Nestled at the base of Mt Ashwabay Ski Hill, 3 miles south of Bayfield, Wisconsin, Big Top Chautauqua overlooks 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.
As you walk on the gravel parking lot and look up at the big blue circus tent, it’s hard to believe that talents such as Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and B.B. King have played in this place. Walking into this blue canvas theater, the magic overtakes you. The acoustics in this 900-seat venue are breathtaking as the local talent of the Big Top Chautauqua house band, the Blue Canvas Orchestra, amazes you with their talents.
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!
Grab the family or your group of friends and enjoy this special experience together. The trip is so much more than just the amazing music, it’s about the experience getting there to enjoy music under the stars and, of course, a big blue tent!