Education & Events


Valentine’s Day is nearly upon us and that means it’s time to express our love for friends and family. Someone once said “The main reason we celebrate Valentine’s Day isn’t love – It’s Chocolate!” It’s probably a little of both. With that in mind, Chelsea is once again celebrating the day with the 6th annual Chocolate Extravaganza. On the Saturday before Valentine’s Day, over 30 stores, cafés and restaurants invite you to shop, eat, and “experience” chocolate. Participating stores and restaurants throughout Chelsea will offer chocolate tasting, sales on chocolate-themed merchandise, raffles, and a medley of activities from 10 am to 5 pm. Brochures with a map and event listings will be available on the day of the event at participating stores.

Enjoy the sounds of some of the region’s best musicians while taking in the sights of vibrant downtown Chelsea, Michigan throughout the summer. A variety of artist’s perform at eleven separate staged areas providing listeners with a diverse lineup from bluegrass to jazz to indie rock. There is something for everyone, including children’s entertainers, a juried sculpture walk, outdoor movies, plenty of great food, local brew and an assortment of unique retail shops.

The season of Sounds & Sights on Thursday Nights runs early June to late August from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

SOUNDS AND SIGHTS FESTIVAL WEEKEND                          
The last weekend in July. Sounds & Sights Festival is an annual summer weekend event in historic Chelsea, Michigan. The event started over three decades ago and is a highlight of summer that draws visitors from all over the state and beyond. The two-day, three-night festival features live music and social tent, indie art market, kids’ entertainment and activities, a classic car show, and much more. Each year features exciting changes and annual favorites that keep people coming back again and again. Musical acts from across the spectrum — folk, bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, classical, country, Latin and everything in between – perform at 11 stage locations around the downtown.


The Chelsea Community Fair takes place in late August each year, and has something for everyone! Favorites include the ever popular demolition derby and tractor pulls, horse shows, family entertainment, livestock judging, crafts, agriculture and art exhibits, midway games and rides and so much more!

Come and see our recycled metal cranes all gussied up for the big city. Located in and around the Chelsea area. Every Saturday & Sunday in October pick up a Self guided driving map and Fall Color Tour of Waterloo Recreation Area to Phyllis Haehnle Memorial Sanctuary for Sandhill Crane viewing. You will be greeted by a Jackson Audubon Society member for a small talk on cranes and their migration. Enjoy lunch or dinner and tour the flight path of the decorated Sandhill Cranes in and around Chelsea. Stop by The Global Marketplace meet Bob Barley our Sandhill Peace Crane and pick up a free Origami Peace Crane to take home.


Each October Chelsea welcomes Ghoultide Gathering at our Community Fairgrounds.  The Ghoultide Gathering is a Magical Bazaar of Halloween Art featuring Halloween makers from across the country.Juried artists are carefully selected for their originality and craftsmanship. The artists consider Ghoultide to be the top show of its kind and work year-round to conjure up their personal best for the affair. For that reason, devoted patrons are willing to travel from across the country to shop - they know the best of the best will be offered. Mischievous pumpkins, whimsical witches, and dancing ghosts are just a few of the engaging characters sure to be seen. 

CHELSEA SMOKE AND ALE                
BeerFest featuring Michigan brewed beer, wine, and cider, Live Music and the First Annual Smoke & Ale Cornhole Classic. Chelsea’s first annual Smoke & Ale Fall Festival and BBQ Cook-off Contest is taking place the second Saturday in October at the Chelsea Fairgrounds. The Chelsea Area Chamber of Commerce and Smokehouse 52 BBQ invite you to the first contest of its kind in Washtenaw County, which will be an exciting event for participants and attendees alike. 

WINE, WOMEN & SHOPPING                
The Second Saturday in November, please join us for Free Fair Trade Coffee/Chocolate/Spicy Hot Cocoa/Live Music, Free Henna Tattoos and Free Chair Massages. This is the ANNUAL KICK-OFF EVENT FOR HOLIDAY SHOPPING. Bring your sisters, Mothers, Daughters and Girlfriends.

CHELSEA GOLD                 

Following Thanksgiving, join us for Chelsea Gold Weekend, the Global Marketplace will once again participate in changing Black Friday into CHELSEA GOLD by committing a percentage of our in-store sales to the Chelsea School District.  Being a Fair Trade store in a Fair Trade town means contributing to the community that supports us.  We are honored to support our community's educators and our students.


Please plan on stopping by the first Saturday in December as we kick off Chelsea Hometown Holiday celebration as we unveil new and beautiful holiday ornaments and creches.  Join in joyous Christmas Carols sung by members of local choirs.

HOMETOWN HOLIDAYS                        
The first weekend in December. Join us for Free Fair Trade Coffee/Chocolate/Spicy Hot Cocoa/Live Holiday Carolers, Free Henna Tattoos and Free Chair Massages.
The Annual Holiday Light Parade takes place on Saturday evening during Hometown Holiday weekend, and has the town glowing with the spirit of the season. We invite you, your friends, acquaintances, neighbors, family, etc., to join in the parade this year.


The Purple Rose Theatre Company (PTRC) is the home of world-class, original American theatre. The PRTC is a professional theatre company with roots in the Midwest that takes a handcrafted, artisanal approach to producing new and classic American plays that are nothing less than one-of-a-kind experiences. The Mission of the Purple Rose is to create fresh, original productions that get our audiences talking among themselves and feeling something new.  For current shows, please visit

The Global Marketplace and Chelsea District Library conducted a monthly book club, with reading selections reflecting empowerment, multiculturalism and books having a global impact.

Recommended Readings:

  • Camel Bookmobile” by Masha Hamilton
  • The Witch Doctor’s Wife” by Tamar Myers
  • 1491: New Revelations of the World Before Columbus” by Charles Mann
  • Strength in What Remains” by Tracy Kidder
  • Stealing Buddha’s Dinner,” by Bich Minh Nguyen
  • The Farming of Bones,” by Edwidge Danticat
  • Paddy Clark Ha Ha Ha,” by Roddy Doyle
  • The Bookseller of Kabul, by Asne Sierstad
  • The White Tiger, by Aravind Adiga
  • They Poured Fire on us from the Sky: The True Story of Three Lost Boys from Sudan , by Alphonsion Deng
  • House at Sugar Beach, by Helene Cooper of Liberia, Africa
  • In a Sunburned Country, by Bill Bryson of Austrailia
  • The Brief and Woundrous Life of Oscar Wao, bu Junot Diaz, of the Dominican Republic
  • The Eighth Promise: An American Son’s Tribute to His Toisanese Mother, by William Poy Lee.
  • Brick Lane, by Monica Ali.
  • Hungry Planet: What the World Eats, by Peter Menzel
  • Bastards of Istanbul, by Elif Shafek
  • Half of a Yellow Sun, by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.