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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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What a gem!

I come from Colorado where the Chautauqua concept is revered. It was so refreshing to find one up... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
Jennifer M
Evergreen, Colorado
Fun Filled Evening

In talking with some musicians that live on Madeline Islands, they suggested that we attend a show... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
David W
Tulsa, Oklahoma
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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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  • Average2%
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32525 Ski Hill Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814-4524
+1 715-373-5552
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Reviewed 3 days 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 M
Reviewed 1 week 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 1 week 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 1 week 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 2 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 2 weeks ago

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

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw Blackberry Smoke here, a group we had never heard of. This is more rustic than not,but everyone is very friendly, prices are very reasonable for refreshments. I hear they have previous shows downloadable at their website.

Thank lambs1
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to this last year because a shop owner suggested it. Came back again this year for the opening night. Love the music. So much talent and variety of music. Food and beverages available. Not sure you can bring in your own food, bringing in...More

Thank Jayne W
Reviewed 30 October 2016

The Big Top Chatauqua is a seasonal venue for live music, plays, and other performances near Bayfield, WI. The name "Big Top" comes from the fact that it is a large circus style tent set up each year on the flat area of Mt. Ashwabay...More

1  Thank ecryan2016
Reviewed 24 September 2016

This was our first time up here and we saw Michael Perry's Population 485 play (which was amazing). It was easy to find and plenty of people were there to take tickets and direct parking. Getting out afterward was a little bit of a mess...More

Thank amanda h
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24 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.