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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

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Address: 32525 Ski Hill Rd., Bayfield, WI 54814
Phone Number: 715-373-5552; 888-244-8368
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Description: Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua (sha-ta-qwa) is a year round non profit...
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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Entertainment Under a Tent

About four miles south of Bayfield at the bottom of a ski hill is a bunch of huge tents and a parking lot. Hand over your ticket, park, get a drink and some dinner and then find... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 16, 2015
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Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

About four miles south of Bayfield at the bottom of a ski hill is a bunch of huge tents and a parking lot. Hand over your ticket, park, get a drink and some dinner and then find your seat under the big top. Seats are reserved, but most of the center ones appear to be old church pews. Get set... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

We went and saw Melissa Etheridge and Arlo Guthrie over the last few weeks. Both artists put on a great show. It rained during one of the shows, which isn't an issue since we were under a big tents. There is a free shuttle that comes from Bayfield and Ashland so you don't have to drive, although there is a... More 

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Park Rapids, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Our second visit to the Big Top, it will not be our last. Gaelic Storm was wonderful as usual, the volunteer staff very helpful with our wheelchair bound friend, even changing a row of seats to accommodate his chair.

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Cornucopia, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We'll be going to our first show for this season Saturday night. Top notch entertainment. We managed early season buy on lawn seats, so will be going to 4 top entertainers at a very reasonable price. There are food and beverages available on site. Take along a sweatshirt as it can cool off quite a bit once the sun goes... More 

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Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2015

If you are in Bayfield for vacation, or just a day trip, take the time to go to the Big Top. We have been there many times for all sorts of musical events, comedy events (Jim Belushi last night), and we have always enjoyed it. Splurge a bit, or stay in the back on the bleachers...just be a part of... More 

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Iowa City, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This was a pleasant surprise. Wasn't sure what the performance would truly be, but how can you go wrong at Big Top? This was a delightful musical performance with traditional jigs, Irish influence, and a fiddler that brought down the house. You will hear of the sailors life and perils of ships in this musical revue. It does not disappoint.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

This is the place to be in upper Wisconsin during the summer and into fall. Garrison Keller was there one year, as well as Marshall Tucker Band and others. The local talent is awesome and talented. They get you into the music or comedy with all your heart. This is a must see when in the area. It is a... More 

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Sudbury, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

We've travelled to Bayfield, WI numerous times for shows at Big Top Chautauqua. We love the venue. They get great acts, the online booking system works well, and they have food/beverages available on site. Special thanks to the Seagull Bay Motel for providing a shuttle service from various locations in Bayfield to and from Big Top.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

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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Address: 32525 Ski Hill Rd., Bayfield, WI 54814
Phone Number: 715-373-5552; 888-244-8368
Location: United States  >  Wisconsin (WI)  >  Bayfield

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