Bayfield lives up to its reputation as one of the “Best Little Town in the Midwest” no matter what season you visit. There is always something fun for you and your loved ones to enjoy. Take in a show or stroll through the shops in town!

Arts & Theater

Big Top Chautauqua with a large crowd

Big Top Chautauqua

Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua is a performing-arts showcase located 3 miles south of Bayfield, overlooking Lake Superior and the Apostle Islands. Big Top operates June through September under an all-canvas, state-of-the-art tent. The summer schedule includes performances by renowned national, regional and touring musicians. Past artists include Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Melissa Etheridge, Bonnie Raiit, Brandi Carlisle, Taj Mahal, Greg Brown, Lyle Lovett, The Jayhawks, and many more.


StageNorth is a community hub for arts and culture on the stunning south shore of Lake Superior’s Chequamegon Bay in Washburn, WI. StageNorth is a performing arts center designed to entertain, educate, and include the community in all aspects of live theater. Performances include visual art, readings, magic shows, concerts featuring regional talent, and theater productions.


Local Bayfield Shopping at Stones Throw

There’s a little something for everyone in Bayfield’s many charming shops and galleries. The area hosts a thriving artists’ community with crafts available to admire or purchase. If you’re looking for apparel to commemorate your visit, or to take home some smoked fish, you’ll find it in Bayfield, WI.

Don’t forget that Bayfield is the place to be for all holiday season festivities, and that includes your Christmas shopping!