Summer Reading Challenge
Kids can sign up and grab their summer reading map at any branch of the Stark County District Library or online through July 29. This year’s theme is “Build a Better World,” and kids can earn prizes.
Through July 23
In Praise of Women: Works from the Permanent Collection
Throughout history, women have been key subject matter for artists. You’ll see one such woman in Andy Warhol’s Liz, on view in this important exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art. Celebrate the many women who are depicted in the museum’s permanent collection.
Through September 15
Grand Entrance: Inaugural Pomp & Couture
This is a celebratory exhibition of our country’s inauguration festivities featuring first ladies’ inaugural gowns and fashions throughout history. All tours are guided and include both the changing exhibits at the Education & Research Center and the Saxton McKinley House of the National First Ladies’ Library. Tours are Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 330-452-0876.
Meet and Greet with “Nine” author, D.M. King
Head to Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co. in downtown Canton from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a meet and great with D.M. King, author of “Nine.”
The Friends of the Stark County District Library is having a book sale from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the north end of the main library parking lot and in the McKinley Room in the main library.
Do the Mu!
Do the Mu! is the first Saturday of every month. Drop in anytime between noon and 2 p.m. at the Massillon Museum for a different art and history workshop taught by local artists or museum staff. No registration is required, and it’s free for all ages.
Quick Start Stand-Up Paddleboard
Give stand-up paddleboarding a try. Avoid making the common beginner mistakes by taking a class at Walborn Reservoir from 1 to 3 p.m. Instructors will cover water safety, equipment and basic paddling techniques. All equipment is provided, or you may bring your own. This is for ages 12 and older. Check the site for more information.
July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Canton Farmers’ Market
The Canton Farmers’ Market runs every Saturday morning, 8 to 11:30 a.m., through October 7 and is located in the Nadine McIlwain Administrative Building Parking Lot at the corner of Fourth Street and McKinley Avenue NW. The site offers plenty of free parking. The Canton Farmers’ Market is a producers-only market that gives shoppers an opportunity to buy fresh, quality, seasonal products directly from more than 20 local growers and producers in Northeast Ohio.
July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
Summer Kids Movies
Movies will begin at 1 p.m. Admission is $1, and group reservations are available. All tickets are sold at the door the day of the movie showing. The featured movies are “Kung Fu Panda 3,” “Trolls,” “Rise of the Guardians” and “The Wizard of Oz.” The concession stand will be open.
Fort Laurens 4th of July Ceremony
There will be a ceremony at the tomb of the unknown patriot honoring the sacrifices of Fort Laurens’ soldiers. This free event at 11067 Fort Laurens Road in Bolivar includes a guest speaker, color guard, honor guard and wreath laying. For more information, call 330-874-2059.
July 4, 11, 18, 25
Open mic night
Open mic night gives local talented people the chance to come out and play in front of a fabulous crowd at Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co. in downtown Canton. The sign-up sheet goes out at 7:30 p.m., and music starts at 8 p.m. Each performer gets to play three songs. Open mic night ends at 11 p.m.
July 5, 12, 19, 26
Live at Lunch
Bring your lunch to Market Square in the Canton Arts District for Live at Lunch! There will be live music from noon to 1 p.m. Pick up lunch at your favorite spot in downtown Canton, enjoy great music, and shop in the Canton Arts District!
July 5, 12, 19, 26
Gervasi Vineyard Cruise-in
Wednesday nights through September, Gervasi will be hosting a weekly car cruise-in from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, live music on the piazza and more.
July 5, 12, 19, 26
Free Live Trivia
Do you like trivia? Do you like to drink wine or beer? Then come out to Maize Valley for Sporcle Live Trivia. This free event will have two rounds of trivia, the first starting at 6:30 p.m. There is no cost to play, and there are prizes.
Book Club for Adults
Enjoy a lively discussion with others on today’s most intriguing books and topics from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Perry Sippo Branch Library. The book for July is “Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult.
Friends of the Louisville Library Annual Tent Sale
Head to the old post office building and grounds in Louisville for the Friends of the Louisville Library annual tent sale from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. July 6 through 8 and from 1 to 4 p.m. July 9. There will be hundreds of gently used books to choose from and plenty of DVDs, CDs and audio books. Proceeds support the Louisville Public Library.
Crafty Mart Canton
Crafty Mart returns to Stark County at the Canton Museum of Art this July for First Friday. Admission is free to both the Pop Up Market and the Canton Museum of Art galleries. There will be music, a special beer-tasting, a “Make It and Take It” station for the kids, lovely handmade items and a terrarium workshop sponsored by Every Blooming Thing Akron! The event is from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Canton Museum of Art.
First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performances and visual arts events. It begins with a First Stop at the Canton Museum of Art at 5:30 p.m., followed by the event downtown from 6 to 10 p.m. The theme for July is 10 years of First Friday. The free First Friday family movie at the Canton Palace Theatre is “Grease Sing-A-Long.” It starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
The Spirits of the Palace Ghost Investigation
Enjoy an investigation into the world of the paranormal inside the Canton Palace Theatre. The crew from Team S.P.E.C.T.R.E. will lead you in your investigation. This event is from10:30 p.m. to 2 a.m. Groups are limited to 30 people. Admission is $40 per person. Participants younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Third Eye Blind
See Third Eye Blind perform live at Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland at 7 p.m. Tickets start at $49.
