
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Response from WISGRANNY | Reviewed this property |
You can't take food or beverages in. There are typical burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, and similar foods there. We usually eat before going in and then just have some popcorn and beer or pop on site. However... More
4 June 2015|
Response from teymey | Property representative |
Parking is quite easy and is free. But if you don't want to worry about driving, the shuttle is very convenient.

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