July 28-August 13
Greater Alliance Carnation Festival
Honoring Alliance as the Carnation City, the Greater Alliance Carnation Festival is a festival 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.
August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Open mic night
Open mic night gives local talented people the chance to come out and play at Muggswigz Coffee and Tea Co. in downtown Canton. Music starts at 8 p.m. and ends at 11 p.m. Check the site for more information.
Scrimmage: Football in American Art from the Civil War to the Present
August 1-October 30
This exhibit investigates the history of football imagery by prominent American artists and photographers beginning with Winslow Homer’s engravings for Harper’s Weekly at the close of the Civil War and culminating with the work of contemporary artists such as Catherine Opie and Shaun Leonardo, and it features more than 60 artworks. See the exhibit at the Canton Museum of Art.
First Play will be at 10 a.m., featuring a 3-mile long human chain of area youngsters stretching from the Frank T. Bow Building in downtown Canton to the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Kids will toss an official NFL football along the route until it reaches the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Participants will receive a T-shirt (while supplies last), free admission to the Pro Football Hall of Fame on August 2 and lunch on the Hall of Fame grounds.
August 2, 9
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!
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
Gervasi Vineyard Cruise-in
Wednesday nights through September, Gervasi will be hosting a weekly car cruise-in this summer from 5 to 8 p.m. Enjoy a fun, casual evening at Gervasi Vineyard with the whole family. Showcase your automobile or stroll among the cars. Admission is free, and there will be door prizes, a 50/50 drawing, live music on the piazza and more.
August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30
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 are prizes awarded to the winner of each round.
Pro Football Hall of Fame game
The Dallas Cowboys and Arizona Cardinals will face each other in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game in the new Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. For more information, including ticket prices, check the site.
Book Club for Adults
Enjoy lively discussions with others on today’s most intriguing books and topics at the Perry Sippo Branch’s book club for adults. The book for August is “The Girl Before” by JP Delaney. The book is available at the library desk. The book club will meet from 6 to 7 p.m.
Class of 2017 Autograph Session presented by Panini
Get your memorabilia signed at the autograph session at the Pro Football Hall of Fame Event Center. Check the site for pricing and on-sale dates.
Total solar eclipse with the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club
Learn fascinating facts about a solar eclipse with the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club at the Lake Community Branch Library from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Fashion Show Luncheon
Guests will enjoy delicious wine, lunch and dessert, followed by a show featuring fashions from casual to dressy and everything in between. The season’s hottest fashions are provided by local and regional stores, and showcase both male and female models. The fashion show luncheon is at 11:30 a.m. at the Canton Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center. Check the site for ticket information.
Hall of Fame Story Time
Get into the Hall of Fame spirit with an afternoon of football fun and a special story time with a mystery guest from the NFL. Who could it be? Find more information on the site.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Enshrinees’ Gold Jacket Dinner
Guests at the 2017 event will witness the Class of 2017 Enshrinees receiving their jackets. The evening will begin with a cocktail party and dinner, prior to the crowd offering warm congratulations to the Class of 2017. The event begins at 5 p.m. at the Canton Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center. Check the site for ticket information.
First Friday is a monthly party in the downtown Canton Arts District featuring themed music, performance 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 free First Friday family movie at the Canton Palace Theatre is “The Lego Movie.” It starts at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Spirits & Spirits Cruise
Join “Haunted Stark” author and paranormal researcher Sherri Brake for an evening canal boat cruise blending spirits and spirits. Hear of the dark history in Stark County as you venture to Lock 4 on this one-hour evening cruise, starting at 8 p.m. Guests should arrive at the Canal Fulton Canalway Center at 7:30 p.m. After returning to the point of departure, walk with Sherri to Canal Spirits. The next stop is the Miller-Doan Tavern. There will be free samples at both places. There are limited spots available. This event is for ages 21 and older. The cost is $45 per person.
The Canton Repository Grand Parade
More than 200,000 spectators will be on Cleveland Avenue to welcome the Class of 2017 enshrinees and many returning Gold Jackets. Specialty units, giant helium balloons, fabulous floats and marching bands will dazzle the crowd. The parade will be from 8 to 10:30 a.m.
Do the Mu!
Do the Mu! is the first Saturday of every month. Drop in at the Massillon Museum any time between noon and 2 p.m. 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. The theme for August is WWI airplanes with Gary Spangler. Learn about WWI airplane markings, and assemble and paint your own functional toy aircraft.
