2015 Summer Line-Up

Lyle Lovett and His Large Band return to the big blue tent Thursday 7/30, The Blue Canvas Orchestra celebrates the music of Bruce Burnside 7/31. Come early and learn about the Wigwam at 1:30pm then join Kathy Kae for Leather Crafts at 2:00pm. Corey Carlson and the Big City Band take the stage 8/1, and our Blue Canvas Orchestra’s Belfast to Bluegrass returns 8/2! Join us Tuesday August 4th for Brandi Carlile.  See full line-up!

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Nestled at the base of Mt. Ashwabay Ski Hill, 3 miles south of Bayfield, Wisconsin, Big Top 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. 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!

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Free Shuttle

The shuttles operates evening and matinee performances including Big TAP ChautauquaFest. Call for more information 715-373-5552. NOTE: Construction on HWY 13 between Washburn and Ashland may delay traffic from now through July.

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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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Support Big Top

As a small tent doing some pretty big and exciting things, it is your support that influences our ongoing capacity to present new original performances from the Blue Canvas Orchestra, world-renowned touring artists and educational family programming.  Consider a gift to support the future of our remarkable tent theater.

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Tonight the Blue Canvas Orchestra celebrates the work of founding band member Bruce Burnside. Bruce has sat at the heart of the Blue Canvas Orchestra for all of our 29 plus years, and was a founding member of Lost Nation String Band before the tent was ever “thunk up.” A prolific composer, Bruce has brought many compositions and shows to the tent including “Lincoln’s Living Legacy,” “Stories For the Water,” and “Unsung Stories of the Civil War.” Seats are still available, join us tonight for this fabulous show! ... See MoreSee Less

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Lyle Lovett's Crew is here bright and early! They started loading in at 9am - 2 Semis & 3 Buses!
Are YOU ready for tonight?! Call now to get your tickets! 715-373-5552 #bigtopchautauqua #bigbluetent #bigtop #bayfieldwi Bayfield County Tourism The Bayfield Inn
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This Saturday, join us at 2:00pm for a FREE workshop from the Native American Community Connections presented by the Apostle Islands Area Community Fund, an affiliate of the Duluth-Superior Area Community Foundation. ... See MoreSee Less

Leather Pouch Workshop with Kathy Kae

August 1, 2015, 2:00pm

Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua

Free! Make a traditional leather pouch with beaded edging. Can be used to hold tobacco for ceremonial purposes or other items of special meaning.

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