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Canton Summer Festival Guide

June 2021 -- With warm weather, live music, delicious food, arts, cultural experiences, entertainment for the kids (and kids at heart!) and celebrations of greatness, all Summer long, you will find yourself exploring your way through Stark County!

Canton Greek Fest Drive-Thru | June 3-5, July 15-17, & August 19-21 | St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church

Come celebrate summer the Greek way! Out of abundance of caution, the St. Haralambos Parish Council has decided to proceed with three, 3-day drive-thru festivals for Summer 2021. Orders for your carry-out meals must be placed by 8PM the night before your pick-up day. 

North Canton Jaycee Fair | June 14-19 | North Canton 

Enjoy a week filled with rides, games, entertainment and of course your favorite fair food!

The Country Fest | June 16-19 | Clay’s Park & Resort

The Country Fest is the ultimate country fan experience with camping, swimming, and awesome shows! 2021 headliners include Chris Janson, Luke Combs, Old Dominion, and Sam Hunt, plus many, many more artists!

Jackson Township Community Celebration | June 23-26 | Jackson North Park

Enjoy live entertainment each night, rides and games from Bates Amusement, your favorite festival food concessions, fireworks, and the ever popular 5K “Night Glow” run/walk!

Canton First Friday: Chalk the Walk | July 2 | Canton Arts District

First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District, featuring music, performances, and visual arts events. This party is one to be matched, with chalk artists using Downtown Canton as their canvas.

Olde Canal Days Festival | July 8-10 | Downtown Canal Fulton

The Olde Canal Days Festival includes rides provided by Bates Amusement, food vendors, arts and crafts, a Grand Parade, fireworks, entertainment, historical re-enactments, and rides on The Canal Boat!

Grecian Festival Canton | July 8-10 | Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church-Canton

Opa! Please join us for the 44th Annual Grecian Festival at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church! Come to enjoy homemade Greek cuisine and desserts, as well as live entertainment and children's activities!

Canton Blues Fest | July 9 & 10 | Centennial Plaza

Northeast Ohio’s premier FREE blues fest will be featuring headliner Ray Fuller and The Bluesrockers on Friday night and The Sonny Moorman Group on Saturday night. Opening acts Eric Brooke's Blues Bordello and Ian Penter will take the stage at 9PM on Friday and Saturday respectively.

The Historic Main Street Festival | July 17 | Downtown Alliance

The Historic Main Street Festival is an all day outdoor/indoor arts and music festival in Downtown Alliance Arts District! There will be two stages featuring live entertainment, the outdoor Kempthorn Stage and the Caboose Stage; food and drinks will be available for purchase.

Hoover Park Festival | July 17 | Hoover Park at Walsh University

This family-friendly community event is celebrating 100 years since the first International Sales Convention held by The Hoover Company in 1921 and will feature food trucks, tours of the Hoover Historical Center, history talks about Hoover Company history, a Unique Boutique sale with items and plants for the home, talks about Monarch butterflies and honey bees, children's storytelling, interactives from the Stark County Bee Keepers Association, raffles, self-guided tours of the historic grounds, and much more!

The Country Fest 2 | July 22-24 | Clay's Park Resort

Missing country concerts? The Country Fest is hosting TWO festivals this summer for the ultimate country fan experience with camping, swimming, and awesome shows! 2021 headliners include Jake Owen, Chris Young, and Dierks Bentley, plus many, many more artists!

Zoar Harvest Festival and Antiques Show | July 31 & August 1 | Historic Zoar Village

More than 60 premier antique dealers from across the country will gather here, along with juried artisans and purveyors of fine crafts, furniture and folk art. Additional attractions include: museum tours; horse-drawn wagon rides; food vendors and beer tent; an antique car show (Sunday); herding dog and working animal demos; demonstrations on 19th century methods of weaving, spinning, blacksmithing, and more.

Balloon Classic & Fireworks | July 30-August 1 | Kent State University at Stark/Stark State College

You will be amazed with hot air balloons, dozens of food and beverage vendors, musical entertainment, mobile tours, children’s activities, Night Glow and a fireworks extravaganza!

Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls | August 5-9

It's Twice the Fun in '21! Each year tens of thousands of fans descend upon Canton to celebrate the Enshrinement of the newest class of Hall of Famers! Thursday night kicks off the festivities, with the annual Hall of Fame game as the Dallas Cowboys face off against the Pittsburgh Steelers, followed by the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Friday night, The Canton Repository Grand Parade and Class of 2020 Enshrinement Ceremony Saturday, Class of 2021 Enshrinement Ceremony Sunday and the festivities wrap up with the Concert for Legends featuring Lynyrd Skynyrd and Brad Paisley.

Greater Alliance Carnation Festival | August 5-15 | Downtown Alliance and Silver Park

Enjoy the Rib Fest at the Carnation Mall from August 5th-7th in Downtown Alliance featuring rib vendors, additional food vendors, rides and games, and entertainment each evening. Days in the Park are August 11th through 14th will be held in Silver Park and families can enjoy food vendors, craft sales, kids’ activities, entertainment, and a large fireworks display! Don’t miss the Carnation Festival Parade on Saturday, August 14th!

G.L.O. 5K and Moonlight Market | August 13 | Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market 

Enjoy the ultimate blend of a 5K run followed by live music and shopping at the Moonlight Market. This event will feature a ‘food truck rally’ and incorporate activities for the whole day with plenty to entertain the entire family!

North Canton Main Street Festival | August 14 | Main Street Downtown North Canton

Visit North Canton for a beautiful summer day filled with shopping, kids activities, food and beer! The 2021 Main Street Festival will take advantage of North Canton’s new DORA (Downtown Outdoor Recreation Area) with craft beer tents as well as a great selection of drinks at local stops, PLUS shopping at 720 Market's special downtown Sidestreet MKTS.

Great Trail Arts & Crafts Festival | August 28-September 6 | Great Trail Festival Grounds Malvern

Enjoy the delightful atmosphere which only a festival of early America can endear. Craft shopping is always a pleasure in the large, shaded story book glade. Savor the wide variety of delicious kettle-cooked foods and refreshments. Great Trail is the Hallmark of Distinctive Exhibitors and colorful living history. 

Romanian Heritage Festival | August 29 | St. George Romanian Byzantine Catholic Cathedral

St. George Cathedral is hosting a Heritage Festival from 12:00 PM - 6:00 PM on August 29th to celebrate Romanian culture through music, dance, and art! You'll enjoy authentic food, pastries, and beverages which are available for sale. Entertainment includes music by Visinata.

The Stark County Fair | August 31-September 6 | Stark County Fairgrounds

One of Ohio’s longest-running agricultural fairs—featuring country concerts including Mitchell Tenpenny on Wednesday, September 1 and Justin Moore on Thursday, September 2, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies, band shows, harness racing, free daily community showcase concerts, rides, animals, exhibits, fair food and MORE!

Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic | September 3-5 

The annual Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic returns to Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in 2021. The game will feature Grambling State University and Tennessee State University. Other anticipated events over the Classic weekend include a battle of the bands, campus tailgate, appearances by the Grambling and Tennessee State marching bands, golf outing and more.

Yankee Peddler Festival | September 11-26 | Clay’s Park and Resort

Step back in time 200 years and visit pioneer American with master artists and crafters setting up rustic shops along streams and amid lovely wooded dales, with foods and snacks cooked over open fires, and with non-stop entertainment!

Highway 77 Music Festival | September 12 | Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium 

Highway 77 Fest will feature live music from top artists DAN + SHAY, Dustin Lynch, Maddie & Tae, Eric Paslay, and Tyler Farr! Join us at the stadium for music all day, delicious food and drinks, shopping in our marketplace, and much more.

Vintage Canton | September 16 | Central Plaza in Downtown Canton

Vintage Canton is a sophisticated downtown gathering, offering distinctive center city charm alongside live music, vibrant art exhibits and, of course, quality local wine and wine from around the world! Guests will receive a ticket for 8 wine tastings, gourmet cheeses and breads, and there will also be samplers from local restaurants for purchase!

The Hartville Americana Show | September 30-October 2 | Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market

This is a great opportunity to browse, buy or sell vintage and authentic wares...everything from soda and oil products to classic cars. Guests will enjoy live music, food truck fare, and tons of other vendors.

Allison Gromofsky


Allison Gromofsky 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. 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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