Downtown Events and Festivals
Vintage Canton - May 2018
Gather with friends for this sophisticated downtown gathering. Vintage Canton offers distinctive center city charm featuring locally prepared gourmet dishes, live music, vibrant art exhibits, and, of course, delicious wines from local wineries and around the world! And for those who prefer hops over grapes, a beer garden serves up delicious craft beers. Come downtown for a chic evening and a carefully-curated selection of wines for every palate! This is a tour of food & wine you won’t want to miss. Tickets include eight wine tastings or craft beer samples, a variety of breads and cheeses, and a collectible souvenir wine glass.
Canton Blues Festival – June 2018
Celebrating its 15th year, Northeast Ohio’s premier free blues festival, the Canton Blues Fest, is back with a jam-packed lineup on two stages! It’s all happening on Market Square in downtown Canton Friday, June 10, and Saturday, June 11, with live music running both days from noon to 10:30 p.m.
Canton Farmers’ Market – Saturdays, June 16 - Oct. 6, 2018
The Canton Farmers’ Market runs June through October with fun entertainment, local flavor and the freshest food around! Along with local produce, the market offers baked goods, flowers, honey, cheese, eggs, meat, and much more. Now in its 13th year, the market is open on Saturdays from 8:00-11:30 a.m. at Fourth St. NW and McKinley Ave. NW in the Timken High School administrative building parking lot. Plenty of on-site parking is available.
With something “extra” happening most every weekend, you’ll enjoy nutrition and health education from Aultman Hospital, cooking demonstrations, live music, organic gardening tips, children’s activities, and more! Our 25 vendors, along with activities for the whole family, make the market is the best way to kick off your weekend.
First Friday -The First Friday of Each Month
Celebrating its 9th anniversary this year is “First Friday” - a monthly downtown street party hosted by the Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events, delicious food from local restaurants, and always a few surprises for adults and children. First Friday is primarily a self-guided tour of local art galleries, studios, stores and restaurants. Each month there’s a unique theme, like the annual “Chalk the Walk” theme in July, which features artists (and amateur artists alike!) transforming our sidewalks with pastel sketches.
With an average attendance of over 1,000 people, and dozens of participating venues, there’s something for newcomers and regulars alike.
Light Up Downtown - December 2018
The whole family will be enchanted on a magical journey with Christopher Pop-In-Kins, Santa’s Official Children’s Elf, as he pops up during Light Up Downtown each December. Enjoy 14 blocks of family fun, including a live stage show featuring community performers, fantastic fireworks, and a ho-ho-holiday visit from the man in red. It’s a night of surprises and fun for all ages!