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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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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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Had a weekend planned in Bayfield to bike and kayak and happened to luckily see this activity on trip advisor. We saw Horseshoes and Handgrenades and Cloud Cult in concert. I had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2015
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015 via mobile

Had a weekend planned in Bayfield to bike and kayak and happened to luckily see this activity on trip advisor. We saw Horseshoes and Handgrenades and Cloud Cult in concert. I had never heard of either- all I can say is WOW! The next day we came back for the 4th annual Big Tap beer, wine and spirits festival. It... More 

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Cudahy, Wisconsin
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105 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

I don't think there is ever a bad show there! The volunteers are excellent. Food was not that great so unless your goal is to support the cause, eat elsewhere beforehand.

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Thank KnittingNut53110
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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44 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

On a recent weekend, we saw both Ride the Wind and Paula Poundstone on two consecutive nights. Both were very good but we enjoyed Paula Poundstone more. The unique venue -- literally a very large tent -- augments the north-woodsy feeling and adds to the enjoyment. Ride the Wind is beloved by locals, and it is an enjoyable show for... More 

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Thank Carolyn K
Eau Claire, WI
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27 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

First time here for a show: Michael Perry and Ronnie Cox. Great combo of humor and music. Easy place to find, well-organized parking, food and beverages available, comfy "padded pew" seating in center section. Tickets easy to order with variety of costs and seating. Can't wait to go again next summer!

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Thank Slovak G
Oneida, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

We went to the Big Top for the first time on August 22, 2015. The show was amazing. We thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience. It was a fun way to spend an evening. The talented people putting on the show were excellent. We took a free shuttle from Bayfield to the Big Top at our hotel clerks recommendation. I would... More 

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Thank Jolson1110
Kennan, WI
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

Outstanding! We saw Vince Gill on August 23. His vocals and guitar playing were flawless. His band is amazing. He has great rapor with the audience. The venue under the big top is very special. It is run like a well oiled machine. Great time.

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Thank Leanne_EKennan_WI
Harshaw, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Local culture or national headliners like Lyle Lovett - the Big Top has them all for a very reasonable price. Sitting under the blue stripped Big Top Tent is a special experience. The seating is comfortable and the seats are assigned. No need to worry about rain, and yet still feel connected to nature. The light and sound are very... More 

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Thank ScoutMidwest
Stillwater, Minnesota, United States
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25 reviews
5 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

We're big fans of Big Top Chautauqua, and have seen a bunch of national acts there, but have never been to one of the "local" shows that are developed and performed by the musicians from the area -- until last night when we saw the Opry. Wow! This was not only a well-written, well-performed show, it was utterly charming. We... More 

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Thank Todd H
Fremont, Wisconsin
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

Planned our trip around seeing LL. What a great venue. Went back two nights later for another artist. Order food early at large events.

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Thank Pat H
Madison, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

Got to listen to some really great music. Super enthusiastic crowd and overall just an amazing experience plus it is located in one of the best places.

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