Motion Picture Musical Weekend: “La La Land”
A jazz pianist falls for an aspiring actress in Los Angeles in “La La Land.” See the film at the Canton Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.
Revolution on the Tuscarawas at Fort Laurens
There will be a Revolutionary War encampment and re-enactment at 11067 Fort Laurens Road NW in Bolivar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 8 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 9. There will be colonial history, musket drills, a mock battle, early American games and crafts. The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. For more information, call 330-874-2059.
Motion Picture Musical Weekend: “West Side Story”
Two youngsters from rival New York City gangs fall in love, but tensions between their respective friends build toward tragedy in “West Side Story.” See it at the Canton Palace Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m. Admission is $5.
Legacy Lecture: Barbara Leeman
The Legacy Lecture: “Recreation of the White House Inaugural Gowns: Journey of a Seamstress” will start at 11 a.m. at the National First Ladies’ Library. Barbara Leeman will discuss her creative process from studying to designing to reproducing some of the White House inaugural gowns for the National First Ladies’ Library Grand Entrance: Inaugural Pomp & Couture Exhibit. This event is free, but reservations are required. Call 330-452-0876, ext. 307.
Christmas in July Fundraiser at Arcadia Grille
Head to Arcadia Grille for a fundraiser to benefit the Canton Palace Theatre. In addition to delicious food and drinks, the evening will feature guest bartenders from the theater, raffles and more. Stop by any time between 5 to 8 p.m. to join in the fun.
Critter Tuesdays at Beech Creek Gardens
Thanks to the Clover Field Wildlife Care Center, Beech Creek Gardens visitors get to see a variety of native wildlife animals up close. Learn about their families, habitats, foods they eat and more from 1 to 2 p.m. at Beech Creek Gardens. Admission is $6 per person, $4 for seniors and free for children 2 and younger.
Art Uncorked: The Scream
Come enjoy wine, music and friends while creating a personal masterpiece at the Canton Museum of Art from 6 to 8 p.m. Erica Emerson will instruct you step-by-step through recreating this month’s featured painting, The Scream. The $35 cost includes materials, wine and refreshments. You must be 21 or older to register.
Meet Mystery Author Linda Castillo
New York Times bestselling author Linda Castillo will discuss and sign her newest book “Down A Dark Road,” an Amish mystery thriller set in Holmes County, Ohio. Books will be available for purchase. Register for this free event at starklibrary.org. She will be at the Perry Sippo Branch Library from 2 to 3 p.m. and at the Lake Community Branch Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Olde Canal Days
Head to Canal Fulton to enjoy Olde Canal Days. There will be rides, live music, a queen’s pageant and more. The main stage is at N Canal and Market streets. For more information, visit the site.
Head to downtown Massillon to enjoy a reggae party with Carlos Jones and the P.L.U.S. Band. There will be a pig roast on the lawn. Admission is free. There will be pulled pork, jerk chicken, fruit and island beverages for sale. Bring a chair or blanket to this family-friendly event from 6 to 11 p.m.
Secret Gardens Tour
Canton Garden Center is holding its annual garden tour, Secret Gardens Tour, which consists of some of the loveliest gardens in our area. Hours for the tour are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. The $15 tickets are sold during the tour days at the Canton Garden Center in Stadium Park. For more information, call 330-455-6172.
Anime Film Fest
Enjoy a weekend-long festival featuring anime movies, vendors, specialty concessions offerings, a cosplay contest and more at the Canton Palace Theatre. Admission is $6 per movie, $18 a day for July 15 and 16, $35 for the weekend in advance or $40 for the weekend at the door and $10 for the after party.
Downtown Canton Flea
The second Downtown Canton Flea of the season is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. along Court Avenue NW in downtown Canton (between Sixth and Third streets NW). Awaiting you are more than 50 vendors, offering art, crafts, antiques, handmade goods, vintage finds, farm fare, food and drink, collectibles and more.
Saturday Sizzlers Book Club
Enjoy lively discussions with others on today’s most intriguing books and topics at the Saturday Sizzlers Book Club meeting from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Stark County District Library. The book up for discussion is “A Walk in the Woods,” by Bill Bryson.
Saturday in the City: Christmas in July
On the third Saturday of every month, come to downtown Canton from noon to 4 p.m. and enjoy an afternoon full of art, live music, street performers, great food and more.
Hartville Maker’s Market brings together makers from all backgrounds within the well-known Hartville MarketPlace. Come find unique vintage wares, handmade goods and other one-of-a-kind pieces from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Enjoy live music and food trucks while you shop at the Maker’s Market.
Inspired by Pop Up Chorus in Durham, N.C. SingStark! is a no-commitment, no-audition chorus that meets at the Canton Brewing Co. Speakeasy. P.J. Chavez, musician and educator, leads attendees each month in singing two popular songs. You will learn and perform the songs. The singing starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.
