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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

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Address: 32525 Ski Hill Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814-4524
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+1 715-373-5552

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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Michael Perry's Population 485 play

Talk about a performance which will touch your soul! He made us laugh, he made us cry, he made us feel like we were there with them! This venue has easy access, easy parking, a... read more

Reviewed September 4, 2016
Kirk H
Eau Claire Wisconsin
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Ashland, Wisconsin
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Reviewed October 30, 2016

The Big Top Chatauqua is a seasonal venue for live music, plays, and other performances near Bayfield, WI. The name "Big Top" comes from the fact that it is a large circus style tent set up each year on the flat area of Mt. Ashwabay Ski Hill. The Big Top has been running its program each summer for many years... More 

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Neenah, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
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Reviewed September 23, 2016

This was our first time up here and we saw Michael Perry's Population 485 play (which was amazing). It was easy to find and plenty of people were there to take tickets and direct parking. Getting out afterward was a little bit of a mess so we just waited until most of the cars had left before attempting it. The... More 

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Marco Island, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2016

Nothing fancy, but clrpean, friendly and safe venue to see some great entertainers. Supringly easy to park and get back out in a timely manner. Reasonably priced tickets, and food.

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Eau Claire Wisconsin
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Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

Talk about a performance which will touch your soul! He made us laugh, he made us cry, he made us feel like we were there with them! This venue has easy access, easy parking, a nice selection of beer and drinks at the bar and eats, with very comfortable seating and a spacious stage. We will be back!

1 Thank Kirk H
Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
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15 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed August 29, 2016 via mobile

Great concert venue as it is small (1000 seats) and not really a bad seat anywhere. It is a tent so bring a sweater if you're prone to being chilly! Full bar service and snack food is also available. The free shuttle service is a great option for folks staying in Bayfield and Ashland. Though, I would say,signs on the... More 

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Duluth, Minnesota
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Reviewed August 23, 2016

Went to see Ruthie Foster at BTC on Saturday night. Wonderful warm up group Room2Groove and Ruthie's own bass player and drummer were excellent showcase for the powerful pipes and extensive vocal range that Ruthie exhibits. But the venue itself when told we had a guest with a sprained ankle, had us drive up front and used a golf cart... More 

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Cornucopia, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

Saw 4 wonderful concerts at Big Top Chautauqua this summer. It's a wonderful venue, with big names. Saw Oak Ridge Boys, Johnny Lang, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, and Emmy Lou Harris. There are many local shows, too, put on by the Blue Canvas Orchestra.

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Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

I always try to get over to Big Top for at least one show per year. This year, we saw a "house" show, "From Belfast to Bluegrass", then made another trip for the Shawn Colvin - Steve Earle concert. BEST place for concerts in the area! Food is available too, cheeseburgers, veggie burgers, brats. Good selection of beer on tap... More 

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Minnetonka, Minnesota, United States
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77 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2016

My partner and I drove up to see KD Lang with Case and Views in August. Having never been to the Big Top we were unsure of what we would find. What a pleasant surprise! Located on a ski hill in winter and performance venue in summer, Big Top Chautauqua is a throw back summer, relaxed venue. Yes, under a... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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Reviewed August 20, 2016

This is a very nice place to see some big name acts during the summer season. We saw Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle the same week they played in Chicago. The prices were actually higher at Big Top than in Chicago, but Big Top is a relatively intimate venue that's off the beaten path, so I can understand that it... More 

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