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Labor Day Weekend Fun

August 13, 2019- A long weekend with sunny, warm weather are in the forecast! This may feel like the unofficial last weekend of summer for many, so make sure to get out and make the most out of it.

Stark County Fair | August 27th-September 2nd

Continue or start a new family tradition at the 170th Stark County Fair! One of Ohio’s most agricultural fairs, features Grandstand Entertainment on Wednesday, August 28th with Ted Nugent and Thursday, August 29th with country up and comers LOCASH and Mason Ramsey. Both concerts have a limited number of pairs of tickets for $17!  Also enjoy Truck and Tractor Pulls on Friday & Saturday nights, Demolition Derbies on Sunday evening & Monday afternoon, PLUS band shows, harness racing, daily concerts and entertainment, rides, animals, 4H exhibits, and everyone’s favorite fair food! Every year my family and friends go and there are three things I must do at the county fair: pet a pig, eat a corndog, and ride the merry-go-round.

Insider Tip: Kids under 14 get in FREE to the fair Friday with an adult! Discounted all-day ride wristbands are available for sale for just $10 near the ride area. What a great way to start celebrating Labor Day Weekend!

Labor Day Flea Market at Hartville Marketplace | August 29-31 & September 2 (Closed Sunday)

Like walking around outside perusing the aisles of who knows what you will find? The Hartville MarketPlace & Flea Market is the place for you! I love the idea that you never know what you might find, the fresh veggies that are in abundance, and the ability to barter.  With more than 1,000 vendors, if you are an upcycler, a kid looking for a toy, or in need of a tool, chances are you will find it there!

Insider Tip: Make sure to wear your walking shoes, bring water, and wear sunscreen! Looking for a snack? Sarah’s Market Fresh Grill has easy to grab snacks, in air conditioning, and make sure you check out all of the boutiques inside!

Great Trail Arts & Crafts Festival in Malvern | August 31-September 2

The Great Trail Festival is a special celebration of American Folk Art, with Contemporary and Country Crafting. A unique experience which invites your discovery and pleasure. Visit the Storybook Craft Village where handcrafted gifts and treasured keepsakes await you. Selected quality artisans with distinctive arts & crafts are the heart of it all at Great Trail. 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. The festival is held annually at the Great Trail Festival Grounds and features exhibitors from Ohio and surrounding states. Bring your friends and share in this exciting experience. Admission is just $6 for adults, $4 for youth ages 10-18 and children under 10 are free (when accompained by an Adult)!

Insider Tip: You don't want to miss the State of Ohio Tomahawk Throwing Competition at 1PM on Monday, September 2nd. 

Rock of Ages at the Player Guild Theatre | August 30-September 1

Let’s get ready to rock! Broadway’s Best Party is turning up the volume to ten! ROCK OF AGES captures the iconic era that was the big bad 1980s Hollywood! Join us in the Bourbon Room for music from Styx, Journey, Bon Jovi, and more! Wear your best 80’s look with big hair, spandex, lace, and legwarmers, and guys-this is your chance to bring back your mullet! We’ll be awarding the best 80’s look at each performance so ROCK ON! Performances are at 8PM on Friday, 7PM & 11PM on Saturday, and 2PM on Sunday. Tickets are $34 for adults and $31 for seniors.

Insiders Tip: Purchase your tickets in advance for the performance and seats you want!

Docktoberfest at Royal Docks Brewing Company | August 31

Join Royal Docks Brewing Company for our second annual Docktoberfest at the Royal Docks Cannery + Event Center! We're celebrating with a day of live music, food and your favorite RDB brews with proceeds benefitting our friends at Jackson Bears Baseball! We had a blast last time - let's see if we can top it this year! Trippin Billies, the Nation's #1 Dave Matthews Tribute Band is taking the stage at 8pm with your local favorites, Dirty Psychic Grateful Dead Tribute Band opening up for the evening.. Purchase your tickets early here!

Insiders Tip: Make sure to come hungry! There is sure to be tasty food that you will not want to miss out on. 

Black College Football Hall of Fame Classic | August 31 & September 1

This classic HBCU football experience features tailgates, concerts, marching bands, drumline and dance competition and the showcase event.  See Alabama A&M vs. Morehouse College in the Black College Hall of Fame Classic on Sunday, September 1st at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Enjoy the postgame concert, included with your game ticket featuring Morris Day & The Time.

Insiders Tip: I mean who doesn't love a great drumline and dance performance? Don't miss the competition between 4 dance teams and 4 drumlines on Saturday afternoon! 

Summer Serenades in the Park at Petros Lake Park | September 1

This summer, many have enjoyed performances by small ensembles from the Canton Symphony Orchestra in Stark Parks all throughout Stark County.  This series, known as Summer Serenades in the Park, a partnership between the Canton Symphony Orchestra (CSO) and Stark County Park District (Stark Parks) will conclude with a FREE full orchestra concert beginning at 7:30pm. 

Insider Tip: Pack a picnic for this event! There will be life size game boards and a play area for the kids or the kids at heart!

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. Have an update or comment about the blog? Reach out at

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