Attraction Spotlight: Big Top Chautauqua

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Thursday, May 7th, 2015 at 10:25am.

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Big Top Chautauqua is the concert venue of Lake Superior with the top shows and performances going on all year round. The Big Top Tent is located at 32525 Ski Hill Road in Bayfield, WI, home of the nonprofit performing arts organization of Lake Superior. You can check out concerts in a 900-seat state-of-the-art all-canvas tent theater. 

They produce and present over 50 nights of shows, concerts, plays and lectures during the summer season. You can also check out the acclaimed local troupe performing musicals in the tent during their tours. If you’re ready for a summer full of concerts, head out to the Big Top Chautauqua at Lake Superior.

Visiting Big Top

The concert venue is located at as the base of Mount Ashwabay Ski Hill only 3 miles south of Bayfield. It overlooks the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and Lake Superior making it a perfect spot to watch a performance and hang outdoors. Check out national, regional and tours that stop by the concert hall all summer long. It’s the perfect chance to sit outside in the summer and catch a show on the hillside. Some nights guests even catch a glimpse of the Milky Way and the Northern Lights.

You can find the big tent by taking highway 13 south just 3 miles to Ski Hill Road. It’s located at the top of Ski Hill Road at the base of the Mount Ashwabay Ski Hill. Many people camp out in the area or stay at hotels like the Ashland Lake Superior Lodge or the AmericInn Waterpark & Conference Center.

Upcoming shows

You can check out exciting events this summer or watch a performance. Michael Franti & Spearhead will be performing come June, along with Jim Belushi and Melissa Ehteridge. Check out Keb’ Mo’, Take Me To The Islands and Vic Ferrari in August. You’ll also love the 30th Annual Tent Raising and the Big Tap ChautauquaFest coming soon.

Whether you want to watch a show, be a part of an event or volunteer, you’ll love a visit to the Big Top Chautauqua going on all summer.

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