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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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Friendly easy going plae to see an entertainer

This is a wonderful venue just outside Bayfield. The big top provides varied seating arrangements... read more

Reviewed January 28, 2018
BearManNorth
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Ely, Minnesota
GREAT venue for intimate concerts/performances!

Have seen a few different artists here over the years. We visited in September this year and saw... read more

Reviewed November 9, 2017
VikesFanFromWisco
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Wisconsin
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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 28 January 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

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Reviewed 9 November 2017

Have seen a few different artists here over the years. We visited in September this year and saw Bonnie Raitt! It's a great indoor/outdoor venue. The limited number of seats make it intimate, but they open the sides of the tent to offer additional seating....More

Thank VikesFanFromWisco
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Reviewed 10 September 2017 via mobile

We went to see Superior" as a kick off to our trip around the lake- couldn't have been more perfect. It was a little cool but we were dressed for it and were comfortable through the whole show. The show was excellent with a nice...More

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Reviewed 3 September 2017

This was just a wonderful experience. The tent is at the bottom of a ski hill and is staffed by volunteers. There are shops, food, ice cream and beer tents on the grounds. Our show was an Opry outlaw presentation. The musicians were just amazing....More

1  Thank 107darlene
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Reviewed 21 August 2017

We always enjoy an evening under the Big Top. This year we saw The Canterville Ghost, a radio play put on by WI Public Radio in honor of their 100 year anniversary. It was a fun evening with beautiful weather. We enjoyed taking the FREE...More

Thank lizzard76
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Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Local talent was amazing. Saw "Superior" which was locally written. It was Superior. A must see. Beer and wine available too. Was very impressed and go again.

Thank clc772
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Reviewed 10 August 2017

Big Top is a unique experience and provides a fun ambiance. We saw the free family concert with the Okee Dokee Brothers and it was very entertaining. I would definitely go back again.

Thank MarkoPolo3
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Reviewed 30 July 2017 via mobile

We went to Bruce Hornsby. Take the shuttle. Every seat is quite close. We had a good time, got our tickets same day as show

Thank Mary H
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Reviewed 29 July 2017 via mobile

Enjoyed the food & the drink before the show. The weather was good and the show even better. We went at the last minute as we are passing through town but we may stay an extra day to see tomorrow's show!

Thank Charlie M
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Reviewed 26 July 2017

I come from Colorado where the Chautauqua concept is revered. It was so refreshing to find one up in Bayfield, and that had such a supportive following. The sound was good, the hosts were funny and welcoming. We had a great time and found a...More

1  Thank jennifer y
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melissak68
23 July 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
4 June 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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