Great Big Fun

Here in The Big 400, we believe the only thing better than a little fun is some great big fun. And that’s the way we live our lives and keep our calendar. Because that’s the kind of great big spirit that gives you great big laughs, great big hugs, great big thrills and great big stories to bring home. Small is fine for gadgets, but for memories, great big is where it’s at.

Our flagship events include:

Maple Fest in the spring

Cranes, Colors and Cabernet in the fall.


The Big 400 Area Events


Chelsea Spring Expo

When: Annually in April
Where: Washington Street Education Center –  Chelsea, MI



River Raisin Canoe Race

When: Sunday, May 19
Where: Village of Manchester

Memorial Day Parade & 5k Race

When: Monday, May 27
Where: Putnam Township in Pinckney Village



Ice Cream Social

When: Saturday, June 1
Where: Dexter Senior Center

Art In The Park

When: Saturday, June 1 – Sunday, June 2
Where: Putnam Township in  Pinckney Village

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights

When: Thursday, June 6 – Thursday, August 15
Where: Downtown Chelsea

Civil War Days

When: Friday, June 7 – Sunday, June 9
Where: Gordon Hall (8347 Island Lake Road) – Village of Dexter

Summer Celebration/Free Fishing Weekend

When: Saturday, June 8
Where: Portage Lake – Waterloo Recreation Area

Tri-Kids- Youth Triathlon

When: Saturday, June 15
Where: Portage Lake – Waterloo Recreation Area

Family Fun Day

When: Saturday, June 22
Where: Fun Day Rentals LLC – Chelsea, MI

Movies In The Park

When: Friday, June 28 – Friday, August 23 (Every Other Friday)
Where: Putnam Township in Pinckney Village



Manchester Community Fair

When: Tuesday, July 2 – Saturday, July 6
Where: Village of Manchester

Manchester Fireworks

When: Wednesday, July 3
Where: Carr Park at Dusk – Village of Manchester

Wolverine On Tour

When: Wednesday, July 3 – Sunday, July 28
Where: Eddy Discovery Center – Waterloo Recreation Area

Manchester Chicken Broil

When: Thursday, July 18
Where: Village of Manchester – Alumni Field

Hootin’ In The Park

When: Thursday, July 18 – Thursday, August 22 (Every Thursday)
Where:  Putnam Township in Pinckney Village

Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival

When: Thursday, July 26 – Saturday, July 27
Where: Downtown Chelsea



Manchester Street Festival

When: Saturday, August 3
Where: Downtown Manchester on Main Street

Dexter Daze

When: Friday, August 9 – Saturday, August 10
Where: Village of Dexter

Birds, Blooms & Butterflies

When: Saturday, August 17
Where: The Dahlem Conservancy – Jackson, MI

Chelsea Community Fair

When: Tuesday, August 20 – Saturday, August 24
Where: Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

Tri Goddess- All Women’s Triathlon/Duathlon

When: Sunday, August 25
Where: Portage Lake – Waterloo Recreation Area



Labor Day Wellness Walk

When: Monday, September 2
Where: Eddy Discover Center – Waterloo Recreation Area

Faerie Fest & Dragon Days

When: Saturday, September 21
Where: The Dahlem Conservancy – Jackson, MI



Fall Harvest Festivals

When: Friday, October 4 – Saturday, October 5 & Friday, October 11 – Saturday, October 12
Where: Sugarloaf Lake Campground – Waterloo Recreation Area

Apple Daze

When: Saturday, October 5
Where: Village of Dexter

Cranes, Colors and Cabernet

When: Saturday, October 17
Where: The Big 400

Goblin Walks

When: Friday, October 25 – Saturday, October 26
Where: The Dahlem Conservancy – Jackson, MI



Holiday Hustle

When: Sunday, December 1 – Saturday, December 7
Where: Village of Dexter

Holiday Bazaar

When: Friday, December 6 – Saturday, December 7
Where: The Dahlem Conservancy – Jackson, MI

The Chelsea Light Parade

When: Saturday, December 7
Where: Downtown Chelsea