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101 West Bayfield St.
Washburn, WI 54814
(715) 373-5552
Fax: (715) 373-5320
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3 Miles south of Bayfield, WI on Hwy 13.
Washburn Box Office M-F 9-5; Bayfield B.O. 12-5 on Show Days.

about us

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 summer season of entertainment featuring headliner acts as well as our highly acclaimed professional local troupe which performs original multi-media musicals in the tent and on tour. Tent Show Radio, a weekly one hour program which showcases live performances from the Big Top Stage, is aired on public radio stations throughout the country. We are nestled at the base of Mt. Ashwabay Ski Hill, 3 miles south of Bayfield, Wisconsin, overlooking 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!


  • Live Concerts
  • Musical depictions of local history with big-screen visuals
  • National and international touring artists
  • FREE shuttle from Bayfield, Washburn & Ashland
  • Great Family Entertainment