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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 2013
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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Shell Lake, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

We travel to Bayfield two to three times every summer. We plan our trips to take in the great shows that are at the Big Top Chautauqua.

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Rice Lake, Wisconsin
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2014

Where else can you see big time talent in a small venue, under a tent in the great northwoods of Wisconsin? Check the schedule on their website, you're bound to find someone you'd like to see.

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Bayfield, Wisconsin
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2013

This place offers an experience that is hard to find; up close, personal, great sounds, and a noteworthy guest list sure to enlighten your spirits. Spend a few more dollars and enjoy your up close personal seat or just grab the general admission and enjoy the show from a bleacher seat.

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Rhinelander,WI
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45 reviews 45 reviews
11 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

We have been going to Big Top Chautauqua since it opened . This is a gem in Wisconsin. We've heard Arlo Guthrie, John PRine, Willie Nelson, Emmy Lou Harris, Trampled by Turtles, Richie Havens, Greg Brown, John Hiatt, and many other talented artists as well as the Blue Canvas Orchestra and Warren Helson's original group Lost Nation String Band. This... More

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Marquette, MI
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2013

We saw Jonny Lang perform, and... wow! He is an amazing artist. However, part of the credit also goes to Big Top. They created clean sound that shook my chest and gave me chills, but was not overbearing or distorted. I liked the grilled chicken sandwich, too!

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Minnesota
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49 reviews 49 reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013

We had a beautiful evening while attending the Jonny Lang concert. It is a special treat to go to a concert here, in the beautiful Bayfield area. Only drawbacks were some obnoxious people in the seats behind us, who talked through the whole concert. Other thing was the sound man didn't seem aware that the reason we came to this... More

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BemusedWI, Public Relations Manager at Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, responded to this review

MarieMag- That's for the feedback. Generally headliners like Jonny Lang bring their own sound engineers when on tour, but we'll definitely make sure we let him know this year's concerns next time he's here. Our Blue Canvas Orchestra played 13 shows at the Tent this year. Be sure to catch them on the road in a town near you. They'll... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2013 via mobile

Went to see Johnny Lang last night and it was amazing. This venue provides every single person, whether you've have grounds tix or seats, with an up close and personal show every single night!!! Thank u so much for being available to this community!! It truly is a gem

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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55 reviews 55 reviews
28 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2013

From Lyle Lovett and his large band to the Blues Brothers Review, any seat in the house is great! There is something about the combination of live music and the outdoors that just fits perfectly. Shuttle buses will pick you up in Bayfield, Washburn or Ashland. Take a couple days in the area to explore. Ride the ferry and bike... More

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Eagan, Minnesota, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

My wife and I had a great time watching the local orchestra (the Blue Canvas Orchestra) and other acts perform on a live radio show. The tickets were cheap, the music incredible and the location easy to get to. Highly recommended!

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Duluth, Minnesota
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56 reviews 56 reviews
14 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2013

Pleasantly surprised by the amount of food and variety of drinks they offer before hand. The volunteers were helpful in finding seats and the atmosphere is truly fun for all ages. The variety of venues is appealing to all genres of music fans. Wasn’t sure what to expect for restrooms for a venue that is under a big top, but... More

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