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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
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... more » 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. « less
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Friends had recommended the Seagull Motel to us and they were spot-on. Is just as lovely as it is advertised. Sitting out on our deck the Lake air was fresh and seemed full of extra oxygen! The facilities were extra neat and clean and the staff were friendly, funny and helpful. Beds extra comfy. The shuttle bus stopped right there... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014 NEW

I've been coming here every year since I was 12 (now 21) and its always a great experience! Highly recommend.

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Stevens Point, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

I went a few years back, and absolutely loved it! It was so cool to hear the history of our state (that was the performance that night) in that type of venue.

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Park Rapids, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014

This was our first time, at The Big Top and we had a great time with Gaelic Storm. We hope to be back next year!

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Cherry Log, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Wonderful concert at a wonderful venue! Our second time to the Big Top; all volunteer staff are incredibly friendly, seats comfortable, easy to get into and out of the parking lot. A great place to see concerts, and they lineup they have every year is excellent!

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

After some convincing from a friend who has gone there, I went to see Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit. The crowd and performers both felt relaxed and that made for a great show. There was such a friendly laid-back atmosphere there that it made for a very memorable night. Being able to walk around before the show and enjoy... More

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Sheboygan, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014

We saw The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band & had a very enjoyable experience. Not only were they great, but under a tent with the night air & breezes was a great way to go! Would love to see another show there too!

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Marshfield, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Any show there helps you to unwind, and reconnect with yourself and nature. There is a certain power of The Lake...and being near it during a musical experience is very enjoyable.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

Great local singers, cool experience listening to live music under a big blue tent. Wish we had something like this in Mpls.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

It was fun on a summer evening if there aren't too many mosquitoes. The musical groups vary, and there seems to be a good time had by all.

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