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Sounds & Sights Festival, presented by Rick Taylor Real Estate  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 festival features live music and social tent,  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. All performances and activities are held  in downtown Chelsea, Michigan.

 For Special Hotel Rates, call Chelsea Comfort Inn & Village Conference Center  at (734) 433-8000 and ask for “Chelsea Sounds and Sights” rate for the festival weekend.

The Sounds & Sights Festival will return in 2021.  Follow our news,  Facebook, and Instagram for updates.

While we are in planning for the 2021 season - here is a look back at what we did in 2019:

Thursday, July 25th* 2019

More Festival Events at https://chelseafestivals.com/festival/

Friday, July 26th* 2019

  • Featured Chalk Artists| 8am-5pm at Middle Streets, Ugly Dog Distillery and Library
  • Art Market "Collections" | 10am-8pm
    • Library Collection Events
      • Coleman-Dragon | on the hour 10am-8pm
      • Evan Struck Speed Painting | 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
      • Lindsey Dahl painting demo | 11am, 3pm
      • Dragon Charmer felting demo | noon, 6pm
      • Mostly Maille jewelry demo | 1pm, 5pm
      • Live Music: McDonald Brothers | 11am-1pm
      • Live Music: TBD | 3-5pm
    • E. Middle St. Collection Events
      • Live Music: Fun on the Frets | 11am-1pm
      • Justin Darling live glass work | 11am, 12pm,
        6:30pm, 7:30pm
      • Ari & Jeric Studios Wire Wrapping | 2pm, 4pm
      • Huron Valley Wood Turners demo | 1pm, 5pm
      • We Draw Together, roaming “Creature” | 1-3pm
    • W. Middle St. Collection Events
      • Brett Sauve Art “Carve-a-thon” | 3-6pm
      • Doug Worthington Pottery | 11:30am, 7pm
      • HankraJewel American Jewelry Art Demo | 2pm
  • Merchant activities, visit chelseamich.com
  • Food Court on W. Middle Street | 5-10pm
  • KidZone behind Clocktower complex | 10am-3pm
    • ATA Martial Arts demo event | 11am-12noon
    • Plantable Seed Paper Crafts | 11am-12noon
    • Music Man Dave | 12noon-1pm
    • Eddy Discovery Center| 1:30-2:15pm
    • Chelsea District Library - Summer Fun & Prizes! | 10am-3pm
    • Chelsea Wellness Center's Kids Yoga | 1:30-2:30pm
    • PLUS: Bouncy Houses, Chelsea Fire Department Demos, Spin Art T-Shirts, Ceramics Clayland, Chelsea Wellness Center Yoga, Balloon art and more!
  • Classic Car Show down E. Middle, East, and Harrison streets | 3-8pm
    • Live Music on Car Show Stage: "From Grace" | 5-7pm
  • Congregational Church chicken broil on Middle Street | 4-8pm (until sold out)
  • Social Tent opens at 6pm, live music from 7-11pm, $5 Cover

Saturday, July 27th* 2019

  • Chelsea Farmers Market  at Palmer Commons | 8am-1pm; Bill Personke's Music 10:20-12:45
  • Merchant activities, visit chelseamich.com
  • Featured Chalk Artists at Middle Streets, Ugly Dog Distillery and Library | 8am-5pm
  • Art Market "Collections" | 10am - 8pm
    • Library Collection Events
      • Coleman-Dragon | on the hour 10am-8pm
      • Evan Struck Speed Painting | 12:30pm, 1:30pm, 6:30pm, 7:30pm
      • Lindsey Dahl painting demo | 11am, 3pm
      • Dragon Charmer felting demo | noon, 6pm
      • Mostly Maille jewelry demo | 1pm, 5pm
      • Live Music: Dulcimer by Sharon | 1-3pm
      • Live Music: Fun in the Frets | 4-6pm
    • E. Middle St. Collection Events
      • Live Music: TBD | 11am-1pm
      • Live Music: David Bloom & Friends | 3-5pm
      • Justin Darling live glass work | 11am, 12pm,
        6:30pm, 7:30pm
      • Ari & Jeric Studios Wire Wrapping | 2pm, 4pm
      • Huron Valley Wood Turners demo | 1pm, 5pm
      • We Draw Together, roaming “Creature” | 1-3pm
    • W. Middle St. Collection Events
      • Brett Sauve Art “Carve-a-thon” | 3-6pm
      • Doug Worthington Pottery | 11:30am, 7pm
      • HankraJewel American Jewelry Art Demo | 2pm
  • Food Court on W. Middle Street | 12noon-10pm
  • Pet Parade at the Train Depot | 10-11am
  • Chalk Art Contest by Clocktower and Glazier Building | 8am-4pm
  • KidZone behind Clocktower complex | 10am-3pm
    • A2 Magic | 11-11:45am
    • Tim Salisbury Juggling Show | 1-1:45pm
    • Chelsea Wellness Center’s Kids Yoga | 1:30-2:30pm
    • PLUS: Bouncy Houses, Spin Art T-Shirts,
      Ceramics Clayland, Balloon art and more!
  • Social Tent opens at 1pm,  (Free admission)
  • Social Tent reopens at 6pm, live music from 7-11pm, $5 cover

*Event dates and times are subject to change.

Additional Information

VolunteerWe are excited about the great lineup of entertainment and activities we have planned for this year's summer festival! We are always happy to have volunteers who wish to help out in a big or small way. Please visit our Volunteer page to learn more or email our volunteer coordinator at [email protected] if you're interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities.