Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua, Bayfield

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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, plays, 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.

We are nestled at the base of Mt. Ashwabay Ski Hill, 3 miles south of Bayfield, Wisconsin, overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. Our summer schedule includes performances by renowned national, regional and touring musicians and runs from mid June to early September. On balmy summer nights the tent sidewalls can be lifted and people may sit outside and even up on the hillside. The sound is superb and on clear nights you can see the Milky Way and sometimes even the Northern Lights!
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  • We try to visit ever year and always enjoy whatever show we are lucky enough to see. We love the tent setting and the volunteers are always pleasant. We appreciated the shuttle bus and driver that... 
    We try to visit ever year and always enjoy whatever show we are lucky enough to see. We love the tent setting and the volunteers are always pleasant. We appreciated the shuttle bus and driver that...  more »
  • An experience everyone should try! They offer great music all summer including national acts. The tent setting makes for a more intimate experience. Very well run. They also donate a lot to local... 
    An experience everyone should try! They offer great music all summer including national acts. The tent setting makes for a more intimate experience. Very well run. They also donate a lot to local...  more »
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  • What a great place to see a show. Can't wait tell we can go again.
  • Always a pleasure. Featured artist not so great, though. Big disappointment. Please bring back Chris Isaac next year!!!

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