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50 Free Things To Do When You Visit Canton

June 2021 - Who said you have to pay to have fun? These 50 FREE events, attractions, and activities will complete your trip, without breaking the bank!

  1. Stop by the Visit Canton Visitors Information Center in Downtown Canton (227 2nd St. NW, Canton, OH 44702) and pick up all kinds of FREE information about all of the activities in Stark County!
  2. Head to Downtown Louisville to visit Umbrella Alley! This public art installation in will create a one-of-a-kind backdrop for pictures, an afternoon lunch, or an evening drink with friends.
  3. Bike the 85-mile Towpath Trail through Cuyahoga, Summit, Stark and Tuscarawas Counties.
  4. Head to the St. Rapheal Center, home to the Mother Angelica Museum, enjoy a visit to this new Museum that showcases the life and accomplishments of Mother Angelica. Visitors are suggested to allow 2 hours for museum, chapel outdoor grotto, and exploring the gift shop.
  5. Pack a picnic and enjoy lunch at one of the many Stark Park locations.
  6. Hunt for bargains, treasures, and antiques at the Hartville Marketplace & Flea Market.
  7. Head to Sippo Lake Park to visit the Wildlife Conservation Center, where a plethora of different animals live for rehabilation or permanently live for education programs.
  8. Walk the 108 steps to the top of the McKinley Presidential Monument located at the McKinley Presidential Library & Museum.
  9. The Troll Hole Museum hosts Troll Mania, a mega scavenger hunt, the last week of April in Downtown Alliance.
  10. Visit the Massillon Museum and view the Immel Circus Gallery with 2,620 hand-carved pieces. The Massillon Museum is also home to the Paul Brown Museum, the perfect compliment to your visit to the Hall of Fame City.
  11. Explore the arts, culture, unique restaurants, live music and more at the monthly Canton Frist Friday celebration.
  12. Bring your fishing pole and participate in one of the many fishing derbies offered throughout the summer for kids presented by Stark Parks.
  13. Sway to the live muscians on The Piazza at Gervasi Vineyard, performing nightly throughout the entire Summer.
  14. Take a step back in time and visit the Hoover Historical Center—the boyhood home of Boss Hoover, the founder of the Hoover Company.
  15. Volunteer as at one of the many museums as a docent or for a special event.
  16. Bring your lawn chair and enjoy Free Summer Movies in Centennial Plaza Wednesdays throughout the Summer in partnership with the Canton Palace Theatre.
  17. Play a round of disc golf at the fan favorite Oak Ledges in Massillon and Arboretum-Spiker Park in Canton.
  18. Meet your friends and family at one of the community festivals throughout the summer.
  19. Visit the Canton Museum of Art on Thursdays for FREE admission for everyone from 10AM-8PM.
  20. Vroom, vroom. Bring your classic, oldies, rods, customs, bikes and cars to Maize Valley Winery on Thursday evenings throughout the summer for the Meet in the Meadow Car Cruise.
  21. Take a stroll down Historic 4th Street in Massillon to admire the architecture.
  22. Savor the sights, sounds and gyros at the annual Grecian Festival Canton—the second weekend of July.
  23. Check out live music every Thursday night in Duncan Plaza in Downtown Massillon June-August.
  24. See the Bald Eagles and their nest at Walborn Reservoir in Alliance.
  25. Explore Historic Downtown Canal Fulton, and don’t forget to stop and get ice cream either Cherry Street Creamery or at Oser’s!
  26. Enjoy the Canton Blues Fest in mid-July in the heart of Downtown Canton.
  27. Window shop while mall-walking at Belden Village Mall.
  28. Look up at the skies for over 60 hot air balloons during the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic & Fireworks held at the end of July!
  29. Have kids between the ages of 2-12? Sign them up for Pigksin's Pals to enjoy FREE admission & experiences throughout Stark County! 
  30. Enjoy a tour of the Magnolia Flouring Mills, a five-story 19th century mill, during the spring, summer, and fall.
  31. Grab a lawn chair and head to one of the many Summer Serenades outdoor concerts at various Stark Park locations featuring members of the Canton Symphony Orchestra.
  32. Be in the presence of excellence at the Hall of Fame Fun Fest during Enshrinement Week powered by Johnson Controls.
  33. Attend the Community Parade or pack up your lawn chair and get there super early for non-reserved seats to the Canton Repository Grand Parade and get the chance to wave at your favorite football legend!
  34. Catch a family-friendly movie at the Canton Palace Theatre every First Friday of the month.
  35. Enjoy a chocolate factory tour at the Harry London Factory, where you even get to sample peanut butter Buckeyes and more candies fresh off the line.
  36. Explore the Ohio Lincoln Highway during the Highway Buy-Way Sales the second full weekend of August.
  37. Enjoy shopping at Oakwood Square the first Saturday of the month, May-September, for Sidestreet MKT presented by The 720 MKT. 
  38. Explore the Canton Arts District and admire over 30 pieces of public art. 
  39. Walk along the trails that wind through more than 800 acres at the Wilderness Center and try out the all-natural playground.
  40. Check out a book at one of the many Stark County Library branches and enjoy a beautiful afternoon of reading.
  41. Head to Petros Lake Park for the Mindfulness Walk where all ages can enjoy ten stations of activities, including a zen sand garden, a musical instrument, stacking stones, and a labyrinth.
  42. Attend Do at the Mu -- virtually or in-person -- the first Saturday of every month at the Massillon Museum.
  43. Go bird watching at Quail Hollow Park.
  44. Head to the Pro Football Hall of Fame team shop to see all 32 NFL teams merchandise.
  45. Massillon hosts an annual Zombie Walk in the middle of October for those that want to participate in the interactive, themed event, complete with the Thriller dance!
  46. Take a leisurely drive to admire the fall foliage on the drive to the gateway to Amish Country.
  47. Stark County is the home to five seasonal open-air farmers markets that will entice all of your senses.
  48. Attend the annual Light Up Downtown in Downtown Canton.
  49. Drive thru Stadium Park early December and you will be impressed by the drive-thru Holiday Light Display hosted by Canton City Parks!
  50. Follow Visit Canton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to find out all about events, what’s new, and to find out where out mascot Pigskin is at!

Allison Gromofsky


Allison Gromofsky is the Promotions & Grants Manager for Visit Canton.  She enjoys shopping, spending time with friends & family, going to concerts, and watching football!  Allison can be found trying new restaurants, exploring museums, and hanging out at Canton First Fridays. Allison is a Stark County native and loves to work, play and live in Canton, with her husband, Andy. Have an update or comment about the blog? Reach out at

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