Fanatics Authentic Autograph Session Presented By Panini
Gold Jackets and current players will be on-hand to sign football memorabilia at the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Check the site for more information.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Ceremony
The Class of 2017 will be enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame during the spectacular ceremony held at 7 p.m. in Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium. For more information, including ticket prices, check the site.
August 5, 12, 19, 26
Canton Farmers’ Market
The Canton Farmers’ Market is from 8 to 11:30 a.m. in the Nadine McIlwain Administrative Building parking lot at the corner of Fourth Street and McKinley Avenue NW. It 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. The market offers produce, baked goods, flowers and herbs, honey and jams, artisan bread, cheese, eggs, meat, pet treats and more.
August 5, 12, 19, 26
Massillon Farmers’ Market
Various vendors set up Saturday mornings in Massillon from June to October to sell homemade/homegrown goods. The farmers’ market is at First Street SE between Charles and Tremont avenues from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy tasty seasonal fruits and vegetables, baked goods, fresh cut flowers, honey, chicken, eggs, herbs, soaps, syrup and more.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Enshrinees’ Roundtable
Congrats to the Class of 2017 enshrinees: Morten Andersen, Terrell Davis, Kenny Easley, Jerry Jones, Jason Taylor, LaDainian Tomlinson and Kurt Warner! The 2017 Enshrinees’ Roundtable will be an unscripted, up-close-and-personal format where the enshrinees share stories and memories of their careers. Once you attend this fan favorite, you’ll never want to miss it again. It starts at 12:30 p.m. at the Canton Memorial Civic Center and Cultural Center. Check the site for ticket information.
Concert for Legends 2017
Together for the first time, rock ’n’ roll icon Kid Rock will join Toby Keith at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium during the annual Concert for Legends, a part of the 2017 Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Week Powered by Johnson Controls. Tickets range from $45 to $230.
Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival Drum Corps International competition
Come see if the Canton Bluecoats can defend their title at the Drum Corps International competition at 7:30 p.m. at Paul Brown Tiger Stadium. Check the site for ticket information.
August 7, 14
Summer Kids Movies
Part of an eight-week movie series, Summer Kids Movies will begin at 1 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre. Admission is $1, and group reservations are available. The featured movies are “Sing” and “The Lego Batman Movie.”
Visitors will 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.
2017 Solar Eclipse Smart Viewing
Phil Creed from the Wilderness Center Astronomy Club will share his enthusiasm and knowledge of the upcoming solar eclipse at the Perry Sippo Branch Library from 6 to 7 p.m.
Liverpool Legends Concert
Catch some Beatles music live at Fieldcrest Estate from 8 to 11 p.m. This is the only Beatles tribute band with a direct family link to the original fab four. This is a benefit concert for the YMCA’s Camp Tippecanoe. Doors open at 6 p.m., and the concert starts at 8. Tickets are $45 for general admission lawn seating.
Classic Movies Weekend
The Canton Palace Theatre will be hosting a Classic Movies Weekend featuring “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?” on August 11, “An American in Paris” on August 12 and “All About Eve” on August 13. Admission is $5 for each showing. Check the site for showtimes.
August 11-September 17
Caught Off Guard: A Candid View
See artwork by members of the Canton Artist League on display in the Studio M Gallery at the Massillon Museum. There will be an opening reception from 6 to 8 p.m. August 11.
Fort Laurens Jogs for Logs 5K Fun Run & Walk
Race along the Towpath Trail with Revolutionary War soldiers cheering you on. Proceeds will benefit Fort Laurens preservation. Registration is required by August 5. Call 330-874-2059 or visit the site. The race will be at 11067 Fort Laurens Road NW, Bolivar. The cost is $15 per participant, and there are discounts for military, fire, police and EMTs with proper ID.
Massillon Fun Fest
Fun Fest is a free, annual event held as a part of Massillon’s Summer Celebration! This event features games, trucks, contests, a movie, safety and health information and arts and crafts. Head to downtown Massillon from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to join the fun.
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. Hardback books, CDs, DVDs and videos are $1, paperbacks and children’s books are 50 cents, and magazines are 25 cents.
Glitter and Glow
Picture half of the property at Fieldcrest Estate devoted to all things glittery, while the other half is blacklit and neon. A huge LED dance floor will be in the middle, surrounded by food. This event is for ages 18 and older, and will be from 7 to 11 p.m. Check the site for ticket information.
