Celebrate the kickoff to the NFL football season with food, cold beverages, entertainment, tailgate fun, and fireworks -- right here in the "Hall of Fame City!"  The event will take place on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, September 8, 9, and 10!

The event includes food from both restaurants and vendors, each with a distinct look and feel. Restaurants will feature small plates available for purchase ($2-$6 each) from area restaurants including Baja West Coast Kitchen, Birchwood, Peace, Love & Little Donuts, and Sparta Steak House.  .

Everyone's festival favorites like burgers, barbeque, fried Oreos, and even food truck fare will also be available for purchase. Enjoy Big E-Z Creole & Southern Cooking, Campston Cuisine, Destefano’s LLC, Hide-A-Way Buffalo Grill, Johns Gyro King Concessions, LaDow’s Concessions, Lobster Louie’s, Old Carolina Barbecue Company and Smoke the Burger Joint, and Snell Concessions.

The main entertainment stage will be located along Market Square, featuring a diverse lineup of local and regional musical acts.

Stage Lineup:
Thursday, Sept. 8, 7:00 p.m.:  Disco Inferno (1970s hits)
Friday, Sept. 9, 8:00 p.m.: Midnight Special "A Classic Rock Experience" (classic rock)
Saturday, Sept. 10, 8:00 p.m.: Chris Higbee (rock/country) + Fireworks at 10 p.m. 

In addition to distinct food options, live music, and fireworks, the Canton Kickoff Celebration promises football-themed fun for the whole family, including kids' activities, craft beers/wine, and the Gold Jacket 5K National Championship on Saturday morning  - register now at:!

For more information visit: or call Andrea Hartman, event manager, at 330-458-2054.