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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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Chicago, Illinois
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73 reviews 73 reviews
12 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

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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De Pere, Wisconsin
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

Can't really say there was anything I disliked. First visit to Big Top Chautaugua and there were no snags. Saw a fabulous show and will probably do it again next year!

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

Great shows. Fun, enthusiastic crowds. Great atmosphere atop a ski resort. Generally reasonable pricing.

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Watertown, Wisconsin
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17 reviews 17 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Step back in Time to the Big Top ! I've always loved the American Player's Theatre atmosphere ... just not so much the plays (Sorry). The Big Top Chautauqua is the best venue I've been to. Great pre-show Beer and (food - I assume) tent then on to the show. easy access, plenty of parking, great volunteers. If you are... More

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River Falls, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

I've been to numerous shows and have enjoyed all of them, but I recently made the mistake of picking seats close to the front, but too far off to the side, and the view was mostly the piano. If you pick seats such as A or B-31 to B34, you will likely be disappointed. Frankly, I don't think they should... More

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Michigans Upper Peninsula
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23 reviews 23 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We've visited Big Top before and it's always worth the 4 hour trip. Great acts, intimate & informal atmosphere. If you're anywhere close, you need to take in a show.

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Iron River, Wisconsin
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69 reviews 69 reviews
12 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

I've attended multiple performances here but this review is about their in-house shows. Talented musicians that we are blessed to have in the north woods. Incredible price, creative shows that showcase the rich values of northwest Wisconsin. All of this under a great big blue tent. The church pews make this a somewhat spiritual experience... but rather than traditional religion,... More

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Shell Lake, Wisconsin
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
5 helpful votes 5 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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