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Canton First Friday: Find Out What’s Going On!

October 18, 2018 -- Time to get cultured this First Friday! November's theme is MULTICULTURAL CANTON!! In the heart of the Canton Arts District is where you will find one heck of a good time. Canton First Friday is a celebration of art, music, food and fun. A combination of gallery hop and street festival, First Friday brings the art enthusiasts, fun seeking families, and party goers together to support downtown Canton, OH.

  • DOUBLE YOUR MONEY! Buy $30 of art at one of our art shops or studios, get $10 cash back! Bring your receipt to Avenue Arts by 9:45pm. 
  • The Center Ice Skating Club will host a performance followed by FREE group and individual lessons at Canton’s First Friday on Dec 7 starting at 6:00. The performance will feature Canton’s own Canton Precision Theatre teams along with feature skaters from the Center Ice Skating Club. Please come and enjoy the show and the free ice skating lessons. Open skate after the show. 
  • Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre (324 Cleveland Ave NW) Opening of the Fairless Elementary show. 
  • Canton Palace Theatre (605 Market Ave. N) hosts the opening night of Canton Ballet’s production of “The Nutcracker”, so there will be no movie on screen. For a complete list of holiday films at the Palace, please check
  • Lynda Tuttle's Art Center - Empowering Lives Through the Arts (209 6th St NW) Christmas Exchange - Bring in an infant or children’s size blanket to donate to our Warm Snuggles Outreach Program that provides handmade (crocheted, knitted, quilted or fleece) blankets to youth in Stark County shelters & you will receive 20% off the purchase of one item in our gallery. 
  • Check out Hour by Hour, photographs by Lou Stoumen of Times Square, at The Joseph Saxton Gallery of Photography (at 520 Cleveland Avenue N.W.). Save 20% on most Book Nook items each Saturday from November 24th through December 15, 2018, for Shop Small Saturdays. New photographic greeting cards by Cat Anders, includes Christmas selections.
  • Julz by Alan Rodriguez (220 Market Avenue North) will be featuring THERESE COOK as our first firday artist.
  • The Essential Alternatives AKA Only the Essentials Apothecary (340 4th St. N.W.) Shop LOCAL till you drop! Young Living essential oils, all natural handmade remedies, personal care and skin care products. Every purchase of $75 or more will receive a 20% discount. Be sure to vote for your favorite 4th Street window display and be entered into the Shop 4th basket drawing. Ask for details at any 4th Street shop.
  • Shop 4th Street Downtown (306 - 340 4th St NW) Tonight is your LAST CHANCE to vote for your favorite 4th Street window display and be entered into the Shop 4th basket drawing. Photo ops, crafts, raffle opportunities and much more! Ask for details at any 4th Street shop. 
  • Vintage Frame Affair (336 4th St NW) Vote for your favorite Vintage Christmas Shop Window! North Pole photo op, Holiday prints available and plenty of gift ideas for the whole family!!! 
  • Pinetree Primitives & Rustic Riches (334 4th St NW) Save Till You Drop with raffles each hour for increasing increments of gift certificates and great products! (Way too many products to picture!) Raffle tickets are $1 each or 10 for $5 and you can choose which prizes you want to enter for!
  • Boomdyada (332 4th St. NW) MAKE-N-TAKES; decorate your own LIVE TINY TABLETOP CHRISTMAS TREES!
  • Heather Bullach Art and Michele Waalkes ARTS studio in Avenue Arts (324 Cleveland Ave. NW). Farewell First Friday 30% off wall art at Michele Waalkes Arts and Heather Bullach Art. Michele Waalkes Arts and Heather Bullach Art are closing up their studio space in Avenue Arts at the end of the year. This is a closing of the chapter of their space at Avenue Arts, but by no means an end to their creating art and participating in the Downtown Canton art scene, so stay tuned! As a token of their gratitude for all of the support over the years, they are offering 30% off all wall art on December 7, between 6-10pm. Please stop by and wish them well and get great deals on artwork! 
  • Modern Ritual (326 Cleveland Ave NW) Krampus is coming! Krampus is coming! The fine folks from Krampus of Cleveland will be at Modern Ritual 7-9pm balancing the holiday spirit. Stop by and grab a photo before embarking on your shopping, drinking, and eating adventures!
  • John Strauss Furniture Design, Ltd. (236 Walnut Ave. NE) Silent Auction in the upstairs gallery on selected pieces of furniture. Build a Koncept Sculpture for your special someone.
  • #ShopTheWanderer (133 6th St. NW) December's exclusive batch of 'winter wonders' for all tribe members and a discount on all fall vibes
  • Makeshift (135 6th St. NW) Jaw-dropping solo exhibit by Jessica Wilhelm 
  • Canton Museum of Art (1001 Market Ave. N.) Opening Reception for our newest exhibit Continuum: Art of the Cleveland School and Beyond. 6:00PM – 8:00PM. Enjoy FREE admission, FREE parking, hors d’oeuvres, live music and cash bar. 
  • Be A Better Me (525 Market Ave. N) Nom Nom Popcorn Company and Nom Nom Cupcake Factory will be selling gourmet popcorn and cupcakes...20% of sales will go to the Be a Better Me Foundation. Christmas sales on Be a Better Me mechandise - pick up a hoodie, t-shirt or hat, they make great gifts! Plus, holiday stickers for the kids.
  • Cantonology (306 4th St. NW) Celebrate the season with holiday sales, discounts and lots of new items and classes making their debut! Big sale on all Christmas-themed items. Free Ohio shaped basket with each $50 purchase - fill it with goodies to give as a gift or keep one for yourself. Plus, holiday crafts for the kids.
  • Grapes in a Glass (575 Market Ave. N) shop till you drop! All canvas prints 10% off. Buy or order any custom made wine gift basket of $50 or more and receive a $10 gift card. Just need a case of wine for the holidays? Let our sommelier help you select the perfect holiday wines. Mix and match or buy a full case and get the usual 10% off plus a $10 gift card. Try our special Peppermint Bark mimosa or one of our other specialty cocktails while enjoying our live music in an upscale setting. 
  • Have the happiest of holidays this season by shopping at Print & Press (429 4th Street NW)! Give the gift of cozy tees, sweatshirts & hoodies from Little Chicago Clothing Co., holiday-themed Canton Landmark prints and cards from resident artist Tim Jim Design, handprinted greeting cards and art prints from Letterpress Jess, along with handmade candles, soaps, jewelry, knit accessories, toys, handblown glass, and more—all from Ohio and midwest makers. And don't miss a printing demonstration from Letterpress Jess and Big Sal, the vintage letterpress printing press, from 7-9 p.m.
  • Selene Stone (502 McKinley Ave NW) Grand Opening!
  • This year the Canton Film Fest will show 100 short films in three days. In order to whet your SHORT FILM APPETITE we're showing twenty seven minutes of short films every hour on the hour at 6, 7, 8 & 9 UPSTAIRS at The HUB. December is DRAMATIC films. Audiences will vote on their favorite film. Canton Film Fest 8 will be held at the Palace April 26-28, 2019.

Join the party and make Canton First Friday part of your weekend in the Canton Arts District from 6-10 p.m. Download the map, plus additional details you may need at First Friday is brought to you by the Downtown Special Improvement District and, of course, ArtsinStark.

Allison Rowe


Allison Rowe is the Marketing Coordinator 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.

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