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What’s Happening in Canton August 1-6: Football. Family Fun. Music. Arts.

February 9, 2018- Whether you are in town for Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls or coming to explore Canton with family and friends--you don't need to ask what there is to do; we have the complete list! Check out everything that is happening in Canton and surrounding communities August 1 through the 6, 2018.

Wednesday, August 1st

***Play Football “First Play” | Downtown Canton | 10:00AM***

Join over 3,000 children come together to form a human chain and pass a football along a three-mile route from the location in downtown Canton where the National Football League was founded to the front steps of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. “First Play” participants will receive a t-shirt (while supplies last), free admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame for Wednesday, August 2, and lunch on the Hall of Fame grounds.

***Play Football “Skills Camp” | Youth Sports Complex ***

Come enjoy a FREE Skills Camp!

Gervasi Vineyard Cruise-In | Gervasi Vineyard | 5:00PM-8:00PM

Join us for a fun, casual evening at Gervasi Vineyard with the whole family! Showcase your automobile or stroll among the cars! Door prizes, 50/50 drawing, fan favorite prize, free admission, prizes at 7:30pm, all makes/models/years of cars and trucks.

Thursday, August 2nd

***Hall of Fame Game | Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium | 8:00PM***

The Baltimore Ravens and Chicago Bears will travel to Canton in August to kick off the 2018 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. The Ravens and Bears will face each other in the Hall of Fame Game on Thursday, August 2 at 8PM ET at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Purchase tickets to the game here.

Friday, August 3rd

Fashion Show Luncheon | Canton Memorial Civic Center | 11:30AM

On August 3rd, an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 3,000 guests enjoy this fabulous luncheon and runway show that is arguably the largest and finest fashion show in Ohio! State-of-the-art sound, lighting, and video combine to showcase professional models featuring the season's hottest male and female fashions in a high energy production enhanced by musical entertainment. Purchase your tickets here!

Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner | Canton Civic Center | 5:00PM

The Class of 2018 Enshrinees will be the focus of the Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner as they receive their Hall of Fame Gold Jackets. This is an emotional ceremony center stage, one you don't want to miss! Close to 4,000 guests warmly welcome returning Gold Jackets and NFL team owners who are in Canton for the celebration. Purchase your tickets here. 

Canton First Friday: Fandom | Canton Arts District | 6:00PM-10:00PM

First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District in Canton, OH featuring themed music, performance and visual arts events and always a few surprises for adults and children! The theme for August's First Friday is FANDOMS! In the heart of the Canton Arts District is where you will find one heck of a good time.

Summer Concert Series—LaFlavour | Downtown Massillon | 7:00PM-9:00PM

Get ready for the summer concert series in Downtown Massillon on Friday, August 3rd featuring LaFlavour! Get up and dance in the streets of Massillon to your favorite hits from the 70s and 80s. 

Saturday, August 4th

The Canton Repository Grand Parade | Cleveland Ave. Downtown Canton | 8:00AM

Nearly 200,000 spectators line the 2.2 mile parade route, and millions more have the opportunity to view the parade via the television broadcast in the local and regional area on Fox Sports Ohio. The parade will feature the Class of 2018 Enshrinees, a large contingent of returning Gold Jackets/Hall of Famers, giant helium balloons, marching bands, fabulous floats, classic vehicles, and specialty units. Purchase your reserved seats here.

Massillon Farmer’s Market | City Hall Parking Lot | 8:00AM-12:00PM

Regrown. Revamped. Relocated. Stay "rooted" on our social media for exciting news and updates in Spring 2018. 

***Enshrinement Ceremony | Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium | 7:00PM ***

The Class of 2018 (Beathard, Brazile, Dawkins, Kramer, Lewis, Moss, Owens and Urlacher) will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018. The Enshrinement Ceremony takes place at the spectacular Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium in Canton and will be televised nationally by NFL Network and ESPN. Purchase your tickets to the Enshrinement here. 

Sunday, August 5th

Enshrinees’ Roundtable | Canton Memorial Civic Center | 12:30PM

Football fans absolutely will not want to miss this unscripted, up-close-and-personal lunch with the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Class of 2018. An enthusiastic crowd of nearly 3,000 enjoy lunch, followed by a center stage roundtable presentation featuring the newly inducted Class of 2018 Gold Jackets. The Enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers, providing a unique and memorable experience for all in attendance. Purchase your tickets to the event here.

Historic Massillon Cemetery Mausoleums Walking Tour | Massillon Cemetery | 2:00PM

Beautiful cemetery architecture and history of the people buried there, concentrating on the two dozen mausoleums around the perimeter of the grounds.

Enjoy a stroll along grassy lanes through Massillon Cemetery to learn the history of the community, the cemetery, and the National Register residence.  See monuments commemorating individuals who contributed to Massillon's history, some to the nation, some to the world:  inventors, industrialists, philanthropists, military heroes, and political leaders.  The lovely stone mausoleums and monuments—from the 1840s to the present—are sheltered by an ancient tree canopy.

Meet at the cemetery entrance, 1827 South Erie Street.  Parking inside the gate is very limited; please park on either side of South Erie Street.  No reservations are required.  $7 per person at the beginning of the tour.

***Concert for Legends | Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium | 8:00PM***

The festivities of Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls wrap up on Sunday, August 5th with the Concert for Legends.

Monday, August 6

Drum Corps International Tour of Champions | Paul Brown Tiger Stadium | 7:30PM

The Tour of Champions event series is an exciting live entertainment format featuring top World Class corps. Spectators will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in the drum corps experience with exclusive fan-member interaction, pre-show and intermission entertainment and more!

Happening Throughout the Week

Paul Brown Museum Opening Events | Massillon Museum

The Massillon Museum is excited to host events for the opening of the Paul Brown Museum! Check the Massillon Museum's webpage for more details! 

Summer Exhibits at Beech Creek Gardens

Hand-feed native Ohio butterflies inside the Butterfly House and learn about the life cycle of a butterfly inside the Caterpillar Nursery. Explore two dozen hands-on interactive activity stations related to nature and environmental science inside the Amazing Garden Plant Science Center. Other areas to explore include beautiful botanical gardens, hiking trails, Nature Playground, picnic areas, and Nature Store. Beech Creek Gardens offers fun and educational activities for the whole family! Admission is just $6. Come explore with us!

The Eleven | Canton Arts District

The ELEVEN is a $2.2 million multi-year project of ArtsinStark and The Pro Football Hall of Fame which celebrates the greatest moments in professional football history with a walkable series of 11 pieces of world-class art throughout downtown Canton, Ohio. Currently, there are five pieces of the project completed and all within walking distance. 

Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Rib Fest | Carnation City Mall Parking Lot on West State Street

Enjoy delicious festival food from and the oh, so tasty ribs. Enjoy live music every night at 8PM on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The festival runs Thursday from 4PM until 11PM and Friday and Saturday from 12PM until 11PM. 

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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