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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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brisbane
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51 reviews 51 reviews
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

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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Escanaba
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7 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014 NEW

Food & drinks on-site. Easy parking. Bring sweater as it cools off at night on the hilltop, The free Bayfield shuttle takes a little longer to get to the Bigtop, but if you have the time and need a DD that the way to go!

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Eau Claire WI
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84 reviews 84 reviews
23 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

The Big Top is a unique place to spend an evening for musical shows under a large tent. Be sure to go early so you can walk up on top of the ski hill for a breathtaking view.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

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

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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28 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
17 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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