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.


Seasonal events in the Big 400


Chelsea Spring Expo

Where: Washington Street Education Center –  Chelsea, MI



River Raisin Canoe Race

When: May
Where: Village of Manchester

Memorial Day Parade & 5k Race

When: Memorial Day
Where: Putnam Township in Pinckney Village



Ice Cream Social

Where: Dexter Senior Center

Art In The Park

Where: Putnam Township in  Pinckney Village

Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights

When: Thursday evenings June – August
Where: Downtown Chelsea

Civil War Days

Where: Gordon Hall (8347 Island Lake Road) – Village of Dexter

Summer Celebration/Free Fishing Weekend

Where: Portage Lake – Waterloo Recreation Area

Tri-Kids- Youth Triathlon

Where: Portage Lake – Waterloo Recreation Area

Family Fun Day

Where: Fun Day Rentals – Chelsea, MI

Movies In The Park

Every Other Friday, June through August
Putnam Township in Pinckney Village



Manchester Community Fair

Where: Village of Manchester

Manchester Fireworks

Where: Carr Park at Dusk – Village of Manchester

Wolverine On Tour

Where: Eddy Discovery Center – Waterloo Recreation Area

Manchester Chicken Broil

Where: Village of Manchester – Alumni Field

Hootin’ In The Park

When: Thursdays in July and August
Where:  Putnam Township in Pinckney Village

Chelsea Sounds & Sights Festival

When: Third weekend in July
Where: Downtown Chelsea



Manchester Street Festival

Where: Downtown Manchester on Main Street

Dexter Daze

Where: Village of Dexter

Birds, Blooms & Butterflies

Where: The Dahlem Conservancy – Jackson, MI

Chelsea Community Fair

When: Third week of August
Where: Chelsea Community Fairgrounds

Tri Goddess- All Women’s Triathlon/Duathlon

Where: Portage Lake – Waterloo Recreation Area



Labor Day Wellness Walk

Where: Eddy Discover Center – Waterloo Recreation Area

Faerie Fest & Dragon Days

Where: The Dahlem Conservancy – Jackson, MI



Fall Harvest Festivals

Where: Sugarloaf Lake Campground – Waterloo Recreation Area

Apple Daze

Where: Village of Dexter

Cranes, Colors and Cabernet

Where: Multiple locations in The Big 400

Goblin Walks

Where: The Dahlem Conservancy – Jackson, MI



Holiday Hustle

Where: Village of Dexter

Holiday Bazaar

Where: The Dahlem Conservancy – Jackson, MI

The Chelsea Light Parade

Where: Downtown Chelsea