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

Reviewed yesterday
upcabincandles
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Negaunee, Michigan
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Cool venue

This was a fun place to see an outdoor concert. Well organized but, very casual. Good sound system... read more

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40andtravel
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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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“ski hill” (12 reviews)
“free shuttle” (9 reviews)
“blue canvas” (7 reviews)
LOCATION
32525 Ski Hill Rd, Bayfield, WI 54814-4524
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+1 715-373-5552
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"wonderful venue"
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"ski run"
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Reviewed yesterday 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

Thank upcabincandles
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Reviewed yesterday 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 5 days ago

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

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Reviewed November 9, 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 September 9, 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

Thank Grmabear
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Reviewed September 2, 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 August 20, 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 August 15, 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.

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Reviewed August 9, 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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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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