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

July 9, 2019 - 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 July 31st through August 5, 2019.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the special Centennial Class of 2020 will be inducted in Canton, Ohio in August 2021 along with the Class of 2021.  There will be two enshrinements over one colossal weekend.

View the Pro Football Hall of Fame's official announcement and ticket policies. 

Wednesday, July 31st

***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, July 31st, 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.

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 1st

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

Be inside Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium to kick off the NFL 2019 preseason when the Atlanta Falcons and the Denver Broncos face off at the annual Hall of Fame Game in Canton, Ohio! Purchase your tickets for the game here. 

Friday, August 2nd

Gold Jacket Photo Op | Pro Football Hall of Fame Steps | 11:00AM 

Head to the Pro Football Hall of Fame Friday, August 2nd at 11AM for the 2019 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.

Stick around to create a gauntlet of fans to cheer on and welcome the Hall of Famers into the Event Center for their annual luncheon. Don’t forget to share all of your memories on social media with #PFHOF19

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

On Friday, August 2nd 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!

Pro Football Hall of Fame Kick-Off | Stark County District Library Main Branch | 2:00PM

Get into the Hall of Fame spirit with an afternoon of football stories and activities, along with a special mystery guest who might just know a little something about football! Who is the mystery guest? You will just have to come to find out! 

The Eleven: "Red Grange, 1925" Unveiling | Pheonix Rising Building | 4:00PM

You are invited to the unveiling of the “Red Grange, 1925” Banner Mural/Sculpture! Moment #7 of The ELEVEN will be unveiled at 4PM on Friday, August 2nd at Phoenix Rising Building, the newest piece created by Heather Bullach. 

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

The Class of 2019 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: Game Time | 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!

Saturday, August 3rd

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 2019 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.

NFL Player Care Foundation Best of the Brunch | McKinley Grand Hotel | 11:00AM

The private open bar event will take place from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. Over 20 Pro Football Hall of Famers are scheduled to attend including PCF Board Members, Ozzie Newsome and Willie Lanier. Purchase your tickets to this exclusive event here. 

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

The Class of 2019 (Bailey, Bowlen, Brandt, Gonzalez, Law, Mawae, Reed, Robinson) will be formally enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019. 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 4th

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 2019. An enthusiastic crowd of nearly 3,000 enjoy lunch, followed by a center stage roundtable presentation featuring the newly inducted Class of 2019 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. 

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

Imagine Dragons, a multi-platinum Grammy Award-winning band, will headline the 2019 Concert for Legends on Sunday, Aug. 4 at 8 p.m. ET in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. Purchase tickets to the concert here.

Monday, August 5th

Drum Corps International Tour of Champions | InfoCision Stadium | 7:30PM

The Tour of Champions event series is an exciting live entertainment format featuring top World Class corps.

The event is moving to a new location this year! Join us at the InfoCision Stadium - Summa Field at the University of Akron! 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! Purchase your tickets to the event today! 

Happening Throughout the Week

HOF Fun Fest/Bud Light Beer Fest | 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.

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!

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 #PFHOF19 actvitities. 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 Pro Football Hall of Fame Edition of the autumn favorite will feature special edition artwork, plus a chance to win a backyard BBQ with a Pro Football Hall of Famer! 

Troll Football Hall of Fame Induction Week 

Grand opening of the Troll Football Hall of Fame exhibition weeklong from July 29th-August 5th! Enjoy the party with prizes, music, celebrity appearances and special tours.

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. 

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

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