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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

32525 Ski Hill Rd., Bayfield, WI 54814
715-373-5552; 888-244-8368
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Ranked #1 of 6 Attractions in Bayfield
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Theaters, Performances
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Owner description: 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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167 reviews 167 reviews
65 attraction reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

Unique music venue worth the trip saw an older favorite Marshall Tucker band put of South Carolina. Only issue was we purchased tickets at the gate and they sold us the highest priced seats which turned out to be folding chairs left middle of tent with a pole view. We ended up on a bench outside enjoyed the show. Van... More

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Brainerd, Minnesota
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

This is a huge tent that houses the Big Top Chautaqua shows. Throughout the year entertainers, magicians and comedians come to perform for the public. The Blue canvas band is always there providing entertainment. I have seen the Smothers Brothers, and various other performers from across the world. It is great when you can see them up close. In the... More

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Bayfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

We love the "house" concerts, and especially love the new show they have. Nothing beats coming out on a lovely evening and enjoying a show, some food, and seeing old friends. Go when you can! I also love going to the name act shows they have as well. Wish I could have made the beer tasting they had, oh well...you... More

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Cazenovia, Wisconsin, United States
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7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

I have had the chance to see Big Top Chautauqua in Richland Center, Wi during its off-season tour and declined the opportunity. I am glad I waited. So much better to see this orchestra perform in its home surroundings. This is such a talented group of musicians AND vocalists. We also attended the show on Sept. 9th just before the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was one of the most delightful evenings I have experienced in a long time! It was my pleasure to visit Bayfield at the end of the Big Top season and I had the pleasure of experiencing the house band in one of the last performances of the year. With gale force winds bearing down on us the band performed... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

I have been going to concerts at Big Top for the past 10 years and have not been disappointed yet. It is a cozy venue where you are sitting on folding chairs, church pews, and whatever has been donated for the cause. Artists are first rate and all seats are good. The house shows are fun, informative, and worth the... More

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Carmel, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I have been coming to this peaceful little town for four years now. I never went to the Big Top. It was recommended to me by the hotel staff and a restaurant owner. It was a wonderful experience I cannot describe here. All I can say, if you're coming here and Riding the Wind is playing, SEE IT!!

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Wausau, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Good food, good beer and great atmosphere!!! A must do when visiting Bayfield! "Riding the Wind" has become my new yearly must do event!

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Bayfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

As a part of the Bayfield experience, a trip to Big Top Chautauqua is something not to be missed. It's a special place at the bottom of the Mt. Ashwabay ski hill in a big blue and white canvas tent housing wonderful musical productions and big name and local musicians up close and personal. Food and beverages are available. Our... More

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brisbane
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014

We enjoy checking out the local shows as we travel and this one was recommended by the visitor centre and other travellers we met. We were not sure what to expect with the title of "Big Top" which accurately describes the large canvas tents that make the site look a bit like the circus. It is amazing the variety of... More

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