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Big Top Chautauqua

Box Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 am-5:00 pm

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.

Nestled at the base of Mt Ashwabay Ski Hill, 3 miles south of Bayfield, Wisconsin, Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua overlooks Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore. We are excited to welcome patrons back to experience the magic of Big Top for our 35th Anniversary season!  Our summer schedule includes performances by renowned national, regional and touring musicians and runs from mid June to early September.

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!

For performance schedules and tickets visit or call our box office at 715-373-5552.

Ashland Chamber’s Business of the Week for June 19, 2017:
Big Top Chautauqua

Each week the Ashland Chamber of Commerce highlights a business on Heartland Communications radio station WATW 1400AM.  The Chamber draws a name from our membership and the radio station writes a 30-second ad exclusively for that business.

Click the link below to hear the ad:


84810 State Hwy 13,
Bayfield, WI 54814

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