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What’s Happening in Canton Enshrinement Week: Football. Family Fun. Music. Arts.

July 2021 - 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 4-9, 2021.

Head to Canton to celebrate the Pro Football Hall of Fame Class of 2020 & 2021. It's Twice the Fun in '21! Don’t forget to share all of your memories on social media with #PFHOF21 


Special museum hours and campus events at the Pro Football Hall of Fame during Enshrinement Week.  Pro Football Hall of Fame campus and museum hours of operation, August 4-9, 2021.


Want the locals' guide to visiting during Enshrinement Week? Explore the Insider's Guide to Everything Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week


Mask Policy: Following CDC guidelines, masks are recommended for indoor events and required on public transportation, including the parking shuttle buses.


Wednesday, August 4th

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 4th, and lunch on the Hall of Fame grounds.


Play Football “Skills Camp” | Youth Sports Complex | 6:00PM-8:00PM


The Play Football “Skills Camp,” for children ages 11-14, will feature football activities that are designed for all skill levels. Gold Jackets (a term used for our living Hall of Famers) will be on field to assist and encourage camp participants. A special component to the camp will be a panel discussion that will take place with Gold Jackets and other special guests on the values learned from this great game. Sign-up your children for this free event today at profootballhof.com/youth-education/play-football-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.


Summer Movie Series at Centennial Plaza "Remember the Titans" | Centennial Plaza | 7:00PM


The Canton Palace Theatre, Centennial Plaza, and the Pro Football Hall of Fame present the Summer Movie Series, featuring films outside on the Centennial Plaza screen each Wednesday night throughout the Summer. Admission is FREE, and seating is first-come, first-served. VIP packages are available for sale through the Canton Palace Theatre Box Office, and include seating and popcorn.


Thursday, August 5th

Class of 2020 Autograph Session Presented by Panini | Pro Football Hall of Fame Event Center | 3:00PM


THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. The Centennial Class of 2020 Autograph Session presented by Panini -- will feature members of the Class of 2020 -- as they visit Canton for the 2021 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls.


Meet in the Meadow Car Cruise | Maize Valley Winery & Brewery | 5:00PM-8:00PM


Join us for our weekly "meet in the meadow" classic car cruise, every Thursday evening from 5 - 8 pm (weather permitting).  We typically host 200 - 300 classic cars, bikes, trucks of all eras.  Music, door prizes & 50/50 drawing held each week.


City of Massillon Summer Concert Series | Duncan Plaza | 7:00PM


Come enjoy FREE live music every Thursday night in the new Duncan Plaza Amphitheater in Downtown Massillon. You will be rocking to Walt Wise: Billy Joel/Elton John Tribute. 


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


THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. Be inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium to kick off the NFL 2021 preseason when the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Dallas Cowboys face off at the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio! 


Friday, August 6th

Gold Jacket Photo Op | Pro Football Hall of Fame Steps | 11:15AM 


Head to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Friday, August 6th at 11AM for the 2021 Gold Jacket Photo Op, a FREE and open to the public event! Fans will have the special opportunity to witness a gathering of the game's immortals to celebrate excellence at this photo op on the front steps of the museum.


Fashion Show | Canton Memorial Civic Center | 11:00AM


On Friday, August 6th an enthusiastic crowd of nearly 3,000 guests enjoy this fabulous runway show that is arguably the largest and finest fashion show in Ohio! This year guests will enjoy a pre-event reception with food and beverage stations followed by a show that features fashions from casual to dressy and everything in between (all auditorium seating - floor and perimeter - is reserved). The season's hottest fashions will be provided by awesome local and regional stores and boutiques. Plus, the show will also feature lively entertainment. Purchase your tickets for the event at profootballhoffestival.com/fashion-show-luncheon-tickets.


1958 Championship Game "The Eleven" Art Installation Unveiling | Cultural Center for the Arts | 4:00PM


Join ArtsinStark and the Pro Football Hall of Fame as they unveil the #11 Greatest Moment of NFL History public piece of artwork. The history behind this moment: In what has been called the “Greatest Game Ever Played,” Johnny Unitas and the Baltimore Colts come back to beat the New York Giants in the first “sudden death” NFL championship.


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


The Class of 2020 & 2021 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. Want to get last minute tickets for this events? Please call 330.458.2070 .


Canton First Friday | 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!


First Friday Family Movie: Draft Day | Canton Palace Theatre | 7:30PM


The Canton Palace Theatre presents a family-friendly movie on Canton’s largest screen as part of the Canton First Friday celebration. Admission is just $2 per person.


Saturday, August 7th

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


Nearly 200,000 spectators line the 2.2 mile parade route and you don't want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind opportunity. The parade will feature the Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 Enshrinees and many more returning Hall of Famers.  You will be dazzled by specialty units, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats, and marching bands. View the parade along the parade route with free seating is located on Cleveland Ave. NW from 12th Street NW-25th Street NW. Make sure to bring your own chair and/or blanket!


Sidestreet MKT | Oakwood Square | 10:00AM-3:00PM


Enjoy open air, market style shopping at the newly renovated Oakwood Square Plaza. Shop local, tented vendors in green space AND explore restaurants and breweries in the plaza!


Returning Gold Jacket Autograph Session Presented by Panini | Pro Football Hall of Fame Event Center | 12:00PM


Preserve your football memories with autographs from Hall of Fame legends as they return to Canton for the 2021 Enshrinement festivities. Tickets will be available to purchase at the Autograph Session Tent. Please be sure to check back before Hall of Fame Weekend for a complete list of participating Hall of Famers, times and prices.


