Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

32525 Ski Hill Road
Bayfield , Wisconsin 54814
Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua is a small community organization with a big mission and an enormous impact. For nearly four decades our organization has been building cultural bridges, opening inquisitive minds, capturing the zeitgeist while keeping one foot firmly planted in history. We encourage everyone to support the arts, let your hearts sing, remember those that came before, take care of the land and make the world a better place.

​Big Top presents over 60 concerts, shows, and events June through September in an intimate 900 seat all-“canvas” tent, including international headliners, regional talent, and original productions. Our unique summer venue is located at the base of Mt. Ashwabay just outside of Bayfield, Wisconsin. Perched on the shores of Lake Superior, Bayfield is known as the gateway to the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and the Gaylord Nelson Wilderness Area.

Nestled under the blue and pearl grey canvas tent, our stage has hosted Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Brandi Carlile, John Prine, Nanci Griffith, Buddy Guy, Mearle Haggard, Bonnie Raitt and so many other renowned artists. In addition, our unique brand of original productions starring our famed house band the Blue Canvas Orchestra, bear the hallmark of exquisite musicianship, illustrated by breathtaking visuals, and imaginative storytelling. 

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