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Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

32525 Ski Hill Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814-4524
+1 715-373-5552
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What a great and unique venue

We saw Shakey Graves here (that guy totally slaps) but would also recommend catching a random show... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Samuel J
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Most unique venue ever!

This is an amazing venue! From the friendly helpful people who helped us park our car, to the... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
DirtyMartiniGirl
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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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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32525 Ski Hill Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814-4524
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We saw Shakey Graves here (that guy totally slaps) but would also recommend catching a random show if you're in the area. Where else in the world can you see a show in a circus tent on a ski hill in the woods. Catch a...More

Thank Samuel J
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is an amazing venue! From the friendly helpful people who helped us park our car, to the outdoor bar and grill, to the circus-like tent with old church pews and old movie seats for seating!!! You can't beat this place! It is very intimate...More

Thank DirtyMartiniGirl
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Reviewed July 3, 2018 via mobile

We brought our granddaughter to see the performance of Riding the Wind - not quite sure how she would like it but it was the second time for us. And she loved it- she liked the big tent & the atmosphere, said she learned a...More

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Reviewed July 2, 2018

We saw the “Superior” show. Great local talent provided a fun and entertaining look into the local history and culture. I was surprised by the line up of performers for upcoming performances—well known names across a wide variety of music styles. Most of the main...More

Thank Prairie_Walker
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Reviewed July 1, 2018

We live in Bayfield, and we have frequently attended performances at the Big Top. The Big Top is a collection of tents. The largest is for the performance with stage, lights, and whatever effects are needed for the performance. The smaller tents house food to...More

Thank Isi66
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Reviewed June 30, 2018

Boy I am glad to learn of this concert venue a few months ago -- I hadn't known about it in its 30+ years of existence. Saw Buddy Guy and Quinn Sullivan last night -- 3rd row center seats! This is a great non-profit venue...More

Thank Dave P
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Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

We went to see our first concert at the Big Top and will soon return. Loved it. Free shuttle service and great staff

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Reviewed June 24, 2018 via mobile

This was a fun place to see an outdoor concert. Well organized but, very casual. Good sound system. I would recommend it as we found out it is the last season

Thank 40andtravel
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Reviewed June 20, 2018

The audience in the big blue tent felt like a family; and though it was the first time we'd attended, we felt like a part of that family. The Blue Canvas Orchestra sang some of the favorites I'd heard on WPR's Tent Show Radio. But...More

Thank James Z
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Reviewed January 27, 2018

This is a wonderful venue just outside Bayfield. The big top provides varied seating arrangements and pricing. The cheap seats [if I may call them that] are you bringing your own lawn chairs to sit outside the tent area. They keep the tent sides raised...More

1  Thank BearManNorth
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melissak68
July 23, 2015|
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Response from WISGRANNY | Reviewed this property |
You can't take food or beverages in. There are typical burgers, pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs, and similar foods there. We usually eat before going in and then just have some popcorn and beer or pop on site. However... More
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poohbeareema
June 3, 2015|
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Response from teymey | Property representative |
Parking is quite easy and is free. But if you don't want to worry about driving, the shuttle is very convenient.
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