Class of 2021 Autograph Session Presented by Panini | Pro Football Hall of Fame Event Center | 12:00PM


THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT. The Class of 2021 Autograph Session presented by Panini -- will feature members of the Class of 2021 -- as they visit Canton for the 2021 Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Purchase your tickets for the autograph session at profootballhof.com/events/class-of-2021-autograph-session-presented-by-panini/


Class of 2020 Enshrinement Ceremony | Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium | 6:30PM 


The five Modern-Era Players – Steve Atwater, Isaac Bruce, Steve Hutchinson, Edgerrin James, and Troy Polamalu; two Coaches – Bill Cowher and Jimmy Johnson; three Contributors – Steve Sabol, Paul Tagliabue and George Young; and ten senior players – Harold Carmichael, Jimbo Covert, Bobby Dillon, Cliff Harris, Winston Hill, Alex Karras, Donnie Shell, Duke Slater, Mac Speedie, and Ed Sprinkle will be enshrined on Saturday, August 7. 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 Class of 2020 Enshrinement at profootballhof.com/enshrinement/.


Sunday, August 8th

Enshrinees’ Roundtable | Canton Memorial Civic Center | 12:00PM


Guests will enjoy tailgate-themed food stations in the Cultural Center Great Court and outside.  Followed by a  roundtable presentation featuring members of the Centennial Class of 2020 and the Class of 2021 in the Canton Memorial Civic Center Auditorium.The Enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers, providing a unique and memorable experience for all in attendance. Purchase your tickets for the event at profootballhoffestival.com/enshrinees-gameday-roundtable-tickets.


Returning Gold Jacket Autograph Session Presented by Panini | Pro Football Hall of Fame Event Center | 12:00PM


Preserve your football memories with autographs from Hall of Fame legends as they return to Canton for the 2021 Enshrinement festivities. Tickets will be available to purchase at the Autograph Session Tent. Please be sure to check back before Hall of Fame Weekend for a complete list of participating Hall of Famers, times and prices.


Class of 2021 Enshrinement Ceremony | Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium | 7:00PM 


The Class of 2021 (Alan Faneca, Tom Flores, Calvin Johnson, John Lynch, Peyton Manning, Bill Nunn, Drew Pearson and Charles Woodson) will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021.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 Class of 2020 Enshrinement at profootballhof.com/enshrinement/.


Monday, August 9th

Summer Kids Movie Series "Inside Out" | Canton Palace Theatre | 1:00PM


The Summer Kids Movie Series returns to the Canton Palace Theatre for the 18th year, featuring affordable, family-friendly movies each Monday afternoon throughout the Summer! Admission is just $2 per person.


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


Country music superstar Brad Paisley and legendary rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd will co-headline the 2021 Concert for Legends Presented by Ford at 8 p.m. ET Monday, Aug. 9 in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. The concert wraps up the 2021 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Purchase your tickets to the Concert for Legends at profootballhof.com/enshrinement/.


Happening Throughout the Week


HOF Fun Fest On the Turf | Pro Football Hall of Fame Campus Turf Field


Enjoy live music, DJ’s, special guest appearances, Beer Fest, sponsor giveaways, and interactive activities for kids! Enjoy the FREE activities Thursday from 12PM until 7PM, Friday from 11AM until 4PM, Saturday 12PM until 6PM, and Sunday 12PM until 7PM.


Visit the Paul Brown Museum


Paul Brown invented football as we know it today, and the Massillon Museum has built a new permanent exhibit space dedicated to the greatest coach who ever lived. Original Memorabilia, photos, and printed material, interactive video, collections documenting Massillon Tigers history, and a reference library are among the Paul Brown Museum features. It is the premier destination for research, presentation of artifacts, and events related to the history of Brown and his coaching tree, and the tradition of Massillon high-school and professional football. Admission to the Museum is always FREE!


Hall of Fame Hops Craft Brew Trail


Enshrinement Week powered by Johnson Controls is the perfect time to make some stops on the Hall of Fame Hops Craft Brew Trail! Have fun visiting local restaurants, breweries, and a distillery. Discover the home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame, the heart of Ohio Amish Country, and award-winning craft brews in each unique destination along the way.


Centennial Plaza | Downtown Canton


The new downtown landmark, Centennial Plaza, features eleven NFL 100 Year Player Recognition Steles, recognizing all NFL players who were on an active roster over the first 100 years of the National Football League. Find the name of your favorite football player and make sure to get a picture by the CANTON sign while you are visiting. 


Pro Football Hall of Fame Edition Leatherhead IPA at Royal Docks Brewing Company 


Make sure to stop by Royal Docks Brewing Company to get your own can, while you are visiting the #PFHOF21 activities. Leatherhead IPA is an American IPA inspired by the India Pale Ales of the United States' pre-prohibition era that would have been enjoyed around the time that the National Football League was founded in Canton in 1920.


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 six pieces of the project completed and all within walking distance. 


Midwest Sport Spectacular, Autograph & Collectible Show at Belden Village Mall


Belden Village Mall will host the Midwest Sport Spectacular, Autograph & Collectible show presented by Ohio Sport Group on August 6th-8th. Joe Thomas, Pete Rose and many more will be signing autographs in center court of Belden Village Mall. You do not want to miss out on this opportunity to get an autograph from one of your all-time favorite sports players! See the schedule of players and purchase your autograph tickets at ohiosportsgroup.com.


Greater Alliance Carnation Festival Rib Fest | Downtown Alliance


Enjoy delicious festival food 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 Gromofsky

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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 allisonr@visitcanton.com

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