Support Big Top

It is only with your support that the Big Top can continue present the excellent and educational entertainment that you, and so many others, discover and are inspired by each year under the canvas tent. Become a member of the Blue Canvas Club when you donate $100 – and receive notice of the shows booked before the general public and merchandise discounts at the tent.

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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. 

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Free Shuttle

The shuttles operate for most shows from June 13 thru Sept. 12.  Shuttle for Big TAP on Sept. 13 leaves Ashland at noon
and Bayfield at 12:30.  The shuttle  is not available for matinees. Call for more information 715-373-5552.

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Love Big Top? Consider becoming a volunteer. Ushers, Car Parkers, Cart Drivers, Artist Transport, EMT’s and Office Support needed. Please fill out the volunteer application below. You will be able to request to volunteer for specific dates and shows as they are put on sale to the public.

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Some of our past performers…

Abigail Washburn


African Children’s Choir


American Brass Revue

American Indian Dance Theatre

Andy Dee

Andy Noyes

Ann Reed

Annie Humphrey

Arlo Guthrie

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Upcoming Events

Sat 20

Big Top Opry

June 20, 2015 @ 7:30 pm
Fri 03

Gaelic Storm

July 3, 2015 @ 7:30 pm