Lady Antebellum, Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young
Lady Antebellum is possibly the biggest act on the country music scene. See the band live with guests Kelsea Ballerini and Brett Young at 7:30 p.m. at Blossom Music Center. Tickets start at $39.
Being two-faced is all the rage. Come costumed and compete for prizes at this under-the-stars evening at Fieldcrest Estate. Enjoy music for dining and dancing; nymph-ish nibbles and a cash bar, plus more than a few nimpish surprises. If you’ve been waiting for a signature event to attend, this mid-summer soiree is it. Find more information on the website.
The Addams Family Dinner Theater Cruise
Performed on the banks of the Ohio and Erie Canal and St. Helena III Canal Boat, The Addams Family Dinner Theater Cruise will take you on a murder mystery adventure form 6 to 8:30 p.m. The performance will begin while enjoying dinner from Canal Grille along the banks of the canal. The $37 ticket price includes dinner, performance and canal boat ride.
July 22, 23
The Warrior Dash returns to Clay’s Park from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Participants earn their warrior helmet by tackling a fierce 3- to 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. For more information, visit the site.
Seventh annual Bellissimo: Fine Art & Fine Crafts Show
Enjoy a beautiful afternoon and evening kissed with the inspiring sights of the arts. Visual artists will be featured at Gervasi Vineyard’s outdoor pavilion and along the pathways, selling and displaying their work. This event is from noon to 5 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Community Parade
Who doesn’t love a parade? Thousands of citizens will enjoy an afternoon in the heart of downtown Canton with family and friends for lots of fanfare and fun. More than 100 diverse parade units including community youth groups, marching bands, the walking flag, antique vehicles, specialty units and a giant helium balloon participate in this parade from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Tea with the Curator–Christmas in July
Have you ever wondered where your favorite Christmas carols came from? Director of education Christopher Kenney will unlock the secrets behind some popular holiday songs, and then participate in a sing-a-long at the Wm. McKinley Presidential Library & Museum. The program is from 10 a.m. to noon and is $15. It includes tea/coffee and breakfast sweets. Reservations are required. Call 330-455-7043.
Brown Bag Lunch Lecture Series
The Massillon Museum holds a free monthly lecture series during the lunch hour from noon to 1 p.m. Guests may bring carry-out, a sack lunch or enjoy a complimentary cookie and coffee provided by the Massillon Museum. No reservations are required.
Discover what causes the awe-inspiring phenomenon of an eclipse and how to safely view it. There will be an event from 2 to 3 p.m. at the Madge Youtz Library.
July 27-30, August 3-6, 10-13
Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast”
Enjoy many familiar and fantastic tunes and “be our guest” on this journey! See the performance at the North Canton Playhouse at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. For more information, visit the site.
’80s Movie Weekend
See “Sixteen Candles” at 7:30 p.m. July 28 at the Canton Palace Theatre. Doors open at 7 p.m. “The Breakfast Club” will be playing at 7:30 p.m. July 29, and “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” will play at 7:30 p.m. July 30. Admission is $5 for each movie.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Balloon Classic & Fireworks
The 2017 Balloon Classic & Fireworks will offer dozens of food and beverage vendors, musical entertainment, mobile tours, children’s activities and of course, hot air balloons. The Night Glow will take place Friday evening, and the fireworks extravaganza will take place Saturday evening. The event is at the campuses of Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College. Check the site for more information, including start times.
July 28-August 13
Greater Alliance Carnation Festival
Honoring Alliance as the Carnation City, the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival is full of parades, food and fun throughout the community. There are more than 40 fun-filled events during this festival. Visit the site for more information.
Up, Up & Away 5K
Participants can run or walk a 5K course looping the beautiful campuses of Kent State University at Stark and Stark State College while surrounded by the excitement of the potential for hot air balloons to launch and fly over. There is a finisher medal for all participants. The race starts at 8 a.m. The cost ranges from $30 to $40, depending on when you register.
Sons of the American Revolution Ceremony at Fort Laurens
Sons of the American Revolution chapters from around the country will pay tribute at the Tomb of the Unknown Patriot. There will be a keynote address, color and honor guard and wreath laying at 11067 Fort Laurens Road NW in Bolivar. This event is free. For more information, call 330-874-2059.
Relics & Rehabs Roadshow
Head to the Massillon Museum to see plenty of antiques and repurposed artifacts; enjoy panel discussions about care and disposition of family heirlooms, repurposing and related topics; and get appraisals. There will be food and music. Proceeds will benefit the Massillon Museum Capital Campaign. This event is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information, check the site.
Zoar Harvest Festival
This is one of the nation’s most prestigious antiques shows with more than 60 dealers of high-quality country antiques. It includes a juried artisan showcase, contemporary crafts, historical demonstrations and museum tours. There is an antique car show on July 30. The event is at 198 Main Street in Zoar from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The cost is $9 for adults. For more information, call 1-800-262-6195.