August 13, 26
Summer Serenades in the Park
What happens when the spontaneous sounds of nature and people enjoying a park are combined with the orchestrated sounds of musicians? Serenades in the Park—a free, family-friendly series of brass, woodwind and string ensembles performing all over Stark County and finishing with a full-orchestra concert! You’re invited to bring your favorite picnic food, games and blanket or chair and enjoy the setting and music. The performance will be at 4 p.m. August 13 at Quail Hollow Park in Hartville. The August 26 performance will be at 3 p.m. at Fry Family Park in Magnolia.
Eclipse Informational Open House
Come to this open house event one week before the eclipse and grab books and brochures to learn fascinating facts, proper eye safety and to get your free safety glasses. The event will be from 6 to 8 p.m. at the North Branch Library.
Bruno Mars: 24K Magic World Tour
See Bruno Mars at Quicken Loans Arena at 8 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and tickets start at $49.50.
SingStark! featuring “Africa” and “Don’t Stop Believing”
Inspired by Pop Up Chorus in Durham, N.C., SingStark! is a no-commitment, no-audition chorus that meets every third Wednesday at the Canton Brewing Co. Speakeasy in downtown Canton. P.J. Chavez, musician and educator, leads SingStark attendees each month in singing two popular songs. You will learn the songs and then perform them. The singing starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 9:30 p.m.
Downtown Canton Flea
The Downtown Canton Flea 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 all kinds of other crazy stuff you won’t find anywhere else.
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.
Saturday in the City
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.
The gARTen Oasis: A Mirage in the Desert
The hottest party of the summer returns to the rooftop of the Cultural Center with the area’s swankiest restaurants alongside surprise entertainment. The oasis awaits with mouthwatering cuisine, exquisite artworks, lavish cocktails and mesmerizing rhythms—transporting you to an exotic paradise overflowing with unworldly wonders! The party starts at 7 p.m. Proceeds from this event will benefit programming for the Canton Museum of Art.
Cold Play: A Head Full of Dreams Tour
See Coldplay live in concert with special guests AlunaGeorge and Izzy Bizu. The concert starts at 7 p.m. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., and tickets start at $29.50.
August 19, 20
Main Street Festival
The 21st annual North Canton Main Street Festival will offer food, kids activities, a business expo tent, arts and crafts and much more!
Great American Solar Eclipse 2017
Head to the Lake Community Branch from 12:30 to 2 p.m. for the Great American Solar Eclipse.
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 carryout, a sack lunch or enjoy a complimentary cookie and coffee provided by the Massillon Museum. No reservations are required.
Booked on Tuesdays
What better way to stay smart than by joining a book club? Experience lively discussions on today’s most intriguing reads, connect with others who share your interests and make time for you. Booked on Tuesdays Book Club will meet from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Lake Community Branch Library to discuss “The Life We Bury,” by Allen Eskens.
Veraison Vineyard Dinner
You’re invited to enjoy an exclusive dining experience in the vineyard at Gervasi. Included is a five-course gourmet meal freshly prepared by the culinary team with wine pairing led by Gervasi’s wine steward Brad Preston. Arrival time is 6:30 p.m., with dinner served at 7. The cost is $140 per guest, and taxes are not included. Tickets are nonrefundable.
Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour
See Lady Gaga in concert at Quicken Loans Arena at 7:30 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets start at $46.
Sci-fi Double Feature
Enjoy a sci-fi double feature of “The Day the Earth Stood Still” at 7:30 p.m. and “Crack in the World” at 9:20 p.m. at the Canton Palace Theatre. Admission is $5 for one movie or $8 for both. Doors open at 7 p.m.
See John Mayer at Blossom Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $37.
Ohio Craft Beers and Royal Docks Brewing Company
Celebrate the variety of craft brewing in Ohio. Paul Gaston’s new book “Ohio’s Craft Beers” is a guide of Ohio’s prime destination for great craft beer. He will be joined by the brewmaster from Royal Docks who will discuss his style and process of brewing. This event will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Perry Sippo Branch Library.
August 31, September 1, 2, 4
78th annual Labor Day Flea Market
The 78th annual Labor Day Flea Market at Hartville MarketPlace will be huge. The weekend kicks off on Thursday and runs through Saturday. The market will be closed Sunday, but the festivities will pick up for one final day on Monday. There are typically more than 1,000 outdoor vendors and about 30,000 customers at this event. Mark your calendars so you won’t miss out on all of the bargains and fun.