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Canton Summer Festival Guide

April 18, 2018 - With warm weather, live music, delicious food, arts, cultural experiences, entertainment for the kids (and kids at heart!) and celebrations of greatness, from May until September, you will find yourself exploring your way through Stark County!

Brick Street Art & Jazz Festival | May 19 | Downtown Minerva



Admire the beauty of Downtown Minerva and enjoy a full day of jazz music, arts activities and so much more!



Vintage Canton | May 24 | 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!



Festival Friday – Memorial Day Weekend | May 25 | Former Nimishillen Grange Louisville



Start your Memorial Day Weekend off right with Festival Friday in Louisville! From 5pm to 10pm, enjoy a Car Cruise-In, Vendors and Crafters, Live Music, Food Trucks and a Beer Garden.



Canton Greek Fest | June 7-9 | St. Haralambos Greek Orthodox Church



From live entertainment and cooking demonstrations to great food and gifts-to-go, come celebrate summer the Greek way!



Canton Blues Fest | June 8 & 9 | Downtown Canton



Northeast Ohio’s premier FREE blues fest will be featuring headliners Toronzo on Friday night and Tab Benoit on Saturday night. Opening acts Selwyn Birchwood and John Primer & the Real Deal Blues Band will take the stage at 6:30PM on Friday and Saturday respectively.



The Country Fest | June 14-16 | Clay’s Park & Resort



The Country Fest is the ultimate country fan experience with camping, swimming, and awesome shows! 2018 headliners include Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Cole Swindell, Jon Pardi, Brothers Osborne, Chris Janson, The Cadillac Three and many, many more! Purchase your tickets to the event here.



The 29th Annual Cruise-On-In & Dance Party | June 16 | Downtown Massillon



Enjoy all your favorite vendor food, rockin’ live entertainment, family fun, fireworks and hundreds of classic, antique and custom cars, trucks, and motorcycles.  



Minerva Monster Day | June 16 | Downtown Minerva



Minerva Monster Day is a free, family-friendly cryptid event celebrating small town folklore and Minerva's own local monster legend. The event is organized by Small Town Monsters, a production company dedicated to documenting strange histories in small town America.



Rock the Docks Music and Art Festival | June 16 | Canton’s Warehouse District



Canton's Warehouse District presents: Rock the Docks Music and Art Festival! Enjoy multiple music stages, dozens of bands of all genres, food & beer, and interesting interactive art from 11Am until 4PM!



Stark County Italian-American Festival | June 21-23 | Downtown Canton



Enjoy a weekend of delicious Italian food, great entertainment including cultural music, dancing, and local favorite bands. Are you a bocce player? Enjoy tournament play all weekend long!



Jackson Township Community Celebration | June 27-June 30 | 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 6 | Canton Arts District



First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District, featuring music, performances, and visual arts events. July is our annual Chalk the Walk celebration where 20 local artists cover the streets and sidewalks with pastel creations.



Olde Canal Days Festival | July 12-14 | 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!



MassMu Island Party | July 20 | Massillon Museum



A FREE family-friendly event with live reggae music and children’s activities! Purchase pulled pork or jerk sandwiches and the tropical bar will offer a variety of island drinks. Bring a chair and blanket and settle in for the evening!



Warrior Dash | July 21 & 22 | Clay’s Park & Resort



Participants earn their Warrior helmet by tackling a fierce 3-4-mile course and 12 extreme obstacles. After conquering the Battleground, Warriors celebrate with turkey legs, beer steins and live music at a post-race party that’s in a league of its own!



SerbFest North Canton | July 21 | St. George Serbian Orthodox Church



You don’t have to be Serbian to experience the spirit of the Serbian culture. Spend a day with us and enjoy the sights and sounds of Serbia as seen in folk dance, songs, and live Serbian music.



8th Annual Bellissimo: Fine Arts & Craft Show | July 22 | Gervasi Vineyard



Enjoy a beautiful afternoon and evening and enjoy the works of a variety of artists and artisans working in a wide range of mediums including painting, drawing, mixed media, photography, jewelry, glass, ceramic, wood, fiber, and more!



Balloon Classic & Fireworks | July 27-29 | Kent State University at Stark/Stark State College



You will be amazed with over 60 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 2-5



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 Chicago Bears face off against the Baltimore Ravens, followed by the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner Friday night, The Canton Repository Grand Parade and Enshrinement Ceremony Saturday, and the festivities wrap up with the Concert for Legends featuring Maroon 5 (with Lee Brice)!



Greater Alliance Carnation Festival| August 2-11 | Carnation Mall and Silver Park



Enjoy the Rib Fest at the Carnation Mall from August 2nd through 4th at the Carnation Mall featuring rib vendors, additional food vendors, rides and games, and entertainment each evening. August 8th through 11th 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 11th!



Massillon Fun Fest | August 11 | Downtown Massillon



Enjoy a FREE day of family fun in Downtown Massillon! Games, story times, prizes, face painting, contests, art projects, dancing, crafts, health and safety activities, athletic events and so many hands on experiences! Kids of all ages will enjoy inflatables, face painting, petting zoo, carnival games, and Touch-A-Truck. Perfect for the whole family!



Celebrating the Constitution – Chamberfest | August 17 & 18 | Former Nimishellen Grange in Louisville



Celebrate the end of summer with a celebration in the Constitution Town! Enjoy the Constitution Car Show, Pet show, tractor pulls, open air marketers, food trucks, vendors, crafters, all day, and in the evening live music.



169th Stark County Fair | August 28-September 3 | Stark County Fairgrounds



One of Ohio’s longest -running agricultural fairs—featuring a country concert, truck and tractor pulls, demolition derbies, band shows, harness racing, daily concerts and entertainment, rides, animals, exhibits, fair food and MORE!



Yankee Peddler Festival | September 8-23 | 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!



Little C Music Festival | September 14 & 15 | Downtown Canton



Enjoy the Little C Music Festival presented by Hey Monea, a unique music festival experience, right in the heart of Canton!  Featuring national and local recording artists, with special collaborations and surprises the whole weekend!

Allison Rowe

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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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